This week on the RA podcast: a rambunctious party mix from UK duo The Count and Sinden.
Joshua Harvey and Graeme Sinden are the London producers behind The Count and Sinden. Perhaps better known under their solo guises, Hervé and Sinden, the duo have brought their warped dance music sensibility together to craft one of the 2008’s most insistent singles, ‘Beeper.’ The earworm can be directly traced back to The Count and Sinden’s love of everything from Baltimore club, hip-hop, electro, Miami bass and grime.
Baile funk, dancehall, bassline house and plenty of other genres also factor into the stop-start podcast that they’ve crafted exclusively for RA. But The Count and Sinden don’t care all that much about genre tags. Their goal is simply to rock the party—and in this rambunctious mix that takes in Bjork, Armand van Helden and South Rakkas Crew, that’s exactly what they do.
What have you been working on recently?
We've been busy working on the full-length album for Domino and also the follow-up single to 'Beeper'. We're also rehearsing hard too. We're just about to embark on the Count and Sinden Live club tour which starts mid-May and then were onto the Summer Festival circuit soon after. We have also been finishing off the Machines Don't Care collaboration album
Where and how was the mix recorded?
We recorded it in the studio on Ableton Live. We didn't want it to be too tricksy, it's easy to get carried away with its features, layering loads of samples and throwing down 100 tunes in an hour. It's more old-school tunes played after the other style.
Can you tell us a little about the idea behind the mix?
To represent our sound, be eclectic and make it fun to listen to. It's a typical Count & Sinden set, some remixes we have done together and individually as Herve and Sinden, some new signings to our respective labels Cheap Thrills and Counterfeet and influences.
London's got a lot going on. And it's different to say the Baltimore thing in the USA. How have Grime and Dancehall influenced your sound?
Grime and dancehall are influences but then so is everything to us. We don't draw the line anywhere. I'd say London city is an influence but, without focusing too much on any area, the UK is more of an influence—music from the past up to the present day. Travelling to other countries and meeting people and getting a kick out of music across the world is really important too.
Who still uses a beeper?
Hustlers and Famlay.
01. The Count & Sinden - Dock Leaf - Domino
02. The Count & Sinden - Stinging Nettle - Domino
03. Toddla T - Inna Di Dancehall (The Count & Sinden Remix) - 1965
04. Detboi - Come Rest Up - CDR
05. Se:sa - I Like It Like This (The Count & Sinden Remix) - Positiva
06. T2 - Butterflies (The Count Remix) - All Around The World
07. Bjork - Innocence (Sinden Remix) - One Little Indian
08. Jay Stewart – Don’t Do It (Rico Tubbs VIP Remix) - Menu Music
09. Machines Don’t Care - Drop It To The Floor - Machines Don’t Care
10. Azzido Da Bass - Dooms Night (Switch Remix) - Frenetic
11. Dj Tamiel - Funky Dance - CDR
12. Voodoo Chilli - Streetplayers - Cheap Thrills
13. The Count & Sinden - Beeper - Domino
14. The Count & Sinden - Beeper (A Trak Remix) - Domino
15. Kudu - Lets Finish (Sinden Remix) - Nublu
16. Larry Tee feat. Princess Superstar - Licky (Herve Remix) - iO Records
16. Machines Don’t Care - Soundboy Massive - Machines Don’t Care
17. The Count - Dibby DJ - Cheap Thrills
18. South Rakkas Crew - Mad Again (Fake Blood Remix) - Mad Decent
19. Fake Blood - Fake Blood Theme - Counterfeet
20. Alan Braxe - Addicted - Kitsune
21. Armand Van Helden - J'Taime (Switch Remix) - Southern Fried
22. Solid Groove - This Is Sick (Herve Reshuffle) - CDR