AIAIAI MIX SERIES
CURATED BY BENJI B
We created the series to promote and compensate musicians with new weekly mix releases on Soundcloud and Mixcloud - all curated by Benji B.
In an increasingly uncertain business of being a musician DJ or performing artist we wanted to find a way to contribute to supporting the music and nightlife scene.
The effort intends to equip artists to advance their creative and performance opportunities on a global stage, as nightclubs and music venues have largely faced ongoing closures and other restrictions internationally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.
Call-to-action vocals, hi-NRG synth riffs and ten-ton gabber kicks meet rave rinsers, scything electro, booming techno and even the odd rewind. Anastasia Kristensen is a poster-child for techno’s lean out of its associated black hole, and into a spectrum of colours, textures and light. After years of sharpening her reputation as a resident at Culture Box, and in particular Mainstream, one of the city’s few LGBTQ nights, her international tour diary has exploded, taking in small parties and major festivals the world over, making her a magazine cover star who remains driven by connecting communities and elevating fellow music geeks.
Remixes for artists like Special Request and Daniel Avery laid the path for deals to Warp offshoot Arcola and renowned label Houndstooth, extending the range of what Kristensen brings to the dancefloor, both as a DJ, and a producer putting records in DJ’s hands. By taking that vital first flash of energy and making it relatable, accessible and utterly infectious, Anastasia Kristensen has rapidly clicked with a great deal of people across all walks of dance music – and why she is set to keep doing so for years and years to come.
Anastasia's own words on the mix:
"This is my first mix of the year and it reflects the sounds that I’ve been digging recently and playing at my shows. Tracks full of textures, wonky rhythms and pure dance floor energy."
Issabassi - Screw Disclocation
MÔHNE - ret In (Amour Noir remix)
Unreleased - Unreleased
Paul Laurens - Klatsch
Tomash Gee - Bug
Alt8 - Mind Control
Marcal - Moritsune
Fish, Sherry S - You Get Bun
Roes - I think You’re Lost
Stelmakh - Misha
Voicedrone - Darkness
Vertical67 - Dry Land
Amby Iguous - Freqy
u.r.trax - atom heart
Der Dritte Raum - Alienoid
Selec - Brickwork
Kashpitzky - Midrange
Militia - Self Affiction
Vsadniki ZHKH - Mery
SEF KOMBO & KITTY AMOR
Sef Kombo and Kitty Amor are two of the key protagonists in London’s flourishing Afro House scene; working tirelessly over the last 13 years both individually and collectively to build a name and exposure for the sounds they are passionate about.
Sef created his highly popular brand Til Two in 2009, establishing a firm foothold in London and surrounding areas as the place to absorb the best and more forward thinking music electronic music from Africa, whilst Kitty in 2016 alongside Jonny Miller & D-Malice started Motherland in Grow, Hackney where it still takes place until this day: a intimate night that unearths the more underground and new House sounds coming from the continent.
Now Sef & Kitty head up Motherland as well as Sessions as their residencies, which Mixmag recognises as “inspiring representation of the diversity of the city’s black community… with its jubilant and celebratory atmosphere.”
Sef and Kitty's own words on the mix:
"The mix is a reflection of our time in Africa, we absorbed all different types of energies and expressions of sounds from the day to day life in the Motherland, from the different parts of Jozi, to Durban to Nairobi to Accra and hitting Cape Town the different flavours taught us new and different ways to approach the sounds we are really passionate about and to continuously keep an open mind and ear to what is coming out of the continent in the House space. The amazing consistency keeps us very excited about the future of music from Africa."
Mr. ID feat. Rita MDN - Emotion Of The Moment (Balata, Tom A.P Remix)
Hypaphonik feat. Kali Mija & Offkey - Lutar (TekniQ Remix)
Buddynice - Akasia
Citizen Deep feat. Jessica LM - Dtjoh
Mpho.Wav - 016 Road
Angelique Kidjo - Agolo (Shimza Remix)
DJ Merlon & Enoo Napa - Two Zulu Men In Ibiza
TechTonic Tay & Ed-Ward - Ke Bokae
Emmanuel Jal feat. Check B - Hey Mama (Caiiro Remix)
Hypaphonik - Boogie
Double Drop feat. Navaa & Arisis - Nothing To Say (Sky White Remix)
Drega feat. Maline Aura - Vela
Born in Germany with French origin, Marie Montexier’s preferred format as a DJ is vinyl, a crucial part of why she began DJing and collecting music. Curious about genres and styles, multi-eclectic influences informs her sound. Her sets, mainly based on breakbeat and big on UK flavour, are global melting pots where genres and edges blur; oldskool acid, tribal-scented beats and trippy techno merge here. Marie brings a twisted quirkiness, lightening up a sometimes harsh-sounding corner of the scene.
