No stranger to The Word, Brussels-based beat label Thin Consolation team up with partners-in-crime Unknown References to deliver exclusive mix 39. Recorded digitally first and then re-recorded straight-to-tape, expect an hour or so of customary eclectic electronic, with the odd funk and gangsta rap tracks included for good measure.

Exclusive mix 39: Thin Consolation x Unknown References by The Word on Mixcloud

Can you describe yourself in a few words? Your sound, approach to making music, your influences, how it all started, …

Fat Chance: 1m80, brown hair, blue eyes, one leg shorter than the other. I’m not a musician or a DJ, so the definition of “my sound” probably does not apply. As an amateur of music I listen to all sorts. I’ve mainly been influenced by my friends. They used to give me tapes, now they send me links. Some of it I like, some I don’t.

Beato Minacelli: 1m64, brown hair, brown eyes, owner of an evil cat. Like Fred, I’m not a musician… just a music eater. I started at 12 with a 56k internet connection (thanks to Kazaa), swapping CDrs with friends at 13, to finally begin buying records at 16. Now, I share YouTube links and still buy records.

How did you first start making music? How does it fit into your life?

FC: I’m not a musician.

BM: Same.

Is music a full-time thing for you at the moment? If not, what are your other occupations?

FC: I use 26 letters to pimp things that work with 2 digits.

BM: Actually, I’m trying to work as a graphic designer.

Can you describe the mix in a few words? What is its overriding influence, where would it best be enjoyed, what makes it special?

FC: Yellow, Thursday night, in the car. We don’t like to use the term “special”. We prefer to say “different”.

BM: I think it’s a good soundtrack for train or car trips. I call it a  soundtrack, because the mix is built up that way. It’s special because it combines our wide and varied influences: from OST’s to House and Techno, via Hip Hop and Funk.

Can you tell us about the exclusive track on the mix? Why did you chose to include this one? If it isn’t one of your own productions, how did you come across the artist?

FC: Richard Colvaen’s “Ting Ting Tung”. It really tied the mix together. Let’s just say I knew a guy… who knew a guy… who knew him.

BM: Lawrence Le Doux’s “Hermanio Age”. Mr Le Doux gave it to me before releasing his bomb/EP on Vlek. I really love this track and have wanted to include it in a mix for a while. I came across him because… he was my teacher at ERG. Now he’s my ‘record digging’ partner and sometimes we collaborate on zines and cassette artwork.

When and where did you record it? Describe the room, the furniture, the walls, the view from the room, the neighbourhood, the weather at the time, etc…

FC: My place, on Sunday. 6 x 4m, table, chair, chair, chair, chair, sofa, grey, grey, brick wall, old people, grey.

BM: His place, where there’s too much furniture and everything is grey.

What’s your favourite track on the mix?

FC: Akazehe Par Deux Jeunes Filles.

BM: ‘Wan Voager – Don’t Funk It Dugong’ remixed by LBNHRX.

What are your top 3 albums of the year so far and why?

FC: STUFF.’s “STUFF.”, Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud’s “Isswat” and LBNHRX’s “IFAS”. I don’t have a reasonable explanation as to why.

BM: Felix K’s “Tragedy of the commons”, Paranoid London’s self titled album (2014) and Royal Crown Of Sweden’s “R.E.G.A.L.I.E.R.” (2015 repress).

What do you have coming up in the next few weeks?

FC: New releases by Herrmutt Lobby and Reptl Wins.

BM: Actapulgite (aka Aidons Antoine) and Hoax E Moron releases.