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40. Cream Ibiza Anthems 2013 39. Fabric 72 – Rahdoo 38. Tiesto – Clublife Vol3. Stockholm 37. TRAXX – The House That Garage Built 36. Steffi – Panorama Bar 05 35. WATERGATE 14 MATHIAS KADEN 34. Sub:Stance  – 072008 072013 33. Brandt Brauer Frick – DJ-KICKS 32. Theo Parrish – Black Jazz 31. Permanent Vacation 4 30. Toolroom Ten 29. Balance Presents Danny Howells 28. Fabriclive 71 – DJ EZ 27. Disco Circus 4 By Mighty Mouse 26. Fabric 71 – Cassy 25. Darkbeat – 10th Anniversary 24. Fabriclive 70 – DJ Friction 23. Gesaffelstein | I Love Techno 2013 22. TEED – Get Lost VI 21. MK In The House – Defected

 

20. Azari &  III – Body Language

gpmcd073-artwork.jpgHungry for the power? It would appear we were as we excitedly received news that the sadly no more Canadian outfit Azari & III had been charged with delivering the latest installment of Get Physical’s acclaimed Body Language compilation. The 13th edition saw Azari & III revert back their status as duo for the mix after the North American pairing expanded into a four piece live band a few years ago. So as a twosome founding members Alixander III  and Dinamo Azari  each decided to helm a CD each from the double disc collection with Dinamo describing his work on the compilation as somewhere in between sounds to chill out to and music ready for the dancefloor stating his mix is “too hard for the day, too soft the night” with a selection of tracks from Locked Groove and Daphni in addition to two new exclusive cuts from himself. Alixander’s selection would be a much more techno dominated affair with efforts from Scuba, Acid Junkies and Plastikman all making the final cut as the producer explains his mix was “was born from memories of cassette mix tapes from my early 90s industrial rave days.” With fresh tracks from across the techno spectrum including DJ Harvey, Planetary Assault System, Shed and Tommy Four Seven amongst others this ended up being our surprise package of the year when it comes to compilations and got heavy play in the DT office.

 

19. Shogun Audio – Way of Warrior 2

wayofthewarrior2.jpgShogun Audio returned with the second in their ‘Way Of The Warrior’ compilation series, following on from the immensely enjoyable first installment from 2011. Showcasing all their talented collection of artists have to offer, plus a number of contributions from outside the label, part two highlights the shift in sound Shogun have gone through. Not only in last 18 months or so but as a label entirely. Comparing it to its predecessor wouldn’t really do Way Of The Warrior 2 a service. Shogun have evolved a lot since the original Way Of The Warrior. Fans of the label who prefer the deep, dark and rolling stuff they were known for might not get as much enjoyment out of part two. But as grouping of tracks from a label that has made some serious strides of late, Way Of The Warrior 2 encapsulates it very well and that is exactly what we were looking for.

 

18. Fabriclive 72 – Boys Noize

boys_noize-packshot-final-hi.jpgSince he burst into the international public consciousness with breakthrough debut album ‘Oi Oi Oi’ back in 2007 Boys Noize aka Alex Ridha has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the industry. Now one of electronica’s most credible artists, 3 albums and 100 releases in to his hugely successful eponymous imprint, all whilst maintaining a hectic touring schedule that sees him perform live and DJ around the globe we think he may be one of the hardest working men in electronic music.  Following on from the high octane ‘Go Hard’ EP the fun loving German producer then helmed the next instalment of Fabric’s acclaimed Fabriclive series. The 72nd edition featured a 70 minute mix from the B’N’R boss featuring tracks from Gesaffelstein, Mr Oizo, Apparat and Dog Blood (his collaborative project with Skrillex) and showcased Alex’s trademark genre eccentricities with the producer describing the set as both “colourful” and “timeless”.

