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Friday Mixtape: Boiler Room designer Mason London’s super laid-back mix

Mason London, the designer otherwise known as Joe Prytherch, has created us a super laid-back mix to end the last week of March. In his role at Boiler Room, Mason creates endless artworks for events, illustrated and designed in a style that emulates the night at hand and his personality too.

As well as creating us a chilled mix inspired by hip hop and the imminent summer, Mason also shared his own rendition of The Streets’ Original Pirate Material that he created when he was 16!

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Why have you picked these songs – what do they make you feel?

The common theme of all the tracks on this mixtape is that they are all super laid-back, like ten helpings of syrup and cream (hence the title on my tenuously related mixtape artwork). The inspiration for this theme is a track called Otha Fish by hip hop group The Pharcyde which for me is the ultimate laid-back lounging song. I discovered it when I was a teenager and was obsessed with it for a good while. Any time it gets to mid April and I make my annual Summer Jams playlist it’s always the first track on there, so I used it as the starting point for this mixtape.

When or where should this mixtape be listened to?

When you have nothing to do but test out a new reclining chair.

What did you listen to as a teenager and why?

I used to listen to a lot of hip hop albums, like Pharcyde’s Bizarre Ride 2, Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides, Common’s Like Water for Chocolateand Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP. I also used to remake artwork for CDs which I’d burnt but didn’t own the original cases for; here’s a CD cover (below) I made for The Streets Original Pirate Material when I was 16. It’s constructed from photos and words torn out of NME and Guardian Guide interviews run through a printer to add the album title and track listing.

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What is consistently playing in your studio and why?

I work in Boiler Room so whatever is playing in the studio is often something the music team are playing to get ideas for shows. I get exposed to a lot of great new music but also a lot of techno. Recent albums I’ve enjoyed from the office stereo are Khruangbin The Universe Smiles Upon You, Loyle Carner Yesterday’s Gone and NxWorries Yes Lawd.

If a feature film of your life was to be made, what song would be on the trailer?

Truffle Butter by Nikki Minaj.