Off Modern are a group of guys from South London that for some reason have a super serious logo but put on really great art shows and parties, I think there’s four of them but the one I know best is a guy called Felix who always plays love songs when he DJs. Art guys are supposed to play difficult or clever music but Felix opts for songs that makes you want to dance and cry into your beer about girls, which is a million times better.

I asked him to make a mix for us, which would have been great on its own, but he went that extra mile and contacted wig wearing actress killer and sometime producer Phil Spector to put together some tracks with him. Here’s the email I got back when I sent over some questions:


A Mixtape Compiled by Phil Spector on the behalf of Off Modern.

Have you made a lot of mixtapes for girls?
No. I produced and wrote hit records for twenty years, I married girls Veronica Bennett (of the Ronnettes) and made her sing songs I’d written, I never made any mixtapes, this is my first one.

Why do you think there are so many love songs, even in genres not designed for them, like punk?
I have no idea. I’ve worked with John Lennon and The Ramones, is the best you can come up with?

Do you think we’re miserable so we listen to pop music or we listen to pop music and it makes us miserable (like in the film High Fidelity)?
No comment.

Are you unlucky in love?
I shot an actress in the face.

Every fallen in love with someone you shouldn’t have fallen in love with?
Please don’t print a picture of me wearing that massive wig during my court case.

Here’s the download for the mix Phil and Felix made, and here’s the tracklist:

1. Whole Wide World - Wreckless Eric    
2. My Sweet Potato - Booker T And The Mgs
3. Sugar Sugar - Mad Lads
4. She’s like Heroin to me - Gun Club
5. There, There, My Dear - Dexys Midnight Runners
6. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
7. B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas
8. Make It Me - Premiers
9. He’s a Rebel - The Crystals
10. Whiskey Heaven - Fats Domino
11. I’m Waiting For The Day - Beach Boys
12. Please Return To Me - Fleets
13. You’re So Square (Baby I Don’t Care) - Buddy Holly
14. Poison Ivy - The Rolling Stones
15. Almost Gold - The Jesus and Mary Chain
16. Kitch You’re So Sweet - Lord Kitchener
17. Love Mi Ses - Top Cat
18. Molly’s Lips - Nirvana
19. Come, Let Us Go Back To God - Sam Cooke
20. Helden - David Bowie