Spring Break Kiki

I teach at two different schools and their spring breaks are on different weeks. 😭 At least there’s a little reprieve during the two week span. This week I don’t have to teach in the evening, so that’s a plus.

Working on my lesson plan for my LACC students and Listening to The North Quarter on Echobox. Greg did a nice little Fats tribute collection.

RIP Fats. 💜


Tulum Kiki

Man! I’ve already been back from Mexico for 17 days?? It doesn’t seem like that at all. Covid really took me out. I’m in somewhat tip top shape again and back on the bullshit… begrudgingly.

Locus. I had a really really really lovely time. Much thanks to my homegirl Alley Cat for letting me be her +1. I loved her set so much! Not only did she play D Kay and Lee’s Wax’d, but she played a dope SPY remix of Piper. I guess it made the rounds last year, but that was my first time hearing it. It sounded amazing on that sound system in the forest. I love the Jonny L remix and SPY’s version does not disappoint. She also played an Alibi remix of Kosheen’s Hide U that was new to me and it was 🔥🔥🔥! I’m aware that some of these tunes have probably been making the rounds for a minute, but you know me, I am a bit rubbish at keeping up with the latest releases, so sorry if I’m late to the party on some of these gems.

I keep trying to pick a favourite set, but I can’t. The days were so fun and it was just a blast to be in super nice weather and listening to loud dnb. I loved LSB and Workforce’s sets from the day venue. Fabio and Dom & Roland killed it. I love the cenote venue. Such a vibe. Saturday night I raaaaaaved. 😂 I definitely danced for 8+ hours. Klute absolutely smashed it. I didn’t know the majority of the tunes he played, but it all just sounded amazing and I was so here for it. Kemal and Rob Data and Ed Rush and Optical were everything you wanted it to be. I left backstage for their sets and very much appreciated brockin out with my old JVC homies that were there as well. Shouts to MC Brace and Virgo. We deffo got our proper stomp on. 🥰

All the emcees were on point. Everyone brought it! I started feeling ill on the last day, but I’m happy I got to enjoy the majority of the festival. I was sorry to hear about all the issues some festival patrons were having with cartel and police. I was with the artists since I was staying with Alicia, and we didn’t really hear about everything that was happening til way after it happened. I had a fantastic time, but I do feel that next time safety for the festival patrons should be the number one priority.

I don’t think I will go again if they have it next year. The main reason I had so much fun is because I got to hang out with Alley Cat who is a good friend and I didn’t have to deal with any bullshit. That was my second time going to Tulum, and even though it was wonderful, I don’t think Tulum is spectacular enough for me to spend money to go there a 3rd time. There are heaps more places all over Mexico that are even more fantastic and a lot less expensive.

All in all, a fab time with some great people and amazing music. 💕

I’ve spent the whole week writing thesis chapters. I know it’s old, but this Workforce remix has matched my temperament for the past couple of days. Such a great tune.

Chapter Kiki

Writing a thesis chapter. My Saturday night is lit! 😂

This Jubei mix is keeping me afloat. It’s dope. I really enjoy Jubei. 😍

One of my fave tunes is this Jubei and Alix Perez from the Distrust EP.

Covid & Kiki

Hi! I got Covid in Tulum. I’m still recovering hence the absence and lack of Locus update.

In the meantime I took some time out to listen to the homie Stunna’s Bassdrive show. He gave me a heads up to let me know he had done a mini Martyn highlight, and we all know how much I love Martyn.

I’ll write my updates soon. The lethargy from Covid recovery is just wiping me out!

Kiki’s Drafts

Someone upstairs must know that I’ve got loads of drafts and rewrites in my future, cuz the barrage of nonstop mixes is the only thing keep me afloat. I can zone out and write as long as I have dnb to keep me company.

I still have my list of tracks I’m digging to share. No time to write a long post tho.

Listen to some Alix with me instead.

Halogenix – Let Me Explain

Trail – Lucid

Halogenix – No More

Trail & Visages – Untitled

Visages & Monty – Ace Of Spades

Brent Faiyaz – Loose Change (Alix Perez Bootleg)

Alix Perez – Untitled Dub

Visages – Yalda VIP

Trail – NJS

Venna – Avenue B (Halogenix Edit)

Azifm – Say Enough (feat. Tusekah)

Kiki & The Remix

I love me a good remix. 😍

I was already besotted with the original. Great vocals as always from Steo. This came out in 2015. How was that 8 years ago already??

This remix is 🔥🔥🔥. I’m a huge GLXY fan. Hearing this out loud slaps. 10/10 definitely recommend.

Soundtracks & Kiki

I’ve been listening to this Echobox Radio episode on repeat.

It’s great! A nice variety of awesome tunes.

I love listening to these 2 hour mixes when I’m lesson planning or writing.

I’m curating the soundtracks to my life. 😂

I have to get ready for work.

Post 3 soon to come.

Locus & Kiki

Hi hi hi hi hi! I’ve been trying to update for a month. I hate it when people make being busy their personality trait, but for realz I’ve been swamped!

This is my last semester of this second masters. I’ll be done in May. Even though it’s been running me ragged, I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve learned so much and the program really has been wonderful. Great instructors and excellent guidance throughout. I’m working on my thesis and final instructional product. I complain about this often, but I really would love an extra 3 hours in the day. It would make my life so much easier!

A lot happening with my dad’s estate… still. That’s all I’ll say for now. There are so many good tunes to discuss, I don’t want to make this post too depressing.💕

The best news to report – I’m going to Tulum for the Locus event!! I can’t remember if I posted about it before or not.

A little backstory. I’ve been trying to go to Sun and Bass forever, and I do mean forever. I met Stefano back in like 2006 or so when he was in Illinois for a work training. He was stuck out in the middle of nowhere, so A-Sides hit me up and was like – Yo rescue him! LOL. Me and Stunna showed him a good time over that weekend and he was like “Come to this event I do in Sardinia!” and I was like “I’m coming!!!” — I never went. 😂

Stunna went though, and like everyone who goes, talked about how amazing it is and how I have to go. I’ve enviously streamed the mixes and scrolled through everyone’s pics every year. As much of a dnb fan as I am, I just can’t drop that much money on a dnb holiday. From this side of the pond, it’s pretty pricey and I travel enough to know how the dollars start racking up. With flight, accommodations and spending money, it’s just never been feasible for me.

The idea of enjoying my fave music in a beautiful location and having a proper hols at the same time gets more and more enticing as I age. I loved deejaying when I did it, but it honestly was never a huge aspiration of mine. I fell into it, enjoyed it while I did it and kept it moving. Through and through, I’ve always just been a massive fan of the music and just want to listen, dance and feel the bass in my chest.

Anyway, last year Submorphics told me about some event they were doing in Tulum. He was playing. It sounded like fun, but was too short notice for me to sort myself out. I’ve been to Tulum before and really loved it. So I promised myself, if they did it again the next year, I would most def go.

I made this plan for myself. It wasn’t a secret or anything, I just didn’t advertise it since I didn’t care if anyone I knew was going or not. It’s a graduation present from me to me. Then everything started to unfold serendipitously. My friend Alley Cat is playing. My old dnb homies from Chicago, Dan and Lisa, are going. A bunch of other people I know are going too. I’m excited!

It’s going to be an enjoyable event. I am so burnt out from work and school. The break can’t come soon enough!

This post is entirely too long. I’ll write a couple more.