7 must-hear mixes from October 2018: Quantum jungle acceleration, “techno dancehall” experiments

It’s virtually not possible to maintain on prime of every little thing that SoundCloud, Mixcloud and on-line radio has to supply. In our month-to-month column, FACT guides you thru the must-hear mixes of the final 30 days, whether or not you need a membership session to heat you up for the weekend, ambient soothers or a set of vinyl-only obscurities.

As the clocks return and the world turns to darkness (ugh, AGAIN), it nonetheless feels proper to hunt out the sparks that make life on Earth a bit brighter. Not to get heavy in a blurb about one thing as frothy and enjoyable as a month-to-month combine round-up, however it appeared loopy to not acknowledge the decline we’ve witnessed because the final one in every of these.

Decent pickings in October, regardless! A hat-tip to Gabe Meier’s ever-reliable The Astral Plane weblog for placing on a few wonderful classes: Sweat Equity rave guru C Powers and Fractal Fantasy maximalist Xzavier Stone dropped two very completely different however equally sturdy mixes which can be price your time.

Berlin DJ and Reef celebration resident Esposito laid on a collection of moody drum and bass rollers with artisanal aptitude, and – for a value – dubwise Dutchman A Made Up Sound provided 45 minutes of latest materials in a tasty downloadable bundle.

Finally, a shout out to Passion of the Weiss’s Abe Beame, who went potholing into the abyss of SoundCloud rap to create a download-only mixture of the final decade’s finest (or possibly worst) rap songs about medicine and ex-girlfriends.

Onto the most effective of the bunch: quantum jungle acceleration from Lee Gamble, Mr. Mitch’s “techno dancehall” experiments and a deep-thinking combine from Bristol’s Laksa all stood out. Fellow breaks fanatics Lil Mofo and Peach confirmed off their completely different types for RA and Discwoman, N.A.A.F.I. crew member Lechuga Zafiro broke out the drums and São Paulo’s Badsista was a ray of sunshine towards Brazil’s flip to the darkish facet.


Laksa for Blowing Up The Workshop
An emotional consolation blanket from the Bristol expertise

The at all times dependable Blowing Up The Workshop collection continues with Bristol’s Laksa, one of many greatest skills to emerge from the town within the final couple of years with releases on Mistry, Timedance and, arising this month, a shocking cut up 12-inch for Whities. His BUTW combine begins off deep and dreamy with morose overtones; as a not too long ago certified social employee, he’s included a pattern of an older colleague speaking concerning the strains of the work (content material warning: self-harm) and David Graeber lamenting bullshit jobs. A mirrored image of “the place [his] head’s at” as he prepares to begin his working life, Laksa says he designed the eclectic combine to supply solace throughout tiring day by day commutes, with tracks from BFTT, Kloke, Etch and Strategy.


Lee Gamble’s Jungle As Particle Accelerator Mix for NTS Radio
A two-hour time leap via damaged beats

You may say that Lee Gamble – lifelong IDM nerd and jungle archaeologist-in-chief – has been clawing at this very concept all alongside: “Jungle as particle accelerator” is the nerdy title he’s given to a two-hour time-leap on NTS Radio. Starting in 1991 with the protean twitchings of Omni Trio, as jungle crawled out of hardcore’s primordial soup, the primary half of the combo chugs via the bangers in chronological order, throwing up relentless WTF moments. It’s straightforward to overlook simply how fucking bizarre jungle was at its bleeding-edge finest: moments of rolling rapture imploding on a whim, reversing and disappearing in quantum chaos. The second hour, in distinction, accelerates via a few of the best modern breaks. It’s a guided tour, too – a Brummie accent pops as much as ID tracks simply if you want it most.


Mr. Mitch’s Techno Dancehall combine
The subsequent evolution of South London star

Mr. Mitch has been waging an extended and bloody marketing campaign to rid himself of the “grime” tag, in order a companion to the “techno dancehall” angle of his new EP, Primary Progressive, right here’s a 45-minute demonstration of the place his present pursuits lie. From the stunted shuffle of Equiknoxx to the rapturous percussion jams of TSVI, plus hints of rabid electro and online game tunes, it’s a neatly executed concept from an artist with many strings to his bow.


Badsista for The FADER
A São Paulo DJ marries madcap edits with massive power

The vibrancy, power and sheer emotion operating via this combine by São Paulo artist Badsista takes on a unique hue within the wake of Brazil’s terrifying election outcomes. The eclectic selector (a former emo child) looks like the epitome of every little thing thrilling about her metropolis’s unbiased music scene, and this uneven session zips via dozens of tracks in underneath an hour, juxtaposing native heroes like Linn Da Quebrada towards Smartbar DJ Ariel Zetina, ballroom maven Quest?onmarc, Bristol basshead Ossia and a few outrageous blends (The Prodigy! Evanescence!). Fucking wonderful.


Lil Mofo for Resident Advisor
Effortlessly cool breaks and techno from the Tokyo DJ

Imagine stumbling right into a tiny Japanese kissa to seek out Lil Mofo slamming out euphoric breaks and breathless techno to 20-or-so devoted heads: it’s a romantic notion for these of us who’ve by no means had the pleasure of visiting into a kind of audiophile bars, however the Tokyo DJ’s RA combine appears to seize one thing of the essence. Recorded dwell at her native spot Grassroots, it’s effortlessly cool journey from Dillinja to DJ Deeon and past.


Lechuga Zafiro for Noisey
Euphoric drums from the rising Uruguay producer

Uruguay’s Lechuga Zafiro is behind one of the mind-bending membership EPs of 2018, the N.A.A.F.I.-released Testigo. If you’re down with the deliciously wonky, Foley-sampling sound of standout observe ‘Agua Y Puerta’, then you definately’re gonna fall out of your tree for his Noisey combine. Moving from regional to international, he blends scruffy Brazilian funk and Elysia Crampton drum edits with the likes of Lisbon’s DJ Nervoso and Hyperdub’s “tough kuduro” newcomer Nazar. It’s euphoric, weighty and presumably drunk.


Peach for Discwoman
Athletic power from the rising London DJ

Canadian-born, London-based DJ Peach is on a tear proper now, having discovered her candy spot as a genre-blending selector with a concentrate on peak-time highs. Casually described as “a set of ravey and damaged bits I’m into proper now” and that includes tracks from Skee Mask, Overmono and E-Unity, it’s the right calling card for her powerful, athletic model: each new mix offers a recent jolt of power to push you to the ending line.

Chal Ravens is a contract journalist. Find her on Twitter.

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