Although new in the industry, Marie Montexier’s hard work has not gone by unnoticed: during her debut year of 2019, she was selected “Newcomer of the Year” by German music institution Groove Magazin, an honor for any artist. Since then, Marie went on to play venues across Europe, including the likes of Berghain and Fabric, and currently holds a residency at internationally renowned party Warning, taking place in Berlin.
Marie Montexier's own words on the mix:
"This only vinyl mix is a club mix from summer 2021, a time when we had the chance to experience club culture together again. Usually I’m more into breaks, bass and techno but here I bring a lot of power house and acid into the mix. And don't be too sad, winter is here but summer will come again and we will be able to dance together again. Until then, enjoy the time with the music at home. - x"
Dust-e-1 - Hypomania / Dust WORLD
T.S.P. - Can't Stop The Feeling (Element 303 Mix) 1993 / Obsessive Records
Alienage - I Said (Space House Nebula Nine Remix) / Holding Hands
Trevor Rockcliffe - Freak! / Intec Records
Peyote Dreams - State Of Mind (Slack Mix) Alex Kassian’s Dream State / Love On The Rocks
Love Tools -You Gotta Be Movin' (Euro Mix) - Instinctive Records
P. Lopez – Emulation / Counterchange Recordings
Space Trax - Atomic Playboy / Stealth Records
Carpenter's Bench – Shaper / Staub
49ers - (Escape) My Heart (Get Wreck Mix) / UMM
BLD - Radiator / BLD Tape Recordings
Slim Steve - Everybody is Talking (Body Mix) / 1Ø PILLS MATE
Agent Orange - Warm Love (Blue Hour Remix) / Blue Hour
DJ HMC - Cum On / Dirty House Records
Nyra - Let’s Trip Out / canoe
Märy Kiani - 100% (Tall Paul Remix) / 1st Avenue Records
Spanish-born, Berlin-based Alienata is a self-described sound obsessive whose sets span obscure electro, acid, dub, IDM, dark disco, jakbeat, hypnotic techno, industrial atmospheres, break beats and much more.
With an increasingly international profile and support from the likes of DJ Stingray, Ben Sims and Ron Morelli, Alienata has visited well-renowned booths like Fabric, Panorama Bar and ADE, where she recently played b2b with legend Dave Clarke.
Next to her DJ career, Alienata started her own record label Discos Atónicos in 2017 and has released music with numerous imprints, most recently on Ben Sims’ Tribology compilation alongside Robert Hood, James Ruskin and Mark Broom.
Alienata's own words on the mix:
"In this mix you can find a selection of tracks that have caught my attention lately. A journey between galactic breaks, dark basselines, raw snares & a touch of funk. It works well after a power nap! Enjoy it x "
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Ineffekt - Vigilantes
Urban Groove - Mutante (Original Mix)
Nuklear Prophet - 808 Plague
Brice Kelly - Armed To The Teeth
Antoni Maiovvi - Generous Degenerate
LDWG - Locked
Serge Geyzel - When was the last Time
VSO - Complacency
Co-Accused - Abduction
Mani Festo - Space Raider
Late Night Approach - L Ultimo Ritmo
Shawn Cartier & Dufraine - Stressin
Wolfgang Fluer & Fabrice Lig - Cinema (Versalife Remix)
Stingray 313 - Carbon Neutral Fuels
Frank Booker has quietly built a worldwide reputation for incredible edits and DJ sets. His releases have gained huge support from heavy hitting disco and house DJs such as Horse Meat Disco, Todd Terje, Rahaan, Detroit Swindle, Session Victim, Red Greg, Jimpster, DJ Nature and many more.
When DJing, his music spans a wide array of quality black dance music: From deepest disco, to 80's boogie and cutting edge house music, as well as special re-edits all put together with a focus firmly on the dancers. Keep on!
Frank Booker's own words on the mix:
"I put this mix together using my trusty Condesa Lucia Mixer, a Pioneer EFX-1000 unit and two CDJs. I wanted to showcase soulful, melodic dance music whether new or old. It got quite spacey thanks to the FX unit delays, but ended up back on earth with a message: Love to the world - From me to you! X"
Dego feat. Nadine Charles “This Is A Message To You”
Dele Sosimi “You No Fit Touch Am” (Medlar Remix)
Close Counters “Third Gear”
Lakeshore Commision “Together (Right Now)” (Instrumental)
G & D Edits “Gna Bolo”
Sound Support “Brownsfield”
Voices “Voices In My Mind (Chant)”
Bosq feat. Kaleta “Wake Up”
Faze Action “Keep It Coming” (Special Disco Mix)
Kapote “Brasiliko” (Byron The Aquarius Remix)
Close Counters “Something In My Drink” (Fouk Extended Mix)
Phil Asher & Ashley Beedle “Sunrize”
Fouk - New Canvas
Patrick Gibin & Kaidi Tatham feat. Josh Milan - Love To The World
Chloe Lula is a Berlin-based DJ, producer, and journalist. She is the Managing Editor of Resident Advisor, the Editorial Director of Refuge Worldwide Radio, and the Critical Beats columnist at The Wire magazine. She received her master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School in 2020 and is a fellow with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Politico, and Esquire, among other major publications, where she covers gender justice, human rights, and their touch points with music and activism. She put out her debut EP, ‘Errant Bodies,’ on aufnahme + wiedergabe this spring, and will release with Berlin's Instruments of Discipline and Ciarra Black’s Pendulum imprints in early 2022.
