This Mix Album Is Good (Real Good)

I got a mix album today that is quite exceptional. It’s rare that a DJ mix gets me excited these days, I’ve heard a lot of them over the last 18 years or so, and they generally stopped being remarkable to me a while ago. The odd one tickles my fancy, but they tend to all become a little introspective and are generally compiled for an audience of likeminded musos (which is fine if you’re into that exact sub-genre of click-house or nu-wiggle or whatever) or alternatively they end up sounding like a ‘how cool is my record collection’ know-it-all-show-off-a-thon. Or, oftentimes, just a commercial Ronco-esque Jive-bunny megamix.

But to my jaded ears this is the most sublime and awesome mix I’ve heard in a long long time.

I was going to just link to it and say, get it now! And then I realised that it’s not officially released for over a month. Which made me feel guilty. I shouldn’t have it. And I shouldn’t have heard it. BUT IT IS AMAZING! And I can’t wait for a month to share it with people.

So on the one hand I pre-ordered it from Amazon. Which will make sure that the artist(s) get rewarded somewhere down the line (hopefully). And on the other hand I’m banging on about how good it is, which might mean that someone else buys it too (maybe).

Dj Kicks: Mixed by Booka Shade

Booka Shade - DJ kicks

Any mix that manages to make sense of Aphex Twin, Yazoo, John Carpenter, Bridget Bardot, Carl Craig, Heaven 17, Ben Westbeech and the Streets is pretty impressive in my book (the tracklist is on the Amazon page). But not only does it make sense of it all, it makes it sound like it was meant to be.

If you want to know more about Booka Shade and hear some of their productions and stuff, head over to and check out: – they’re basically a couple of massively influential producers out of Berlin who came up with a track called Body Language a couple of years ago. For me it’s one of the standout dance tunes since 2000.

And once you’ve heard that, I can share with you another ‘Silly Moment in Techno‘ (from a Booka Shade live show)…

Rainy Saturday In The Loft – A Mix


Well the weather has been vile all weekend so I did something I’ve been meaning to do for ages. I got some tracks I like, I climbed up into the loft and I put a mix together. I don’t really know how to describe the style. It’s definitely electronic, but it doesn’t really sit neatly in any pigeon hole I can think of. It’s a bit too laid back to dance to, but it’s still got a bit of ‘chug’ to it.

Oh well, I was quite pleased with it in the end.

Here’s the tracklist:

  1. i’m like you – dub tractor (city centre offices)
  2. dutch flowerz – skream (tempa)
  3. poor people must work (carl craig mix) – rhythm and sound feat bobbo shanti (burial mix)
  4. shiro – ame (sonar kollektiv)
  5. miles away (sascha funke remix) – paul kalkbrenner (bpitch control)
  6. i don’t know? – chelonis r. jones (get physical)
  7. the difference it makes (superpitcher remix) – the mfa (kompakt pop)
  8. kumquat – zwicker (compost black label)
  9. i try (jamie anderson beatless mix) – francois dubois (urbantorque)
  10. migracion (fujiya miyagi mix) – lopazz (get physical)
  11. tides (ripperton mix) – beanfield feat. Bajka (?)
  12. vuoi vuoi me (henrik schwarz remix) – mari boine (lean/universal)
  13. alsoran (original mix) – e.r.p. (frantic flowers)
  14. run into flowers (jackson remix) – m83 (groom)

You can download this mix from:

Most of the tracks were bought from the excellent so if there’s anything you particularly like I’d urge you to support the artists and buy some of their stuff.