Another month, another set of dynamite mixes.
We’re back with the latest set of our favourite mixes, selecting ten of the best to drop in the month of September. As ever we’re here to point you in the direction of some great music, and each of these ten will bring a little audio joy to your stereo.
In September we heard CCL blow our minds, Lena Willikens sound cooler than we thought possible, Suzanne Ciani cherry-pick some of the finest synth noodling around, and not one, but two excellent dub and roots sets by techno DJs. There’s enough heat in here to get you through the new October chill.
Lena WillikensDiscwoman 78
Lena Willikens adds further weight to her reputation as one of the very finest DJs around, using the recorded mix format to showcase the tracks at the fringes of what she might play in the club, centred around krautrock and ebm. Like Lena herself, the set oozes an effortless cool. A genuine master at work.
CCLUnsound Podcast 56
This year has seen CCL propelled into a stratum of DJs who come with the expectation that they will blow your mind. Recorded ahead of their set at this year’s Unsound Festival, this mix should be enough to convince any remaining doubters as they build an intricate web of stuttering halftime, warped breaks and deep atmospheres. A stone cold classic.
ChekovWire Mix 09 - Dub Special
Leeds DJ and Timedance affiliate Chekov proves the dubwise connection runs deep outside of Bristol too with an all b-side mix of his favourite roots and dub records. Dub’s inseparable bond with club culture aside, this music is always vital. Those sweet melodies, that homely crackle, what’s not to love?
Victor CrezéeWhatever Forever #45
Eclecticism is something all people playing music should aspire to, but sometimes it acts as a mask for a lack of focus or a shallow appreciation for a style of music. Not so with Victor Crezée, who’s long-running Whatever Forever podcast series is a reliable source of choice material from any of music’s oddball corners. The latest is an hour or so of the finest surf, lo-fi and post-punk.
Suzanne CianiDekmantel Podcast 250
The first of two milestone mixes included in this month’s round-up, Suzanne Ciani is Dekmantel’s choice to mark 250 mixes. One of the first masters of the Buchla modular synth (also favoured by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith) she is a titan among lovers that smooth-serrated sound. Described as ‘a social gathering of friends and acquaintances for lunch or dinner’, a mix of this kind is rare from Ciani, and is full of music that, much like her own, carries a strange transportive power.
Sporting LifeThe Face Mix 007
Making his name as Ratking’s producer, Sporting Life’s dense, overwhelming productions were and are some of the most singular in experimental hip-hop. This mix draws from a host of producers occupying a similar space, to create just the kind of maximalist collage he builds on his records.
Jane FitzTruancy Volume 250
Milestones like this are more often than not just a number, but there is something impressive about the fact that Truants – an independent blog run by volunteers – has not only been around for so long, but has cultivated a reputation as one of the most discerning voices in club music. Who better to call on at this point than everyone’s favourite wild-haired veteran, who duly slams out 90-odd minutes of the finest floor-facing acid and techno. Pure fuel.
Diet ClinicDerek Jarman Special (NTS)
Derek Jarman is an experimental filmmaker who made an indelible mark on the pop video, a gay rights activist who refused to be anything less than visible in his struggle with HIV, and a gardener. This mix from Optimo affiliate Diet Clinic tries to evoke the spirit of his work and draw attention to an important figure from the latter half of the 20th century. Fittingly dreamy, strange and cinematic, these tracks evoke the transient beauty of the gardens he loved, and the challenging impulse he lived by.
Hessle Audio affiliate Joe is (quietly) one of the most compelling producers in UK club music, known for a sort of intricate minimalism. After notably taking a three-year sabbatical from playing out, he is again a prolific DJ. Here he channels “the middle hour of a 3-hour set, when things are rolling and before they get a bit more weird,” making for the kind of the mix which will have you spinning around the kitchen after just a few minutes.