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If there were any lingering doubts about Mija’s versatility as a producer, DJ, or creative force, the last few weeks have definitively put them to rest. Just a few days ago she released her seven-track debut EP titled HOW TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOVERS and it was an innovative departure from anything we’d heard from her before. Longtime followers of Mija may associate her sound with upbeat, fast paced electronic tracks such as “Better” with Vindata, but Mija’s newest project represented a toned-down focus on blending organic and synthetic sounds in impressive new ways.
Fans of Mija’s new direction can further explore this soundscape on her new hourlong mix titled MIXTAPE_01. One glance at the track list will speak to the mix’s impressive sonic diversity that Mija excels at seamlessly blending into one cohesive vibe. Not unexpectedly, genres are completely disregarded and a wide range of artists including Tycho, Bjork, Tennyson, Camelphat, and Virtual Riot make the cut. The mix is peppered with tracks from Mija’s debut EP, including a captivating introduction using “5AM in Paris”, a beautiful vocal debut with “Notice Me”, and a haunting finish incorporating “Bad For U” Ft. Kelli Schaefer.
We’re hoping that the “_01” at the end of the mix title means there’s more to come. You can catch Mija right now on her Never Be Alone tour, and check out MIXTAPE_01 below. Enjoy
Zeds Dead’s Deadbeats has been on fire with their mixes and shows no signs of slowing down. From genre specific episodes like “Dubstep Throwback” and “Drum n Bass Special” curated by Zeds Dead to their guest mixes, they always deliver the fire. Just recently they brought on Ganja White Night for an episode and now they’ve linked up with none other than NGHTMRE for the latest special guest. NGHTMRE gets versatile in the fire mixes including tracks like his collab with Dillon Francis on “Another Dimension”, DNMO’s “Do It Better” and RUFUS DU SOL’s hit “Innerbloom”. See the full tracklist below and enjoy!
Daryl Hall & John Oates – I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (Pomo Remix)
Culprate x Frequent – Drifting
Ak Hash & Host – Mad City
NGHTMRE & Dillon Francis – Another Dimension
Dub Elements – Dope
Kodin – Valetudinarian
Benny L & Shimon – Sharks
Glitch City – Black Hole Skank (Sub Zero Remix)
DNMO – Do It Better ft. Ayelle and Sub – Urban
Subtension – Left Handed
The Widdler – Sensi Samurai
GEOTHEORY – MOTHER, FORGIVE US
Geniux – Firewater
Franky Nuts – All I Want
Bare Noize x Hydraulix – Hit It
SUB-human – Neck Snap
Zomboy & Eptic – Bop It
IVORY – Break It Down (Tisoki Remix)
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Chiqito – Bass In
My Face (Original Mix)
Left/Right – BurnPhaeleh – Bongo Acid
Champagne Drip – Jungle Demon
RUFUS DU SOL – Innerbloom
Flash-back to 2003(ish), I’m spending my weekend in the great British countryside at Homelands festival – a now defunct franchise that was one of the best dance music festival alternatives to the ever-indie-focused Glastonbury. Not content with two-days of dancing in a field, a few friends and I decided to drive to the coastal town of Southampton to jump on a boat the next day and see James Zabiela do his thing, whilst we nonchalantly sailed around the harbor.
This was at a time when CDJ’s were only just becoming the norm for mixing, and James was one of the only DJ’s doing anything better than looping a few Defected vocals… James had turned the CDJ’s into a performance of its own, combining additional effects units, Kaoss Pads, (likely) prototypes from Pioneer, and his electro-acid techno. It was in retrospect, one of my favorite DJ experiences, watching someone behind the controls up close, swaying back and forth (from the boat, of course).
James duly continued on his upward trajectory and is now one of dance music’s most celebrated technical DJ’s. His ‘Alive‘ mix CD from 2004 contains one of my all-time favorite transitions – those goose-bump-inducing moments that stick with you forever as an aspiring DJ – when the slow-burning synths of Underworld’s ‘Dark & Long’ gradually grew under the electro-tinge of Rob Mello’s ‘Fantasize (No Ears dub)’.
Since then, mirroring a general trend across the industry, DJ “mix CD’s” have taken a back-seat to the onslaught of streaming activity and the newfound ability for anyone to upload mixes to Soundcloud or Mixcloud. The commercialization of mixes became less desirable to labels and curators when faced with the fact DJ’s could upload something on a whim for their audience to hear in a matter of minutes. For free, with no licensing concerns.
The Balance Series, however, have stuck with their guns with a steady churn of quality CD-first mixes over the years. The Australian based label, helmed by Tom Pandzic, has played home to one of my all-time favorite mixes in 2003 (James Holden’s Balance 005) as well as notable mixes from Joris Voorn, Nick Warren and Danny Howells amongst many others. All this to say very simply, two of my favorite musical entities have now combined, with an added ASIP dimension…
James Zabiela’s latest addition to the series is a welcome return to the art of the mix CD. For those that grew up listening to Sasha, Digweed and the Global Underground series, you’ll know just what I mean.
After an arduous year spent compiling, the deserved result is an intertwined journey of the many varying aspects of electronic music – a blueprint for what a truly passionate and time-inducing mix should become. Add to that, the technical wizardry (and added restraint) of Zabiela, and the seamlessness and innovation contained across the two ‘Acts’ is impeccable.
“Some people know me for my technical noodling but this really had to be about the music, whilst still challenging myself technically. My focus was very heavily on melody and combining songs that would have ‘conversations’ with each other.” – James Zabiela
This approach is perhaps best highlighted for those of us who may recognize ASIP’s very own Merrin Karras within the tracklist. Brendan’s track, ‘Void‘ forming a euphoric moment of progression when paired with the heavy-hitting broken beats of Pev & Kowton.
