Joining us from beyond the arctic circle this week is DJ Ra-Shidi. After playing on Charlotte Bendiks’ IRONI night last Saturday, the Tromsø DJ returned to our booth the next day to lay down a mix for the Jæger mix series. Hailing from the land of Bjørn Torske, Rune Lindbæk, Biosphere, Mental Overdrive, Doc L Junior and Røyksopp, DJs like Ra-Shidi and Charlotte Bendiks are breathing new life into the arctic city’s music scene. Young, invigorating, and progressive, DJs like Ra-Shidi are establishing a new sound in Tromsø that looks out towards the rest of the eccentric world while honouring the esotericism of their forbearers’ musical legacy.
For the Jæger mix she opts for music in the lower tempos, with layers of percussion and legato synthesisers creating swooping velvet clouds of sound. Ra-Shidi’s selections float from one into the next, as tracks from the likes of Efdemin, Route 8 and Four Tet conspire around the dreamscape like theme that moves through the mix. Ra-Shidi describes the selections as “dreamy and hot, hard and soft”, her mix incorporating everything from Bollywood to library samples, but grounded in a percussive quality, destined for the dance floor.