Best New Mixes from May 2018

by Gilles Wasserman

We have picked 20 mixes that will be your perfect companions during this beautiful summer days ahead of us. As per usual there are some ambient, downtempo and laid back mixes perfect for your mornings, something that will keep you moving during the day and of course some peak time party mixes. Mixes are listed in no particular order

DJ Healer - Planet Lonely

After the release of his double LP in April, the mysterious artist hailing from Germany and known under various monikers like Traumprinz, Prince of Denmark, Dr.Sun and most recently Prime Minister of Doom and DJ Healer, posted this phenomenal almost 3hrs long downtempo and ambient mix. Following well-deserved hype around the artist, the mix has become favorite of many listeners around the globe in a very short period of time. The best thing about the mix is that it’s timeless. We listened to it already many times and it goes into our ‘permanent bookmark’ section. This is a must listen.

Tryst - 'The Monday is Okay' mix

Jordan Bruce from London UK based duo Yard One, recently collaborated with his wife and released a mesmerizing ambient/downtempo LP under new moniker Tryst. We had an opportunity to chat with them about the process of making this album. You can read the interview here, and while reading, do yourself a favor and play this beautiful mix of theirs in a background. The mix is exclusive for lovely ‘Monday is OK’ series by infamous The Ransom Note, and is ultimate morning coffee listening. 

John Talabot - Pacific Spirit 027

Eclecticism in its best by one of the best…The latest mix from John Talabot for Pacific Rhythm is pure gold. Make yourself a coffee press play and listen carefully. It’s time for a music class.

Moscoman - Beats in Space #936

Moscoman has become a regular at the infamous Tim Sweeney’s ‘Beats in Space’ radio show. It’s for a reason of course, and his third visit to BIS shows why. Immaculate and unique track listing that works just perfect for occasions like this. If you want to hear tracks that you probably never heard before, press play and let Disco Halal boss take you for a ride.

Roman Flügel - XLR8R Influences Podcast 08

If you want to be Flugelized, we have something for you! This is not your typical DJ mix. This is the mix that will teach you a bit about music history (at least electronic) and where that beautiful Flugel’s weirdness is coming from. This is what Roman said about the mix: Music has been my companion since I was a child. I like to see it as a big puzzle or mashup with thousands of pieces. But what is connecting the dots? I think music is some kind of emotional amplifier that is reaching beyond what words can express. That’s why I enjoy music that (at least) I consider as unique, weird, and soulful whether it be jazz, rock, electronic, or classic. My podcast is trying to connect some of the audible experiences of my life that are constantly hunting my mind on a subconscious level and maybe manifest somewhere in my own catalog.

The Drifter - Cast Adrift 05

New Cast Adrift is here, Drifter’s monthly radio show always brings us new a fresh stuff immaculately mixed into a 2hrs podcast. Expect to hear new releases on Hivern Discs, Endless, Kann and Versatile just to name few. 

Marcus Marr - The Ransom Note mix

One of DFA regulars, the phenomenal British artist, Marcus Marr made an exclusive mix for The Ransom Note music platform in the light of his latest release ‘Familiar Five’ on infamous DFA records. This perfect mix for sunny days has an amazing progression from ‘warm up’ to ‘party’ mode without you even noticing it and all in less then 60min. Amazing one! 

Davis - DGTL Podcast 67

In Their Feelings head honcho, a Brazilian mastermind, Davis played a phenomenal set at our first boat party of the season alongside Baikal. One of the best music diggers in the industry amazed NYC’s crowd with his unique set. Usual suspect at all noticeable events in Sao Paolo, Davis graced decks with some of the biggest names in the underground music scene. This mix is exclusive for infamous DGTL festival podcast that took place in Sao Paolo during the first weekend in May. This mix shows you what breed of DJs Davis is. Fantastic, rare tracks put together in a beautiful music tale, make this mix stand out in the sea of mixes that you hear every day.

Oberman & Oceanic - Rinse FM, Clone records Takeover

Rinse FM continues with fantastic ‘take over’ series. In May we enjoyed Clone Records take over and specifically the mix by incredibly talented DJ’s from Rotterdam - Oberman and Oceanic. Both of them are in a tight relationship (Oberman is co-founder and Oceanic one of the main artists) with one of our favorite labels - Nous’klaer Audio. Every single track in the mix is exceptional. It highlights the new tracks from mind-blowing debut LP by Konduku that recently came out on Nous’klaer Audio as well as a new track by Oceanic, new track from Lack records compilation and few more. Listen to it carefully! 

