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After you’ve browsed our gift guide, you’re all probably wondering what tickled us pink in the entertainment department this year. Well folks, here’s the top 10 mixes for 2015. Encompassing dub techno, disco, cosmic balearic and a bit of this and that, here are ten mixes I’ve thoroughly enjoyed throughout the year.
Mori-Ra Japanese – Breeze Volume 7
Originally discovered towards the latter part of November, this mix provided a bit of contrast from the usual weekly rotation of bass rich sound system music. Osaka based Mori-Ra’s ninety plus minute mix is all vinyl, eclectic and quite enjoyable for a long commute.
Big Up Mix 103 – Wisdom Teeth
Last year, Big Up 81 featuring Hatti Vatti was one of my favorites. So it should come as no surprise that another Big Up mix makes the list for 2015. This one is by K-Lone, one half of the the Bristol Label, Wisdom Teeth. If you like your music moody and packed with a punch, have a listen or a re-listen if you heard it the first time around on November 2nd. Side note: Both FACTA and K-Lone (of Wisdom Teeth) will play at the next Reconstrvct next month. Tickets here. [Link]
Harrow Mix Volume 3 – Jai Tee
The theme for 2015 mixes leans towards all things moody. That said, pick number four is a mix by James Allen, better known on the field as Jai Tee. If you’re into Burial, Volor Flex (who goes by the moniker Trampique these days), or Synkro, the next 51 minutes should sound familiar and comforting.
The LoveBath Episode XVI feat. Chuggin Edits
The LoveBath series by Music Is 4 Lovers is one of the best soundcloud discoveries this year for disco and cosmic balearic tunes. Having featured Essex’s disco man, Chuggin Edit’s 94 minute mix back in September, I’ve gone and accumulated nearly every LoveBath podcast to date. That said, here’s an encore and hats off to LoveBath Episode XVI.
Watch The Hype 025 – Captain Midnight
Not going to lie here, one of the reasons pick number 5 is purely due to the Captain Moniker name. That’s equally as cheesy and brilliant as Mr. Saturday Night and I looooooove cheesy as much I love mixtapes (in Dikembe Mutombo’s voice). If you saw the tracklist from the original post back on August 10th, lots of mystery with this mix in the form of forthcoming and even untitled jams. Have a listen or a second listen.
L.I.E.S. podcast 026 – Justin Long
After discovering NGLY’s release on Long Island Electrical Systems (L.I.E.S.) awhile back, it was a no brainer to subscribe to their soundcloud presence. Justin Long’s acid house mix posted above is another reason to pay attention to the Brooklyn based label. Executed in vinyl with no tracklist provided, this one is a natural pick me up.
Samurai Music Official Podcast 23 – Pessimist
Kristian Jab, better known as Pessimist in the drum and bass community released an EP on Samurai Music sometime around May. And for good measure, provided a mix to promote “The Woods” and “Lead Foot” by way of podcast 23. If you’re a Loxy and Clarity fanboy like myself, have a listen. “The Woods” can be heard around the 15 minute mark and “Lead Foot” can be heard around the 35 minute mark. Enjoy.
Electronic Explorations 366 – Moire
Moire is another great discovery for 2015. The London based producer excels at finding beauty in distortion and patterns. For the next hour in Electronic Explorations 366, things are going to get murky, filtered, but you’ll probably like it. Lots of work the man himself and with teammate, Disguise under the name NEVERSLEEP.
313 Podcast 003 – Brickman
Saint Petersburg based Elizar Pirogov is better known in the dub techno community as Brickman. Having discovered his production work this year by way of Boomkat, I was excited to see he run his own podcast series. The 313 podcast page doesn’t get many updates, but here’s your chance to play catchup. Thats if dub and ambient techno get you going.
PP Instore Session #72 – Dancekowski
This one is a recent discovery. I’m almost certain a few Afternoon Jams selections have included work released on Munich’s independent record shop, Public Possession. Here’s their latest live recording by the Munchen’s self proclaimed WORST DJ in the world, Andre Dancekowski. After hitting play, I’m sure you’ll all disagree with the aforementioned title. This one is smooth from beginning to end.