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Berlin-based Frenchman Robin Ordell has recorded and shared a new mix.

Ordell output takes influence from three key European cities: Nice, London, and the German capital. His penchant for jazz imbues his music with deep soulful grooves, characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and an insistent rhythm. Deep, bassy tones, together with infectious breaks and warm loops flow through his sets and productions, while touches of minimal experimentation and a strong house motif make up his sound.

Growing up around funk music during his formative years in Nice, France, Robin left home early relocating to East London in 2007, where he was drawn to the burgeoning underground club scene. Influenced by the French style of the nineties, while also drawing on inspiration from deeper German minimal sounds, Robin was entrenched in the fertile East London scene during this exciting era of London’s history.

2009 was a notable year in Ordell’s progression as a DJ. It was during this time that infamous London party Half Baked was conceived and he became one of their full-time residents. It was at this party where he really established himself as a versatile selector who can blend a range of styles into his sets with confidence and panache. 

As a keen studio hound, Ordell is always jamming and making music, some of which has been released via labels such as Seuil’s Eklo, Discobar, Finest Hour, Hello?Repeat and Half Baked’s own record label. In 2014 he became part of the Lola ED agency, joining an array of underground luminaries and marking an important step forward in his decade-long career. In 2017 he continues to travel around Europe, with a steady flow of releases and a constant desire to channel the soul of jazz, house, and funk music through his Ordell-shaped filter.

His latest mix, a one-hour journey through some of his favorite records, is available to download in full below.

When and where was the mix recorded?

The mix was recorded in my bedroom back in June this year, on my wonky pair of turntables. Gotta freshen those babies up some day...

Could you tell us about the idea behind it?

You know what, I have always had a certain idea of how a podcast should be: for me it should be easy listening and smooth, the kind of thing I personally like to listen to whilst I’m hanging out at home. Saying tha I have often been told that my mixes and podcasts are too deep, and not showcasing my club side enough. So I’ve tried to combine the best of both worlds, with music meaningful to me but that I could also confidently play in the club environment.

What made this set particularly special — why did you release it? 

I guess it’s a pretty accurate walk through of my current tastes. It’s a blend of house, minimal, and techno from the past and present. Pretty simple, but I think it works and is an honest representation of what I’m about.

How does the mix compare to one of your club mixes?

It’s pretty close in terms of selection, although the energy I get from people whilst I’m out performing is never that easy to recreate when playing in front of my bedroom wall.

What have you got planned for 2017?

A few exciting projects are on the way actually, I’ve got an EP due very soon on Jan Krueger’s Hello?Repeat, my second release on Finest Hour is due out in the coming month, and I also appear on a various artists comp for Assemble Music.

I have done a lot of collaborations with my friends lately too and am looking forward to the day when these new little challenges will see the light of day.

Gig-wise I’m looking forward to playing CDV with Lamache and Onirik on September 11, it should be good fun, making my tINI & the gang debut in Ibiza at the lovely Underground end of September just after a night out with Dyed Soundorom in Switzerland at Rok Club amongst others…

Can’t say much else apart from the fact that I’m really excited! It’s been a good year so far and I’m sure the vibes will continue into winter.