Best New Mixes from May 2019

by Gilles Wasserman

We’ve compiled a list of mixes that we enjoyed the most during the month of May. There are some mixes for chilling, some quite trippy ones, party recordings and radio shows. We are sure you’ll find something that fits your mood. Mixes are listed in no particular order.

Vladimir Ivkovic - Post Recording 002

When it comes to record digging and playing hard to find records, very few DJs can stand shoulder to shoulder with Salon des Amateurs resident Vladimir Ivkovic. His mind-bending 3hr set from Post Bar is a true piece of art. If you’re planning a road trip, your soundtrack is right here.

Heap - BSS Radio Episode 055

Neubau head honcho, Vienna own, Heap paid a visit to the infamous RLR radio in Amsterdam where he was a special guest on Beesmunt Soundsystem’s BSS radio show. The 2hr show brings us slow burning intro by BSS crew followed by phenomenal set by Heap. From downtempo to leftfield and experimental, Heap keeps the listener’s attention with each new track. The last 30min is b2b action between Heap and BSS crew.

Bas Dobbelaer - 3voor12 Sunday Snooze

Sundays are usually the lazy days when staying in bed is always a good option. The 3voor12 Sunday Snooze mix from one of our favorite artists lately hailing from the underground Dutch music scene, Bas Dobbelaer is a perfect soundtrack for those Sundays. Beautifully compiled downtempo, electronica, jazz, and IDM will make your lazy days even more enjoyable.

Toki Fuko - The Memoir Page 31

Scandinavian imprint Hypnus records can do no wrong. Their immaculate catalog is accompanied by phenomenal ‘The Memoir’ podcast series where artists make a mix exclusively of their own productions, and without mistake, these mixes come out as truly special ones. The latest in the series is mix by super talented Russian artist, Toki Fuko. The mix is a slow burner, very deep, with shifting rhythms, layered with haunting pads and synths. It’s perfect if you want to relax and have ‘you time’. Highly recommended to listen on headphones.

CCL - BIS Radio Show #990

One of our favorite mixes this month comes from incredibly talented Seattle based CCL. A few weeks ago CCL performed alongside Call Super and Francis Harris at newly opened music mecca in Brooklyn, Public Records. It was inevitable that she’ll also visit Tim Sweeney’s BIS radio show during her visit to NYC. A truly exceptional, percussion-driven mix with tracks by Dorisburg, K-Lone, Parris, Konduku, Upsammy is totally down our alley. Give it a spin and you’ll understand why this mix has been on heavy rotation in our HQ in past few weeks.

Queniv & Kaap LIVE

De Lichting crew is on fire! Whether it’s a release, a live set or a DJ set, incredibly talented artists from this collective are making all the right moves since they emerged from the underground Dutch music scene. This truly exceptional live mix comes from Queniv and Kaap. Recorded in April in The Hague, this trippy downtempo and ambient mix has been one of our favorite ones last month. Perfect for a car ride, or chilling at home.

John Talabot @ Hosoi (Stockholm, March 19)

John Talabot uploaded a special live improv set a few weeks ago. A few words about the mix from Mr. Talabot: This mix was recorded live at Hosoi using records, some fx and some synth for drones and tones. Everything was improvised and it was the first time I was doing it. As I'm not planning to do it again shortly I thought in uploading it so people could check it out. Thanks to the ones who came a Sunday evening at Hosoi for this special performance and victor and the sthlm crew for making it happen :)

Johanna Schneider - Under Bron Podcast Series

Bossmusik head honcho, Under Bron resident, and one the most talented DJs hailing from Scandinavia, Johanna Schneider, caught our attention when we heard her exceptional b2b mix with Dorisburg last year. For this month’s list, we have Johanna’s set recorded after Under Bron’s Daytime Sessions party. 2hrs of trippy, deep techno that keeps evolving with each new track introduced in the mix.

Iron Curtis & Neele - Radio ifZ#9

One cold January night at ://about:blank, Berlin, Sweat Lodge agency was celebrating 12 years anniversary and organized a party that people who attended it still talk about. Each room had a flawless line-up and of the highlights was for sure this b2b between IFZ resident Neele and Iron Curtis. A proper balance of trippy house and techno brings true party mode straight to your headphones and a bit of unforgettable atmosphere from ://about:blank.

