Best Mixes from June 2019

by Gilles Wasserman

Summer vibes are here. From ambient to jungle and everything in between, we’ve compiled a list of mixes we enjoyed the most in June. Mixes are listed in no particular order.

Avancera - Patterns of Perception 52

Patterns of Perception podcast series has got a true gem here. Ahead of the world premiere of a new live collaboration between Dorisburg and Kalawila named Avancera at OHM Berlin, the duo made this extraordinary mix that put a big smile on our faces. Complex rhythms, haunting pads, groovy percussions…it’s dark moody techno at its finest.

Steffen Bennemann - Crack Mix 219

A mastermind behind the infamous Nachtdigital Festival in Germany, Steffen Bennemann delivered this hauntingly beautiful mix for popular Crack Magazine and their mix series. From ambient to techno to breakbeat, the mix is pure gold, and as Steffen recommends, the ideal listening conditions are ‘loud system, minimal lights, and room to dance.’

VC-118A - Bleep mix #63

A man of many disguises, Samuel van Dijk aka Mohlao aka Multicast Dynamics aka VC-118A, has been a staple of the underground music scene in The Netherlands for more than a decade. We wrote about his critically acclaimed LP that came out on Delsin a few months ago, which had been on heavy rotation in our HQ, and know we have this exceptional mix that Samuel made for London based Bleep. Samuel takes time with this mix, slow and steady, he develops this dark electro/breakbeat voyage into a cosmic futuristic decadence.

Tracey - XLR8R Podcast 599

After a couple of very successful EP’s on labels like Intergraded and AUS, Amsterdam-based Tracey has put ‘all eyes on him’ with his outstanding debut album on infamous Dial which came out a month ago. in the light of the release, Tracey made this impressive mix for the popular platform, XLR8R. A few words by Tracey about the mix: You could certainly hear me playing this in the club. It could be a good start or the end of a longer set, I guess. In the club, I would probably choose more tracks with the same intensity. That’s what I like about making a podcast: you can play a little bit more with different intensities. I can imagine it’s a nice mix to listen to while riding your bike or while jogging, or just while moving yourself around.

Aurora Halal - RA 681

Over the past few years, Aurora Halal has become one of the leading DJ’s on New York’s underground techno scene. Aurora’s style behind the decks is dark and dynamic techno with her unique style that she once described as “high-definition” psychedelic techno. This is what Aurora said about her latest mix which is part of the infamous RA podcast series: This one is a steamy brain dance that I made on a few rainy spring nights looking out my window. I was having fun playing with different rhythms and mixing in short looped fragments of tracks that never come in all the way. My goal is for the elements to talk to each other and create feelings in the combinations. This one is more of a headphones mood than what happens in the club.

Arkajo - Radio Bollwerk 05.23.2019

One of our ultimate favorites both in the studio and behind the decks is undoubtedly incredibly talented Stockholm based Arkajo. Arkajo has been putting out some serious gems over the years via infamous Aniara, BROR and most recently on his own imprint Arkajo. His latest mix for Radio Bollwerk is Arkajo style in its best. Percussive trippy techno that will keep you hypnotized throughout the mix.

Leif b2b Peverelist - TPF 004

The newest Pickle Factory’s resident, and one of the UK’s finest record digger, Leif has been in a spotlight of the underground electronic music scene lately. His phenomenal mini-LP ‘Loom Dream’ which gained international recognition has been released via London based Whities records, and his Pickle Factory residency is getting a full swing with a second party lined up for June 28th where he’ll host Laurel Halo and Don’t DJ Live. The previous and launching party that happened in March saw Leif sharing decks with Forest Drive West, Gigsta and Livity Sound head honcho, Peverelist. This recording is a peak time of the night when Leif played b2b with Peverelist. The first hour or so Leif and Peverelist played hypnotic techno and spaced out until they switched gears and turned Pickle Factory upside down with some serious Jungle beats. For all jungle and d’n’b lovers, this mix is a must listen.

Valentino Mora - Phonica Mix Series 61

This ’slow-burner’ trippy techno mix from incredibly talented Valentino Mora has been one of our favorite ones in June. Very pleasant to listen yet super trippy, this mix is sounded quite impressive during a road trip. Highly recommended.

