Top 20 DJ Mixes of 2013 So Far
Once upon a time, DJ mixtapes were for the faithful. Today, it's the opposite – everyone can access them, and more and more, they do. By the time you finish this sentence, 20 more livecasts and podcasts, club and stadium sets, amateur and pro, old and new, will go up on SoundCloud, and 20 more on Mixcloud. It's overwhelming, but it's also a treasure trove, as this chronological selection of 20 of the best we heard in the first half of 2013 proves.
MK, FACT Mix 366 (January 21st)
Disclosure broke garage to American EDM youth, but the sound was incubated in the early-Nineties remixes of Detroit-born New Yorker Mark Kinchen, a.k.a. MK. Their gorgeously cut-and-pasted vocal trickery inspired future Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards – and then London in the late Nineties. Two decades later, MK's in L.A. and the trick still works. This mix highlights his recent fruit – notably, scintillating remixes of Lana Del Ray's "Blue Jeans" and Storm Queen's "Walk Right Through."
Tensnake, Essential Mix (February 16th)
Hamburg DJ Tensnake's approach on his 2010 club banger "Coma Cat" – friendly, assured, patient – typifies this Radio 1 showpiece. It begins slowly, with Alice Coltrane, but rides a steady arc to far giddier grooves – especially the second hour, where Todd Terje's remix of Hot Chip's "How Do You Do" and a yet-untitled new one from Tensake mesh easily with house classics like T-Coy's "Carino" and Röyksopp's remix of Felix da Housecat's "What Does It Feel Like."
Truss / MPIA3, RA.351 (February 18th)
Nail-hard, back-to-basics techno – the kind of machine-oriented music that made Surgeon and Adam X underground DJ kings in the mid-'90s – has been on an upswing recently. London producer Tom Russell is a prime example, as both Truss and MPIA3. His edition of dance site Resident Advisor's podcast works as a primer for this new wave of brutalist techno, grounding it in Nineties touchstones by Der Dritte Raum and Pilldriver, and letting melody seep into the assault.
Atoms for Peace, Essential Mix (March 9th)