Beta Librae - Nowadays Live and Direct 001

Since its opening, Nowadays, the night club in NYC has established itself as one of the spots where partygoers can expect to hear uncompromising electronic music by the finest international and local DJs. A few days ago, Nowadays has started their podcast series with recordings from the parties. The first installment comes from Nowadays’ resident, incredibly talented DJ from vibrating NYC underground scene, Beta Librae. As per the description of the mix, this excerpt is taken from the last two hours of the party, just after Noncompliant had finished, and it flawlessly stitches together mutant electro oddities, heady, tribal bombs and super tight, tech-house rollers.

Midland - Robert Johnson Archive 0003

Robert Johnson is a special club, arguably one of the best in the world. Since a couple of months ago we have opportunity to hear some of the magical sets that DJs played there, as a part of Robert Johnson Archive series. This month we have a mix from Graded co-founder, Midland who takes us for quite a ride during this 111min mix. The only thing we can say - we wish we witnessed this in person.

Felix Leifur - Brotcast 01

Laggafe Tales kicked off with a new podcast series called Brotcast, and the man behind the first session is no other than Iceland based Felix Leifur who was also responsible for the first EP in Lagaffe’s BROT series a few months ago. Dub techno and trippy breakbeat make this mix essential listening during the late nights, ideally at your next after hour party.

Eversines - ZeeZout Podcast 110

Enjoying a momentum with a  string of great releases in the past few months, one of the members of our beloved De Lichting crew, Eversines deserves all attention he’s getting. For this months Eversines made an exclusive mix for ZeeZout collective. The mix is a trippy atmospheric journey with constant mood changes perfect for some after hour vibes.

Jorge Caiado - House of Sound Podcast 021

Recently we got introduced to super talented Lisbon based artist, Jorge Caiado. Carpet & Snares affiliate impressed us with both his skill behind the decks and in the studio. This time we present you the latest mix for Jorge which he made for London based collective House of Sounds. Jorge Caiado visited many corners of house music in this podcast, from deep and atmospheric to the breaky and groovy house. Lovely vibes in this one.

JMII - Choices mix

Following success with his debut EP on Talabot’s Hivern Disc, Barcelona based JMII, released his second EP named ‘Modulations' a few months ago which got wide recognition by both DJs and fans around the world. For this time we have an hour of shimmering synths and immersive rhythm-shifters as JMII described this mix, exclusively recorded for the Choices series on RBMA radio.

Tom VR - Graded Podcast 004

Super talented young British artist, Tom VR has been on our radar for some time now. Valby Rotary co-founder has also been featured in the latest Intergraded compilation which hit the stores on May 19th. To celebrate that release Tom VR made this beautiful breakbeat mix for Graded podcast series. This one will perfectly go with a refreshing drink by your side during some sunny days.

Vermelho - RA Live DGTL Amsterdam

One of the main figures in Sao Paolo’s underground music scene and ODD co-founder, Vermelho has been enjoying well deserved international recognition in last year or so. Constantly on the road, Vermelho represents his ODD family and Brazilian scene in the best light at many festivals and clubs around the world. A few weeks back, Vermelho played at the infamous DGTL festival in Amsterdam, and this mix is a live recording of his set featured on RA live series. Synth party vibes in its best light!

Sónar Festival, The Sounds of DJ Tennis

Ahead of one the parties of the season, Life & Death party during the Sonar festival in Barcelona, L&D head honcho, DJ Tennis made this special mix. A few words about the mix from the man himself: "This mix is leaning towards being a psychedelic experience rather than a pure dance mix. I believe a selection should not always be forged to make people dance but to create an emotional experience. I decided to blend experimental sounds adding trippy elements with a surgical work of cut and paste and mashing up elements using psychedelics (mushrooms 🍄) for pure creative freedom. Trying to enjoy the process in the first place without thinking about the destination."

Leif Müller - UV podcast 065

The latest installment of Uncanny Valley podcast series comes from Stuttgart based artist, Leif Muller, whose EP ‘Fantastique’ on Mule records in 2016 did some proper damage on the dance floors around the world. For this mix, Leif Muller delivered uncompromising techno, perfectly suited for late nights in smoky basements.

Tin Man - MDC 219

When you talk about acid, you can’t miss Vienna based Tin Man. He’s been shaping the sound and pushing the boundaries of acid for more than 15 years. Tin Man’s latest mix for Melbourne Deep Cast is a true piece of art, and a must listen for all fans of infamous 303 sound. A few words by Tin Man about the mix: "So this is a mix exclusively of unreleased solo and collaboration material. Some of the material will be released. Some are unsigned. Much of it is based on material from my live show that had never been recorded.”