 

17. Fried & Tested mixed by Doorly

SouthernFriedTestedVol4CompiledByDoorly.jpgThe man given the task of mixing the fourth installment of the Southern Fried & Tested compilation series was none other than LA based producer and friend of DT Doorly and he are pleased to say he didn’t disappoint as he continued the series rich vein of form. Over the past few years Doorly has exploded upwards on the music scene, his list of achievements continually growing, from a host of collaborations and hosting his own show on Rinse FM to running his own label Pigeonhole This, and even touring with the Southern Fried boss himself Norman Cook. Southern Fried & Tested 4 is split across two halves; The first disc is a combination of exclusive new tracks, special Doorly edits and more, and is blended together for a continuos mix . There are often more than two records playing at once, so even though older favorites are given a new lease of life as fresh mash ups you haven’t heard before. Whilst disc two offers us tracks from more contemporary stars; the likes of Danny Daze and Waze & Odyssey popping up next to legends like Chicken Lips. Then if you add fresh  dub cuts from  the likes of Ashley Beedle, we think it all adds for something extra special. Once again the mix is flawless throughout; Fried & Tested 4 is as every other in the series another badge of merit for label and DJ alike which showcases the best of both and for Doorly marks a long term ambition to work with Cook and his imprint as his explains below: “A dream came true for me in around 2007 when I won a DJ mix competition for Southern Fried and got to play at one of their parties with Norm & Armand Van Helden, still to this day one of the best moments of my career and the start of a beautiful friendship with the label.”

 

16. Toolroom Knights Mixed By UMEK 2.0

tool194_packshot_1400px.jpgWith one huge ‘Toolroom Knights’ compilation already under his belt, UMEK returned to Toolroom Records to provide us with an update on the global Techno scene with the ‘Toolroom Knights Mixed By UMEK 2.0’ compilation.

With 14 album exclusives, ‘Toolroom Knights Mixed By UMEK 2.0’ is full of blistering Techno cuts assembled with the dancefloor in mind. Containing efforts from Ant Brooks, Koen Groeneveld, Siwell and Guille Placencia & George Privatti, UMEK also gave exclusive access to two previously unreleased club cuts, ‘Love To Dance’ and ‘Fluid Feel’, his collaboration with fellow countryman Mike Vale. Complimenting this journey through the tech terrain are upfront grooves and underground rolling monsters from the likes of Uto Karem, DJ Anna, Simon Doty, Federico Scavo, DJ Chus amongst others. Keeping the flair high throughout two DJ mixes, this is a hard rolling assault that takes in all the different shades of UMEK’s brand of electronic music. Mixed especially to give fans a distinctive feel of one of UMEK’s live shows, ‘Toolroom Knights Mixed By UMEK 2.0’ was a perfect continuation to UMEK’s outstanding contribution to the series.

 

 

15. FabricLive 69: Fake Blood

fake-blood-small.jpgThe description of Theo Keating AKA Fake Blood as a “maverick” in the press notes for FabricLive 69 pretty much hits the nail on the head. Aligning himself with the noisy fidget crowd with his 2008 dancefloor destroyer Mars, there was always a little more intelligence and precision to the cheap thrills he was dealing in; reflecting the long background in club music that was already behind him. What’s most interesting is that in snobbier dance circles, the Fake Blood noise manifesto was once considered one of the sillier, kiddy-friendly sides of dance culture. There’s nothing like an American EDM revolution to put things in perspective though. Several years later, in the wake of the excesses of brostep and trouse, the hidden subtleties of his bombastic sound are a lot more apparent. And it’s showcased in all of its over-the-top glory on FabricLive 69. There’s a sense of “anything goes” to the motley crew of 30 tracks that are collected here. Working from a tough electro framework, you’ll hear dashes of hip hop, house, dancehall, old-school rave and many, many more hurled violently (yet shrewdly and judiciously) into the mix.

Whether or not you’re a fan of the brasher side of club electro, Fake Blood’s kingpin status simply can’t be denied. And he’s in fine form on FabricLive 69. Highly recommended for those who like their club music raw and noisy; and too, for just about anyone else with a passing curiosity in a little bit of Fake Blood excess.  

