In 2010 I celebrated my 30th birthday by going on a 2-week solo "techno pilgrimage" to Europe. I wanted to experience the birthplace of much of the music that touched me over my previous half-life, and planned my travel around music events, specifically in the UK. I still listen to British radio stations like BBC Radio 1, Rinse.fm and @ninja-tune's Solid Steel when I'm looking for the latest, freshest sounds of electronically-produced music. There's definitely something in the water over there.
One of the highlights of my time in England was taking a train to Bristol, which is a relatively small city, but a longtime hotbed for emerging underground genres. I went there primarily to go to a warehouse party for @ninja-tunes's 20th anniversary as a record label. I got to see a slew of acts that I'd listened to for well over a decade, like Coldcut, DJ Vadim, The Bug, Mixmaster Mike and DJ Food.
I just found out that DJ Food is in the Ello house, and you can follow him over here -> @strictlykev. He helped define a generation of underground, independent sound that most definitely shaped my musical life. It's an honor to have him here.
One of my favorite (fairly) recent DJ Food mixes was a collaborative tribute mix to the Beastie Boys that was released after MCA's passing. They dug deep to mix the original tunes that the Beastie Boys sampled on Paul's Boutique and beyond. This is an amazing listen if Paul's Boutique was as important to you as it was for me. Check it, and welcome, @strictlykev