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  • DJ Tripadvisor – Erratic Episode 208

    Published 17 July 2021, 10:54 am

  • DJ who? Exactly. Amused by the name, DJ Tripadvisor, but I cannot actually find any further information out about him.

    A Google search will lead you only to find out about people who think Mahiki has the best DJ in the world or that went to fabric but complained about the smell.

    So this is just a music thing.

    Apparently this is a one-take vinyl mix, and the initial clashing beats on the first mix confirm this – yet almost sound if they were done on purpose to give it a jolt.

    Just under an hour long, it features tracks by the likes of Gesloten Circle, Tadeo and Dj Wild, and is kind of on the edge of becoming techno without ever quite getting there, becoming really quite trippy around the 25 minute mark.

    Overall this mix from DJ Tripadvisor is pretty raw and edgy, has a touch of darkness to it and is something that you can easily get into, if you want something a little tougher – but not quite TECHNO.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.03.

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  • Marquis Hawkes @ Shades, Watergate, Berlin – 25th July 2018

    Published 26 June 2021, 9:36 am

  • Marquis Hawkes should be no stranger to those of you into quality house music, but perhaps it could be. I’m not entirely sure how “educated” (gosh what an awful phrase) my few readers are.

    He’s been producing decent house music for some years now, perhaps most notably Sealion Woman, releasing on the likes of Aus Music and Houndstooth, and has two great albums out – both Social Housing and The Marquis Of Hawkes are well worth a purchase.

    So perhaps he is less well-known as a DJ, but this set firmly shows why I and you should take more notice of him, assuming you like your house music.

    Starting quite deep, going into one of my favourite house tracks of the moment, Remember by Javonntte – it becomes a really rather bouncy, happy house music mix for a good 2.5 hours – occasionally rather piano-happy in fact.

    Definitely a put it on at a summer BBQ kind of house mix.

    And the mix is really sealed with him playing Cinthie’s remix of Brawn by JVXTA – how that track is not absolutely massive, I have no idea.

    Enjoyment rating of 8.15.

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  • Jamie Tiller & Raphaël Top-Secret – Boiler Room x Dekmantel Festival 2018

    Published 5 June 2021, 12:46 pm

  • So I have been enjoying life too much to post recently – if I have any readers then I hope you have too. But I have a list of mixes to recommend, starting with this Boiler Room mix from Jamie Tiller & Raphaël Top-Secret.

    Ahhh Boiler Room – I miss pretending that I was one day going to be brave enough to apply to be in the crowd at a Boiler Room show. And I missed having live Boiler Room videos of people dancing – sure the back catalogue has some classics (and a ton of stuff of absolutely no interest to me) and this is one of the treasures that I found a little while back.

    Mixed by two lesser-known DJs, well I’ve featured Raphaël Top-Secret before, but never even heard of Jamie Tiller until I watched this video – he’s from London too, which is where I’m based so maybe I’ll get to see him play at some point.

    Anyway, mixed by two lesser-known DJs, which is how I like it – this mix is an hour of funky summer grooves, a funk and disco feel to it without actually being disco per se, along with some house music at times – notably the glorious When You Love Someone by Daphne.

    It does quite easily flick between similar genres, never really grasping one too long though almost always staying under the feel of funky summer grooves.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.04.

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  • Prosumer – Wave Mix 0

    Published 3 April 2021, 5:47 pm

  • Apparently a prosumer is an individual who both consumes and produces. He’s also a very good house music DJ, with a solid beard – and you should really be consuming this DJ mix of his.

    Prosumer has been one of my favourite (ish) DJs for many years, though just for a minority of the 25 years or so that he has been DJing – the kind of DJ that I look up when I’m looking for a quality house music set that I can bounce around to.

    Currently located in Edinburgh though he spent many years as a fairly important part of the Berlin scene – and he has a fair discography behind him too, sometimes with other collaborators like Tama Sumo, with releases on the likes of Playhouse, Mobilee and rather regularly, OstGut Ton.

    Yet he’s still not especially widely known as a DJ…in the grand scheme of things. Not as well known as I feel he deserves to be, but I also get the feeling that he is quite happy not being the superstar.

    This is an hour of quality house music, tracks from the likes of Todd Terry and Mood II Swing give it a classic feel – generally uplifting, definitely danceable, and finishes with a little disco moment.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.59.

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  • Denis Kaznacheev – Trommel Podcast 102

    Published 26 March 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Denis Kaznacheev is a Russian minimal techno DJ that in 2020 became known a little more widely known in unfortunate circumstances due being arrested in Berlin at the request of the US government.

    He’s someone that I’ve been following for some years, and those of you in the minimal techno scene will likely be well aware of his exceptional DJing abilities, alongside his running of the well-respected Nervmusic Records label.

    This mix is a true wonder for those of us who love minimal – recorded for Trommel who you really should be following as they are the online home of minimal techno, at least in my eyes.

