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Mixed Feelings | Faris Malla

A special guest-mix series where DJs are invited to create a soundtrack for tomorrow's days. Next up: A selection to ooze swiftly into your new week; transcend into hypnotizing realms by listening to these sounds of Faris Malla.

Every Mixed Feelings podcast is accompanied by a few questions that provide a little insight into the DJ and the mix they've prepared for us and for you.

Which feelings do we find bottled in this mix?

Rose-tinted reminiscence over summer days past and optimism, in the face of tomorrow’s trepidations, as I try to uncover my place in the confusions of today.

The mix teeters between spaced-out, dreamy tracks and direct, danceable tunes to reflect that ambiguity.

What message does the music you play convey?

The music I have chosen celebrates the beauty of our diversity and the often uncertain nature of our self-discovery.

When I search for an understanding of place in the world, it is often with one foot in the concrete ‘local’ and another in the intangible ether of something like my ‘roots’.

I say bring these roots with you, have them be shaped by where you find yourself now but, in the end, let them blossom into something totally novel and transcendent of time or space.

Find yourself - authentically and without compromise.

How is the mix reflecting your current music taste?

Closely related to (and perhaps because of) these ideas of roots and future, I have been finding a lot of joy in music that incorporates elements of Arabia, percussion and rhythms of Africa, and a heavy dubwise attitude.

The selection here centres around a more downtempo feel but the same ideas also form the blueprint for more club-oriented music that I have been finding exciting recently too.

Who should release a new album/EP already?

Erykah Badu. It’s been almost a decade since the last record and those ‘turn up late and play for 30 minute’ performances aren’t doing it anymore babes, sorry!

What's magical about music?

Music is the great connector. It doesn’t require language, logic, or any other prerequisite to be felt or understood. I know of little else that brings people, even totally unconnected ones, together with such impact in such a pure and impartial way.

What is your main source for finding new music?

Streaming services, Bandcamp and Discogs.

If the mix would be a soundtrack, what (kind of) movie/video/audio-visual content would support it best?

A sci-fi film where those Zambian afronauts finally launch their space shuttle and begin a life among the stars. Joy and excitement abound but tinged with apprehension as they step into a new, unknown frontier for the first time.



  1. Cousin - Pistol Shrimp

  2. Yushh & Facta - Fairy Liqour

  3. Purelink & xphresh - Butterfly Jam (xphresh Good Girl No Infringement Dub)

  4. Persian - Jacob Dub

  5. Glances - Sun Dapple

  6. Super Cat - One Man Alone (Version)

  7. Radar - Your Song

  8. Cousin - Drum Talk

  9. Ozel AB - Yahso

  10. African Head Charge - I’m A Winner

  11. Azu Tiwaline - Night in Palmtree

  12. Tony Scott - Ode to an Oud

  13. Radar - Arabiant

  14. Cousin - On2

  15. Deadbeat & Paul St. Hilaire - Peace and Love

  16. Shackleton - The Majestic Yes


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