Back in 2013, Londoner Jimmy Asquith quietly minted the now-ubiquitous record label Lobster Theremin with an impressive debut release from a promising new producer: fellow Londoner Jay Donaldson – now known world over as Palms Trax.
Since then, the label boss has found himself thrust to the epicentre of the global dance music scene, operating a vast network of sub- and sister-labels, and looking after a staggering roster of artists that includes Palms Trax, Ross From Friends, DJ Seinfeld, Imre Kiss, Ozel AB and dozens of others.
Over the years, the Lobster Theremin empire has expanded rapidly to incorporate a respected distribution service, and a physical record shop based in Hackney. With a physical home and vibrant team of full-time employees, the operation stands as a welcome reminder of what can still be achieved in an industry so often assumed to be cash-strapped and devoid of prospects.
Behind the decks, Asquith maintains a busy international touring schedule whilst holding down a regular slot on Rinse FM and hosting the sell-out Find Me In The Dark parties at Corsica Studios.
In 2016 he released his first solo record: a subdued techno EP on Where To Now?, released under the mysterious Tom Hang alias. Now, two years on, he is set to resurrect the alias for his debut LP, To Be Held In Non Position – an accomplished, emotionally charged debut that draws on noise, drone and ambient house to captivating effect.
In the summer of 2018, he finally put out his debut Asquith release; a scintillating and stomping blend of UK via German power house, Northern baseline and NYC grooves. It’s a white label self-release that sees the label boss step out from behind the Lobster veil and present a weighty and creative self expression through sound, closely followed by a second EP in November 2018.
‘Never Alone’ showcased more the techno side of Asquith‘s production method. Combining influences from German-UK blended 4/4 to the garage-house edge found on the first release, plus some off-kilter bass music and tinges of UK funky. 2019 will see more exploration of the house, techno, electro boundary, as well as some faster cuts under a new alias and a few external label releases.
The following mix is a result of a very heavy Bandcamp digging session. “Like a wishing well overflowing with vibes” Jimmy tells us. We’re very proud to welcome Asquith as he delivers a snippet of that epic sonic journey as our mix #413.
1. Sascha Müller – Ausdrillen Megamix Vol. 1 (vinyl runout)
2. Steven Legget – Siga-Siga
3. Low Flung – Shallow Sleep
4. Ultramarine – Breathing
5. Cologne – Lager
6. BUDDHAHOUSE – Prologue Of Taboo
7. Marenn Susie – Arrival
8. Cale Sexton – Unsure Everything
9. Ed Elridge – 290318
10. Mr Assister – Izma
11. Gallegos – Be Who You Want To Be
12. Turner Street Sound – Dunes (Oceanic Mix)
13. Eris Drew – Hold Me (T4T Embrace Mix)
14. MoMa Ready – Depth Of Field
15. Tell – I Lost €200 In A Club
16. Paradiso Rhythm – Theo’s Prophecy
17. Embryo – Sumthin’ Special
18. Derek Carr – Hanging On A String
19. NY Stomp – I Feel It Coming’ On (ft. Matthew Kirkwood)
20. Deejay Bloom – Heaven (Vocal Mix)
21. Rhythm Of Paradise – Dreams
22. park hye jin – IF U WANT IT
23. Jabair – MISSY FLIP
24. White Label – Untitled [Swings & Roundabouts EP SNR01]
25. Madcap – Heard It
26. Sascha Muller – Ausdrillen Megamix Vol. 2 (vinyl runout)