Chloe Lula's own words on the mix:
"I’ve been leaning hard into non-4/4 rhythms over the last year or so, and this mix is really a showcase of the kind of music that’s been really inspiring to me (electro, breaks, DnB, jungle. etc.) I’m especially into artists who are able to meld these genres with dark industrial and EBM tropes, which is definitely the direction I see my music moving in!"
Tommy Four Seven - X Threat
Cutting Room - Always Rock Dog Ya Mates
Sepehr - Darklord
Luz1e - Transition
Salome & Unklevon - Telepathic Dance
Salome - Witchcraft For Beginners
Serge Geyzel - Enot
Serge Geyzel - Shades Of Former Powers
DJ Loser x Penelope’s Fiance - Bloodhorns
Jasen Loveland - Paranoid Fantasy
Jasen Loveland - The Night Pharmacist
Sepehr - Solitary Tool
Raiden - Balfron (Headless Horseman Remix)
Pteron - Molting
Jasper James’ career has come a long way since his arrival on the scene as one of the youngest DJs to play the legendary Sub Club. Emerging from his roots as a leading tastemaker in Glasgow’s vibrant house scene and breaking away from his peers to become more than just a ‘one-to-watch’ but a respected figure in his own right. A DJ and producer with talent that stretches beyond his years, he’s crafted and developed his own brand of off-kilter house and heads-down techno through extended DJ sets at some of the world's most respected clubs including DC10, Fabric, The Warehouse Project, Smartbar, Blitz, Lux, Bobbeaman and of course, Sub Club.
Jasper James' own words on the mix:
"I wanted to record this mix as if I was playing out in a club setting, which I’m just getting back into the swing of. I kept it live and raw sounding. I let the tracks pick themselves as I go, which I would do when I DJ out. The mix features some new and old records as well as some upcoming music from myself being released next month. Recorded with love from Glasgow x"
Roy Davis JR. Modal - Lovers
Anthony Georges Patrice - Poor Pitch Discrimination
The Revenge - Untitled
Boston Boys - come wit me
Mr G - Get Down
Brutal Bill - Woman of Angels
Martin Deason - Race for the Vaccine
Gary Martin - Serious Business
Josh Wink - Freak
Jasper James - Welcome to the Chaos
Jasper James - Mhmm
As a DJ and ‘musicologist’, there are few more serious than Antal. Trying to sum up the musical world of the Rush Hour founder with a few loose signifiers like house or techno would be futile.
Sure, everyone in the industry claims to have been music obsessives since youth, but few have taken it as far as this Dutchman. As a DJ who prefers proper tools like E&S or Rane rotary mixers and Dope Real isolators, since 1996 he has played all across Europe, Australia, Asia and both North and South America. Unlike many, though, he has a wealth and depth of music to call on that is so vast you never quite know what you are going to get: he is as comfortable spinning Chicago and Detroit influenced house as he is rare Afro funk, forgotten disco and everything in between.
Antal's own words on the mix:
"Just back from the Selectors Festival and Maiden Voyage festival in London, I finally had the chance again to DJ for an actual real audience. It was so much fun I am still feeling it. This was something I was really missing the last months.
So still in the mood, I was just spinning some tunes in the music room at a midtempo and at the same time I was thinking about the headphone experience and what would be nice to hear, so I went for the more clean and clear productions - but like always, eventually I am turning it around (this time to Brazilian music) for a few bits, only to get out of it again with some other sounds... anyways: all from the heart."
Joe Claussell – Hallucinations Ejaculations
Gratien Midonet – Osana (Kuniyuki remix)
Jade 4 U – Rainbows
F.J. – Fool’s Love
Odissey – Vire Love
Captain Mosez – Fly Cherry Fly
Warm – Blue Sunrise
Akendengue – Epuguzu
Sue Jorge – Chega No Suingue
Batista – Mode De Viole (Edit)
Tabo’s Project – Eyes Of A Child (Mgwa Bear edit)
Friend Of Mine – Just Your Pride
Nathalie David – Coup De Foudre (Instrumental)
German electronic duo FJAAK produce driving, energetic dance tracks which range from reflective power house to storming warehouse techno, with occasional U.K. garage, dub, and breakbeat hardcore influences. Gritty yet sensual, their tracks are composed entirely on analog equipment.
Based in Berlin, Felix Wagner and Aaron Röbig had been making music together since childhood before they began producing techno as FJAAK during the late 2000s, while they were still teenagers. In 2021 they began to focus on their own labels: "FJAAK" and "SPANDAU20" which release schedules are tightly packed already!
