the greatest dj mixes...ever.

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so what are they? those moments where playing other peoples records becomes more than paul oakenfold spinning 4 hours of samey-wamey trance (i shed a single tear when i heard his flight cases were stolen...for those who looked at the records when they got home!) and new forms are unleashed upon us, the unsuspecting audience. is dj mixing an "art" in its own right? have we reached a point yet where collections of people playing other peoples records will enter into the canon?

jess, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

mine:

coldcut - 70 mins. of madness (listening to this, it's a wonder why so many ninja tune records are excreable wastes of plastic. plug, harold budd, jello biafra, boogie down productions, plastikman...)

dj pica pica pica - planetary natural love gas webbin 199999 (aka eye from the boredoms. the maddest dj mix i've ever heard. 250bpm gabba meets bluegrass banjos on fire meets the sons of arqua meets phillip glass meets the baka forest people.)

jess, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

One mix that I think gets overlooked is the Psychonauts' souffle of the Mo' Wax catalog. Time Machine, I think it's called?

Ron LeFloor, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Just noticed that Pulp mentioned playing a Soulwax remix (or something) at their club nights. This was mentioned in the NME. I question their musickal taste.

helenfordsdale, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I don't have a ton of DJ mixes, but last year's Hypercity thing was pretty sweet. A nice record that falls just this side of "great."

My all-time favorites are:

1) The Cut Chemist/Shortkut live at the Future Primitive. Sometimes called a scratch record, this one gets by mostly on the strength of the sweet tunes Cut Chemist spins, such as his mix of DJ Shadow's "Numbers Song."

2) Mixmaster Mike - Neckthrust One mixtape. Some pointless fucking around, but a few unbelievable mixes, such as the Lord Finesse "You Know What I'm About" ----> Snoop's "Pump Pump" (his incredible ear found that these tunes have a perfectly complimentary tone, and he does a nice job of inserting snippets of the Snoop track into "You Know...").

3) The DJ Shadow/Cut Chemist Brainfreeze thing - Very nice mix with fond memories as I was lucky enough to be there the night that they debuted this routine (the Future Primitive 45-Only event).

I like the term "curator" for what a good DJ says. Obviously, there is a certain amount of manipulation that transforms what a DJ does into something that can be seen as "original," but most DJs are curators, who find the stuff and figure out how it works together (same as a guy curating an exhibit at MOMA or Harry Smith). It's a great skill to have, different (but not less than) creating something from scratch.

Mark, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I've played my Jon Carter/Junior Cartier live 7 cd to the point where it is completely scratched and ruined. fantastic stuff.

Ronan, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

1. Fatboy Slim, On the Floor at the Boutique--68 minutes of madness, as good a record of its kind as, oh, Sign 'o' the Times or Sly & the Family Stone's Greatest Hits.
2. History of Our World Part One: Breakbeat & Jungle Ultramix by DJ DB--DJ set at history lesson, with irresistible faster-faster- plateau-much faster pacing, covering early 'ardkore into '94 jungle with unbelievable panache.
3. Matthew Herbert, Globus Mix no. 5: Let's All Make Mistakes-- minimal techno by an astounding array of sources (Nightmares on Wax and Si Begg as well as the usual, Hawtin-like suspects); as gorgeous as his own records, and with an astringent edge I always love going back to.
4. DJ /rupture, Gold Teeth Thief--downloadable from www.negrophonic.com, and one of my top ten albums of '01; covering hip-hop, dancehall, North and South African music, and about fifty other things, usually at once, and astonishingly coherent about all of it. I've always found the Coldcut JDJ a bit dry; this one's juicy as a ripe mango.
5. Jeff Mills, Live at the Liquid Room, Tokyo--rough, passionate, astonishing, the techno equivalent of the first Ramones album.
6. The Chemical Brothers, Live at the Social and Brothers Gonna Work It Out--our record collections are so good....
7. Ten Years of Strictly Rhythm: Mixed by Little Louie Vega-- all one label, mostly one aesthetic, not just one sound, one hell of a lot of fun.
8. Billy Nasty, Journeys by DJ--all-one-track, nine years old now, overlooked as hell, still lots of fun.
9. Derrick Carter, About Time--"deep house" means a few different things; all of them are on here.
10. Richie Hawtin, Decks, EFX & 909 and especially DE9: Closer to the Edit--my mixing skills are so precise....

M. Matos, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

All the Live at the Socials are brilliant though.

Ronan, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oops! I just remembered The Button Down Mind of Daniel Bell and Claude Young's DJ Kicks.

Ron LeFloor, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

‘Coldcut: Journey's By DJ: 70 Minutes Of Madness' still worthy of worship.

stevo, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Was, is and will be: Grooverider's "Hardstep Collection II".

