We launched our brand new DJ mix competition this month and the response has been amazing.
We received over 100 submissions in varying genres from both aspiring and established DJs around the globe and have been blown away by the quality and creativity of the mixes.
Rather than pick one overall winner, we narrowed it down to the best 8 mixtapes which we thought showed thoughtful track selection, creative mixing and a great overall flow.
Details on how to enter next months competition are included at the bottom of the page.
1/ kigelia / Elfenberg 2/ Upon Burning / Skies / Sable Sheep 3/ Sphere of Influence / Everthing Counts 4/ Strangers / David Tort, Markem & Yas Cepeda feat, Ella Loporte 5/Aihoo Andre Rizo 6/ lost in África glender 7/ Bai & Dani /Zavera remix Rosário Internullo & Dobrikan 8/ The Revelator Ruben Mandolini 9/ Trace To Nowere / Andre Rizo Remix 10/ Werkin Ramin Rezaie 11/ The House of House / Thomas Schumacher Remix 12/ Keep the Love Tom Star Remix / Money Chocolate feat Sara Webb 13/ You Hear That / David Tort & Marken 14/ Lá Crítica André Rizo.
Kauyta is Portuguese but now living in Switzerland and we instantly fell in love with this mix when it came through, as it really does include everything we look for in a mixtape. It takes on board music from around the globe and underpinned by a deep electronic pulse. Its one hour of pure electronic bliss and we highly recommend checking it out along with Kauyta’s own page. This is what Kauyta has to say about it.
Due to covid, we are doomed to stay home, we only can travel in our minds… so i decided to take you folks to an amazing travel, to the world of electronic music! This playlist takes you about one hour through different continents with all of its diverse accents. The route starts in África, we will dance to some nice afrobeats, soul and mix this together with electronic music. We head over to Europe for a short trip to italy, where we enjoy la dolce far niente, and then we smoothly travel over to south América, with the influence of samba and all this hot and spicy rhythms,, where we dance until the sunrise…
Wille zum Wahnsinn – Da Hagn (Genii Remix) / Augustin Buaon – Diluvio (Original Mix) / Guzy, Hools – Untold Story (Original Mix) / Chus & Ceballos – Senja in Bali (Original Mix) / Yotto – Observer (Original Mix) / Armonica – Zama (CIOZ Remix) / Re.You, Florian Busse – Intersection (Haiku 575 Remix) / Bebetta, Hidden Empire – All of us (Original Mix) / Coeus – Echoes (Original Mix) / Malandra Jr. – Flames (Original Mix) / Goom Gum, Stylo – Teleport (Original Mix) / Erly Tepshi, Soel – Destiny (Original Mix) / Rokazer – Polaris (Original Mix) / Metha – Awakening (Original Mix) / Ezek – Metamorphosis (Original Mix)
Miez Danzer is from Munich, Germany and has sent us a rather fine techno mix which is deep, reflective and melodic. This mix would work perfectly on an early morning dancefloor or a late night drive through the city and is essential listening for techno lovers. The track selection is thoughtful and the mixing is tight so head over to his page to check out what else he’s got going on. Here’s what he had to say about the mix.
The genre of the selected titles is basically Techno. I wanted to compose harder sounds with melodic elements to keep the listener in a wave of pushing beats and melodic patterns, deepness combined with harmonious elements from diverse artists. This is dedicated to all the brave party people out there waiting to dance and sweat together on the dancefloor!
