Groundwork: Barely Legal defies genre and convention in her exclusive mix

Barely Legal comes through with a genre-busting mix for our Groundwork series.

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Chloe Robinson, aka Barely Legal, has been a staple of the club world for years now. A favourite at festivals, big rooms clubs and intimate venues alike she’s gained international popularity thanks to her pioneering mix of grime, hip hop, jungle and all forms of UK bass in her sets. Tomorrow she plays Warehouse Project alongside the likes of Andy C and Goldie and later this month she’ll take over room 2 at Fabric as part of the club’s birthday celebrations. Ahead of both shows and a big month for Robinson all around, we got her to put together an exclusive Groundwork mix.

A blistering mix of grime, house, techno, hip hop and plenty else besides, it’s masterclass in her craft. Listen to the mix below and read our chat with Barely Legal after the jump.

Take us through your mix – who have you included in it and why?
The mix is a selection of unreleased music and some throw back tracks. I never really plan my mixes too hard, I just gather a crate of tracks beforehand, old and new, and play around to see which tunes work nicely into each other. I play across the board genre-wise, so you’ll hear a bit of everything in this mix, from House and Techno to Grime, Garage and Dubstep. You’ll hear tracks from some of my favourite producers, Pearson Sound, Joy O, Ejeca, Silkie, Mala, Yak, Crazy Titch to name a few. I wanted to include tunes from a selection of eclectic artists.

When did you start DJing? What kind of music did you play out?
I purchased a pair of Technics using my rent money during my second year of uni in 2011. When I started out I was mixing Garage and Grime.

How have the artists in this mix influenced your taste/ selections?
Some of the throwback tracks I’ve included were produced by artists from one of my favourite eras of music- 2011/12, the post-dubstep era. The DJs championing the sound, Ben UFO and Jackmaster, for example, were definitely an inspiration to my style of mixing now.

Who’s your favourite artist in this mix? Why?
A favourite doesn’t exist; favourites exist though. I’m a big fan of Pearson sound, Joy O and Mala. Their music plays a part in nearly every set I play and has done since the start of my career.

What’s your favourite track in this mix?
Mala – ‘Alicia.’

What’s next?
I run a record label called Pretty Weird, and I have a release coming out in November by Silkie, one of the tracks features in this mix actually. I’m playing alongside Goldie, Andy C & Noisia at WHP tomorrow and I’ll also be taking Pretty Weird around the U.K. launching a series of parties. The first party will be at Fabric on the 19th October as part of their 19th birthday weekend, and I’ll be taking over room 2 🙂

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