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Matt ‘Radio Slave’ Edwards is one of electronic music’s true experimentalists; a man rooted in house and techno whose oeuvre reaches much farther beyond. From the downtempo gloss of his Quiet Village project to a half-hour-long remix of Diddy to the audio-visual soundscape immersions of The Machine, he continually strives to push his music forward and keep himself on his toes. It’s this dedication to progression and eclecticism that imbues his 4/4 grooves with such texture and depth, something that runs equally through the releases on his acclaimed REKIDS imprint.

His concoction for Balance comes in two distinct parts, its 33 tracks marking a stark contrast to the stripped-back simplicity of his fabric 48 mix. “The idea of a double disc is something that totally suits me down to the ground” he explains. “I’m interested in so many types of music. So with the Balance compilation I knew I’d have to take one mix in a clubbier direction and then the second disc would be all about showcasing tracks from my favourite producers and creating an environment for home listening that isn’t just wallpaper.” He cites Future Sound Of London’s Kiss FM sessions and DJ Harvey’s Sarcastic as inspirational DJ mixes, both visionaries in their own way.


CD1 – White Skies
1. Radio Slave – Leaving Home… The Elevator Experience
2. DJ Bone – Change (Accapella)
3. Stephan G & The Persuader – Kaos
4. Julien Perez – Road to Dub
5. Delano Smith – Inspiration (Reconstructed by Makam)
6. Frost (Of) – Da Drop Suri (Rhadoo mix)
7. Pooley & Parker – Lurchen Und Eulen (Radio Slave mix)
8. Jeremy – Rhythmus
9. Brommage Dub – Untitled (Dub One)
10. Timeline – Ghosts of Graystone
11. Vadim Svoboda – Pattern 18
12. Nina Kraviz – Choices (Fred P Reshape)
13. No Smoke – Koro Koro (Dub)
14. Brotherhood – Memorial Smith
15. Sandy Rivera – Liquid Interlude w/ Joe Claussell – Animation (Unchainedpella Joe Claussell mix)
16. Melchior Productions – Descendants
17. Radio Slave – Tantakatan (Prins Thomas Diskomiks)
18. Larry Heard – First Call of the Morning
19. Radio Slave – Lincoln Boulevard

CD2 – Maestros and Memories Part 1 & 2
1. Radio Slave – Coming Home… Sunday Night Flights
2. Ryuchi Sakamoto – Only Love Can Conquer Hate
3. Vincent I. Watson – Hidden Behind the Eyes
4. The Machine – Continental Drift (Joe Claussell mix)
5. Skooby Laposky – Lighthouse (Theo Parrish mix)
6. Slum Village – One (Instrumental)
7. Jay Dee – B.B.E. (Big Booty Express) (Instrumental w/ Vox)
8. Linda Law – All The Night
9. Quiet Village – Can’t Be Beat
10. D.S. – Additional Elements
11. Portico Quartet – Laker Boo
12. Herbie Hancock – Nobu
13. Software – Present Voice
14. Radio Slave – U Bahn… Next Stop Panorama Bar?