Having released fourth album Needledrop last month, Session Victim duo Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling talk Stax Records, Corsica Studios and one of DJ Premier’s finest productions.

Released via Night Time Stories, sister label to Late Night Tales, Needledrop found Session Victim once again stitching together sublime grooves from meticulous sampling sessions, but this time setting their sights further than the dancefloor. Taking influence from the likes of DJ Shadow and Nightmares On Wax, as well as 90s computer games and deeply buried vinyl cuts, the duo explore more downtempo territory with fascinating results.

Before giving Needledrop a spin, get to know Session Victim In Short.

Three words to describe our music…

M: Tall, Dark, Handsome
H: Happy little accidents

The first artist you saw live…

M: The Bates
H: Die fantastischen Vier

Favourite label…

M: Impossible task really but anyway: Stax Records https://www.discogs.com/label/24936-Stax
H: DNH Records https://www.discogs.com/label/362952-DNH-Records-2

Best venue to play…

M: Heideglühen, Berlin
H: Mad Racket Sydney

Best venue to party at…

M: Golden Pudel, Hamburg
H: Corsica Studios, London

Most underrated producer…

M: I’m limiting myself to House music now – Nick Holder
H: Off the top of my head – Express Rising and Panoram

Best track to save a flagging dance floor…

M: Eric Sermon – ‘Music’
H: Cheek – ‘Venus (Pepe Bradock mix)’

An artist you’d recommend to fans of your own music…

M: Rondenion
H: DJ Rasoul

A track you’re listening to on-repeat…

M: Bahamadia, Mecca Starr & K Swift – ‘3 Tha Hard Way’ on repeat for many years now. Flows – 10, style – 10, vibe – 10. And all that over one of Premier’s finest productions. Unbeatable.
H: Finally picked up my copy of Sault – 5, and I keep returning to put it on the turntable when I’m cooking.

A record that cheers you up…

M: Cannonball Adderley Quintet – ‘Walk Tall’
H: L.T.D – ‘It’s Time To Be Real’

Three artists you’d book to play at your birthday…

M: DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, Kid Koala
H: Yotam Ottolengi, Cynthia Barcomis and Jiro Ono

Photo by Micki Rosi Richter.

Buy: Session Victim – Needledrop