Tracks, check. Albums, check. Time to complete the holy trinity of music listening and present you some of our favourite mixes that have been on rotation this year. Hope you enjoy. A fairly bold claim, and hard to qualify, but one I feel justified making following the feeling in the room on the night and the viral sensation it became. A climactic clip has drawn more than a million views on Facebook. The moment is pure, unbridled, irrepressible vibes.
Limbs fly everywhere in the crowd, and Sherelle is at the front leading the charge. One fist pumps pneumatically while her free arm holds back the baying masses as she struggles not to capsize amid the chaos. A reload ensues, not that oneand Sherelle grows into the moment.
Just before the drop she points powerfully into the You Got To Die - Blind Willie McTell - Statesboro Blues in a pose more iconic than Lord Kitchenerand then the bass kicks in. The place erupts. The crowd is now just one heaving mass of haywire bodies, while Sherelle pulls off a kind yeehaw lassoing manoeuvre.
The first pull-up happens within 30 seconds ffs. Sherelle is a star, and this DJ set marked the moment the wider world caught onto her talent. Lady Gaga could never. Patrick Hinton. There is something magical about the back-to-back set. They also dedicate the tail-end of the set to, what Leif terms, a "jungle rinse out hour.
James Ball. While there are many eclectic artists gaining increased recognition, CCL is fast leading the charge as one of the most unique selectors coming out of North America. With so many textures and patterns woven throughout the BIS mix, listeners will stay engaged for countless listens, making it a necessary addition to our best of the year selection in All eyes on CCL moving forward.
Harrison Williams. Jasmine Kent-Smith. Just like the car model that he's adopted as his moniker, this Australian producer's steely sound is sleek, speedy, elite and tenacious. An electro road warrior with a dynamic and innovative ear, Jensen Interceptorreal name Mikey Melas, has spent the last 10 years grinding in the studio and his productions are currently operating at peak performance.
The release of his debut LP ' Mother ' on Maceo Plex's Lone Romantic imprint on top of a few wildly successful tour runs in Europe prompted the artist to move to Berlin at the start of Equipped with his menacing brand of unbridled electro and techno, his high-voltage takeover of dancefloors throughout the EU and beyond continues to steam forward. Taking clubland thrill-seekers on an unforgettable journey, Jensen Interceptor threw together a multifarious mix of trap, dub, acid, SoundCloud randomness and a whole host of masterful electro on our Impact series.
Cameron Hear Me Calling (Hand Bag Jive) - Various - DJ Super Mix . There are some streams that you put on in the background and never revisit. Then, there are those that you stumble upon and find yourself unable to look away. Somehow, 30 minutes, then an hour has passed and you're craving more.
As the bouncing chorus of DJ Junk's 'Do It, Do It' cries out, bodies are moving and hands are going in the air, circling Ben in a degree chamber of total, uninhibited vibes. People are dancing as if there aren't at least three cameras pointed directly at them at any given moment and the Funktion-One monitors are bouncing up and down with the room, nearly threatening to cave in on Ben's small stature. He's got nothing to prove at this point, but his mastery is certainly at an all time high with this display as he flies between breaks, techno and acid.
There's really only so much that can be said about this set, but the energy is infectious, even when relived through a screen. We Hear Me Calling (Hand Bag Jive) - Various - DJ Super Mix only be continuously thankful for the capture of 56 minutes of pure, Ben UFO-driven bliss. Valerie Lee. Her taste is impeccable and her selections are mixed stylishly, with short breaks to shout out artists, friends and, best of all, herself. Jody Simms is a tastemaker to follow — play this as loud as possible.
Seb Wheeler. You know those mixes that just explode from the second you hit play? Those sets that burst with energy and gusto from the off, that demand your attention and refuse to let go. Very few sets have that desired effect but Shanti Celeste and Call Super 's wild closing Pistol Packin Mama - Lloyd Price - Misty from Lente Kabinet grabs you by the scruff of your neck and thrusts you onto the dancefloor.
Call Super describes the three hour set as "The first and probably only recording of us playing together. The mix is a high-octane, genre-hopping exercise that blissfully navigates through bumping house, spacey breaks and a bit of naughty UKG thrown in for good measure. It's testament to both their technical prowess behind the decks but also to their close friendship, one that allows the two to skip between sounds with ease and trust. It's a true rollercoaster and a session that really, really makes you wish you were as the sun came up, witnessing the magic first-hand.
If you weren't, this will more than do. The Eglo records founder has to be one of the most perfectly suited selectors to the format and delved into his record collection to provide a mix of ambient, soul, jazz and folk ideal for those dimmed light moments. An expertly selected mix for the wee hours. Sean Griffiths. These boys and a party mood go together like turntables and a freshly-pressed record. Joyous, pad-filled house, bumping garageplayful breaks and basslines?
