Decoded Sundays – DJ Bobafatt

Bobafatt, real name Bobby Bignell, has been a DJ for over 20 years and was recently named in a Fact Magazine readers poll as one of the top 20 most underrated DJs in the world. Additionally, he was named BBC 1Xtra’s ‘M1X It Up’ Champ in 2006 & also featured in Mixcloud’s Top 100 Cloudcasts of 2013. BobaFatt also provides mixes for the legendary Solid Steel & killer cult soundtrack label Death Waltz, as well as session work for the likes of Roots Manuva’s Banana Klan label, Soul II Soul’s MC Chickaboo & for DJ Yoda’s debut album.

Every Sunday night, BobaFatt hosts a show on Itch FM, London’s only dedicated Hip Hop station. He also DJs regularly on NTS Radio & Resonance FM, representing world famous record shop, Rough Trade. He has spun at countless spots all over the UK, including legendary London venues such as The Roundhouse, Fabric, Koko, Scala, Forum & Brixton Academy, and at festivals such as Glastonbury & Soundwave Festival in Croatia, where he is a resident. 

Back in the day he was the promoter of a Hip Hop night in the South West called StoneGruve Social, regularly giving the likes of Mo Kolours & Four Owl’s Leaf Dog & BVA one of their first platforms on which to perform.These days Bobby can be found behind the decks at the Big Chill & Nice Up! and is a resident DJ for Soundcrash, London’s largest eclectic promoters.

Interestingly enough, he was also in a Chemical Brothers music video with Noel Gallagher, taught the Mayor of Wimbledon how to scratch, and had a cup of tea with Banksy. Not on the same day. Obviously!

From punching on pause-buttons back in the late 80’s, to spinning house parties in the early 90’s, BobaFatt has become one of the most diverse DJs in the game. Always on the hunt for sonic weaponry, no sound remains untouched, no dance floor unscorched!

I met Bobby many moons ago in my hometown. His mixes over the years have entertained and educated me no end, and Im excited to host this mix on the Decoded Magazine site. I know you’re going to love this selection!

01// Little Dragon – Twice
02// Future Islands – Seasons (BadBadNotGood Reinterpretation)
03// Portico Quartet – Steepless
04// SBTRKT ft Jessie Ware – Problem (Solved)
05// Jane Weaver – Don’t Take My Soul
06// Nitin Sawhney – Tides
07// Darondo – Didn’t I
08// Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Slow Down Love
09// Fatima – Do Better
10// The Stepkids – La La
11// Portishead – Over
12// Caribou – Silver
13// Addison Groove – One Fall
14// Leftfield – Swords
15// Genesis – Mama
16// Flying Lotus ft Kendrick Lamar – Never Catch Me
17// Kratos Himself – Dandelion
18// The Mouse Outfit ft Sparkz – Shak Out
19// Fate – Tulip
20// Rotary Connection – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun
21// Lowrell – Mellow Mellow Right On
22// Danny Drive Thru – Money, Oh
23// King Tubby & The Aggrovators – Jah Jah Jehovah
24// Young Holt Unlimited – Soulful Strut
25// The Blackbyrds – Mysterious Vibes
26// Talk Talk – Life’s What You Make It
27// Stereolab – Come And Play In The Milky Night
28// Dabrye – Magic Says
29// fLako – Sun Ba
30// A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions
31// A Tribe Called Quest – 8 Million Stories
32// Jan Hammer Group – Don’t You Know
33// Jimi Hendrix – May This Be Love
34// Nick Drake – Cello Song
35// Hiatus Kaiyote – By Fire