FJAAK's own words on the mix:
"The music we selected for this mix is energetic, powerful and to us very impressive, but also groovy & warm, sounding perfect on your AIAIAI cans. Get ready for a sweaty hour, it's gonna be dripping from the ceiling ;)"
Sam Purcell - there was nothing (Edit)
Stef Mendesidis - Interlynx
Advent - Ramage
Ludacris - Interactive Skit (Album Version)
FJAAK - One Vision
Invexis - Elektronenwind
Mdslktr - Social Distancing (FJAAK Remix)
Rifts - Sharp Lank (Hedgehog Mix)
Heiko Laux - Hexagon
Tobias Von Hofsten - Swinger
AADJA - Falling In A Dream (D.Dan Remix)
Yan Cook - Grizzly
Stranger - Warehouse Memoires (UK Rave Mix)
Pugilist - Nightshade
Kuf - Put in the Work
FJAAK - Unreleased
Asquith - Back to Danny’s (Ripped CD Mix)
Denham Audio - Check 1
FJAAK - Unreleased
Pj Bridger - Midnight Request Line
Setaoc Mass, Cleric feat. John C. Lilly - Altered States
DJ and selector SelassieTBC is the co-founder of London label Pattern Sounds and is one half of Brownswood’s Future Bubblers team, on a mission to unearth and support some of the best up and coming talent through both ventures. You can always expect an eclectic selection with a soulful feel, either from his DJ sets or his NTS Radio show.
Selassie TBC's own words on the mix:
"I wanted this mix to be a bit more dance focussed than my radio shows. I usually take a laid back approach on NTS, so took this as an opportunity to express myself in a different way and delve into a couple sounds and pockets that people may not necessarily know me for. Starts familiar, but goes to eventually goes elsewhere - it's all part of my musical taste. Plus end of lockdown is on the horizon (in the UK) so let's turn it up a bit."
DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small - Indaba Ka Bani (feat. Kamazu & Mas Musiq)
DJ Maphorisa & Kabza De Small - Lorch (feat. Semi Tee, Miano & Kammu Dee)
Jazzidisciples - Sgubu Se Monati
MOJVKI & DJ Kwamzy - Wena
Amaarae - Spend Some Time (AfricanJedi Amapiano Remix Ft. Wande Coal)
Musa Keys - Vula Mlomo (feat. Sir Trill & Nobantu Vilakazi)
De Mthuda & Njelic - Bade
Juls & Sango - Angele Ni Fie
Wayne Snow - The Rhythm
DJ Rasoul - Break It Down (Original Mix)
Samrai - Khadi (Original Mix)
Daniel Maunick - Orbitus
Sonar’s Ghost - Purest Dope
Jeigo - Flurella
Sivey - Nobody Else
79rs Gang - Culture Vulture
Born in the UK and based in Verona, Italy, Patrick Gibin started his label Blend It! Records in 2011 by releasing the first of his Black Aroma edits EPs under the moniker of Twice. His distinctive touch in editing obscure, often overlooked jazz-funk and boogie tunes is well represented by his releases on labels like Razor n Tape, Sounds Familiar and Salsoul Records.
Patrick's own words on the mix:
Missing the Dance" was the drive for this: a mix of boogie favs, tracks I would love to play & hear on a system in a club and some forthcoming music soon on vinyl.
Edo della Bitta "Untitled"
Kaidi Tatham "Sweet Kinch"
Dr. John Blair "Respect" (instrumental)
Bohannon "Wake Up"
Sylvers "Bizzarre" (edit)
Roy Ayers "Fast Money" (edit)
The Ricky Corey Collective "Who Do You Love" (instr.)
Kay Suzuki feat. Fatima "Something to Say"
Patrick Gibin feat. Kaidi Tatham "Don't be Rude"
Video 7 feat. Ian Fink "Black Izraelites"
Zepherin Saint "Escape" (88Dub)
Los Hermanos "Binary Funk Influence" (Extended version)
Gerald Mitchell "Just Another Day"
Volcov has been an Italian advocate for souful, melodic house music for well over 20 years, launching Archive in 1997 and Neroli in the year 2000. As a DJ, collector and music lover since the late 80’s, Volcov has played all around Europe, USA and Japan.
Volcov's own words on the mix:
A deep warm selection to lift the spirit during these trying times!
mixed with love in Verona.
Modaji – Seen But Not Heard – Coop
Patrice Scott – Untitled [Beat Mix]– Neroli
Kaidi Tatham – Armz R Deh [Afronaught Dub] - Laws Of Motion
Untitled - Dj Spinna Remix - Cdr
Gu – Your Life – Nlc
Pete Simpson – Don’t Hide [Domu Unreleased Extended] – Papa
Leon Ware – Work Me [Reel People Mix] – Expansion
Marcello Napoletano + Volcov – Poison – Neroli
Steven Tang – Since The Accident [Beats] - Emphasis
Patrice Scott - Rain Dance – Visions
Bian Harden – Days Of Days - D3 Elements
Kia Stewart – Anywhere You Are - Honeycomb
As the head of the enigmatic 2000BLACK imprint and revered as one of London’s most important musical visionaries, Dego continues to pioneer forward-thinking soulful music across all tempos and is never restrained by genre, only influenced by quality.
