We’ve searched out twelve mixes to get you in the mood for this weekend
As you might know already, Simple Things kicks off tomorrow afternoon and there will be a sparkling selection of DJ sets for you to pick from all day and all night long. From the bright, balcony-bedecked Colston Hall Foyer, to the dank prison cells of The Island, you’ll be able to catch the most forward-thinking mixers from around the world.
In celebration of the imminent fun and frolics, we got our resident crate-diggers to pick out their most valued mixes from a variety of acts that’ll be spinning on the day.
Scroll below for the whos, the whens and the whys, and if you haven’t bagged the hottest ticket of the season yet, head over to the Simple Things website.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Objekt; seeing him tear apart clubs and festivals over the years with his full throttle, genre shattering, futuristic whomp has been an absolute pleasure. With four hours of the guy, you’re really being spoilt.
Jam CityThe Firestation
When Jack Latham swapped the searingly sassy vogue and grime of his Earthly mix series for this dust-laden third instalment, it marked a stylistic change for the idiosyncratic UK producer. A warped montage of tracks and obscure vocal snippets that sounded like it’d been left out in the sun for too long, it paved the way for Dream A Garden, an album dedicated to those “struggling to live and love beneath the chrome-plated, vacuous and superficial machinery”. Less morose than it sounds, from the rubble Latham created a soft and strangely affecting piece of work. His live set is sure to translate this cold beauty.
For fans of getting giddy on the floor, Hunee’s gleeful sets are a must. Known for constantly smiling and dancing behind the decks, the Amsterdam based DJ’s selection of the best in vintage disco, house and oddities, when caught in the right moment, can be truly transcendent.
Helena HauffThe Island
We once asked Helena Hauff why people might abandon straight 4/4 house and techno, for the ‘anything goes’ approach heard in her own, fiercely eclectic style that favours Belgian New Beat, banging electro and steely EBM. “Because it’s boring,” she told us. To Hauff, the choice is simple. Hauff has gone from championing unheralded oddities as a longtime associate of mad-hat Hamburg club the Golden Pudel to cementing her style as a producer with releases on Werk Discs, Blackest Ever Black and PAN, while her debut album Discreet Desires the lineage of the dark matter explored by 80s industrial pioneers. Currently one of the best to do it.
Avalon EmersonShapes Courtyard
Berlin-based DJ and producer Avalon is an emerging favourite among fans of classy house and techno. Catch her for a lesson in keeping it real.
Hodge’s set at Simple Things comes after a period of unstoppable rise. The Bristol-based producer has boosted his profile with one incendiary release after another over the past year, with a busy DJ schedule justly following suit. Catch him alongside Randomer to see a producer who has truly found his stride.
GramrcyThe Terrace + Lakota
Gramrcy is the soon-to-be-massive producer emerging from the UK’s fertile electronic underground. With a regular NTS show alongside Boiler Room’s Charles Drakeford and DJs like Tessela and Shanti Celeste singing his praises, as well as a series of killer forthcoming releases, it won’t be long until Gramrcy starts creeping up line-ups. Get to know him before everyone else does in the intimate surroundings of The Terrace and Lakota.
The Discodromo duo’s Cocktail D’Amore events, which they run with Berghain resident Boris, have incurred wild success by fusing the house, disco and Italo leanings of their soundtrack with a true sense of freedom. Their mix for us was a woozy, sun-kissed selection, while their set at Simple Things is sure to be a sweat soaked celebration of the original essence of dance music culture.
The Kelly TwinsLakota
Bristol’s trusty Kelly Twins duo are carving a singular path through their excellent Happy Skull label and mixes like this – dust laden grooves and the best in experimental electronics.
Berghain’s cast of residents might be fabled by now, but it’s with good reason. The unique possibilities that Panorama Bar grants nd_baumecker has since seen him rise up the global ranks, winning over crowds worldwide with truly exploratory sets.
Eric DuncanCoroner's Court
One half of legendary DJ duo Rub-n-Tug, expect exquisite house, disco and beyond. A real treat.
J CushO2 Academy
J Cush has dedicated his time to exploring grime over the past few years. From releasing global interpretations on his Lit City Trax label to DJing for pioneering London collective Ruff Sqwad, his enthusiasm for the sound knows no bounds. Infectious energy at its best.
After the release of his 100% Galcher mixtape, electronic music fans were instantly hooked on the sound of this cooler-than-cool NY-based producer. His club sets are known to be wildly diverse, blending gorgeous house, hip-hop, techno and live vocals into one irresistible haze.
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