Ripley’s been holdin’ it down at the crossroads between rave culture, the dancehall, and the academy for many years. I first became aware of her when I was living in the Bay Area, and at the height of the mid-00’s Hyphy boom she was throwing boundary smashing parties with her collective Surya Dub. It was when they brought The Bug to the lower level of San Francisco’s Club 6 (one of the key spaces in my experience of the Bay Area’s thizz-induced multi-cultural melting pot utopia) that I experienced my first significant ear damage. Her amazing work on copyright and colonial legacy in Jamaica has served as a font of inspiration for many of us who are rethinking the way we practice and talk about music, and art in general.
We’ve recently asked Ripley to join the crew to help curate a series of web streaming events that we are launching this Friday called the Duttycast. So we thought it was a perfect time to feature her latest mix Hello Exile.
Here’s what she has to say about it:
The mix is a love-letter to the perfect combination of raw, live enthusiasm and musical excellence that was Jungle in the 1990s. In 2013, as footwork and other urban bass sounds bring to the front somemore ‘dark’ and aggressive musical styles, these tracks haunt my ears, still sounding fresh and influential. I open up my well-traveled vinyl collection for 15-year-old records from my earliest DJ sets, weaving in music from then till now: most made by friends and colleagues I’ve crossed paths with in my tours across 19 countries on 3 continents.
I intend it as a joyful menace: troubling all the hierarchies out there and having fun doing it. This isn’t music from the margins, it hails up lives, communities, worlds in exile. Gothic and darkstyle Jungle, the ominous side of footwork, and the punk aesthetic of my youth, all entangle with the threat to dominant social norms presented by the thread of Black and Caribbean culture that runs through most of the music I love best. I also wanted to queer up the jungle, a move without which Babylon can never truly fall. Dance music’s omnivorous digesting of culture can brings out the best interactions, on the dancefloor and in production: I end my take on that by mixing two of my favorite voice/beat combinations under the calling of dark birds.
See you on the dancefloor!!
Tracklist for Hello Exile:
1. Leak Riddim VIP – Starkey
2. Everything it’s a New Surprise – Cardopusher
3. Cop that flip – LL/ Lazer Sword
4. Nitemare – DJ Funeral
5. Dippin’ Trappin – El Cucuy & Juke Ellington
6. Crank it UP – GA Girlz
7. Jungle Warriors – Bay B Kane
8. Hello Darkness – Bay B Kane
9. Cherry Red – Distal
10. DJ Rashad & Dj Spinn Meet Tshesha Boys – DJ Zhao
11. Off the Chain remix – Taal Mala
12. Getting Some Juked – DJ Nehpets
13. See Ya (Change Timbre Edit) (Original Mix) – Aquadrop
14. Rebound (Dj Stretch & Bone Remix) – IQ Collective
15. Throw Em Out – Thunderbird Juicebox
16. Glass Pipe Fury – DJ Exodus & Head Pressure
17. Skylarkings – Omen Breaks
18. Move Back (Original Mix) – Dj Clent, Dj Rashad
19. Umm Umm Umm (Knoeck Umm Out Bisco mix) – Dj Phiene
20. Xororo feat. Russo Passapussa (Uproot Andy Remix) – Maga Bo
21. R.I.P. (Phillip D Kick’s footwork jungle edit) – Remarc/ Philip D Kick
22. R.I.P. – Remarc
23. The Lion Sleeps – 45 Thieves
24. Dickie Riddim (feat. Warrior Queen)- Schlachththofbronx
25. ??? – (Trouble on Vinyl white label)
26. Lick my Clit (original mix) – Kill Frenzy
27. Bad Girls (Switch Remix feat. Rye Rye & Missy) – M.I.A.
28. Kill Them – Taal Mala
29. Crazy Jab Riddim
30. Ravers – Lil Rick (Crazy Jab Riddim) — 48ish
31. Champion Sound (Total Science Hardcore Will Never Die Remix) – Q Project
32. Werkin Girls – Angel Haze
33. Roads (Damscray Juke Mix) – Portishead
34. Crow & Sparrow – 食品まつり aka Foodman