Selections: January 2014 - By Volume

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Selections: January 2014

A mix for every occasion. With Selections, Tayyab focuses on some choice mixes from across the electronic music spectrum. Author: on January 31, 2014
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The great thing about mixes, see — well there are many great things about them — but one such thing is that you can let one soundtrack your life seamlessly. Which comes especially recommended if you’re in an office, in front of a screen all day or in dire need of that extra dimension. Exercise caution though; Resident Advisor unleash their podcasts on Monday mornings and when they arrive in the form of AnD’s blistering, relentless and ravaging techno excursions, you might be in for more than you’d expected. At its lightest, the AnD boys throw in L.I.E.S’ Florian Kupfer and at its most unyielding — which is to say, most of the mix — there’s Sunil Sharpe, Container, Regis and the duo themselves letting “The Jellyfish” run rampant.

Akkord’s mix for FACT wasn’t quite as pulverising, opting for the more brooding, disorienting route, drawing for unsurprising influences including Muslimgauze and Demdike Stare — it’s no disappointment, and certainly something of a treat for fans of their debut album. When the head tires of nodding and the body wants to get to moving, bring in the UK’s most notorious techno production duo, Boddika & Joy O who covered for Hessle Audio on Rinse for an appointment of explosive beat-clanging, heart-pounding frequency smashing at bangers o’clock. If you’re after a more patient techno mix with forethought over recklessness, then STL’s RA podcast  traverses through all sorts of unexpected wonders before settling into a club groove.

If you’ve been putting off diving into the grime revival, now’s the time to get off the wall. There’s tonnes of new instrumental heat bursting through the UK — there’s a smattering stateside, even threatening to reach north of London this time round too! Murlo’s FACT mix is a great place to start, showcasing a few of the major players in the current movement, as well as his own colourful, charming productions that come in the wake of his bombastic Adder EP. One highlight surely has to be Finn’s “Keep Calling” which drops half-way through the mix and is due for release this year on Local Action (as revealed in the label’s mix made almost entirely of forthcoming releases). There’s plenty more to be found of the sound on Oil Gang’s jubilant Fabric club takeover mix and for something slightly more forward-thinking and border-crossing, Visionist also served up something serious for XLR8R’s podcast series. And if all that doesn’t sate your appetite, Kahn & Neek cooked up a short and punchy guest mix for Madam X on BBC 1Xtra, ending in a no-holds-barred, maximum-impact rework of “Percy”.

Galcher Lustwerk continues to lead New York City’s rough-and-ready hardware-centric label White Material through the new year in the wake of his trailblazing 100% Galcher house game-changer. An appearance in the Boiler Room complemented with some unreleased material presented with label co-founder Young Male on Beats In Space ensures there’s still plenty of the oxymoronic, era-evasive proto-futuro-house to go around. On the jazzier, European side of things, Max Graef cements a prodigal reputation with a Boiler Room spot filled with warming house in the vein of Parrish with a slightly riskier edge to it that pays off in spades.

For those with attention spans shorter than the space between beats, Hyperdub’s samurai-in-chief Kode9 spun together RA podcasts’ 400th with fireworks in mind. The middle section is particularly strong, involving a VIP of MssingNo’s messianic “XE2” and Low Deep – “Straight Flush 2” which you might recognise as from a Kray Twins & Twista collab from an age almost too surreal to remember. Soon the mix catherine-wheels off into untameable footwork. Night Slugs affiliate Helix wore his DJ Vague hat to make a splash for Dummy with spasms of impulsive 140 on the agenda.

As for non-2014 mixes, minimal techno wizard Donato Dozzy’s tribute to komische experimentalism is a worthy showcase of interactions and evolvements between ideas in music, dazzling in scope and profundity. It’s available to download here. For dancefloor-orientated concoctions, Smoke Machine’s 90th podcast from Prince of Denmark makes an excellent port of call for patient minimal that avoids sluggishness. Not so much as to kick things up a notch but to tear the entire gearstick off, Portugal’s DJ Nigga Fox’s Meu Estilo mix is a melting pot of carnival trumpets, irresistible world percussion alongside techno kicks and exotic chant vocals that’s happy to throw you in the deep end and have you flailing along.

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