Roman Flugel b2b Gerd Janson - RJ Archive 0004

it looks like we’ll have one spot on our list from now on for Robert Johnson Archive series. And why not? Recordings by creme de la creme DJs from arguably one of the best clubs in the world is a no brainer. For this month's list, we have this super fun b2b action by two of Frankfurt’s homeboys Gerd Janson and Roman Flugel. It doesn’t get more special than this, 4hrs of cosmic traveling through house, disco, techno and beyond.

Inland - vurt podcast 01

Counterchange head honcho, Inland delivers tour de force techno in his latest mix for infamous Seoul night club vurt. This is the initial mix in vurt.’s newly founded podcast series and it’s really a special one. Rhythmically complex, multi-layered, and quite energetic this mix showcases Inland’s talent to take listeners to a unique journey.

Sybil - Deep Mind Music vol 8

London based Sybil is known for her versatility as a DJ. Whether it’s groovy techno or mesmerizing ambient, Sybil has an ace up her sleeve. For this month's list, we have a beautiful ambient mix that Sybil played at Lighthouse Festival in Croatia. A few words from Sybil about the mix: I was playing on a Sunday evening, in one of the last sets of the 5-day festival. The ambient floor was set up in a clearing of the forest next to the sea. I’d always prefer to listen to ambient and drone outside, so I’m super grateful to have had the opportunity to play this music in such an idyllic setting. Looking up to see birds drifting over trees, with leaves rustling in the wind was pretty magical. I feel like this set operates on a deeper and more cerebral plane than my other DMM mixes, designed for tired festival goers to zone out on the cushions under the trees, drifting in and out of consciousness.

Cleveland - Kannmix 30

After a year-long hiatus, Brussels based Cleveland is back with another mind-bending EP, this time on infamous Hivern Discs. All attention is back on this incredibly talented artist who doesn’t make compromises neither behind the deck nor in the studio. A few weeks back Cleveland made this mix for lovely Kannmix series from Leipzig. Trippy, deep and groovy, get ready for a ride!

Moon - Raw chamber

Our dear friend and part of our Delayed crew, Moon is a super talented DJ from Brooklyn. Her passion for music digging and DJ skills are very well represented in this wonderful mix. Straight on house vibes and some hidden gems in it make it perfect listening for these hot summer days.

Robag Wruhme - Tsugi Podcast 552

In the light of his latest, long-awaited album, Robag Wruhme made an exclusive mix for French magazine Tsugi and their podcast series. Robag made a quite eclectic mix which represents as Robag says 'his little history of music.’

Sevensol - Nachtdigital @ Red Light Radio 06.08.2019

Kann records co-founder and one half of magical duo Manamana, Sevensol paid a visit to Red light radio a few weeks ago. What we got here is a nice groovy tribal house mix that develops very smoothly. The atmosphere in the mix makes it very pleasant for listening, and if you listen closely you may hear some upcoming Kann gems.

DJ Dustin - Tombolo Madrid

Giegling own, DJ Dustin, brings some heat with this straight on house mix. This was a closing set at Tombolo party in Madrid a few months back. DJ Dustin delivered a ‘feel good’ mix that we’re sure kept all present at the dance floor until the very end.

Wata Igarashi - Truancy Volume 243

In last few years, when you talk about techno producers hailing from Japan, there’s one name that stands out, Wata Igarashi. The master of trippy and hypnotic techno has been recognized for his exceptional releases on labels such as Midgar and The Bunker New York, and for his infectious style when performing. Wata's latest mix is exclusive for Truants' podcast series Truancy. Get ready for one hour of cosmic techno delight.

Christopher Rau - Goonroom @ The Lot Radio 05.31.2019

While visiting Big Apple, Smallville records affiliate, Christopher Rau paid a visit to the infamous Lot Radio in Brooklyn. The 2hrs mix is house escapade with some acid flavors and later on some proper breaks. Cool day-listening.

ItaloJohnson - XLR8R Influences podcast 14

A mysterious trio ItaloJohnson has been making music for almost a decade and their well known ‘Untitled’ series of releases has found a way to crates of many leading DJs around the world. The trio made the latest XLR8R influences mix, and as we got used to it when it comes to this series, the mix is as eclectic as it can be. Trip-hop, hip hop, drum & bass, jungle…you get the idea.

DJ Autumun - Four Heads

Banoffee Pies head honcho, DJ Autumn delivers a 'breaks heaven’ of the mix for Four Heads platform. Rhythm complexity with all the little details in the background make this mix super fun to listen.