Right guys, it’s coming to the end of the Month. This means I’ll be giving you a monthly run through of the top mixes I’ve been enjoying this month (in no particular order).
#1 Dimension – MIX FOR BBC RADIO 1
Dimension put this 30 minute mini mix together for Annie Nightingales’ BBC Radio1 show and I am absolutely in love with this mix! Where to begin… For starters, it being a 30 minute mix means that you can expect the best of the best from Dimension’s current repertoire. He opens the mix with ‘Generator’, putting me in an instant throwback to his set at the UKF event for the DnB inauguration at Printworks, which is then intertwined with ‘Rush Connection’ by Culture Shock and Wilkinson’s ‘Tonight’ all while Generator keeps rolling on in the background and is brought back for the chorus. The best part of the mix starts at the 10 minute mark, when Dimensions’ UK leads into the Skrillex Edit, which then transitions into Dub Phizix Buffalo – OH MY GOSH indeed! The levels of energy this combination of tracks emits is perfect for the dance floor. And I think Dimension agrees with me on this, seeing that he dropped this killer combo last Friday during his set at Fabric. He ends the mix with his bootleg of Eric Prydz ‘Generate’, which again throws me back to the first time I’ve heard this track at his UKF set, and ending the mix just how it has started: on a high and leaves you wanting more. All in all, if you’re looking for a short mix to get you pumped before a big night out, this is the one for you. Dimension is one of the great, and this mini mix proves it once again.
#2 Makoto Human Elements #44
I’m a big fan of Makoto’s podcasts. He usually does his podcasts in Japanese, but in this months’ podcast he’s got A-sides co-hosting the show with him and they switch to English. This is the first time I’ve heard a non-Japanese podcast by Makoto and to be completely honest I got so used to there being Japanese banter going on in the background that I actually missed it in this time around! For starters I find there’s something soothing about Japanese intonations (think I can track this back to my mild obsession/fascination with Japan as a whole), and the other cool thing about it was that you’d always got the track names even if you weren’t paying attention to the conversation. Music wise, the Human Elements podcasts can best be described as laid-back, melodic, a bit funky, and overall incredible DnB.
#3 Camo & Krooked – Essential Mix
Coinciding with the album launch of their new Mosaik album, C&K’s 2 hour essential mix provides the perfect bridge until the album finally drops on the 23rd June 2017. Their intro game is strong, using snippets of some of their songs while Ember is rolling in the background. The mix starts off fast, with frequent track changes, and settles into tracks being played a little bit longer than at the beginning, but either way the track list is still very impressive in length. The mix contains lots of new tracks, making me very thankful that C&K took the time to provide a track list – taking a lot of guesswork out of the game and making it easier to know what to look out for in future releases.
#4 Metalheadz Podcast 57 – Om Unit
In this months’ Metalheadz podcast Om Unit steps up to the decks to give us just under an hour and a half of progressive minimal DnB goodness. What I like about this podcast is the slow progression, so you could actually think of the first 30 minutes as sorts of an introduction, after which Om Unit starts adding several more layers of sound complexity, depth, as well as turning slightly darker – giving it that distinct Om Unit sound. But the last half hour of the mix is really where Om Unit is showcasing his skills, speeding up the tempo and dropping some 2012 classics.
# 5 XLR8R Podcast – Goldie mix
A very laid-back melodic hour-long mix courtesy of the one and only Mr Goldie. It sounds surprisingly mellow for a Goldie mix, but in this case that is not necessarily a bad thing!
#6 Pola & Bryson – Influences Mix
Pola and Bryson have consistently upped their mixing game since I first saw them live at their album launch last August. No wonder Friction moved in quickly to get them to join his Samurai Squad at Shogun. The mix is the perfect soundscape for a summery evening of rooftop chilling. The mix starts off strong with Technimatic’s ‘Looking for Diversions’, a top track in my books, and that already sets the scene nicely for great things to happen during this mix. Throughout the entire mix you will hear a lot of Technimatic, so it probably comes as no surprise that P&B signed to Shogun seeing that one of their top influencers is signed there too – hopefully making it only a matter of time until we get to hear an epic collaboration between them!). One of my favourite parts of the mix starts at 21:15 with the Calibre remix of Garden, which I absolutely adore, and the transition to Forsaken which flows like water. Another mention worthy transition is Icicle’s ‘Dreadnaught’ to Commix’ ‘Be True’ – they work together so nicely, and I’m a big fan of the percussions, the piano, the soft vocals and the ‘true-true-true-true-true’ that stand out in the track and make ‘Be True’ a one of a kind. That being said, the entire mix is a pleasure to listen to and I have already lost track of the times I gave it a listen.
#7 SPY DNB60
I couldn’t find a good link for this one, so listen back to the entire show or fast forward to the 2hrs mark for the DNB60
You can always count on S.P.Y to deliver above and beyond and his DNB60 for Frictions’ Drum and Bass show on Radio 1 is no exception. He is one of the most diverse artists in the Hospital camp – in my opinion at least – and is a true chameleon in terms of versatility of styles. Ranging from uplifting liquid, to minimal, and jungle or increasingly darker and more aggressive basslines, S.P.Y’s selections will always combine the best of the best as he switches between the styles in the most natural ways, making it sound easy and effortless. I would definitively say he has found his distinct sound, with a dark roaring, even saw-like sounding, bass.
And this concludes this months’ monthly mixes. To be fair this is more of a 2nd half of May mixes, as I only started writing down what I was listening to once I’ve decided to start the blog in mid-ish May… More next month!