Anyone who enjoyed the mixing (as opposed to just the music) should try his deep house mix on "Live At The Social Vol III" - the stuff is pre-microhouse, but it has a similarly revenant air to it and the mixing is a thing of grace. Plus you get Richard Fearless mixing up some crazy-ass, lame-ass techno and electro on the other side (this = good thing).

And finally, allow me to second the Herbert recommendation.

Tim, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I like the 'BLECH' warp series, 'specially vol. 2

And the Herbert Globus Mix is sweet

Kruder and Dorfmeister DJ KICKS - Kid Loco DJ KICKS

The new SOLID STEEL is alright too...

Michael Dieter, Thursday, 27 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

whats with all the breakbeats?

Jeff Mills - Live at the liquid room - hard, fast, harder..

jk, Friday, 28 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

as other people have already mentioned,jeff mills' live at the liquid room takes some beating...the only mix i've found that surpasses it is surgeon live at tresor 11.21.9,which seems fairly easy to get on audiogalaxy...has anyone heard it?

robin, Friday, 28 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

RH's Plastikman mix on the Mixmag CD is really good too. I like it better than DxFx I think. It's a little more playful and less all-consuming and claustrophobic.

I second the gold teeth thief thing. That thing is aggressive. But in a WARM way.

My friend Bryan's group did an mix where it's IDM (urk; er, like Boards of Canada) with R&B vocals over the top (like No Scrubs) and it's fantastic. Marcia Blaine School for Girls, find their record!

Any remembrances of mixes past, where you were there? I saw Danny Tenaglia around this time last year on his "classics" night and his mixing was good and fun. He played a MUCH wider diversity of stuff than normal, from disco to Chain Reaction (there was a break for a drag performance as well!) and he played French Kiss twice in a row.

Tracer Hand, Friday, 28 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Mixed Up In The Hague Vol.1 by I-F

Ference mixes up a brilliant blend of sleazy cocadisco and italio- disco. This is the guy that all the other dj's ripped off in the current electro/italio revival. He has been fighting for this sound since the early 90's, and he is the best. Every track is seminal, mixed perfectly, and flows well into the next. Ference will rock your ass, and he doesn't care if you like it or not!

Ference is truly an underground dj.

mt, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

'Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik' by DJ Q-Bert - best scratch mix I've ever heard.

Andrew L, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i actually quite like liam howlett's dirtchamber sessions volume 1, largely cos the tracks sound like they've been welded together with industrial machinery rather than mixed. there's some quite abrasive funky stuff and random hip hop pyrotechnics. he shoots himself in the foot by track 2 though when he slings been caught stealing in with (for crying out loud) the charlatans' how high. but there's enough old skool and scratching to satiate my tastes. and im a sucker for scratching.

david, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

absolutely double, triple, quadruple the recommendations of I-F and Q- Bert's Pumpkin Squeeze.

M. Matos, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Can anyone give up some info on Essential Breaks & Beats?

David Raposa, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

avalanches avalanches avalanches.

toby, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

bobby lopez - the bunker sessions, february 1999.

ahem!

gareth, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

David - Accessing database... Please specify the nature of your query.

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"6 CD" + "British" + "Fatboy Slim" + "Notorious B.I.G." + "cover picture"

David Raposa, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Avalanches is not quite a mix album is it? And even still someone needs to get them a fuckin good producer, it's awfully out of sync in places. (nb I still think they're great)

Ronan, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The mix I enjoyed most last year was my second-last set at Sussed Mark I. "Mix" here used in its very very loosest sense.

All these records sound really good fun, actually.

Helen - is the Soulwax remix his Skee-Lo one? Because that is marvellous.

Tom, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

My favourite is Stacey Pullen's DJ Kicks. Very hard to explain why though. The Jeff Mills mix of course. Honourable mentions: Kemistry & Storm's DJ Kicks and 'Laboratoire Garnier' double whammy. Out-of- competition-because-everyone-rates-it: Coldcut JBDJ.

Omar, Saturday, 29 December 2001 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Me at the Griffin Sports Club, Dulwich, on 21 December 2001. The twin peaks:

DJ Otzi vs Andrew WK - "Hey Baby, Party Hard." And it worked!

DJ Otzi vs S Club 7 vs Peter Brotzmann Octet - "Doo Wah Diddy, Don't Stop Movin' Your Machine Gun." And it worked!!

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

"Any remembrances of mixes past, where you were there?"

Cut La Roc at the Viper Room a couple years back, climaxing with "Sunshine Underground" cut together with other stuff at the critical juncture.