 

14. Balance Pres Jozif

jozif.jpgThe Balance team have made a big song and dance about the narrative that underpins Balance pres Jozif; the first in what hopefully will be a regular series to run alongside the lauded, regular Balance anthology, with the intention of spotlighting emerging talent in a fashion reminiscent of Global Undergound’s memorable Nu-Breed offshoot in the early noughties. UK deep house specialist Jozif was selected as the rather capable hand to help launch the new series, and while he had originally intended to shape quite a clubby affair (to the point where the label had even begun clearing his initial selections), the passing of a close friend inspired him to return to his mix; to craft an altogether more restrained and melancholic affair. The extra time Jozif has spent in the studio carefully crafting this mix only becomes obvious on successive listens; there’s plenty of those long, eternally drawn out mixes, and the transitions are digitally smoothed over to the point where you do fail to notice the movement between songs; it lends it the organic feel of a longer, more seamless piece of extended music. Jozif has created something that’s genuinely gorgeous; with the recurring themes of loss and sadness, he somehow manages to hit those emotional high notes again and again. A stunning example of how heady, powerful feelings can be worked into the frame of electronic music, Balance pres Jozif is a mix compilation that definitely has a little (or a lot) more to offer.

 

13. Dave Seaman – Selador Sessions Vol 1

Dave-Seaman-The-Selador-Sessions-300x300.jpgI was really looking forward to hearing this mix, having followed how it came about, which was that Dave Seaman took a massive gamble and created a Kickstarter campaign that aimed to raise £25,000 to fund the costs of the CD. Balls of steel eh? Already considered a legendary figure within UK dance music, he further enhanced his reputation when he managed to firstly pull it off with days to spare and secondly raise £7,000 above the original figure. It was a big risk as he’d have looked incredibly foolish if, after all this fanfare, the mix wasn’t all that; but as it turns out, it’s absolutely superb. It’s all about melody: some of it Deep (in a Diynamic/Solomun-style manner), some of it electronic, some of it nasty, some of it epic.  And Dave Seaman being Dave Seaman, he’s done his homework.  He’s one of those DJs that if you asked him at the end of a club set what he just played, he could probably reel off the entire set list in the right order – he’s a practicer and a rehearser – and that is exactly what you want with a mix CD. The way it progresses is no accident – you can tell there are plenty of re-edits and bits of chopping here and there to make it all fit; and there’s some really nice, inventive mixes, which are more about effects than they are about beat matching. If you look at the luminaries that feature on CD2 – the likes of Gabriel Ananda, Scuba, Solomun, Azara & III, KiNK, Jamie Jones – you know it’s likely to be good; but the emotional momentum that Seaman manages to generate is what makes this a masterpiece.

 

12. Hot since 82 – Little Black Book

Little-Black-Book-Hot-Since-82-5060065590026.jpegAnyone who’s been digging the well-recognised success of Hot Since 82 should be jumping right onboard here. The discography of Leeds-based producer Daley Padley stretches back to 2006, though two years ago he launched his new alias with a steady stream of high-powered singles and remixes. He brings an extremely polished variant on modern tech house, plus a love of big, brash electro basslines. The appeal arguably comes though from how direct, punchy and laser-focused his grooves are; it’s underground house that’s been engineered for the big rooms. It’s not difficult to understand why tastemakers like Pete Tong have slapped Hot Like 82 with the ‘next big thing’ tag. Little Black Book represents his first expedition into a longform musical project, helping launch a new series from the Moda Black label that’s run by Jaymo and Andy George. It’s described as “part album, part mix compilation, part remix package, part crate digging expedition”. In truth, it’s an extension of the concept that Sasha debuted with his Involver series a decade ago, in terms of blurring the lines between the artist album and mix compilation, and comprised wholly of his own productions, remixes and collaborations. The compilation/album fusion approach represents a much smarter route for a young producer – the chance to keep things focused in the club, rather than trying their hand at an artist album format that they’re just not ready for. Little Black Book cements Hot Since 82’s reputation as a club producer to be reckoned with, inviting comparisons with the likes of Eric Prydz as an artist who can boast a special sense for what works on the dancefloor. Keep your eyes on him.

