Yes, I’m still listening to mixes from last year! Of course this is simply due to the sheer quality of the best mixes, many of which require a few spins to fully absorb. Don’t worry though, I’m keeping up with new mixes too, and 2011 has already produced some classics. As mentioned in my last post, FACT is quickly becoming best place to discover electronic music on the internet; recent highlights of their bi-weekly mix series include:
Two other great websites for finding mixes are Dummy and XLR8R. Below you’ll find four of the best artist mixes they hosted in 2010.
Any mix that starts with Azari and III’s unstoppable Reckless With Your Love is out to grab your attention, and How To Dress Well’s mix for Dummy certainly warrants it. This eclectic mix includes house, synthpop, krautrock, hip-hop and shangaan electro.
Holy Other get seriously hypnotic on their Dummy mix, combining trippy house with slowed-down R&B. This style may sound dated in a year or so, but even then I think it’ll be difficult to deny that this has music has real atmosphere, and it will surely never sound familiar… it’s too weird.
As you might expect, Mount Kimbie’s XLR8R mix is focused on bass music. It’s interesting to compare this excellent mix with one of the more recent post-dubstep mixes mentioned above. Since this was made last September, Ramadanman has become one of the most influential producers in the UK, and James Blake has become, like, famous. (Tracklist here.)
Another side of bass music is featured in Girl Unit’s XLR8R mix. In contrast with the heavily-percussive and often glitchy music showcased by Mount Kimbie, Girl Unit focus on the sound that made the Night Slugs 2010 releases so popular: colourful, squelchy synths and 808s, influenced by hip-hop and R&B as much as dubstep. (Tracklist here.)
Listening to Duke Raoul’s mix of experimental guitar music (see post below) has led me to think about how important artist mixes have become to me in the past year. Mixes are a great way to discover new music and find out more about the tastes of artists you already know about. FACT is undoubtedly the best place to find this stuff, as they present two mixes per week. I’ve uploaded three of my favourite FACT mixes from 2010, which you can stream or download from this page.
LHF are a London collective of producers, jointly releasing deep, percussive bass music. They’ve created lots of mixes to showcase their tunes, many of which are available on their facebook page. Their ‘Keepers of the Light’ series is definitely worth checking out, but my favourite mix remains this hypnotic and compelling set for FACT.
Four Tet is one of the biggest crossover names that FACT roped in last year, and his mix is full of cutting edge electronic artists like Ramadanman, Oni Ayhun and Mount Kimbie.
Glasser’s mix is actually a collaboration with her co-producers The Romantic Three. This makes for a more varied listen, with two remixes of Glasser tracks, ambient moments, contemporary electronic and even a foray into vintage techno.