DJ FLERT FEVER
0:00:00 – Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full (Seven Minutes Of Madness – The Coldcut Remix) 0:03:12 – Soul II Soul Featuring Caron Wheeler – Back To Life (Club Mix) 0:08:33 – Snap! (Ooops Up – Instrumental) – VS – D.N.A. feat. Suzanne Vega (Tom’s Diner) (DJ Flert vs Mix) 0:12:28 – Wyclef Jean Featuring Refugee Allstars* – We Trying To Stay Alive (LP Version) 0:14:10 – 11:59 – Digi (Ronin Money Talks) 0:16:47 – Naughty By Nature – O.P.P. (Fairplay Remix) 0:20:18 – The Family Stand – Ghetto Heaven (The Remix) 0:22:12 – True Mathematics – K.A.O.S.S. (Instrumental) 0:24:12 – Young Disciples – Apparently Nothin’ 0:26:45 – Mantronix – Got To Have Your Love (Hurley’s Remix) 0:31:14 – Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal (Full Length Version) 0:33:24 – De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named ‘Saturdays’ (Disco Fever Mix) 0:37:50 – Fatback – (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop (Remix) 0:40:08 – Kochi Vs Reality – We Are Family 0:43:07 – Quincy Jones – Stomp (Extended M
DJ Flert Fever’s mix was a late entry but we had to include it in this months comp. It reminds us of the days when mixes were passed round on cassette and played loudly from car stereos and boomboxes in the park. Its a real retro masterclass and performed as a vinyl only set. Wait for a sunny day, grab a beer and listen to this one loud. Please go and head over to his page and show him some support. Here’s his thoughts on the mix.
Mostly late 80’s / early 90’s funk inspired hip-hop to make you put on your dancing shoes. Make no mistake this is an all vinyl mix to make you shake your tail feathers. After finding my old dj set-list from a Saturday night fever themed student party back in 1997, this is a revamped version with just a few minor tweaks to show you can still have the ‘Fever’ in 2021. As the original posters said: ‘You should be dancing’.
Cold Wait / Arpatec – Going / Benifice – Grind house / Marco Farone – Disturbance/ Firehear – Space Ground /Aikai Remix -Space Ground / Tino Revna – Energiser /Welticke- Xertz / Bilboni – While MY 303 Gently Weeps – 747 – All I See / Anja Schneida- Vibration / Blenk – State of Pressure / Lewis Fautzi – Anizoma / Marcal – Boostmaster / George Libal- Vibration V3 / Radio Slave – Injection / Alignment – Instinct / Dyen – Together We Rave / Camea – Super Woman / Mr Sticky Icky – No Sleep / Ibon .
DJ Travano’s mix blew the dust of our subs and took us back to the days when clubs were open and we were on that 4am dancelfoor. This is a real masterclass in deep and dark techno from a very talented selector. If this is your bag, then head on over to his page and show him some love. This is what he had to say about the mix.
Hi everyone my Set Reactor features Dark Techno a build up with 127bpm tracks to 140bpm tracks keeping the dark feel all the way through with also two Melodic Tracks While 303 gently sleeps with All I see to break it up in the middle leading into a faster second hour of Good pumping Faster tracks I hope you enjoy “Let The Music Flow -DJ Travano “
DJ DAVID CORRIGAN
1 Fade (Original Mix) Fabrication/ 2 Another Riff for The Good Times (Extended Mix) Yotto / 3 Solitary Daze (Original Mix) Maceo Plex, Gabriel Ananda /4 Cola (Club Mix) CamelPhat & Elderbrook /5 Godtripper (Patrice Bäumel Psychoactive Rework) Oona Dahl, Patrice Baumel /6 To The Moon And Back feat. Ginger (Original Mix) 7 Boris Brejcha, Ginger One Mind (Jerome Isma-Ae Remix) Robert Babicz /8 Never Look Back (Original Mix) Boris Brejcha /9 Oasis Midnights (Original Mix) Jam Rumi /10 On The Beach (Kryder Extended Remix) York /11 Grains (Original Mix) Cassian, Yotto /12 Gravity feat. Laura Korinth (Original Mix) Boris Brejcha, Laura Korinth /13 Tarantia (Original Mix) Yotto /14 Cultum (Original Mix) Mia Mendi, Thomas Gandey /15 Home (Club Mix) Solomun /16 Make Up (Original Mix) Hot Since 82 /17 Inter (Original Mix) Cassian, Yotto /18 Interstellar Machine (Lee Pennington Remix) Sabri /19 Observer (Original Mix) Yotto /20 The Feeling (Original Mix) Massano /21 Sweet Disposition (Camille Luciani Mix) The Temper Trap
David’s mix hits the sweet spot between progressive and melodic, combining his love of low end 4/4 with some euphoric dancefloor gems. His track selection has a great balance of familiar and discerning cuts and will have you dreaming of clubs reopening in no time. Please show him some love over on his insta page and his Facebook. Here’s David’s thoughts on the mix.
