I’ve had quite a few emails about the Madeline Bell edit I made for my set at the Southport Weekender last month. My original copy comes from the fourth instalment of Compost Records’ Glücklich series, compiled by the incredibly underrated Rainer Trüby. (I think his set will be the unexpected highlight for many at this year’s SuncéBeat festival in Croatia.)
From ancient Egyptian poppy tinctures to Victorian cocaine eye drops, Native American peyote rites to the salons of the French Romantics, mind-altering drugs have a rich history. ‘High Society’ will explore the paths by which these drugs were first discovered – from apothecaries’ workshops to state-of-the-art laboratories – and how they came to be simultaneously fetishised and demonised in today’s culture.