11. Bonobo – Late Night Tales

latenighttales-34.jpgFor the 34th instalment Late Night Tales chose a man whose music was most recently used to sell Citroen’s – As telling a sign as any that you’ve truly made it to the big time. – Simon Green, better known as Bonobo, whose ‘Northern Borders’ album released earlier in the year puts him six to the good. And following his breakthrough in 2010 with, ‘Black Sands’, has been a name synonymous with beautifully jazz flecked electronica, currently enjoyed by the masses. His selections walk a path commonly treading in mood and to some extent age. Starting out with more traditional blues and jazzy stuff, making a possible nod to early influences on his own work. The opening tracks are sombre and reflective, following minor key patterns. Darondo’s ‘Didn’t I’ a clear highlight of the late night lovers woes felt by many a teary eyed soul. Brown brings it right upto the present with choice cuts from, Romare, Shlomo and Lapalux, whose collective reign in bubbling, bassy territories pick up the mood in the process.

Bonobo’s picks make for a timeless listen. No doubt one that would be appreciated at a later hour, but one that could be called upon night after night and would still deploy intrigue and appreciation. Much like his own albums, it makes for divine background music to lull your mind away from despair. 

 

10. Tale Of Us – Renaissance: The Mix Collection

1361968442_tale-of-us-renaissance-the-mix-collection.jpgTale Of Us exploded into the collective dance-music consciousness in 2010, their excursions in ‘underground pop’ on Visionquest’s then fledgling imprint and huge remix of  Thugfucker’s Disco Gnome capturing the sound of the moment . These melodic exercises in electronic productions placed the Italian duo amongst a loose collective of artists, such as Benoit & Sergio and Maceo Plex, whose warm sound was a refreshing reaction to the muted techno and minimal overtones then still dominating the underground. To say things have changed a bit since then, would be something of an understatement.  As such, it’s difficult to objectively place Tale Of Us within the ‘melodic’ house crowd they were originally associated with. In fact, tracing their career since their first few releases, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the duo have purposefully eschewed being neatly boxed in within a single movement or trend. From sparse techno outings on their own Life And Death imprint to collaborations with indie band The/Das to their never-predictable DJ sets at Watergate, it’s difficult to define just what Tale Of Us’ sound is. As such, with their long-promised debut album still on the distant horizon, their two-disc odyssey through house and techno for Renaissance is possibly the closest we’re going to get to a cogent representation of just where Tale Of Us are at.

You can see why Renaissance were eager for Tale Of Us to take to the helms and reboot their ‘The Mix Collection’ series. The Berlin-based duo’s approach to melody is akin to the label’s long standing association with mixing by key rather than beat-matching. What’s more, in Tale Of Us off-kilter musicality, a discursive mixture of pop sensibilities, house umph and techno noir, they present the epitome of innovative and exciting melodic dance-music. What the mix doesn’t do, is present a neat genre or style which we can safely apply when describing the musical remit of Tale Of Us. But then again, that’s the whole point.  

9. Markus Schulz – Buenos Aires 2013

markus-schulz-buenos-aires-13-326x326.jpgCast your mind a few months back and you may remember we ventured across to Argentina to catch trance icon Markus Schulz deliver a 7 hour marathon set for a truly memorable night in Buenos Aires. For those of you not lucky enough to catch Markus on top form on those two nights,  fear not as the DJ and producer went on to share a mix compilation inspired by the city following on from his previously acclaimed titles such as Prague ’11 and Los Angeles ’12  to invite us to take to take a trip with him to Buenos Aires for a two-chapter guide through South America’s dance music capital.  Markus cites several instances where his connection with Buenos Aires has stood out above others; He was specifically chosen to entertain the masses during the country’s Bicentennial celebrations and cites the relationship between himself and the local patrons as pivotal inspirations when in studio production mode. Buenos Aires is also a place full of gig highlights for Markus. Despite torrential weather, the Argentinean faithful remained in force to support Markus when the city hosted its own edition of the Ultra Music Festival in February with the final seeds of his chosen city were sewn in June, in the immediate aftermath of the two sellout performances at the Mandarine nightclub, where he demonstrated his immense DJing art craft by playing for a total of almost 15 hours.  Markus himself factors prominently across both discs, boasting brand new singles and remixes, including a fresh take on the iconic “Solarcoaster” by Solarstone, a new collaboration with the incredibly talented Rex Mundi, and another foray into his deeper and darker Dakota alter-ego with the track Barracas. His tradition of anointing a new alias continues through Buenos Aires, with Marscela responsible for the first and last moments of the journey.

