“Scorpio! He’ll sting you with his dreams of power and wealth. Beware of Scorpio! His twisted twin obsessions are his plot to rule the world, and his employees’ health. He’ll welcome you into his lair, like the nobleman welcomes his guest. With free dental care and a stock plan that helps you invest! But beware of his generous pensions, plus three weeks paid vacation each year. And on Fridays the lunchroom serves hot dogs and burgers and beer! He loves German beer!”
I first really became aware of séverine last spring, and I’m probably not alone in that regard: their ‘Look How Hard I’m Into You’ blend twisting together Barker and Ariana Grande was immediately recognised for its gorgeousness, and soon it was everywhere. It still is everywhere actually, appearing in several Essential Mixes at this point. séverine is Christiane Øyen, a DJ, blend specialist and producer based in LA. She’s founder of Xtended Release, a collective/label/platform whose manifesto is expressly progressively political; the group released a compilation in 2020 to support poor and unhoused tenants in their locality. Also, séverine co-runs the deejayaffirmations meme page. This is something I love about their approach as well as their mixes: dance is freeing and fun and beautiful and political all at once, just as their music combines hard techno and pop, consistently swerving and veering between extremes. You can read Scorpio traits into that if you like: determination, confrontation, but also an amazing, transformative capacity to make magic, to will miracles. We’re honoured to have her share a mix with us this season, and blown away by the madness they’ve done within — stompin’ clubby warpers, eyes-down garage, propulsive trance and hardness, breaks and Janet. Oh, and a ramp-up of the Barker and Ariana flip, of course. Listen to séverine’s Scorpio Season Mix here.
Feeling powerful. Feeling vengeful. Feeling resentful. Remembering all the reasons why, all the things that were, all the things that weren’t. No quarter shall be given, and I will appear to be scintillatingly hot while refusing to relinquish myself of the aforementioned quarters, which, as I say, shall not be given. Chaos follows in my wake; I lead it, but I don’t care that I do. I am simply compelled to do what I do. That’s power. Covid is a Scorpio. So is David Guetta. Madonna informed him directly over business lunch that she wouldn’t work with him, just because he is. Coward.
If you’re a Scorpio, a dear child of my domain, you’re better off for it. And if you’re resentful of that, you can blame your parents for fucking on Valentine’s Day.
I’m not all bad, but I sure spend a lot of time having to remind people of that. It’s here, deep into the year, that people come to me because the other signs in the calendar have let them down. They come to me – I don’t go to them. It might be a rough ride, but you’ll get your life alongside me, and I’ll celebrate you for that. Don’t let either of us down – it can’t be forgiven and I swear I’ll pursue you to the end of the Zodiac for that. Feeling brave. Feeling passionate. Let’s get married. Let’s make a blood oath.
🎧 Kelman Duran - silly scorpio, trixxx
🎹 John Wiese - Scorpion Immobilization Sleeve
🎼 Dennis Coffey and The Detroit Guitar Band - Scorpio
📻 The Scorpios (live at Tusk Festival 2016)
Hell yea, we’re back on air. Tune in for our monthly show on Sable Radio – next one will be for sagg szn on Sunday 28th Nov. They got a new chat function on the website and a live video feed up in the studio and everything. In the meantime, admire our residents page on there and listen back to last month’s Libra spot.
Leeds gang – Docterre is spinning records at the Belgrave this very evening, 9-11pm.
That’s all from me this time. Take care, do your best and the rest will take care of itself.
“On your way out, if you wanna kill somebody, it would help me a lot.”