Errorism, a young Brussels duo made up of childhood friends Reuben Lambrecht and Quentin Materne, peddle a genre-bending blend of rhythms and harmonies born of the masterful manipulation of analogue synths and computers. The pair have slowly but steadily been building up their track record, notching up a remix for Belgian musical partners Sound of Stereo and spots on the decks at Museum Night Fever, Bruksellive, and Sioux. This mix they’ve put together is a jazzy slow-burner of well-constructed tempos that build on each other.Artwork by Alex Deforce
How did you go about making this mix?
When we make a mix we always want to achieve something special, with a sort of theme. We searched for a long time for good tracks as well as tracks we already knew we liked. Old or new, it didn’t matter. Of course, it isn’t easy because there’s so much out there.
What mood were you in?
We didn’t think about it, we just felt it – it’s not like making music from scratch or making a track with feelings. In terms of mood, I guess we wouldn’t really say that it’s a happy mix – mostly we tried to use some loungey elements.
Can we talk about genres?
Kind of. It starts with arpeggio and psychedelic sounds that grow and grow. We don’t like to choose words or genres, but I think we ended up with something like a jazzy, deep house lounge. The tone is set by the second track from Floating Points.
Are there any stand-out tracks?
There are a few tracks that are really interesting, like the first by Jamie L. Like the mix itself, it’s a track that develops. When it starts you don’t know what to expect, then it gets harder. I thought it was amazing the first time I heard it when I was in a record store. It sets the tone for the mix.
Tell us about the exclusive track.
It’s “Scarlet” by Jazz Neversleeps, a Belgian DJ and producer from Brussels, though we think he lives in Germany now. He’s with Alex’s label, On-Point. On-Point are a group that are really shaping the sound of the city at the moment. We’ve got lots of love for Alex – he did the artwork for the mix.
Jazz is an excellent producer and very original. We like that he doesn’t stick to one genre – he produces a really wide range of music as well as hip-hop and down-tempo. His way of thinking is really out of the box, and he’s a great person to talk to because of his incredible musical knowledge.
It’s the same thing with Alex from On-Point – they both do what they do entirely for the love of the music. We’re also really inspired by the Onda Sonora DJ collective, who did an exclusive mix for The Word in May.
Any fights about what got in?
If any one of us isn’t entirely happy with a track, we leave it out. We have to give each other good reasons as to why a track works, which means that making a mix for us requires a very very long discussion. More than forty five minutes, actually. We need so much time because we’re trying to mix and match so many DJs, and we’re really trying to make it perfect – we’re very critical of ourselves.
Could you describe the mix using colours?
I definitely see blue in the introduction and the outro and maybe yellow in the middle, but Reuben is a bit colour-blind. He can’t really see the yellow there.
What are you working on at the moment?
We’re producing and finishing some tracks as well as getting ready to release an EP.
1. Jamie L – In The Bug (Havana Candy Mix)
2. Floating Points – Myrtle Avenue
3. Tornado Wallace – Whispering Twirl
4. Mass Prod – 72 Minutes Of Scrubs A Day
5. Fudge Fingas – Light in my life
6. Toby Tobias – One Night On Mare Street
7. Kink – E79
8. JazzNeverSleeps – Scarlet
9. Two Armadillos – Hawthorne’s Theme
10. Gavin Sutherland – Untytled