To address the topic question, seek Prince Paul promotional tape retrospective, "Confessions of a Beat Junkie." Stetasonic + De La Soul + Dr. Octagon + Prince Paul's mom + more = fantastic. Definitely worth hunting

felicity, Thursday, 3 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
I know it's been overstated by everyone and his dog, but you really can't see past Coldcut - it's the grand unifying force in so-called dance music. This is because 1) every track goes together (and I mean PROPERLY, like they were ALWAYS meant to be part of the same track), 2) it moves forward and progresses without having to necessarily become faster in tempo or more 'up' in mood, 3) there are NO bad records on it - to this day I will buy on sight any tune that figures within it, and 4) it doesn't limit itself to just one style (so lame!)

On a similar note, but with more obvious computer-aided cheating, DJ Hekla (Hrvatski's mate) did a mix only for trade which is similarly broad sweeping in style. You can get it on soulseek, I think. Very nice indeed.

marcia, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Sorry, I forgot to answer your other point- 'Is DJ mixing an art?' I would say that it is, but that, like any other art, it can be done well or badly, and that it is very rarely done well at all. There's a massive DJ culture here in Glasgow, to the point that in a lot of bars there's one playing every night, and they always fail to amaze me. Sure, thousands of people can beat-match records and choose good tunes, but isn't it more about taking the raw materials of seperate records and making them into one, actually synthesising disparite parts into a whole? Or do other people judge good DJing by other criteria? Sorry for ranting...

marcia, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

The whole = a set. The experience is in the flow, obv. But most DJs do that to *some* extent or another.

Sterling Clover, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Sometimes a good DJ is somebody who just whacks on good records one after the other. The location of the 'art' in this case shifts from music-making to strictly keeping the party going. From a crowd's point of view I think both are equally cool if done well. Michael T's "Motherfucker" and "Kitsch Inn" parties are a good example of the second kind - hit rock record after hit rock record etc. and the crowd loves it. No one's ever going to release a Motherfucker mix CD, though. It doesn't work as an object in and of itself, which is maybe one definition of art.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Maybe Michael T's stuff works because it goes so FAR in the other direction from seamless mixing. Like "outsider" art.

The greatest DJ mix I ever saw though was Jeff Mills at the Limelight. There was no "song" that anyone recognized (except for those really up on their stuff) because he assembled it all live in front of us... the bass from one turntable, the treble from another, some midrange from a 3rd, all whirling around. It was a brand-new thing, just for us. He was "spinning plates" and at any moment one could fall over. But the way you forgive the plate-spinner if one starts to wobble, what he was creating for us was so extraordinary that the odd fuck-up wasn't a big deal - there was so much else going on! After an hour or two of loops and beats that shifted and pounded into and out of each other, and after bringing in a 909 which he was programming on the fly, sometimes just by itself with no records - basically just beating us senseless but always one step ahead - he blasts out some big vocal house number. Hearing a "song" or recognizable thing in the middle of what he was doing was indescribable. The place went bananas.

His mixes are unique enough objects in their own right to fit most people's def of "art" ("a new thing from raw materials" maybe, def of every word of course extremely subjective) and Mills's mixes at least have already become pretty canonical. (sorry for rant...!)

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
mark dynamics and mardi buttler live at transition in sydney aaustralia it was very moving stuff

daniel bosci, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Fatboy Slim can't mix to save his life, but he's still amazing to see.

Ronan, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

i would have said the opposite - his music's rubbish, but the Live At The Boutique mix from a few years back is excellent. maybe he just doesn't bother these days

michael, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Yeah I dunno, Live at the Boutique IS class. But anytime I've seen him he doesn't mix very well. And the music he plays tends to be brilliant. He has better bootlegs than any other DJ I've seen and just a knack of playing the right song at the right time.

Ronan, Sunday, 24 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

More? I think I just want to load up my phone with mixes for my run.

I will start with that Flying Lotus Essential Mix
maybe Soundmurderer - Wired For Sound

and...

your turn(s)

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Monday, 12 September 2011 19:33 (eight years ago) link

Been a while since I heard Mixed Up In The Hague or Mayer Fabric!

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Monday, 12 September 2011 19:34 (eight years ago) link

DJs post your mixes for download

mr peabody (moonship journey to baja), Monday, 12 September 2011 19:44 (eight years ago) link

the greatest dj mix art...ever.

runaway (Matt P), Monday, 12 September 2011 19:51 (eight years ago) link

adam, you will love Motor City Drum Ensemble's DJ-Kicks.

Âme's FACT mix is great for a run.

jed_, Monday, 12 September 2011 19:53 (eight years ago) link

Thanks!