Arkajo - Melbourne Deepcast 189

Phenomenal Swedish artist, Arkajo has been on our list of favorite artists for a long time. One of the founders of magnificent Aniara Recordings and one part of Genius of Time, Arkajo doesn’t stop to amaze us with his talent. The latest mix of his is exclusive for Melbourne Deepcast series. and it’s mainly made of his unreleased tracks and remixes. For sure one of our favorite mixes in May. This is what Arkajo said about the mix: "I wanted to do something exclusive, so basically this is a mix with mostly unreleased tracks and remixes. I recorded this with the gear in my studio and multitracks from my songs. I recorded it on to my Studer A80 master recorder to add a bit of dusty noise and stuff."

Luca Bacchetti - Don't Forget The Moon #23

The latest installment of one of our favorite podcast series ‘Don’t Forget the Moon’ comes from the creator of the series himself, super talented Italian artist, Luca Bacchetti.  Slow-mo house music as we like to refer to electronic music played below 115bpm, is the main ingredient of the mix. Only in its last third, the mix picks up with pace and speeds up a bit but keep the same atmosphere of perfect car ride companion. Expect to hear tracks from new maeve compilation, new permanent vacation, life & death…

Lawrence - XLR8R Podcast 543

Dial records head honcho, Lawrence, has been a staple to German underground scene for almost 20 years. He was one of the pioneers of minimal techno that bloomed at the beginning of the century in Germany and he stayed one of the main artists who lead and transform that sound what it is now. Lawrence’s exclusive mix for XLR8R is exceptionally deep and minimal techno voyage. Recorded live at Griessmühle club in Berlin this set fantastically represents Lawrence’s style. Minimal yet very interesting to listen to, this mix has been on heavy rotation at Fiction Lab.

Steve Graham - LIVE at Fiction NYC Antidote (May 2018)

Fiction co-founder and one of our residents, Steve Graham has been on opening duties for some of the most interesting names in the underground electronic music scene in past few weeks. Setting up the right vibe before the names like Marcus Worgull, Sandrino and Aera is a privilege. Steve’s talent and 20+ years of experience behind the decks and allows him to prepare the dance floor for the ‘main course’ without burning the crowd and yet keeping it interesting enough for what comes after. This is the recording from our last Antidote party where Steve Graham opened for Sandrino. This marvelous groovy yet patient set prepared the crowd for Sandrino’s magic that followed. 

Daniel Bortz - Cozy Vinyl Mixtape

German producer and DJ, Daniel Bortz is known for his versatility in productions as well as in making DJ mixes. A few weeks ago Daniel posted ‘Cozy Vinyl Mixtape’. The name sums up the mix perfectly. Super chilled deep house in its best. 

Seb Wildblood - ZeeZout Podcast 065

Church records head honcho, Seb Wildblood made a mix for a popular Dutch podcast ZeeZout. The mix is in recognizable  ‘Church’ style, downtempo deep house sprinkled with jazzy grooves. As a matter of fact, this is how true deep house sounds like. A magnificent music voyage that will suit your breakfast and morning coffee on the balcony. 

Christian Voldstad - Deeper Sounds Podcast

Our dear friend, Bespoke Musik resident and usual suspect in NYC’s underground scene, Christian Voldstad is back with yet another stunning mix. His latest mix is a beautiful deep house music tale exclusively made for Deep Sounds Podcast. Classic deep house with hypnotic pianos and groovy percussions is very subtle listening and 1hr well spent. 

Slowciety w/ Pional at Rinse FM

Slowciety’s radio show on Rise FM welcomed Madrid’s maestro and Hivern Discs associate Pional for their latest edition. The first hour of the mix was mixed and selected by the guys from Slowciety. Lots of new and upcoming material can be heard in the first hour including upcoming track Oriole by LOR or new I:Cube’s track Fractal P from his latest release on Versatile records. Pional’s ‘part’ of the mix is more eclectic but still stays true to the club atmosphere.

Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Diynamic Radio Show 2018

It’s been a while since we listened to the set from Kollektiv Turmstrasse. We would usually run on live sets by this fantastic duo from Germany, but this time KT brings us a peak time DJ mix. A quite moody mix that often changes the atmosphere, from dark and big room tracks to happy open-air tunes this track would properly rock every party.

Olaf Stuut - Sweet Mixtape #50

Super Talented producer from Amsterdam, Olaf Stuut has been busy lately with couple of great releases on labels like Engrave LTD and his home base Atomnation. Luckily for us he didn't put Djing on a low burner. His latest podcast for Sweet Musique podcast is great representation of Olaf's style. Deep, melodic and groovy house escapade. 

Pacifica - Muting The Noise 017

Swiss duo Pacifica released phenomenal ‘Heaven Machine’ EP on Zukunft Recordings. In the light of that release talented duo from Zurich made an exclusive mix for infamous Muting The Noise series. The mix is very pleasant music tale that slowly unfolds into beautiful melodic house escapade. It’s a essential listening for gloomy rainy days.