Josey Rebelle / Various Artists - Josey In Space
— 12" includes four tracks pressed loudly at 45rpm and download card with the full mix and individual tracks.
— Mix CD contains Josey's full, continuous mix.
— White label 12" edition of 20. Hand-stamped and housed in a thick cardboard disco jacket, includes four tracks and digital download on release day. Ships immediately!
- Side A (45 RPM)
- A1. Fotomachine - BBoy (4:56)
- A2. Shy One - Route II Romeos (6:05)
- Side B (45 RPM)
- B1. Access 58 - Jazz Drama (6:44)
- B2. Rogue Unit - Dance Of The Sarooes (Nookie Remix) (6:27)
CD / Digital
- 01. DJ Marcelle / Another Nice Mess – Dub (Dub) (2:29)
- 02. rRoxymore – What’s The Plan (4:50)
- 03. Tenesha The Wordsmith Feat. Daniel B. Summerhill – I Dream So Loud (4:58)
- 04. Afrodeutsche – Phase Two (4:19)
- 05. Fotomachine – BBoy (4:56)
- 06. Brassfoot – Kingu’s Sceptre (5:14)
- 07. Automation – Electricity (4:33)
- 08. Hieroglyphic Being – Bird Songs 4 Amelie (7:36)
- 09. Uschi Classen With Robert Owens – Only In Your Eyes (Nwachukwu Innervision 1) (6:18)
- 10. Titonton Duvante – Avenues (5:47)
- 11. Reggie Dokes – Piano Seduction (5:40)
- 12. Nubian Mindz – Sunrise 777 (5:55)
- 13. Rum & Black – Zombies At Dawn (5:33)
- 14. Loraine James – Glitch Bitch (3:13)
- 15. Shy One – Route II Romeos (6:05)
- 16. Access 58 – Jazz Drama (6:44)
- 17. Andrés - Café Con Léché (3:13)
- 18. Molinaro – Amber Beach (7:44)
- 19. Rogue Unit – Dance Of The Sarooes (Nookie Remix) (6:27)
- 20. Lex Amor – Praises (2:54)
Release Date: May 15, 2020
Josey Rebelle is the deserving recipient of many accolades and awards, though her accomplishments are, as with all great artists, unquantifiable. Just as her style doesn’t fit neatly into a few-word package, Josey In Space combines classic and current sensibilities with a selection of exclusive and elusive music to elevate this mix beyond the ephemeral to the eternal.
The reciprocal relationship between radio and club DJing are integral to Josey’s practice. Joining Rinse FM in 2011 with a covert 3 - 5 am Thursday slot, her now venerated weekly Sunday show delivers a universe in two hours, filled with selections from across the spectrum - house and techno, breaks, jazz, soul and analogous electronic music, to start - and carries the voices of emerging artists and their communities. Evincing a lifelong commitment to ravenous, compulsory listening, and encouraging this in others, Josey furthers a localized lineage tracing back to the golden era of London pirate radio.
Plenty of lore is out there about Josey’s journey as a club DJ with a glinting reputation the world over. Her style is broadly and essentially UK (especially from a US vantage), in content and mixing. But she doesn’t simply follow a school; her methods are always responsive to the track at hand. Josey lets “the tunes speak – or shout, or whisper – for themselves [giving] them space to breathe.” Within this framework she allows tracks with both complementary and dissonant elements to meet, run over each other, break apart, or just brush each other by.
Josey in Space reflects this finesse and versatility across twenty selections, a number of which will see their digital debut inside and outside of Josey's mix as standalone cuts. DJ Marcelle’s outre dub clatter bookends the plot, featuring up-and-comers of club sound like rRoxymore, AFRODEUTSCHE and Molinaro alongside consistent innovators like Titonton Duvante, Nubian Mindz, Hieroglyphic Being, Uschi Classen and Robert Owens. Tenesha The Wordsmith’s afro-futurist visioning and poetic eulogy “I Dream So Loud” invokes a healing mantra at the outset, and emphasizes an imaginative resilience embedded in the unequivocally black history of dance music.
Moving knowledgeably through this unfolding history, Josey in Space celebrates US house and techno history along with UK soulful bass, breaks and beyond as in Loraine James’ “Glitch Bitch,” or the second-to-last tenderly offered “Praises” from Lex Amor. On the 12” version, four essential tracks are lifted from the mix for DJ-ready use: Fotomachine’s spectral techno transporter “BBoy”; the warm, broken-beat sashay of Shy One’s “Route II Romeos”; Access 58’s 1999 instigator “Jazz Drama”; and the uplifting jungle tune “Dance Of The Sarooes (Nookie Remix)” from Rogue Unit.
Available as a track-focused 12”, mixed CD and mixed / unmixed digital version, Josey in Space is the second outing in a new Beats in Space series celebrating dance music’s form and informality, and the selectors guiding its evolution.