Switched-on denizens of Bristol and London will already be familiar with the latest selector to weigh in for the Crack Mix series.
Having alternated between the UK capital and the Southwest for a number of years, Danielle Doobay has spent the better part of a decade working in Phonica, developing a depth and breadth of taste that can only be accrued via a serious stint behind the counter.
As well as hosting a semi-regular show on NTS, Danielle channels her expertise into a variety of different outputs including Mix Nights, a practical DJing course for non-male participants that she runs alongside fellow Bristol DJs Em Williams and Daisy Moon. She also founded the label-come-party BRSTL, alongside Moon, Shanti Celeste, Rhythmic Theory and Idle Hands boss Chris Farrell back in 2011, to showcase the breadth of house and techno talent coming through as the city shifted gears from the dubstep era.
Tonight (7 December) in fact marks the last ever instalment of BRSTL, which is winding down as its constituent crew members focus on new projects. Both the label and club night have left a significant footprint on the city’s musical landscape, providing a platform for the likes of DJ October, Borai, Jay L, and of course Danielle herself, whose far-ranging tastes embody the crew’s forward-looking ethos. Danielle will also appear at Crack Magazine’s annual In:Motion party this weekend alongside the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble, Jeff Mills, and Umfang.
Danielle’s Crack Mix is a masterclass in eclecticism, cycling through laid-back downtempo techno to electro and EBM-inflected cuts for a satisfyingly broad mix. Exemplary stuff from one of Bristol’s very best.