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Podcast 143: MJ Cole

Until recently, the name MJ Cole was more or less synonymous with late-'90s/early-'00s UK garage and 2-step, as the man born Matthew Coleman was one of the scene's progenitors and biggest names. Yet as the bubbling beats and shuffling rhythms fell by the wayside and were eventually swallowed by dubstep's wobbling swagger, it seemed as though MJ Cole might end up simply another footnote in the annals of electronic music history. But rather than stopping, Cole kept producing and operating his own label, Prolific Recordings, all the while continuing to push his music forward into the future. Nearly a decade later, thanks largely to the rise of UK funky, so-called future garage, and all the other not-quite-dubstep sounds populating UK dancefloors, MJ Cole is once again a cause célèbre and his latest release, the Riddim EP, is being caned alongside the hottest new things from the youngest of young bucks. We asked the veteran producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast, and he delivered this hard-charging, percussion-heavy set that proves the legend hasn't lost his touch.

01 Henali "Ave Moog"
02 MJ Cole "Thekla Riddim" (Prolific)
03 Brodinski "Arnold Classics (Egyptrixx mix)" (Grizzly)
04 Sam Tiba "Barbie Weed" (Top Billin)
05 Corneille "Liberation (MJ Cole Dub)" (Universal)
06 Clubzound "Afrika"
07 DJ Zinc "Gimme the Camera" (Bingo)
08 Frenk DJ & Karmin Shiff "Haka Maori”
09 Drop the Lime "Sex Sax (MJ Cole Remix)" (Trouble & Bass)
10 L-Vis 1990 "United Groove (MJ Cole Remix)" (Mad Decent)
11 Dama S "Salon"
12 Primary 1 "Princess (MJ Cole Dub)”
13 Wiley "Electric Boogaloo (Roller Express Mix)" (Back Yard)
14 Rude Kid "Screwdriver"
15 La Roux "Tiger Lily (Rusko DYWHAP Blend)"

16 comments MJ Cole

Ray Dino (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 11:16

me like music)
I can leave here your own work?

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 15:58

this was good

have to say I was wanting to hear some sassy two step
but hay its not the 90s anymore is it

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 06:09

He's a great DJ but this is badnwagon jumping shit for sure, Id rather he kept innovating instead of playing "me too" with Electro snoozers

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 07:30

RE: "He's a great DJ but this is badnwagon jumping shit for sure"

AGREED. Where is the 2-step? If i wanted uk funky i'd be listening to Girl Unit not MJ Cole

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 10:03

the la rouk rusko blend thingy is shit! who thought of that idea!?

Matt_Shadetek (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 06/11/2010 - 15:34

Evolving with the times is not necessarily bandwagon jumping. Funky is just a cyclic return based on many of the same impulses as garage. Respect an OG you little haters.

EL NOU MON (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 06/14/2010 - 09:12


Michna (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 06/14/2010 - 20:20

Hey Anonymous! Do you goto a Radiohead show and only request "Creep"?
If you want classic 2-step go on ebay and cop some mix cd's from '99. If you want to hear some 2010 shit then bump this mix. Check his Sex Sax remix!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 02:11

This is sick & if this was a 90's 2step mix no doubt some little clown would depress us all with his cynical remarks about how "MJ should move on" its easy to sit in your room lurking behind your modem making comments(hell im doing it now:-), god..the pros & cons of the internet, people should be forced to take a personality test B4 commenting on ANYTHING(anyway "badnwagon" jumping is no way near as serious a creative crime as bandwagonjumping so lay off)...hey we all mistype in our urgency to criticise sometimes ;-)

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 04:48

"the la rouk rusko blend thingy is shit! who thought of that idea!?"


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 04:48

"the la rouk rusko blend thingy is shit! who thought of that idea!?"


courageous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 23:39

I reposted on a popular social network site. Def high recommendations .
Bigz on the l-vis 1990 remix!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 08:45

saw him playing at ucl union last week to a room of 5 people. was quite a depressing sight

Rufus the Dog (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 06/16/2010 - 21:27

Really? I've always respected MJ Cole and dig many things he's done, but I was surprised at how soul-less and uninspiring this was. I would say CRAP!

TALE TWIST (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 09:58

man. that shit is dope!!!!!!!

synapses (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/17/2010 - 17:37


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