...a buzzing, multi-layered grime workout

This week on the Clash DJ Mix, we’re proud to bring you The X Factor. The Madam X Factor, that is, as the immensely talented underground tastemaker unleashes a buzzing, multi-layered grime workout with plenty of killer club sounds sewn in.

In just a few short years, Madam X (Christiana Vassilakis) has become a key player in various underground scenes, perhaps becoming best-known for her contributions to grime, though also more than ready to delve into the bassier, darker side of house, garage, UK funky and more. Cutting her teeth as part of renowned Manchester arts collective Murkage, Madam X has quickly gone on to become a regular on Rinse FM and various BBC Radio platforms, also co-founding the BPM (Big People Music) record label and club night

For her Clash mix, Ms. X stirs it up a treat, weaving gritty grime cuts into sparkling funk, uplifting garage-house and soulful, electronic R&B, making it all seem like the most natural thing in the world. She also blends those darker grime textures with mellower grime instrumentals, showcasing some formidable selector skills throughout a cunning, creative and energetic mix. Essential stuff for those who want an insight into what’s lighting up the UK underground at the moment. Or just those who want to dance, hard. Here’s Madam X to explain more:

“The mix is full of recent stuff I’ve been playing in the clubs and radio: high energy, dark and weird sounds. There’s loads of forthcoming material from some really promising artists I’ve been backing over the years, loads of Manchester stuff, and a couple oldies. A lot of the tunes in the mix are coming out soon as part of a project I’ve been working on… Will announce soon. Enjoy!”

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1. Sakura - Samename 
2. Masterplan (Madam X Special) - My Nu Leng ft. Fox
3. YHVH - Deadboy 
4. Play Your Corner ft. Riko - Wen
5. Bug Noticed - French Fries
6. Skank - Fox & Brackles
7. Untitled - Murlo
8. Turnt On - Moleskin
9. Dot2Dot (The Dub Phizix Brukboot Mix) - Skittles
10. Sideman - Sudanim
11. Black Rose - Dark0
12. Grind With Me - Pretty Ricky
13. Bangclap - Impey
14. Melbas Call ft. Kelela - Bok Bok
15. The Search (Kahn & Neek Remix) - Plastician
16. Mathematical - MattWizard
17. I Was Just Thinking - G.S.ONE ft. Fallacy & Tyler Daley
18. J.T. Presents the Grime Orchestra - JT The Goon
19. Beat 4 Alicia - Tee Vish
20. You Should’ve Known - G.S.ONE
21. Heartbeat ft. Terri Walker (Mosca Remix) – T.Williams
22. Chaka - Trap Door
23. Caged - Marcx
24. No Bootlegs - Timbah
25. Lions (Douster Remix) - Malente & Dex ft. New Kidz 

Words: Tristan Parker

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