The esteemed digger spins a tight selection of rubbery beats and oddball sounds.
With the internet allowing easier access to weird and wonderful tracks from all over the world, it can seem like the digger is either superfluous or so numerous as to be unworthy of note. But have you ever actually tried to go digging for music offline? It’s arduous and painstaking, and only the most patient get enough of a kick from a rare find to endure the hours sifting through whatever test pressings and white labels flooded are being sold at their local market. Of those who do, Jamie Tiller sits high among the best to do it.
We can say this largely because of the reissue label Tiller founded with Tako Reyenga, called Music From Memory, is widely considered to be one of the finest places to unearth forgotten gems. His DJ sets, too, tend to champion a similar blend of offbeat sounds with a worldwide scope. Compilations of revered Japanese vinyls, oddball European pop and rare Brazilian cuts have all been released in recent years to great acclaim.
Tiller also runs the offshoot label Second Circle, where releases sit at the cross-section of dance obscurities and new music inspired by the past. Tiller’s style as a DJ sits somewhere similar, and this mix for Crack Magazine is a succinct example of how he threads disparate vibes from different times into a coherent whole, resulting in a satisfying warmth and slickness.
When asked what went into the mix, Tiller replied: “I didn’t really plan this one out but thought it could be nice to make a mix that sits somewhere between a listening mix and a dance mix. It ended up with a bit of a dubby, tribal, trancey feel to it; a mix of old, new and some tasty forthcoming bits from friends!”
Jamie Tiller plays Kala Festival, Dhërmi, 12-19 June