 

8. Fabriclive 68: Calibre

fabric136.jpgWhen the rumours first circulated that Dominick Martin aka Calibre was doing a Fabric Live mix CD we almost burst with unbridled excitement. Honestly. For the undeducated, the man from Northern Ireland has attaned a near God like status, not only from fans but from other producers, DJ’s and MC’s across the scene. In a world of almost constant online PR he maintains pretty much no internet presence, preferring to just let his constant stream of quality music do the talking. For someone so highly esteemed in the game and with the years and back catalogue he has behind him, surprisingly, this is his first proper mix CD. Undoubtedly though, it was worth the wait. 

We shouldn’t really have to tell you how good this is if you already know about Calibre. However, if this may happen to be your first introduction to the man and his magical music then you could do no wrong by simply going out and buying this to get properly acquainted with his work for yourself and see what all the fuss I’m making is about. Calibre and Fabric deliver what is quite simply an essential purchase for anyone who likes D&B or simply good music. Period.

7. Fabriclive 67 :  Ben UFO

fabriclive_67-ben-ufo-packshot.jpgParadox lies at the heart of Ben UFO’s appeal.  Whilst the music he plays, in every generic and sonic sense, is way ahead of the curve, his stature as a DJ is something of a throwback. In the age where DJs are expected to be part-time producers, Ben UFO’s very conscious decision not to make music separates him from his contemporaries. Whilst for others success means both club bookings and Beatport chart success, Ben’s decision to focus on the ‘art’ of djing is an open challenge to the compromise inherent within the forced joinery of this previously optional separation. Yet, the decision to focus on djing (as this mix amply highlights) is not a regressive or conservative purist positioning of the art, but a starting point for challenging the conventions and boundaries of what is possible from a DJ mix. Accessible and highly wrought. Unthinking body music but intellectually stimulating. Off the cuff in its sound yet meticulously planned in its execution. The stunning paradoxes within fabriclive 67 make it one of the best we’ve heard yet, and another confirmation of Ben UFO’s top-dawg position in UK dance today. 

 

6. Masterpiece created by Carl Craig

craig_carl.jpgPlanet E head honcho Carl Craig is about as Detroit as General Motors. The techno veteran has long been one of the most admired producers in the game and thus we were delighted to see him follow fellow luminaries Andrew Weatherall, Gilles Peterson and Francois K in helming a masterpiece mix for Ministry of Sound. Mixing a set spanning 3 CD’s, the make up of the package can be broken down into 3 segments beginning with the music that inspired a young Carl Craig, the music that he is playing now and the third segment a specially designed meditationpackage made specifically for this release. After such a long and celebrated career playing venues across the globe you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mr. Craig would have picked up a range of influences but as he says himself it is still the sound of his native Detroit that continues to inspire him and will forever be ingrained in his psyche as he explains “Even though all of my professional career I’ve been travelling around the world and my scope of music is very global, how I listen to music is still very rooted to how I listen to radio, how it is now, and how it was in Detroit when I was growing up,” and with such a rich heritage to take inspiration from who could blame him?

 