They've got it in their record bags and stored on their USBs and they ain't afraid to unleash all of it within a one-hour set. K, though, is one breaks-inflected r'n'b edit mysteriously labelled '?? Don't worry about who made it right now, though. All that matters is that the tune symbolises everything about a Beautiful Swimmers mix or DJ set: not too serious and good vibes from start to finish.
Dave Turner. Like, when you really think about it, the fact house music is still relevant in is incredible, right? And yet it remains a dominant sound on dancefloors across the world. But then, when such incredibly exciting new talent like Maya Bouldry-Morrison aka Octo Octa is conducting weekly history lessons with a syllabus of the best and often underrated house tunes written into existence, it all becomes very clear why this sound will never die out.
All 15 tunes are whipped together with little regard for delicately drawn out blends and more of a no-nonsense attitude that allows for the character of every track to shine. If you ever need to keep the good times rolling, this is the mix to put on.
Louis Anderson-Rich. The deep, personal attack was felt by many heads across the internet. Pop music, like the meme Hear Me Calling (Hand Bag Jive) - Various - DJ Super Mix above, often faces scorn for being well-liked and established as good. My pleasure remains guilt-free. Tiffany's beautiful, drifting house jams have landed on various Canadian labels such as Pacific Rhythm, p, Heart to Heart and more. She also runs two of her own imprints called Planet Euphorique and her freshly-minted xpq?
While she rarely posts mixes online, last month Groove Magazine locked in Bob Mills - Honky Tonk Piano Man podcast with this formidable selector who treats us to a rousing hour of unreleased music on Planet Euphorique and ISLA Records - the label run by her Ambien Baby collaborator, NAP.
This amalgam of innovative club music shows us that this indefatigable selector, producer and curator is here to Andante - Mozart*, Daniel Barenboim, The English Chamber Orchestra* - Symphonie N°40 En Sol Mineur, things up in the best way possible and she's only getting started.
Burial x The Bug? Also good, very. The Hear Me Calling (Hand Bag Jive) - Various - DJ Super Mix . Both Kelela and Asmara have previously offered up LPs and EPs that really explore the power of multi-faceted, story-telling electronic — but make it sensitive — material, but it's all the more soothing to hear them explore it together.
The energy that Fauzia and Sherelle evoke is infectious, as is their no-boundaries approach to choosing tracks: they burrow into deep, liquid territory before dropping tear-out tunes with glee, as well as the odd weird-as-fuck banger.
Kala has heralded rave reviews for its inviting atmosphere and incredible setting but live recordings can be hit and miss. You can feel the Albanian sand beneath your toes as edits of Portuguese rarities and Senyaka rub shoulders. His recent solo set at Dekmantel is present, and others like his b2b with Blawan at the same festival to his eclectic Solid Steel Radio set that kicked off the year could easily have featured.
His expansive sessions always garner attention from new and seasoned listeners. He expertly weaves a unique sonic story that tickles the senses no matter where or when it's played. After nearly 15 years on the circuit Ben UFO is regarded Hear Me Calling (Hand Bag Jive) - Various - DJ Super Mix one of the most gifted and creative DJs in the world, here he asserts why.
Earlier this year she touched down on Mixmag. And then some. Dutch hotshot Deniro has graced a lot of our lists over the last three years and the simple reason for that is we think he's worth shouting about. Finally, he's starting to get the recognition he's been working towards since we first backed him all those years ago. Aside from being a staple on Nina Kraviz 's Trip Recordings, both releasing on the imprint and playing her We Are The World - Various - We Are The World, he's released on Clone, his own label Tape and Dekmantel.
Inwe did something we hadn't really done before, we put out a production mix from Deniro containing only his own tracks, some released, mostly not. Fast forward three years and Deniro delivers another package of his own cuts, this time for Reclaim Your City. With so much fire in the locker, it's only a matter of time until everyone's screaming about this Dutchman who always provides the techno space-pace. Along with her partner in crime and life Octo Octa, Eris Drew continues to make a name for herself as one of the scene's most talked about selectors - releasing a selection of electrifying mixes that wow crowds at clubs and festivals of all shapes and sizes.
Inspired by their love of "DJ culture, nature, Us, Me And You - Various - Kuschelmixes Souldreams Nummer 1 and each other," the dynamic duo have recently set up an imprint called T4T LUV NRG which aims to bring more visibility to trans for trans T4T partnerships behind the decks.
Eris Drew is an inspiration, and her mixing style is a jaw-dropping combination of lethal skill and absolute class. If South Korea isn't on your map right now, you best save the rest of this list for later, do yourself a favor and get familiar. The world has been enchanted by the charming, sometimes English, mostly Korean vocal signatures of South Korean natives like Peggy Gou and Yaeji.
With such a warm reception How I Spent My Summer - Cat Mother And The All Night Newsboys* - The Street Giveth.
And The Street tracks like 'It Makes You Forget Itgehane ' and 'Raingurl', it should come as no surprise that there's plenty more talent coming straight from Seoul.
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