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London bass-heavy trio YOGI pulled off a major coup by having Pusha T on their huge ‘Burial’ single, no doubt helped by their presence on Skrillex’s OWSLA label. Their debut EP is out on May 5th but before that we asked them what songs are floating their boats.


1. What song(s) have been inspiring your new material?

Blake: ‘Partition’ by Beyonce and ‘Coast Is Clear’ by Skrillex ft Chance The Rapper.

i/O: There are way too many to mention but I’ve been listening to Beyonce- ‘Partition’, Drake – ‘Trophies’ & Common – ‘War’ a lot this week.


2. A song that you remember from a particularly good club night recently and why?

i/O: If the night was really that good, I usually can’t remember anything.

Yogi: Some crazy track that I heard in Miami, I don’t know the name of it! I Been trying find it so I can put in our set, I’ll let you know when i find out.

3. Remix of the year so far?

i/O: Jay Electronica & Jay-Z – ‘We Made it’ (Remix)

Yogi: Showtek – ‘Booyah’ (Party Favour Remix)

4. Favourite song to wake up to?

Blake & i/O: Pharrell – ‘Happy’

5. A song you have discovered/heard in a club, gig or mix recently that blew you away?

i/O: Its old but I heard ‘I Cant Stop’ by Flux Pavillion in a mix recently. I’d forgotten how massive that drop is.

Yogi: I rediscovered that Crystal Waters’ ‘Gypsy Woman’ track recently, it still sounds dope.

6. Favourite slow jam?

Blake: Ginuwine – ‘Pony’

Yogi: Aaliyah – ‘Are You That Somebody‘ if that counts…

i/O: Notorious ‘B.I.G – Me & My Bitch‘. That counts right?

7. A song guaranteed to get people on the dancefloor?

i/O: Jay-Z – ‘Big Pimpin’

Blake: Lil Wayne – ‘Six Foot 7 Foot’

Yogi: Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & Moguai – ‘Mamouth’ (Carnage mix)

8. A song that’s always likely to get played when you DJ?

i/O: Shameless plug time….YOGI featuring Pusha T – ‘Burial’

Blake: Skrillex and A$AP – ‘Wild For The Night’

Yogi: i/O got it right!

9. An old song you play at DJ sets regularly?

Yogi: Ludacris – ‘What’s Your Fantasy?’

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10. Favourite rap verse?

Blake: Busta Rhymes – ‘Gimme Some More’

i/O: The first verse from ‘Warning’ by Notorious B.I.G

Yogi: 2pac – ‘Hit Em Up’, first verse.

11. Favourite song from the ‘70s?

i/O: Marvin Gaye – ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)’

Blake: Jackson 5 – ‘ABC’

12. Favourite rapper of the moment?

Blake: Kendrick Lamar
i/O: Schoolboy Q
Yogi: Chance The Rapper

13. Song of the year so far?

Blake: Beyonce – ‘Partition’
i/O: Schoolboy Q – ‘Man of the Year’
Yogi: The interlude song on from Pharrell’s new album, ‘Lost Queen’.

14. A new artist are you most excited about..

i/O: Chance The Rapper
Blake: Schoolboy Q
Yogi: Miriam Bryant

15. An album you’ve been recommending to people?

Blake: Pharrell’s new album Girl
i/O: Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

16. What song did you hear this year that you wish you’d written?

i/O: Drake – ‘Trophies’
Blake: XO – ‘Beyonce’

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