#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with Jonas Lion (BEL)

It’s been a while, but we’re back with our first Friday Selekts of 2018! Starting with Jonas Lion from Antwerp, Belgium, we hear some of his most memorable records from his extensive collection.

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Jonas Lion is my real name. I’m 27 and born and raised in Antwerp. Moved back here now after some pit stops in Germany, Ghent and Brussels. I started out playing dubstep about 10 years ago, only starting to take my ‘DJ-thing’ serious around the age of 21, joining the Untitled! crew that threw massive dubstep and later on UK parties in Antwerp. Even though I’m quite eclectic in my taste, ranging from house, hip-hop to alternative club music – I always kept on buying vinyl. Right now I’m quietly and slowly developing our Home Alone platform, together with Jeroen Maes and Nadia Kara, in order to make podcasts, release music and occasionally throw a party without any pressure.”

Coki – Burning

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“One of my first pieces of vinyl and also the record I paid most for in my whole collection; €40, which was a fortune for me when I was 18 years old, just getting to know dubstep. This white label made me realize I wanted to become a DJ. It was (and still is) the rudest 140bpm track of all time to me. It’s pretty straightforward, but all the elements like the vocal sample, the rolling drums and intense keys are right where they need to be. Still gives me the shivers.”

Sampha x Jessie Ware – Valentine

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“Kind of a heartbreak to listen to it now, as I bought two copies of it as a Valentines present for my girlfriend back in the day – one for me and one for her. It’s such a sweet and delicate song, pressed on a beautiful grey heart-shaped 10 inch. I believe it was the first time I heard both Sampha and Jessie Ware, who obviously became to be major stars later on. According to Discogs, this one is amongst my most valuable records (economically and emotionally) in my collection.”

 

Blawan – Getting Me Down Jonas Lion, bands, metallica, black sabbath, the fall, pixies, rolling stones, dinosaur jr, pink floyd, new vinyl releases, vinyl collection, sweden vinyl, vinyl sales, vinyl reissue, vinyl records collector, #vinyloftheday marketplace app, sell vinyl, buy vinyl, buy vinyl records, sell vinyl records, buy used vinyl records, sell used vinyl records, music, turntables, collector, record collection, records collection, turntable, record player. record, cratedigging, cratediggers, discogs, turntable, record store, #vinyloftheday app, vinyl records, used cds, discography, database, new, used, cds, lps, vinyl record, albums, rare cds, rare records, music albums, music cds, cd single, music cd, cd singles, rare lps, hard to find music, out of print music, cheap cds, cheap music, rare vinyl records, used music

“I remember hearing this track in a 2562 podcast when I was 21 years old and going apeshit. I started a thread about it on dubstepforum.com and it immediately went viral. Not much later this came out and even though I was doing my Erasmus in a small town in Germany I went through great lengths to get my copy. Must have been in my crates for at least 5 years.”

 

Burial x Four Tet x Thom Yorke – Ego / Mirror

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“Another gem from that Erasmus era. As soon as I heard this was going to be pressed I ordered two copies, one of which I’ve given to a close friend. Both sides of this record carry so much depth and texture, exactly as you would expect from a collab with names like this. I must have had this on repeat play for a full week, back in my tiny room in a small town in East Germany. Memories…”

 

FCL ‎– It’s You (San Soda’s Panorama Bar Acca Version)

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“This is probably the most valuable piece in my entire record collection. A perfect DJ tool, comprised mostly of Lady Linn’s soothing voice, that builds up, comes down and rolls on without ever really ‘dropping’. When San Soda and Red D (both acquaintances of mine that form FCL) released only 150 copies on clear vinyl, they gave half of them away to their DJ-friends – and I was amongst the lucky few. They promised to never repress it – a commitment that was tested a year later when the track blew up internationally and thedemand skyrocketed. Even though it has since been released digitally, I’m proud to be one of the few that have this historical piece of Belgian dance music on wax.”


Cassie – Cassie

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“Like many DJ’s around me, I cherish a (not so) secret love for Cassie. This album has to be (to me at least) the best one ever made, right up there with Burial’s ‘Untrue’. Timeless R&B classics with spot-on production and a silky smooth voice. I can’t say much more about it tho, other than that it’s my absolute fave.”

 

Mssingo – XE2

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“The summum of ‘emotional club music’: the two adjectives I mostly look for in music, really. I can literally not play this without shedding a little tear. Who knew you could do that with a simple R.Kelly sample? In the meantime, this record has become somewhat of a rare commodity.”

 

Taragana Pyjarama ‎– Ariel EP

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“An EP from Danish producer Taragana Pyjarama that I care for very deeply. The title track especially, with its R&B vocal chops and unconventional build-up, is a criminally underrated masterpiece. Until 2 years ago I couldn’t find a vinyl copy anywhere, until I stumbled upon it in a tiny record store in Chicago. It’s a song that I associate with thebetter times in a relationship that I had which ended abruptly and incredibly painfully.”

 

Nautic – Navy Blue

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“That same relationship started mainly over the love for this group. This EP is not the rarest or most expensive one I have – but it’s loaded with tonnes of emotional value. I’m definitely not much of an indie guy, but every track on this EP is just deliciously sweet and fragile, making you think of careless summer days spent drinking wine and falling in love.”

 

Joey Labeija – Shattered Dreams

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“Even though I tend to DJ a lot more edit-heavy stuff that’s influenced by dancehall, R&B and baile funk nowadays, most of my vinyl collection still consists of either house music or “listening albums”. This mini album brilliantly balances between all of the above. It’s as much of a soundtrack as it is club material. In what is clearly very personal work, Joey LaBeija (who originates from the ballroom scene in NYC) explores the outer edges of emotionally ridden club music. Just an EP that works well for different purposes – and even after 100 listens it won’t stop to grow on me.”

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