Not for nothing, it’s been a while since I’ve listened to a mix twice in a row (outside of the occasional essential mix, like Hot Since 82′s or Skrillex’s) and a lot of that has to do with the fact that I haven’t really been impressed with many lately. Sure, I still subscribe to quite a few of my favorite podcasts, which are great for a listen through once, but it’s been a while since I’ve heard one that has impressed me on all fronts: creativity, song selection and mixing. Lazerdisk (who shortened their name, I guess) just put through one such mix on Diplo‘s BBC syndicated Diplo & Friends radio show. The hour long mix packs in a whopping 67 songs, so for you doing the math at home, nod with approval. And we’re not talking 128 into 128 here… tracks from all walks of life have made their way into the mix. I was even pleasantly surprised to see Paces, one of my favorite up-and-coming artists, had his song “Ignite” featured on the mix (albeit for 45 seconds). While I’ve never seen Lazerdisk live and, quite honestly never felt drawn to, this mix has turned that around completely, as they are now definitely on my list to check out soon. Grab the free DL and take this one to go. Make sure to check out their new remix of Lorde‘s “Royals” while you’re at it, also featured on the mix.
Aussie girl duo, Nervo, debuted a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and posted it today via their Soundcloud to share with the world. From the massive success the sisters have had thus far with their DJing careers, it’s surprising these two worldly recognized twins hadn’t already made an essential mix, but we can be rest assured – they did so (finally) with flying colors. The mix is filled with house tunes that conduce a perfect party music playlist. The girls – having just returned from attending/DJing the 2013 MTV VMA‘s – are set to be touring around Europe, but are making some stops to the states including playing at Tomorrowworld. Stream the mix below and keep reading for a tracklist.
Disclosure is most likely the most popular dance duo in music currently, even though they have been around for just around eighteen months. Their live act has been dubbed the freshest thing to hit dance music in years, as they slam on the drums and smash the electric guitars on stage. They recently released their debut album, Settle, which as you can imagine as garnished respect from every possible news and media outlet. Pete Tong, continuing his insane lineup this year, has them on the decks for this week’s Essential Mix. The set starts off with a J Dilla tribute as well as artists such as Slum Village, Vic Mensa, Q-Tip and Gang Starr, then moving onto the likes of Dusky, Paul Woolfood, Hannah Wants and George FitzGerald to set the deep house for the rest of the two-hour set. Enjoy this instant classic!
*Track List after the jump*
The head honchos behind Pets Recordings, Catz N’ Dogz, are best known for their deep cuts and tech house anthems and most recently their infamous BBC Essential Mix. However, over the weekend they released a very special collaboration album that may supersede all previous work and is one hundred percent closer to their hearts. I am happy to introduce you to Different Marks, the collaborative project between Martin Dawson (King Roc, Two Armadillo), Grzegorz Demiañczuk and Voitek Tarañczuk (Catz N’ Dogz). Forming a relationship based upon music, it quickly grew into so much more as they became addicts, the studio becoming their drug. Martin started to play guitar again, Greg fell back in love with his old vinyls using them as inspiration, and all those years Voitek spent in choir started to become very useful. The album also samples some amazing vocals from legendary voices completing a full three-sixty of their taste of music.
Unfortunately, Martin past away in November of last year shortly after the album was completed. The tragic circumstances behind his death have made this project even more important to the members who live on and they want everyone to enjoy the passion and love that went into this complete musical work for free. It truly is something special.
Download the Entire Album Via Their Website
Start your week out with some smooth deep house by London’s very own, Maya Jane Coles. MJC first caught my ear with her Florence & The Machine remix of ‘Spectrum‘. Much like her remix, Maya Jane Cole’s [second] mix for BBC keeps you zoned to the beats and crave even more. She has shows all around Europe this year but is also making a few stops in the US at Verboten Stageone in New York with Sasha as well as Chicago’s Wavefront Music Festival. Seeing her live would definitely be a treat. MJC’s mixes compliment the deep house genre so elegantly and I’m sure a set by her would be one not to miss. She is also debuting a new album this July titled, Comfort but until then enjoy this essential mix MJC posted on her soundcloud two days ago.
Pete Tong handed over the decks to Polish duo Catz ‘N Dogz for this weeks’ Essential Mix for what is going to become a staple mix for any deep house fan in the months to come. The alpha males behind Pets Recordings (brought us Eats Everything) took on this honor head on; incorporating some of their newer work while drawing a lot from previous releases and even asking some friends to donate unreleased material for the two hour marathon. Constantly working with the guys of Dirtybird among others, these guys are helping bring tech house back to the forefront of electronic dance music. I really don’t know where to begin on how much I am digging this mix so I will let the release speak for itself..
Whether you’re charmed by their bass-heavy, colourful and always groove-laden DJ sets, drawn in by their arresting live show, weaving your your way through their illustrious output as producers, or delving into the magical tunes curated from their close network of friends, Grzegorz and Wojchiech (or Greg n’ Voitek) are simply two of the hottest house Catz (n’ Dogz) on the scene today.
Download Here or click through to the Soundcloud page..