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Monday, 12 September 2011 19:54 (eight years ago) link

2. History of Our World Part One: Breakbeat & Jungle Ultramix by DJ DB--DJ set at history lesson, with irresistible faster-faster- plateau-much faster pacing, covering early 'ardkore into '94 jungle with unbelievable panache.
9. Derrick Carter, About Time--"deep house" means a few different things; all of them are on here.

this is funny because history of our world part ii: the rough + the smooth, and derrick carter's "the cosmic disco" mix for mixmag is on my list

fauxmarc, Monday, 12 September 2011 19:55 (eight years ago) link

adam, fact mix is available here:

http://core.thomaslaupstad.com/fact-mix-212-by-ame/

also the John Talabot XLR8r mix is good for running. i think it's still available from xlr8r's site but it's being weird atm.

jed_, Monday, 12 September 2011 19:58 (eight years ago) link

stirmonster's bleep 'n bass mix is one of my favorites from 2011

http://soundcloud.com/twitch/optimo-podcast-9-bass-and

geeta, Monday, 12 September 2011 20:10 (eight years ago) link

Hey geeta, I found myself reading a piece on Stan Vanderbeek written by you the other day!

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Monday, 12 September 2011 20:12 (eight years ago) link

ha, that's great!

geeta, Monday, 12 September 2011 20:15 (eight years ago) link

I wouldn't perhaps say it's "greatest ever" but the newest Robag Wruhme mix Wuppdeckmischmampflow is brilliant, and I would second the love for the Ame FACT mix.

ha ha ha ha jack my swag (boxedjoy), Monday, 12 September 2011 20:21 (eight years ago) link

Love Robag's titles

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Tuesday, 13 September 2011 19:50 (eight years ago) link

eleven months pass...

not necessarily the best ever but some great old mixes. i was at some of these parties!!!

http://simfonik.com/category/mixes/

carne asada, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 20:15 (seven years ago) link

wow flashbacks!!

carne asada, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 20:37 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, simfonik is amazing if you were "part of the scene back then".

I have this tape (actually many of them on the site!), both sides are A+++ and each side is in my top 10 mixes of all time:
http://simfonik.com/2009/04/barry-weaver-lone-wolf-marques-wyatt-return-to-paradise/

Spencer Chow, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:25 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

you know every single time i listen to this i am stunned by joakim's creativity

http://www.discogs.com/KIM-Miyage/master/339426

the late great, Monday, 14 January 2013 19:13 (seven years ago) link

very curious to hear that now.

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Monday, 14 January 2013 22:46 (seven years ago) link

they're more straight-up, but his beats in space mixes are really good. dunno if you heard the one last year of classic french house/techno?

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Monday, 14 January 2013 22:47 (seven years ago) link

not yet! which number is it?

the late great, Tuesday, 15 January 2013 20:32 (seven years ago) link

http://www.beatsinspace.net/playlists/622

Heterocyclic ring ring (LocalGarda), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 22:02 (seven years ago) link

is that the same one where he talks about how much he loves kindness in the interview bit?

Crackle Box, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:50 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

old mixes have suddenly because very important to me.

this is still one my favourite mixes ever:
https://soundcloud.com/causenaffect/cause-affect-october

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 01:00 (two weeks ago) link

Unknown Soulja - Un Bongo Mix
https://www.mixcloud.com/Unknown_Soulja/un-bongo-mix/

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 15:42 (two weeks ago) link

Primitive Walk by Den Haan -
https://www.mixcloud.com/denhaan/primitive-walk/

where i first heard the god-like 'all night long' by BB Band

1. PATRICK COWLEY - PRIMITIVE WORLD
2. SKATT BROS - WALK THE NIGHT
3. B.B. BAND - ALL NIGHT LONG
4. JAGO - IM GOING TO GO
5. KOTO - VISITORS (ALIEN VERSION)
6. KANO - ANOTHER LIFE (INSTRUMENTAL)
7. COLLEGE CLUB - COLLEGE
8. AMIN-PECK - SUICIDAL
9. DOCTORS CAT - FEEL THE DRIVE
10. BIZZY & CO - TAKE A CHANCE
11. MOONBASE - WAITING FOR A TRAIN
12. BOB SALTON - STARKNIGHT
13. PATRICK COWLEY - GOIN HOME
14. PAUL PARKER - RIGHT ON TARGET
15. FREE ENTERPRISE - MAKE IT ON MY OWN
16. SYLVESTER - DO YA WANNA FUNK
17. B.B. BAND - THAT SPECIAL MAGIC
18. PLUTTON & THE HUMANOIDS - WORLD INVADERS
19. CORI JOSIAS - TAKING IT STRAIGHT
20. PATRICK COWLEY - GIVE A LITTLE
21. PRINCE - CONTRO (wish we edit)
22. TANTRA - THE HILLS OF KATMANDU
23. GINO SOCCIO - REMEMBER
24. ZED - IAM A ROBOT
25. KAREN FINLEY - ASS MAN
26. GAZUZU - GO GORILLA

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 23:23 (two weeks ago) link

originally from the mighty Allez Allez iirc

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 23:36 (two weeks ago) link

Keep 'em coming! I've had a similar impulse (although I haven't really gone back yet), it's weird.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 00:04 (two weeks ago) link


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