Category Archives: Mixes

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Post #21: Gerd Janson Boiler Room x Sugar Mountain 2018 DJ Set

 

Gerd Janson has been one of the key players of electronic music in Germany for years now. Head of the Running Back label, home to many super good artists (Hunne, Todd Terje, Suzanne Kraft, Lauer, Octo Octa to name a few) and their stellar releases, he is now touring the world regularly from his home the Robert Johnson club in Offenbach (close to Frankfurt). Not to forget, Gerd Janson is also a journalist and writes for some of the best quality german music magazines like Groove Magazine. Oh, and he is also a key member of the Red Bull Music Academy team, having conducted lectures with Theo Parrish or Henrik Schwarz for more than 10 years now. And I like the RBMA a lot (find out more here and here).

This DJ set has been recorded during the one-day australian festival Sugar Mountain, which takes place every year in Melbourne. In this set, Gerd Janson shows off his incredible skill at mastering the crowd and literally taking it where he wants to. The selection of tunes is flawless, includes hits and classics all along, mixed with a constant search of keeping the energy at the highest level. A truly euphoric set that will take you to the moon and back within an hour. Very impressive and totally enjoyable at the same time. Very well done Sir.

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Post #20: TRAX.267 Mehmet Aslan

 

 

How beautiful is this. And intelligent. So much diverse and yet so cohesive, this mix by Mehmet Aslan (one of my fav DJs – see one of my previous posts here for more info) gently takes you by the hand from one track to another. I love it. Tracklist can be found here.

 

Post #18: Vinyl Factory Mix #68: Israeli Groove by Fortuna Records – From Tel-Aviv with love

Eyh, Shalom to you !

Following my latest post, here is a mix from Fortuna Records out of Tel-Aviv, Israel. This one has been comissioned by the great vinylfactory website, so let’s not spoil them. Head over here for more info and tracklist about the mix.

What I like in this mix is the fact that although I don’t understand a word of hebrew, I enjoy the music. Actually it is not only about the language, it is also about the era, the culture, the traditions, the history in which this music was produced, and that I don’t know at all. I mean, besides a a few Jewish friends, a holiday trip to Israel a couple years ago and some history classes from college, well, I am rather a complete stranger to all of this. But I absolutely loved the mix.

To put it simply, what you are about to listen is an hour of israeli tunes mainly produced in the 60’s and 70’s. And you are going to love it. Highlights for me include the Aris San track (a Fortuna release), ‘Shine Again’ from Kutiman (the man behind the Thru-You videos) and the closing track from Arik Einstein, a stunning production.

Make sure you check out Fortuna Records and their releases because they are all ace !

Until next time,

Cheers,

Alex

 

PS: Image comes from VinylFactory as well and represents the Grazia release from Fortuna, a reedition of an extraordinay  1978 recording.

Post #17: Beats in Space Radio Show #836 with Mehmet Aslan -Hypnotizing as always

Hello people.

Please meet Mehmet Aslan, as turkish DJ based in Basel, Switzerland, who realizes the perfect fusion of folk and traditional songs with electronic ryhtm. I’m a lot into this ‘East meets West in a club’ thing at the moment; different sonorities finally get to mix with each other and produce new atmospheres never heard before.

Here is a list of labels/DJs/producers you want to check out:

Baris K and his band Insanlar from Istanbul, the duo Red Axes from Tel-Aviv, Khidja from Bucarest, Moscoman from Disco Halal, all the crew from Cairo with Bosaina and Hussein Sherbini representing “KIK” – Kairo Is Koming (read this great RA article here), the guys from Fortuna Records also from Israel and Jannis of Habibi Funk, those last two specializing in reissues from respectively the middle East (notably Israel and Turkey) and Northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia). And of course, hailing from Paris, the duo that started it all for me, Acid Arab who is getting bigger and bigger around Europe.

All these people contribute to the development of ‘arabic’ music in Europe and are also attracting european producers in their home countries. Numerous festivals have been created notably in Morocco (Nuits Sonores Tanger, Oasis) and Tunisia (Les Dunes Electroniques) while underground institutions like Boiler Room and the Red Bull Music Academy have put on shows in Turkey and Israel, showcasing the local talents.

I hope you will like this mix and dig deep into these sounds !

Until next time,

Alex

Playlist is here: http://www.beatsinspace.net/playlists/836

Post # 15: “Caribou: BBC Essential Mix” – The musical page-turner

From London, Canada to London, U-K, Dan Snaith has been through horizons and styles as diverse as progressive rock, free-jazz and electronic music. Formerly known as Manitoba, and also releasing as Daphni, his bubbling creativity is only matched by his great open-mindedness. Last year he set another milestone in a carrer without fail by recording his first “BBC Essential Mix” which was voted the Best Essential Mix of 2014. Follow us as we take on a two-hour trip through the limitless world of Caribou.

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Post #14: Eamon Harkin And Justin Carter: Weekends And Beginnings – People, party and pastures

Yes yes yes ! My favourite boys from New York City are back with their first official mix CD. Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, the duo behind Mister Saturday Night, the famed NYC party, have a solid hour of joyful sounds for you to hear, dance and sing along – including some lines about sheeps, in french. So do not wander too far away from the flock, your shepherds of the day will take care of you…

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Post # 13: Nils Frahm Xmas mix 2014 – Perfect is the word

Following the release of his new live album, ‘Spaces’, Nils Frahm truly had an incredible 2014 year, playing numerous concerts and festivals. Now he says goodbye to this perfect year with his ‘Xmas mix’, a delightful hour-long selection of jazz, classical and piano music from a lost era located somewhere between the 30’s and the 60’s. A rare and precious moment.

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Post #12: Todd Terje live @ Øya Festival 2014 – Northern lights go live

In April 2014, after several years of waiting, Todd Terje has finally released his first album, the aptly named “It’s Album Time”. Well, now it is all about show time, and this one comes with special care from the bearded Norwegian: a full live band, including a duet of violins, a viking drummer, a bongo player and some 20 dancers with strings of fairy lights. Wait for it. This is going to be the best thing you will see this year.

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