Dego's own words on the mix:
Electric & borderline erratic dj set which includes a mixture of hiphop, beat juggling, acid house boogie,jazz and techno for an assured unique experience.
Benji B on her mix:
I´m going to go with Mira´s guest mix and the reason that I found Mira´s guest mix really interesting was because it had a lot of feeling, a lot of groove to it and it was in a very specific zone. Different to a lot of the mixes in terms of tempo and content, and pretty much 100% of the music I hadn’t heard before. It was put together in a way that would suit a dancefloor session but would also suit a late night/sunrise moment, but equally could have you just vibing in your kitchen or your front room at the same time, which is exactly where I was when I was listening to it. Mira´s mix kept making my ears prick up, and more importantly making me move, and I just thought it was very really well put together and confident in its style and delivery.
Mira's own words on the mix:
I’ve been playing music for six years now and with all that madness in 2020 I got an opportunity to go deeper into listening and searching for music, especially not popular music. I started producing myself and expanding my taste in music. I started to listen to a lot of new genres and styles, sometimes I can fall in love with a track only because of it's percussion or bassline. Working on a mix for me - is always an opportunity to share not commonly known music, interesting music. I want to show my listeners that electronic music can be easy to listen to, it can make your day or it may be a good soundtrack for anything: work, walk or doing nothing. And it's always like one long track, one mood, but eclectic, like a room full of different furniture but looking great together. This is a small part of my music vision.
Last year was very hard, but the time spent with yourself is a gift and it can be priceless.
No frames, more freedom in life, freedom in making music, more new openings in 2021. Music is friend, life and passion.
Branko is the creative force behind Buraka som Sistema, and founder of Enchufada. With styles from around the Lusophone world mixing in Lisbon; Branko’s goal is to elevate this blend into a global conversation. Always challenging the status quo, discovering new sounds and artists around the world.
Deekapz - Lunar (feat. Ellah Barbosa) [Branko Edit]
Bandicut - Margem (feat. Lokowat)
Afriquoi - Acid Attack (Hagan Remix)
Branko - Stang by (feat. Umi Copper) [Club Version]
Freddy da Stupid - Baile [DKVPZ Sample]
Ghetto Kumbe - Interludio
Lua Preta - Baile Lotus
Wealstarr - Ta Faltando um
Juls & Sango - Ritmo Coco
Tuyo - Sonho da Lay
Siete Notas - El Estanquillo (Quixosis edit)
El train - Joga Bonito (Barbatuques Sample)
Dino d' Santiago - Sofia (Branko Club Edit)
TMXO - Zuciya
Branko - Agua con Sal (feat. Catalina Garcia)
Mina - One Leg (feat. Bryte)
Gafacci - Azaa (Branko Edit)
Deekapz - Menina 2.0
Populous - Racatin
Legend in his own right, DJ Boo Williams is a veteran house producer from Chicago. His massive discography of music sits in its own genre of classically deep house and original techno with unique swing and rhythm.
Black Widow & Emmaculate - Love Manifesto
Leo Guardo & Cali Satellites Feat Masterspudnik - Deluge
The Super-Phonics - "Interstellar" (Micky More & Andy Tee Remix)
Alankara Ft. Ewald Ebing & Efe Erdem – Sublime
Jan Leslie Holmes I’m your Superman -DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix
Mental State - Boo Williams
Fort Greene’s Them - Josh Milan
Having been around as long as he has, it's difficult to find peers with a similar track record that have stayed as relevant. Constantly evolving and broadening his spectrum ever since his early teens, Victor Crezée has steadily built a name for himself over the past sixteen years as one of the most multi-faceted DJ's around.
Vic describes the mix as "Heavy hitters from past 'n present."
Co-founder of boxout.fm, Mohammed Abood aka DJ MoCity wears many hats and inhabits many worlds. Raised in India’s capital, Mo is first and foremost a global music entrepreneur. His passion for entrepreneurship and networking in music has seen him lay crucial groundwork in Dubai, Istanbul, across Europe and beyond.
His own words on the mix:
It is a 90 minute mix which I really enjoyed putting together, especially during these times. Making the track selection and having these tracks on repeat for a few weeks wanted to really soak it all in myself before I made the mix, a variety of sounds something for everyone but definitely a good vibes mix. Hope you guys enjoy it as much as I do.
Based out of London, DJ and musical director, Lou Hayter, rose to prominence as part of the Mercury nominated electro-pop group, New Young Pony Club. Today she’s on the books of brands like Chanel, and has been dropping singles like honey across the past few years.