You’ll also hear tracks in here from Goldmund (Helios) and Steve Hauschildt for example, but whether you recognize them amongst the many edits, layers and transitions, is another question, often serving as intros or melodies amongst a greater sound.
James’ mix also serves as a great snapshot in time for me personally. Not only am I extremely happy to see ASIP artists being picked up (or even listened to) in this capacity, but the great variety of labels and artists that are featured here are a perfect example of the type of music I’m enjoying these past few years. The previously mentioned artists of course, alongside music and artists from Northern Electronics, Mule Musiq, Traum (see Traumbient), I Love Acid, Delsin… I could go on, but then I’m just describing 90% of the track list.
A big thank you to James for digging deep, looking beyond the norm and spending the time to curate such a considered and insightful journey, whilst capturing the very essence of electronic music over the past few years. Perhaps, this mix will serve as a pivotal moment in time, when the need for something greater then a streamed mix compiled in a couple of weeks, plays a back seat to a physical mix obsessed over for many months. The bar just got put back up.
James Zabiela / Balance 029 : Tracklisting
1. Sapphire Slows – Silent Escape [Mundus]
2. Kornél Kovács – Szikra [Studio Barnhus]
3. Barry Lynn – Alpha Tauri [Touch Sensitive]
4. Earlham Mystics – Truth [Notown]
5. B12 – Untold [Central Processing Unit]
6. VC-118A – Face the Waves [Lunar Disko Records]
7. Grandbrothers – Bloodflow [City Slang]
8. Sad City – Steady Jam [Emotional Response]
9. Talaboman – Safe Changes [R&S Records]
10. Francisco Branda – Hyena [Traumuart]
11. Ecco Foul – Gloss [Ecco Foul]
12. Pye Corner Audio – Dead Ends [I Love Acid]
13. HOLOVR – Into Light [Further]
14. Debussy – Reverie 68 [Second Story & Appleblim Rework) [Decca]
15. Island People – Distance 7 [Raster]
16. Oddhoody – The Deep [Electronic Tapes]
17. Merrin Karras – Void [A Strangely Isolated Place]
18. Pev & Kowton – Junked [Hessle Audio]
19. Davis – Plenitude [Live at Robert Johnson]
20. Ozel AB – Positronic Dreams [Workshop]
21. OOBE – Crush Mind [Blueberry]
22. Courser – Distances [Electronic Emergencies]
23. James Zabiela – Vines [Balance / Born Electric]
24. AAAA – Jazz D [Omnidisc]
25. ARCHITECTURAL – Cubismo 8.2 (Lost in Buenos Aires I) [Architectural]
1. Goldmund – Thread [Friends of Friends]
2. Earlham Mystics – Waters [Notown]
3. Steve Hauschildt – Horizon of Appearances [Kranky]
4. Radio Slave – Children of The E (KiNK SP1200 Mix) [Running Back]
5. Avalon Emerson – The Frontier (High Desert Synthapella) [Whities]
6. James Zabiela – X-Ray [Balance / Born Electric]
7. Mak & Pasteman – Pulses [Mak & Pasteman]
8. Pisetzky – Vahana [Just This]
9. Lanark Artefax – Touch Absence [Whities]
10. John Beltran – Under This Sky [Delsin]
11. Lawrence – Simmer (Lake People Remix) [Mule Musiq]
12. Solitary Dancer – Paradise Found (Rapture Version) [Graded]
13. Chambray – Cerulean [Ultramajic]
14. Silas & Snare – Memories [Brotherhood Sound System]
15. Redlight – City Jams [Hot Haus]
16. Lake People – Delusive [Mule Musiq]
17. Truncate – WRKTRX 3 [Truncate]
18. Rod – Pull (with Christina) [Klockworks]
19. Plant43 – Frozen Monarch [Frustrated Funk]
20. Sinfol – Crystalline featuring Barbara Ford [Anagram]
21. Steve Parker – Acid Planet [Planet Rhythm]
22. Fabrizio Lapiana – Far Away [Figure Jams]
23. SHDW & Obscure Shape – Augen der Nacht (Ryan James Ford Version) [From Another Mind]
24. Benjamin Damage – Montreal [R&S Records]
25. Mark Henning – Expander Six [Soma]
26. Special Request – Carex Vesicaria [Houndstooth]
27. Wata Igarashi – Lucifero [Midgar]
28. Paper Dollhouse – Crayons [MoonDome]
29. A Sagittariun – Vanishing Point [Hypercolour]
30. Anthony Linell – Fractal Vision [Northern Electronics]
31. Hans Berg – In Dreams [The Vinyl Factory]
32. Sine Sleeper – Closing [Traum Schallplatten]
33. J. Mono – Sspses [Dalmata Daniel]
Country singer Ashla Taylor has some big boots to fill as she steps into the role of music icon Shania Twain. In this exclusive clip, the young artist opens up about portraying Twain, and how she’s always idolized the country star not only for her talent, but for her strength as well.
Only Tycho could take such a gem like Portual. The Man’s “Live In The Moment” and make it even better. The TSIS favorite always crafts some of the most relaxing tracks and this one is no different.
Today, Tycho has released his official “sunrise” remix for Portual. The Man, and it’s stunning. The original version of “Live For The Moment” is very lively and upbeat, and seeing Tycho do a remix of it is just what we wanted for a great track to chill out to this weekend. While keeping all the elements that make the original so great, Tycho creates a much more chill and ambient setting for the track, making it perfect for those early hours watching the sun creep up on the horizon. They’ve also flipped the beat into a four-on-the-floor pattern, making it just a little more fun to dance to.
We enjoy nearly everything that Tycho lay their hands on, and this one is no different. Enjoy!