Best of 2013 Mixtape by Jarrod Dean / Don’t Look


Earlier this year we introduced Jarrod Dean aka Don’t Look, an intriguing 17 yr-old DJ and Producer who makes, mixes and manipulates music and sound into unsettling but thoroughly engaging DJ sets, soundscapes, EPs and mixtapes.


For New Year’s Eve 2013, Jarrod has made a brand new playlist for us, this time serving up a pleasingly industrial alternative to the usual end of year countdown ‘hit’ records. Enjoy.


2013 is quickly drawing to a close, and blogs, magazines and critics from every corner of the internet are posting their album of the year rankings. As is the annual tradition. Lists are dull and grating, especially when the majority contain the same undeserved Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire albums, so I thought I’d celebrate this years’ musical accomplishments with a mix instead. Through Noise, Jungle, Grime, Techno and several other mishmashes of genres, here are 20 of my favourite tunes from the last 12 months presented in a half-hour set. – Jarrod Dean / Don’t Look





Cut Hands – Madwoman
Perc & Truss – Spiker
Akkord – Navigate
Mumdance & Logos – Truth
Etch – Lost Methods
Wen – Spark It
Emptyset – Fragment
Mincemeat or Tenspeed – Drooman
Pete Swanson – Grounds For Arrest
Anne-James Chaton – Évenément27
Ango – Smile XXL
Walton – Baby
Bambounou – Brim
Swifta Beater – Food Move
Mala – Changes (Harmonimix)
Ekoplekz – Probic Vent
Blank Banshee – Metal Rain
John Cohen – Sweet Tester
Young Echo – Umoja
Special Request – Capsules



Sampling, Copyright and the Amen Break


This 18-minute video essay relates the history of the ‘amen break’ — the 6 second drum sample that formed the basis for most jungle music, and continued to be used in experimental drum and bass. But what makes this documentary so fascinating, and relevant for people who have no interest in jungle, is the way Nate Harrison uses the story to argue that ‘over-protecting intellectual property is just as harmful as under-protecting it.’ In other words, culture is more productive and varied when copyright laws fail to prevent elements of the past entering the public domain. The video is from 2004 but seems to have lost none of its relevance.