5. Traxbox: The Trax Records Box Set: The First 75 Complete 12″ Releases

81fjpLXg12L._SL1500_-2.jpgThis was the longest review our reviewer had ever written in over 40 years of of music journalism. It took over two days to listen to the 18 plus hours of music on these sixteen CDs while trying to translate that experience and the importance of this behemoth project into words. But it had to be done, not least because nobody else had and the biggest single label boxset dance music has ever seen deserves it. At last, acid house is being treated as a serious enough part of dance music’s evolution to merit this deluxe boxset treatment and, going on the reaction to Terry Farley’s monumental Acid Rain boxset, this was well overdue. It was always Harmless Records’ intention to follow Terry’s set with this monster – a set so single-minded, demented and huge it sits beautifully as both perfect companion and vast motherlode source. So what’s two days next to the months of detective work and micro-surgery which went into compiling this miracle of the modern age? Acid Rain dipped heavily into the Trax Records vaults because no set purporting to represent this supernova period in dance music history could do without the several tracks which also appear here. Now here’s the rest. If Farley’s compilation holds Trax up as one of the pivotal house music imprints, Traxbox establishes it as most vital to the whole movement (especially in the light of past rival DJ International holding out on letting anyone near its own gem-studded vault). In a striking package complete with fact-packed 104-page book with notes by DJ History’s Bill Brewster, the sixteen CDs chronicle the first 75 twelve-inch singles released on the label; both A and B sides. Chicago‘s fledgling house music industry became dominated by Larry Sherman‘s newly-formed Trax Records in 1985. Holding the cards by owning a pressing plant, Sherman eschewed traditional record company practices like A&R and publicity departments, even game plan (although Marshall Jefferson was a key pair of ears for deciding releases). Sherman simply took a hot new tune and pressed it up, initially selling thousands locally and on export. A lot has been written about Sherman’s business practices but if he hadn’t taken chances on this alien new music, dance music might have taken a different turn, as the set shows. Bill’s copious notes relate how artists would wait until Sherman went to lunch, then grab boxes of records against the money they had given up hope of seeing. Before we start going through the set, it should be remembered that many of the tracks here were created with one major goal, along with the attraction of an advance from Sherman. As regulars at the heaving bacchanal that was the Music Box club held in an underground car park in downtown Chicago, the young producers knew what effect the right tune could have of one of the craziest crowds dance music has ever seen. That was all down to DJ Ron Hardy, Chicago’s answer to Larry Levan and the single most important figure in house music’s development into  world phenomenon. Presiding over the black-painted sweat-pot lit by a single strobe, Ron took his LSD-driven throng on insanely euphoric journeys, cranking the pitch control and volume to senses-shattering levels, hotwiring the right tune into an apocalyptic anthem (and instant local hit). There’d be shagging behind the skyscraper speakers, a lot of hallucinogenic drugs and many revelers inspired to go off and make their own music, echoing the punk rock revolution of the previous decade. Awesome stuff.

4. Anjunadeep 05 Mixed by Jody Wisternoff & James Grant

anjunadeep05.jpgPutting Will.i.am-gate behind them we were delighted to see Above & Beyond’s label Anjunabeats  take the American market by storm with a seriously impressive opening showing on it’s digital debut as ‘Anjunadeep 5’ with the imprints most recent compilation beating off stiff competition from some of dance music’s biggest names such as Tiësto and Hardwell to take the number one slot on the US iTunes dance chart. Mixed by label boss James Grant alongside producer Jody Wisternoff the new compilation featured tracks by Dusky, Andrew Bayer and Tom Middleton amongst others and its success came as a surprise to many given the more commercially driven EDM nature typically favored by the American chart.

 

