Summer, we hate to say it, is winding down to a close and this month’s roundup of mixes reflects the seasonal change.
We’re back with a selection of the finest mixes released on the web over the last month. As we’re nearing autumn, the sounds of the past month maintain a desire to hold on to the warmth of summer. Float in azure waters with Debora Ipekel, hit the Island with Trevor Jackson or get basement sweaty with Soundbwoy Killah. In no particular order, here are 10 mixes you need to plug into.
NoncompliantBoiler Room Warehouse Toronto
Noncompliant is a techno purist you can get behind. In recent years she’s joined the ranks of many veteran US DJs and, with every set and recorded mix, she demonstrates her ability to bring dancefloors to a frenzy. Recorded in a warehouse in Toronto, this mix is – true to Noncompliant’s style – uncompromisingly heavy.
CCL & Flora FMThe Lot Radio
Two Seattle luminaries and frequent collaborators CCL and Flora FM link up for a show at The Lot in NYC. CCL’s reputation as one of the finest genre-bending selectors around continues to grow and with Flora FM they move through downtempo acid, disco, funk, squelchy breaks and the kind of obscure cuts they’re known for.
VinceIlian Tape Podcast
Ilian Tape select Vince for their latest podcast, another low-key DJ who lives up to the illustrious co-sign. The mix is a slow-burner, geared up by patient, swirling atmospherics before slowly developing into something more visceral. And, Vince also treats us to a reminder of the versatility of Overmono’s towering anthem iii’s Front.
ClarkTruancy Volume 247
Clark was one of Warp’s most reliable suppliers of conceptually challenging music. A consistently curious producer, it’s no surprise that in recent years he’s turned his hand to film scores. Here we find him exploring the acoustic instrumentation that’s long been a hallmark of scoring film, meshing it together with more of the oddball electronics we have come to expect from him.
Yu Su & Francis Inferno OrchestraDublab
Yu Su’s Watermelon Woman is the latest in a string of releases that are indicative of how thrilling a musician she is; showcasing her ability to command a sense of familiarity and unpredictability. This show for Dublab with Melbourne’s Francis Inferno Orchestra (who provided a remix for the EP) feels like an accompaniment, never straying too far from the celestial, dubby roll of the release.
Leon VynehallLive at Honey Soundsystem SF
All-night sets at Honey Soundsystem parties are a rare treat, as are recordings of any shows of any length from the San Francisco institution. In the past month, they’ve released the first half of Leon Vynehall’s lengthy session from May. If you’ve listened to his recent DJ-Kicks mix, then you know what to expect. This is laidback and blissful listening – perfect for the summer’s end.
Trevor JacksonIsland Records Extra Special
At first, this mix didn’t see the light of day after Trevor Jackson self-published it only to have it taken down by the label. Despite Island’s major label status today, it used to be a vast goldmine of left-field genius. Picked up by NTS, the set has now finally been released. Jackson has earned a reputation for being a prolific digger and stitching together esoteric cuts. Here, he collates some of Adrian Sherwood’s finest and strangest cuts and mixes it with Science Fiction Dancehall Classics from 2015, among other projects.
Soundbwoy KillahDummy Mix 562
Soundbwoy Killah seems to be everyone’s favourite rave-break-chopper at the moment, with tracks appearing in mixes by everyone from Eris Drew to Barker, Clemency to Xhin. But what’s he like as a DJ? With a bagful of UKG and hardcore, it turns out he’s as fun behind the decks as he is in a production suite. Essential listening.