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Chris Hires - DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor

DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor

Fucking Around At Home #1

Chris Hires

This was one of those days where things just weren't going my way, and despite my best efforts, I just couldn't seem to get lined up with the rest of the universe. I kept having to remind myself that desire is the root of all suffering, or, as Mick so eloquently put it: "You can't always get what you want." So, to balance myself out a little, I decided to mix together some house records, and this is what it sounded like.

This mix was, for the most part, recorded live and extemporaneously, so there are a couple hard left turns and wabi sabi moments - just go with it.

Track List:
Stimming - Window Shopping
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 (Runaway Remix)
DJ Steef - Insided (Jad & The Ladyboy Remix)
Daft Punk - Around The World (Masters At Work Remix)
Omar S - Set It Out
Kornel Kovacs - Szikra
David Clement - Follow Me Home (Lee Jones' '89 Remix)
Lil Louis & The World - Club Lonely (Marcos Cabral Edit)
Munk - Southern Moon feat. Lizzie Paige (HNNY Remix)
Kris Wadsworth - Fan Mail
Cliff Martinez - My Name On A Car
Seelenluft - Manila (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Caribou - Can't Do With Out You (Extended Version)

Chris Recommends: Mark E - Product Of Industry

Chris Hires

Like you, friend, I am eternally wary of the dance music LP. All too often, the LP ends up being a collection of too many singles that should have just been mixed in the first place. Dance floor bangers, out of context, with full intros and outros, make for difficult listening. This Mark E LP, though, manages to get it right. Mark E has always been a master of low-slung deep cuts, though, so maybe it shouldn't be surprising that he crafted a full-length for Ghostly International that, for the most part, works much better at home than it does in a club. This same kind of deep, introspective dance music is what I was targeting with the Waxing Gibbous mix, and I probably could have just strung together 12 Mark E tracks and called it a day (and in fact, the second track on that mix is from one of Mark's aliases), but then again, what's the fun in that? Above, one of my favorite cuts from the record.

Waxing Gibbous

Chris Hires

A handful of dance tracks that aren't really meant for dancing. This is the kind of stuff I've found myself listening to at home alone, at 2am recently. Cerebral, vaugely-psychedelic house and techno that pairs well with night drives, or darkened rooms.

Tracklist:
Dave DK - Woolloomooloo [Pampa]
Project E - Boy In The Straw Hat [Merc]
Smallpeople - Move With Your Vision [Smallville]
The White Lamp - Ride With You [Hot Flush]
Daniel Avery - These Nights Never End [Phantasy]
Mind Against - Atlant [Life And Death]
David August - Epikur [Innervisions]
Admin - Daze & Night [Futureboogie]
Unspecified Enemies - Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit [Counter Attack]
Super Flu - Jo Gurt (DJ Koze Remix) [Monaberry]

Chris Recommends: I Placed A Jar In Tennessee by John Jeremiah Sullivan

Chris Hires

At the restaurant where I work, we do a lot of preserving. Part of this is practical and necessary - we are what some people would call a "farm-to-table" establishment that exclusively uses food that is grown and produced in the south, and we need to save things so that we can feature them on our menu once they've gone out of season in this part of the world. Another reason, though, is because the heritage of food is a central principal of our kitchen's philosophy. This intersection of food and history is fascinating to me, and I find myself traveling further down that rabbit hole every day. This summer, at some point, I'm planning on preserving fifty pounds or so of tomatoes, so that I can use them in soups and sauces throughout the winter. It's a fun project, but it also helps me to adhere to my favorite kitchen philosophy, taken from the lovely Roberta's cookbook: "Never buy something that you can make." Why should I purchase canned tomatoes when I can just can them myself?

Anyways, even if you're not particularly interested in preservation or cooking, John Jeremiah Sullivan is one of the most wonderful story tellers I can name, a person whose byline converts any article into a must-read for me. This article appeared in Lucky Peach, and was recently nominated for a James Beard award.

Finally, if you are interested in preservation, pickling and things of that nature, you can purchase Kevin West's book (discussed in the article) right over here. 

"I Placed A Jar In Tennessee" by John Jeremiah Sullivan