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Downtime: Red Axes' new wave and post punk mix

The duo put together a vintage session of their favourite records

  • Seb Wheeler
  • 7 July 2020

Red Axes celebrate 10 years in 2020.

The duo have journeyed through the last decade dropping their lush, rolling electronic music on imprints like Hivern Discs, Permanent Vacation and Crosstown Rebels and have crafted three albums, 'Ballad Of The Ice', 'The Beach Goths' and their self-titled latest, released back in May.

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To celebrate, the duo have thrown it back to their roots and put together a new wave and post punk mix (keen fans will know they were in a band previous to this current project, Red Cotton, that plied these sounds).

Buckle up for a ride through the esoteric side of their record collection.

Mix and Q+A below.

Whereabouts are you right now and, how are you?

We are in Tel Aviv right now at our studio and listening to this set for final balance and answering your questions. We’re pretty good, things are slowly opening in Tel Aviv and we can start to build and adjust a new and different life routine.

Can you describe what life is like right now and how you’ve adapted?

Life now is different than the life we had during the lockdown, during that time we stayed separately. Dori was in Tel Aviv and me, in the countryside taking it very easy with my wife and my daughter; cooking food, doing sports, movies and some creative time. Last month we got back to Tel Aviv and in the past two weeks we were able to be much freer and business are opening. Of course, it’s not like before but it’s definitely a positive change and we hope the good progress will remain. On a personal level, I adapted ok. I had much more family time, and time to observe and create. It’s a totally different tempo now but in my case, it came in good time since I have a 6-month baby girl at home.

Are there any TV shows or movies you’ve been bingeing?

All the seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Last Dance, too much "news" channels and now the national football league is open so that’s going to be my main tele focus.

Any books you can recommend?

Albert Camus 'The Plague'.

What’s your ultimate stay-at-home recipe?

I ate too much avocado during the first month of lockdown and then found that I had overdosed and that it was messing with my belly, so my recipes definitely don’t include avocado. It sucks because I love it... I’ll go with my vegetable Kari, if you need the recipe you can mail us!

What music have you been listening to?

Much of the stuff you can find on our Spotify on the road archives playlist.

Describe your Downtime mix? What can listeners expect?

You asked us if we can mix some synth and post punk and stuff from that area that we like so that’s the main idea. You can find some flexi pop favourites and some Israeli disco punk and minimalism from the 80s. There’s also some vocal motive which you will find easily.

Do you have any words of wisdom to accompany the mix?

Not wisdom but there’s a word hiding in the mix secretly, try and find it.

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