Mixtape - Electronic DJ Mixes

Mixtape - Electronic DJ Mixes

Mixtape

The Mixtape is essentially what gave rise to the DJ. Originally recorded on reel to reel, then cassettes, CDs and now digitally, mixes have played a significant role in establishing some of the most iconic elements of club culture. Sasha & John Digweed, Ministry of Sound, Boiler Room and Fabric to name a few. Essentially it’s the business card of clubbing – it got us our first gig.

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Essential Mix

New Album: Soulwax – Essential Mix 2017

In May of last year Soulwax made Essential Mix history by writing and recording one hours worth of new material specifically for the iconic mix series. This new music is now getting a full independent and unmixed release. [Hit link to preview: Soulwax – Essential]

Justice – Essential Mix 2016

Justice – Essential Mix 2016 has arrived and unlike their 2007 entry, which never quite made the cut, this mixtape is no Phantom [LISTEN]

Claude VonStroke – Essential Mix (Oct 2013)

Pete Tong and Radio 1 celebrated 20 years of the Essential Mix last weekend at the Warehouse Project with 1993's original inductee headlining proceedings….. one Mr Pete Tong. As you would imagine from an Essential Mix vs Warehouse Project collaboration the lineup was...

Ben UFO – Essential Mix (October 2013) Mixtape

Ben UFO’s Essential Mix is a testament that its still possible, on occasion, to be a truly be successful DJ, without having your own music? That said you DJ craft has to be of the highest level, no hiding behind your tunes here [Listen]…

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Jon E Cassell – Mixtape – WeAreBBB EP49 [Underground Music]

Jon E Cassell’s second mixtape for Blah Blah Blah delves into his vast vinyl collection of underground music. Recorded using a pair of Technics SL-1210Mk2’s and a Pioneer DJM 250. Jon E has been buying and mixing vinyl since the year 2000, and consequently it’s still his preferred format when mixing. That said…

Stream – WeAreBlahBlahBlah EP48 Mixtape – Mixed WDDS

Formally a resident house/techno DJ at Brighton’s Concorde2, WDDS has taken on a new path focusing on creating Breakbeat and Drum & Bass, drawing influence from the likes of LTJ Bukem, Spirit, dBridge, Marcus Intalex + many others. The UK based producer is currently spending as much time in the studio working on his hardware based live set as he is drinking tea and crafting future anthems….

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What is a Mixtape

A mixtape (alternatively mix-tape or mix tape) is a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium. With origins in the 1980s, the term normally describes a homemade compilation of music onto a cassette tape, CD, or digital playlist. The songs are either ordered sequentially or made into a continuous program by beatmatching the songs and creating seamless transitions at their beginnings and endings with fades or abrupt edits [Wikipedia]

Whilst Wikipedia is technically correct, and many a mixtape adhere to these rules, to stop there is effectively only answering half the question – What is a Mixtape?

A mixtape, technical aspects aside, should ultimately amount to more than just the sum of its parts. The truly great mixtapes ‘Sasha & John Digweed – Northern Exposure, Todd Terje’s – Essential Mix or Honey Dijon – Boiler Room, to name a few, take those parts and sequence them in such a way that the listener is engaged, taken on a journey and is ultimately entertained. Too many mixes are just a technical exercise in sequencing tracks proficiently. Whilst this is important there is a danger that such a mix will fail to connect with the listener on an emotional level and ultimately end up forgotten.

A mix is a DJ’s calling card and if executed with precision and creative guile who knows where it might take you? Dont believe me, check the touring schedules of  Job Jobse, Ben UFO and Jack Master. Why these guys? Well none of them have their own music to fall back on.

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