3. .  Andy C – Nightlife

andyc.jpgWe’d become accustomed to the idea that after 2010’s double disc special,  we were never going to see another edition of Andy C’s Nightlife mix series. Then what does he go and do? Only announces that he’s gone and done a sixth getting this writer all excited way before Christmas time. It’s three years later, but better late than never.  Spread out over three CD’s, Nightlife 6 is back to doing what it’s always done; providing a snapshot of the D&B scene in its current state while also showcasing the talent from his own Ram Records camp. The opening Red Mix lays out its stall with a CD crammed with current and future bangers, such as Rockwell’s ‘Detroit’, Cabin Fever’s skank inducing ‘Hard Goin’ and Stealth & Stylus’s ‘Homage’ (Back To You) littered amongst VIP specials from the likes of Frankee, Culture Shock and Audio, who provide refixes of ‘Black Heart’, ‘Troglodyte’ and ‘Headroom’ respectively. Disc two’s Green Mix switches the style, offering a more mellow edge. Loadstar’s ‘Stepped Outside’ blends seamlessly with Seba’s ‘Under The Sun’ allowing vocal harmonies and melodies to wrap around each other perfectly. There are sequences that will have you hitting the rewind button (‘Music Is Better’, ‘City Lights’ and ‘Liberation’ being the pick for me) and club favourite . The closing Blue Mix is where things get dark as fuck. It’s a tech laden free for all that rolls from tracks like Break’s militant ‘Steam Train’, Gridlok & Prolix’s monstrous ‘Revenge’ via Dub Phizix’s ‘Happy Five’ to the reese laden punch of Noisia’s ‘Arrakis’ remix by Black Sun Empire. Don’t even get us started on Rene LaVice’s ‘Where My Ladies At’. Mainly because it’s the type of tune that gets drinks thrown across nightclub dance floors. The snare on it alone has you thinking to yourself “Are you fucking sure mate!?’. DC Break’s thunderous ‘Gambino’ helps draw it to a close with the grin inducing blend of Sub Focus’s ‘Out The Blue’ and Commix’s legendary standard ‘Be True’ finishing things off nicely. So has the wait been worth it? Yes. A new Nightlife mix is always welcome here at DT. At 100+ tracks across its triple disc set, there’s enough music to keep heads happy and it is, as expected, flawlessly mixed.

 

2. John Talabot – DJ-Kicks

talabotdjkicks.jpgJohn Talabot is a man hard not to admire. The Spanish DJ and producer has long been churning out quality content across a slew of labels including his own excellent imprint Hivern Discs and smashing dancefloors across the globe with his DJ sets. Then in a bold choice, the man from Barcelona was chosen to undertake the an edition of the much acclaimed DJ-Kicks series. In recent times acts such as Maceo Plex, Maya Jane Coles and Gold Panda have successively raised the bar as to what we can expect from the series we hoped John Talabot could elevate the DJ-Kicks reputation even further. One of the most exciting features of any DJ-Kicks compilation is the addition of an new exclusive track of the compiler into the mix but further upping the ante John has decided to share two fresh cuts with us as part of his 27 track musical journey; the first being a solo effort whilst the second is a collaboration with Studio Barnhus boss and fellow DT favorite Axel Boman entiltled ‘Sideral’ under the joint moniker of Talaboman.

A revealing mix that delves deep into the Spaniard’s treasure trove of influences John felt that compiling the mix was a good way to connect with his audience and showcase the reasoning behind his varied output stating “I thought that it would be good if people could discover what my influences are, where I’ve come from, the people that I admire and tracks that have been important to me over the last ten years, plus some tracks on my label that have never been released.” Well we couldn’t agree more John, it’s a truly excellent mix and well worth a purchase.

 

1. Defected presents Loco Dice In The House

defected_presents_loco_dice_in_the_house_cd_box8.jpgDefected presents Loco Dice In The House seemed one of, if not the most unexpected collaborations of recent times. This explosive dance music compilation featured tracks and remixes from artists such as avried Kyle Hall, Skudge, Glimpse, Diplo, Marcel Dettmann and Dice himself as well with a hand-picked selection of unreleased Desolat exclusives.

This may seem like an unlikely combination at first glance, but when you think about it a bit it seems a much more obvious fit with both artist and label having fought to promote the best in house and techno for over a decade. Looking back at Loco Dice’s residencies at some of the worlds biggest clubs, such as DC10 and Amnesia it was one of the most talked about summer moves when he announced this year when he returns to Ibiza, that he’d be bringing his ‘Used & Abused’  party brand to Ushuaia. There is good reason why he has regularly been voted in the top end of all the major end of year polls for the last three years and Defected presents Loco Dice In The House is the next step in a career that has been littered with unpredictable moves, backed up by glittering moments of genius.   Speaking on the mix Dice himself said:  “Defected is one of the labels that have always been in my record box. I have an entire section dedicated to them in my collection and I grew up with the label’s history. I think what they’re doing at the moment with combining a lot of different styles and bringing together a diverse range of artists is great. Defected has the freedom to do this, unlike a lot of labels. 

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