Words from Lou on the mix:
'In lockdown I went back to some of the house music that’s influenced me most in my life like the Moodymann album ‘A Silent Introduction’ which sounds so good at the moment. This is a mix of that soulful New York/ Detroit house sound that I love like Pal Joey and Dream 2 Science and those producers who are still making incredible records right now like Theo Parrish, it feels like a sound of then and now at the same time which I love.'
DJ Die delivers a mix with 90% of the tracks coming from his GutterFunk label. There are a few never-heard-anywhere exclusives from Hella & Rosie, a track called New Rage which was signed in the last few months as was Stormy Mondays by Yung Raj, an up & coming artist from India. Another exclusive by Nuff Pedals called Encompass is also featured. The mix shows Die's width and breadth as a DJ and label owner. GutterFunk has always been a cross-genre label, the labels image follows in the footsteps of Die's background in Jungle- a genre that was wide open in influence and execution. It's this aesthetic that underpins the creative direction the Die follows to this day, its all subject to vibes.
1. 9NUMBERS - INTRO
2. HELLA & ROSIE LEE - NEW RAGE
3. WHITE BULLY - O LORD
4. YUNG RAJ - STORMY MONDAYS
5. ADDISON GROOVE - LAGUNA
6. DIEMANTLE - SPIRIT WORLD
7. NUFF PEDALS - LOST IN THE MIST
8. NUFF PEDALS - ENCOMPASS
9. ADDISON GROOVE - BRAND NEW DROP - PINCH REMIX
10. DIEMANTLE - ONE DAY
11. DISMANTLE - BODIED
12. NUFF PEDALS - ABSTRACT
13. DIE ft BEN WESTBEECH - NIGHT TO DAY
14. DIEMANTLE - WAY I FEEL - ZED BIAS REMIX
LADYMONIX is a Baltimore-born/Detroit-based producer and dj. She’s known for turning out dancefloors from LA to London with her deep disco and house sets, playing the swankiest of nightclubs to the darkest warehouse after-hours.
Gonna Let - LADYMONIX
Do You Believe (Scrubfish Upright Reprise)- Derrick Carter
On A Journey (Journey Mental Mixx) - QX-1
Bad Girls - Xaviera Gold
Something Old School - Total Ka-Os
Ain't No Buddy - Ruff Stuff
Club Nowhere - LADYMONIX
Majick - Donis
Spirit.wav - DJ Juan Coon
Lovelee Dae - Blaze
Not Like Crazy (Quentin Harris Shelter Mix) - Jill Scott
In De Ghetto (Piano Dub) - David Morales & The Bad Yard Club
Front 2 Back ft. KC Flightt (Kenny Dope Old School Remix) - Playgroup
Movin On - LADYMONIX
How Bad I Want Ya (GU Peak True Time Mix) - Soul Element ft Peven Everett
Let It Fall (DJ Spinna Galactic Soul Remix) - Lady Alma
This mix is a journey exploring / showcasing the different emotions I’ve been going through during lockdown.
As a dance-music mix didn’t feel right in such a standstill era, this selection is mostly composed of contemplative cuts.
As weird as it sounds, I’ve - lately - realized how much of an obsession I had for intros, outros, interludes or just beat-less tracks :
The inspirations behind this work finds its roots in this obsession.
This piece also acts as a moodboard + my first research towards future productions, experimenting around an ambient music filled with jazz / nu-soul chords.
In a way, this mix is a hunt for the perfect interlude, a compilation of sometimes short, sometimes long intermissions forming a new whole filled with imperfections.
It has also been inspired by a discussion with my good friend Zainab Jama, music swap with my friend Maxine, the discovery of Diggs Duke and the ever going research of a common thread and consistance between the different sounds I equally love.
For the past two decades, Rich Medina has cemented his reputation as an elite DJ, one of few on the planet capable of taking audiences worldwide on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, soul, afrobeat, funk, breaks and dance classics.
A need for experimentation, exploring new sounds and new ways of making music – the inspiration driving Mute’s recent signing HAAi, the Australian-born London-based DJ who continues an incredible couple of years with two releases on the prestigious label
Her own words on the mix:
I wanted to make a 4x4 club mix for this as I’m really missing it all and wanted to play some techno. It’s peppered with a bunch of unreleased tracks by myself that I’ve been playing round with during lockdown.
Loads of unreleased tunes in there some by well known and some by up and coming artists that have been getting me through recently.
The virtuoso known as GE-OLOGY is a rare find. The gifted music producer, and exceptionally skilled DJ has been acclaimed for over two decades where he's worked with the likes of Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott and De La Soul, and he's done a very special mix for the 32nd edition of our Mix series!
TRACKLIST: From the personal collection.
