RECORD SHOPPING WITH MO JAKOB

Which 5 records does Mo Jakob recommend you to listen to? And which 5 records are you gonna hear this Saturday at Concentric Circles?

After a short walk from Rotterdam Central Station we arrive at the Clone Record store. Mo asks me: “Can I quickly smoke a cigarette before we enter?” While smoking he explains that it’s only the third time he is visiting this record shop. Normally he goes record shopping at other spots to find vinyl he can listen to at home. But when he visits Clone, he is in search of vinyl that he would play at the club.

As we enter the 'Clone Record Store', the first section Mo walks into are the dark entries. He explains that the label is really diverse in the electronic/house music scene. That’s why he likes it so much.

I’m observing his search. He looks like a little kid in a candyshop. Time to ask him some questions.

"I never really got to know him but I feel so connected with him in a way. That's why I decided to name myself Jakob."

"Mo comes from the name Mohamed. It's the name my father and I carry, but also his brothers and their sons. Jakob was the name of my grandfather. I never really got to know him but I feel so connected with him in a way. That's why I decided to name myself Jakob."

"I was always interested in arts. Theater and music mostly. I started collecting CD's when I was 10. When I was 14, I wanted to play them. So I started doing that at events at school. I dropped it for a while to focus more on theater, but I picked it up again when I was 18 or 19. I played for several hiphop acts like Camp Rauw, VanIeder1 and Eastgarden Music. A few years later I started playing in clubs."

"Hiphop taught me to embrace all kinds of music. So my roots are definitely in hiphop but my trademark is diversity."

"It's physical. Everytime I look at my collection I get this boost. It makes me want to create sets, dig for new stuff."

"Wu Tang Clan - Enter The 36 Chambers"

"Hiphop taught me to embrace all kinds of music. So my roots are definitely in hiphop but my trademark is diversity."

"I usually wander through the shop just to check how the shop sorted the records. After that it depends on how I feel, in what kind of mood I am."

"Ninja Tune's latest release 'Nabihah Iqbal - Weighing of the Heart' got me in love with the label all over again. Next to that I recommend The Grow Room. Lobster Theremin has a few exciting upcoming releases: 'Baoffee Pies and Alpha Pup."

"Yes! That's how I discovered the incredible music of Osibisa."

The album of Osibisa - Welcome Home

"Concentric Circles for me stands for self-love and loving others around you. Standing still for a minute and think about the people who made you, you."

"Ooh, I could never make a top of anything related to music. It's so difficult. But for now..."

"Yes! I would love a record shop with fresh lesser known labels and artists."

"Concentric Circles for me stands for self-love and loving others around you. Standing still for a minute and think about the people who made you, you."

"Alive."

Mo Jakob is behind the decks this Saturday at his own Concentric Circles.

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