    Just short of two hours of glorious minimal techno, lots of clicks and bleeps, occasional basslines, understated melodies. I recognise very few tracks and I suspect many will be unknown to us mere mortals for years to come. As a mix it is just really well put together, and so interesting to be worthy of multiple repeat plans.

    And that track at 1hr 27m just fills me with joy – a simple hook but it just fits in magnificently.

    This really is quite a magnificent mix – enjoyment rating of 8.28.

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  • Andrey Pushkarev – Paraffin Podcasts 015

    Published 13 March 2021, 4:06 pm

  • Andrey Pushkarev is a DJ from Russia who has been on my radar for some years now – well, more than on my radar, I’m a regular listener and enjoyer of his DJ mixes.

    And there are quite a plethora of mixes out there from Andrey Pushkarev. Some are more on the minimal, others can be a bit more techno-orientated – and this hour long mix for Paraffin Podcasts is steeped in dub techno.

    It is a damn fine mix, broadly as I described, dub techno – with that dubby feel and general atmospheric surroundings. All stripped back and underground – I didn’t recognise any track on first listen.

    Andrey Pushkarev is well worth a follow – he does put out some really good mixes – quite regularly too.

    Maybe also worth giving Paraffin Podcasts a follow too – they are based in Tehran so perhaps one of the more difficult areas of the world to have an underground scene – kudos to them.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.81.

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  • Sonja Moonear – fabric Promo Mix

    Published 6 March 2021, 4:15 pm

  • I know what you are thinking. Sonja Moonear doesn’t need to be doing promo mixes for fabric.

    But this mix is from 2013 – a time when I still actually went to fabric semi-regularly, a time when we were actually allowed to go into nightclubs – and I time when I thought Sonja Moonear was at her best, at least for my ears.

    This minimal mix is as hypnotic as anything you’ll hear from the Romanians in 2021 – at least for the first half anyway. It features tracks by the likes of Andrey Zots, Jeremy P Caulfield and, of course, Ricardo.

    It does slowly become a bit more housey as time goes on – away from the hypnotic minimal and just into a fine groove.

    Over recent years, Sonja Moonear has played much more techy sounds – at least when I’ve seen her or listened to her, so if minimal is your greatest bag as is mine – then her sets from 2013, or around then, really are gems. This is as fine a listen now as it was back then.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.40.

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  • Alienata – MOTZ Podcast 32

    Published 28 February 2021, 2:40 pm

  • Alienata. I’ve been listening to her mixes for a little while now, and maybe a few years ago they were a little shaky but in a similar way as when you watch a young footballer and you can see the talent – you could hear that Alienata had something about her.

    Now her DJ mixes have become more refined with quite a purpose to them (at least to my ears) and I really do think she is one to watch.

    Kind of venturing towards an electro/EBM feel, this is far more than an ordinary techno mix. It’s even far from techno at the beginning – at least in terms of tempo and does the whole warming up and setting vibe thing really well.

    Towards the end of the mix it does become more twisted with some acidic flourishes. Almost quite venomous – it feels like what you are really listening to this mix from Alienata for.

    So if you like your techno very much EBM/electro influenced, then give this mix a try.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.12.

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  • Ben UFO & Junes – Rinse FM 24th May 2018

    Published 20 February 2021, 3:35 pm

  • I listen to a lot of Ben UFO radio shows from Rinse FM. I often want to feature them but can never decide which one to pick, but this show with Ben UFO & Junes is the one I keep putting on at late.

    The reason why I enjoy Ben UFO’s radio show so much is the feeling of modernity that the music gives me – often abstract, occasionally groovy – sometimes outright weird and very occasionally not to my tastes.

    It can be a challenging listen at times, but for me that is the appeal – and I feel that I gain an understanding of where at least one stand of underground dance music is heading.

    This radio show starts off with a one-hour mix from Junes, which plays to my minimal dreams with tracks by the likes of Jichael Mackson and Ricardo. His mix goes more into house and techno territory as it goes along but keeps things stripped back.

    The second hour is wonder and merriment from Ben UFO – almost early morning wake up music at first, but some real twists including the incredible Dub Hell from Ossia.

    Enjoyment rating of 8.04

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  • ItaloJohnson – The Lab NYC

    Published 13 February 2021, 12:06 pm

  • I’m a pretty big fan of the shadowy ItaloJohnson, this isn’t the first time that I’ve featured them and I’m perhaps an even bigger fan of their productions.

    3 guys making and playing music for dancefloors, which as I write seems a pretty foreign concept, but who doesn’t like an occasional dance around their room? Beats a Joe Wicks exercise video, for sure.

    This starts off with intent, as you’d expect from ItaloJohnson, hoovering into Phantom Space by Hooverian Blur, who’s futuristic techno beats I’m a huge fan of.

    It does go rather techno without sending you into a tailspin, and for me peaks with 12A1 by ItaloJohnson themselves. More in the way of house music in the latter half but all with intent and oomph.

    The mix also includes tracks by the likes of Dustin Zahn, Truncate and Nina Kraviz. So you know it isn’t messing around.

    Enjoyment rating of 7.60. This really is a fine mix with some great music.

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