GE-OLOGY's own words on the mix:
What a year 2020 has been. In various ways, it uprooted so many of our lives and brought us into this temporary new age of social distancing...essential to fighting the pandemic, but unnatural in comparison to the social norms, habits and behaviors we had previously been used to. With social gatherings severely restricted, it has forced us into our own imagination to find new ways to feed our souls the human touch and intermingling we thirst for, but once took for granted. In response, Zoom video conferencing parties have become a thing, as well as live DJ sets on Instagram and Twitch. But with this explosion of live performances from the comforts of ones home to ours, it's still not a comparable substitute for the deep and beautiful culture of live music performances in small smoky bars, or steamy basement parties, or crowded arenas packed with a sea of people, or club nights headlining our favorite DJs...or even traveling to exotic music festivals in foreign outdoor lands.
With this in mind, I took some time to reflect on so many of the priceless experiences I've been fortunate enough to enjoy over such a significant portion of my lifetime so far...and I couldn't be more grateful. The love and dedication I hold deep in my soul for music, and the art of DJing stems from my appreciation of the brilliant musicians who created compositions that spoke to me, funky rhythms that moved me naturally, and skillful creative Disc Jockeys that knew how to tell stories through vinyl records like literary masters use words in poetry. This love, most-importantly, stems back to my family, and how music has played such an important role in all of our lives. It's directly connected to many of my greatest childhood memories, and has helped to shape me into the person I am today.
In honor of my family, as well as my extended music family around the world, and the great legacy of live music and club nights that so many of us miss, I wanted to do something very special with this mix. I decided to approached this from various angles...building it up gradually as I would playing 'all-nght-long' at my residency club night in NYC, with a lot of rare, funky and beautiful records from my collection, some very pricey these days...some inexpensive, taking the listener on an extensive 2 hour (120 mins + 20 secs) sonic journey of beautiful melodies, rhythms, voices and instrumentation, with some old school style "A cappella" blends, intersecting various genres from Hip Hop to Soul to Jazz-Funk to Gospel to Disco to pure African dance floor HEAT! Definitely one of my favorite and most fun mixes I've recorded over the years. Food for the heart and soul. ENJOY!
Born in Bristol, the co-founder of Full Cycle crew, DJ Krust is much noted in the jungle underground for his push-the-envelope productions, and is a name that has become synonymous with the foundation and early evolution of jungle and drum & bass culture.
in his own words:
It should’ve been obvious but we missed the details. What was the truth behind the truth behind the real story that was the question that was on everybody’s mind,
It was a phantom and an illusion that was manifested deep in the mind of creators, we couldn’t penetrate it so we decided to innovate but that approach soon reached its limit.
It wasn’t until we discovered the information at the bottom of an audio signal that was self correcting. The dimensions were at 300 dB they might as well have been buried underneath 100 tons of concrete, they bear no resemblance to audible codes that we could use however
This was a breakthrough and we were grateful and now many people will be able to audibly distinguish between light frequencies and the dynamic assertion of language and I have the interpretation that it’s now believable but only in headphones.
So I invite you with a request from the centre of the eye to take part in this experience.
Thank you for your commitment.
Born in the south of Holland and started playing music at the age of 12, Cinnaman is part of the infamous Rush Hour Record Store crew, and is one of the most talented and diverse djs to emerge from Holland.
Cinnaman's own words on the mix:
So I tried to make a mix like I was playing in a small club where you can mix up genres after each other. So from house to grime to electro and whatever you wanna call it. Its was fun making this and made me miss clubs even more.
Shy One lives and breathes the eclecticism and diversity of her DJ sets and productions. Having started off DJing on pirate radio at 13 years old, She has been exposed to and influenced by the full spectrum of sounds her hometown of London has birthed and nurtured over the years.
Her own words on the mix:
"I decided to freestyle this mix, not plan a tracklist and just follow my heart. Like most people I've really been pining for the club and have fallen in love with a lot of tracks made for the dancefloor over the last few months. Other than my radio show I thought this a great opportunity to play them for an audience."
Hailing from the Beverly area on the South Side of Chicago, Jamie 3:26 has garnered recognition in his own right as a master selector capable of lighting any dance floor on fire.
Words on the mix from Jamie 3:26 himself:
"This mix session was made with the intention of my messages being sent through music. Sit back,Relax and let me handle things!"
K15 has been making music for more than ten years and releasing it for just over half that, drawing his influences from everything from jazz, hip-hop, broken beat and soul, to house and techno.
K15's own words on the mix:
"From bursts of introspection and despair, to contemplation and hope, this is a selection of music that resonated with me over the last few months."
Staying true to house music, Djing for Djing’s sake, Kai Alce isalways pushinghimself, and us on the dancefloor. Whether it’s behind the turntables or through his label NDATL Muzik, he’s a force to be reckoned with.
"So I thought for a while what should I submit for this mix. Since AI being a headphone company in which I own a pair & did this mix with, I felt that a more sublime musical journey would be best for one listening through AIAIAI headphones alone.
Starting with none other than Larry Heard the G.O.A.T. giving the best runway to the rest of the mix. Slowly moving thru tracks from Dukesoul (RIP), live UK band Soul State Jazz into Paul Hunter aka Second Crusade let's you know the groove is there.
