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Masterklass #27: A Dark Story by Russel Clay

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For Masterklass number 27, we introduce Brussels' Russel Clay.
"I don't think I know a different way how to handle and share that darkness which is present inside me. Music gives me this opportunity to break the chains of everyday conformity and provides a creative freedom which knows no boundaries. That's why I always follow my instinct when I produce or make a mix, I try to never let myself be guided by false conventions or assumptions, at least that's what I think. I also believe that this is what my Masterklass is about: instinct, interpretation and true love for what you do.

When I started making the mix, I was thinking about that urban and melancholic feeling I get when I wander around in the city streets at night while listening to this kind of music. Street lights, neon, dark alleys, shadows,... Personally, a great source of inspiration for me.

The Masterklass that I composed is not just a list of dark and melancholic tracks which work well together musically. I'm actually focusing more on telling you a story which makes sense to me. A story which will hopefully make sense to you, move you and make you reflect on things - even if it's just for a moment. In fact, the way you interpret this mix will always be your own and that's what makes music so universal and personal at the same time. "

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues
Andy Stott - Missing
Savages - Shut Up
Burial - Kindred
The Haxan Cloak - Consumed
Holy Other - Love Some1
Akkord - Continuum
Lotic - Suspension
Burial - Come Down To Us
Oneohtrix Point Never - He She
Moderat - Therapy
Kuedo - Eyeless Angel Intervention
Health - Salvia
Christina Vantzou - Arp
Mondkopf - We Watched The End
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - East Hastings
HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak's Cloud of Witness)
Keaton Henson - Elevator Song (feat. Ren Ford)

Masterklass #27: A Dark Story by Russel Clay