The listener will take a journey through the 21 tracks experiencing some of the freshest Melodic Techno & Progressive House vibes. Featuring tracks from the likes of Yotto, Maceo Plex, Boris Brejcha & Solomun to name a few. This mix peaks & troughs at just the right moments gripping the listener from the very first transition climaxing on a remix of the classic “Sweet Disposition” track by The Temper Trap. Perfect for that summer warm up
Eminent Fam – “Inkunzi” (Prod. by ZiPheko) Prince kaybee – Gugulethu Black Tribe – Bengele Pastaboys feat. wanmi – babalawo Osunlade & wunmi – Räder Du Black Motion & caiiro – soyeka Budda Sage Feat. Tee – Idlozi Drega – Kali Koi Afro Brothers – Via October Enur – Calabria (Acappella) DJ Isah & DJ Vitoto – Ah Ah Ah Barata – Fragmented Prince Kaybee – Charlotte (remix) House Victimz – Amen For 8 Years mercy acapella Rabs Vhafuwi – Count Your Blessings Mr Luu & Msk – 888 Costah Dollar – Oh Baby
Dj Spencer is originally from South African but has been living in Ireland for the past 17 years. His fantastic afro inspired mix bounces along at a great pace and maintains an element of fun and freshness to it. The mixing is tight and creative with great use of FX, acapellas and EQ. It’s easy to see that DJ Spencer is at home behind the decks and in control of his mixer. Check out his page here. This is what he’s got to say about his mix.
In this mix expect to hear some of my finest South African house. I’ll take u through a journey of beats that will make you move your move your body, step your feet, bob your head to a unique sound and long mixes through out. In this mix I play with some acapellas to make things more interesting. Enjoy this old and new S.A style house music.
3am by Bobby Blanco / My Lips – Crazibiza ( Cheescake Boys Deeper Mix) / Goovin’ to the top – Block & Crown & Atilla Cetin / U Got My Love – Guz / Suga – Green Velvet & Technasia / Paul Kalkbrenner – No goodbye / Under Preasure – Claptone & Mylo / Just Be Good To Me – Earth n Days / I Love house Music – Leandro Da Silva / Cause & Effect – UMEK & Groovebox / From The Start (sonny Fodera Remix ) – Biscits & Sonny Fodera / Paul Kalkbrenner – Feed your Head
Grégory is a French DJ from Marseille. His Jackin House mix pricked our ears for all the right reasons. Most of all for its sense of energy and fun. Pure dancefloor enjoyment from a French DJ who will be smashing things post lockdown. Please check out his page. These are his thoughts on the mix.
So, I recorded this mix for My radio residency for Radio RCU. a french radio, on this mix I wanted to mix jackin’ tech and Minimal house because i think in France this kind of music has been forget by a lot of people…
Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive) [Mr. Belt & Wezol Remix] / Murphy Jax – It’s The Music feat. Mike Dunn / Moloko – Forever More (Francois K & Eric Kupper Vocal Mix) / Michel Ceis & Salvatore Freda – Sassicaia / Michel Cleis – La Mezcla / Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Dixon Remix) / SRTW – We Were Young (Sascha Kloeber Remix) / GALA – Freed From Desire (No Excuses Remix 2011) / Don Diablo – Black Mask / Christian Smith – NYC / Dannic – Blaze / Delora – Hey Mami / Going Quantum – Raw / Kill The Noise – Lose Ya Love / Blasterjaxx & DBSTF – Parnassia (Extended Mix) / Afrojack & Martin Garrix – Turn Up The Speakers /David Guetta – Hey Mama ft Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack / Hardwell & Dannic – Kontiki )/ Jax Jones – House Work ft. Mike Dunn, MNEK / Wiz Khalifa – Black And Yellow
Rebornz sent through a mix which covered a lot of bases and was a load of fun to listen to. Stitching together a number of different genres into a one hour mix isn’t always easy and he’s made a great job of it here. This is his page if you want to find out more.
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