Jovonn shows us why he is the truth with his classic remix of St. Germain hit "Rose Rouge", Bobby Konders take on Herb Alpert's "North On South St" was NYC Late night burner from early 90's, into the future with myself & Hanna with a little unreleased tribute to lost heroes Notorious B.I.G., Mike Huckaby & J Dilla
Bringin us to the mix's first vocals "Stay This Way" featuring heartfelt words from Just One of KemeticJust, These Words by Javonntte taken from his debut EP "The Musical Stylings Of" on NDATL which propelled him into underground stardom & "Pick Yoself UP" by the elusive Marcellus Pitttman.
Wrapping up the mix with UK stalwart Mr. G's "Bands Tight" & Kenny Dope's amazing rework of classic "Rude Movements"
So sit back & enjoy my humble serving of audible medicine."
Sadar has been digging for records all of his life. In s time where Chicago was filled with DJ’s who played house and disco sounds, Sadar chose a different direction, playing rare, hard-to-find grooves.
Sadars own words on the mix:
"It's a mix of rare disco gospel and afro beat! Get ready for another Disco Beatdown"
Honey Dijon's brazen style blends all genres without looking to the past. She captivates with her instinct, versatile sound and dazzles the club and fashion circuit in London, Paris, Berlin and New York.
Honey Dijon's own words on the mix:
‘This mix is a tribute to my roots in Chicago house music that continues to inspire dancefloors around the world’.
DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. Turning heads throughout the industry, Spinna’s sonics soon infiltrated numerous genres. Tapped by everyone from Mary J. Blige, to Motown Records.
Short and sweet from DJ Spinna himself:
"This is an all 7” vinyl mix. The vibe is uptempo Disco, Boogie and Funk with a splash of House at the end."
Oneman is a club DJ through and through. Stephen Bishop hopscotches through his hard drive playing the best in UK club music and well beyond. His playful presentation style is carried over from the pirate radio stations he grew up listening to in South London.
Oneman’s own words on the mix:
"This mix takes you through the more broken end of the dance music scale, blending up front UKG, electro and breaks with a few NY Dance sounds, the journey goes from a calmer melodic start into more percussive realms"
Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. She’s on the Discwoman roster, and is known for her rowdy and deeply researched live sets, reflecting back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance.
Riobambas own words on the mix:
“It's election week here in the United States, and this recording is an authentic reflection of where I'm at in holding space for both rage and hope. Channelling dreams of the death of the old system, and a rebirth into a foundation that truly serves and uplifts every one of us.”
Based out of Montreal, producer/DJ Lunice has always been adisciple of hip hop. Crafting his early education listening to masters like Dilla, Madlib, and 9th Wonder, his outlook completely changed when he got his first break DJing legendary parties, in the then-budding Montreal Bass scene, circa 2007-2008. We're happy to presentLunicefor our 20th edition of our Mix series.
Words from Lunice himself on the mix:
"I plan my mix similarly to how I perform and produce my music. With a kind of “live”aspect to it. Despite the times we’re living in now, hopefully you can feel that “liveliness” I felt making this.”
Founder of record labels Bling 47 and Dirt Tech Reck, Waajeed, emerged from the birthplace of soul driven hip-hop underground music - Conant Gardens in Detroit. Today, a force to be reckoned with, Waajeed continues to push the envelope as a producer and with his eclectic DJ sets.
Words from Waajeed himself on the mix:
Clubbing in Detroit in the late 90's was a magical time. Dark spaces filled with funky tech beats blurred the genres. This mix is reminiscent of those late nights becoming early mornings. Ghetto Tech or Booty as us locals called it was the sound of the time. Artist like DJ Godfather, Jammin Gerald and Deeon were our modern day Mozart. Creating and playing the music that filled the dancefloor and my imagination.
Lauren Andrew aka. La La began her musical journey getting her first set of decks from local Glasgow institute Rubadub, and it wasn’t long before she took to DJing across the city. Her signature sound has carried her across Scotland and she is now setting her sights on the rest of the UK and beyond.
Based out of London, Jamo Beatz is the DJ for South London rap collective House of Pharaohs. He has worked with the likes of Migos and Sheck Wes, just to name a few, and is known for his unpredictable style and ability to spot emerging talent
Producer, DJ and Partyfine label boss Yuksek has been a vital force in the electronic music scene for the last two decades, releasing a string of albums, EPs and remixes on boutique independents, major labels and his own, much lauded imprint. A classically trained musician and film score composer, his sound has veered from left-of-centre indie, to quirky groove and tropical, always bringing a unique musicality and sense of fun with it. His latest long-form offering, ‘Nosso Ritmo’ is no exception, with a disco & brazilian inspired sound and a host of outstanding collaborations at its heart.
Universally respected DJ and producer Alan Fitzpatrick provides the next edition of the AIAIAI mixtape. The ‘We Are The Brave’ label boss continues to transition rapidly from techno underground artist to global headliner.