Sven Väth Boiler Room Berlin Mix (12-13-12)
A tumblr of DJ mixes chosen by Danny DeVegas.
Sven Väth Boiler Room Berlin Mix (12-13-12)
Ben Klock Boiler Room Berlin (w/ a dancing Nina Kraviz)
Reboot @ Live at Creamfields Buenos Aires 2012
Richie Hawtin - Minus Showcase - Culture Box - Copenhagen (by The Best Sets On The Net)
Carl Cox - Global Episode 516
Skream b2b Disclosure at the W Hotel London (2012)
Sasha - BPM Festival 2013 - Never Say Never (Part 1)
The late Martin Dawson gave us an incredible promotional mix last April. He takes us on a ride of mellow and dark tunes. He fades in with an eerie bass-line that follows with hypnotic remixes of Lana Del Ray, King Roc, and many of his own unreleased productions. Not having heard of Dawson, I was made a fan immediately after hearing this set. Unfortunately, he passed away only a few months later, just before he was about to step into the public limelight.
Progressive house veteran John Digweed was so satisfied with his DJ set in Cordoba, Argentina last April that he released the mix on his very own Bedrock label. John continues to excel with his ability to move through a brilliant track selection. The set is so well mixed that it is easy forget that it’s recorded live, until you hear the chants of thousands of restless Argentinians at 8am. And hearing Maetrik’s ‘The Entity’ live on CD 2 just rocks.
While “killed it” is a term that needs to disappear along with ”fiscal cliff”, I cannot think of anyone who did so more than when Bonobo took the turntables in London’s intimate Boiler Room last February. Bonobo proves that thudding bass lines and huge breakdowns aren’t the only requirement to amp a crowd. I would have ranked it higher, but clocking at only 50 minutes, it mix ends with someone saying ‘Some of us have to go to work in the morning.” Not cool.
Luciano’s Vagabundos is an event that must be experienced to understand. I’ve tried to search for his mixes online, yet they never do justice to when seeing his live footage. This mix to promote his residency at Pacha in Ibiza last summer, however, comes very close. Luciano’s South American balaric upbringing fuels his abilities for improvisation. This mix itself showcases a range of tracks Luciano would play in a typical 3 or 4 hour set, boiled down to a ‘best of’ 80 minute mix. Luckily this mix is enough to get us hooked. And with Vagabundos being one of the most fun DJ concepts at the moment, I look forward to seeing what Luciano does in 2013.
"It’s not how long you live, but how well you live." This conceptual essential mix was nominated for essential mix of the year, which lost Rustie’s creative take on hip hop. Inspired by a documentary on high school basketball phenomenon Ben Wilson and his tragic death, Foss takes an eclectic group of songs and weaves a compelling narrative. Hard to describe, but well worth a listen if you have 2 hours.
Richie Hawtin continued to innovate the dance music scene in 2012 with his long awaited residency at Space in Ibiza with ENTER, a weekly gathering of talent from his MINUS label. While not all of us were able to travel to Spain last summer, his opening mix was fortunately recorded at full length. Hawtin delivers dark and minimal techno which keeps his European audience on their feet until the morning hours. If there is one Richie Hawtin mix you should hear, this is it.
Live in London is the best mix of 2012. Simply put, John Digweed combines flawless mixing with an incredible track selection. To best appreciate this mix, it must be heard with good sound system with decent bass. I recommend listening to this mix in a car with a good stereo. If not, noise-reducing headphones should suffice.
The key to ‘Live in London’ is its near 5 hour length. John keeps the audience guessing with a patient buildup with mellow techno and house in CD1 and 2. The momentum begins to really pick up in CD3. At this point, there are already too many good moments to mention on this review. The magic really happens, however, on CD4. The madness in these final 70 minutes was what likely prompted John to release the mix as a CD set. Last time I heard a set this good was when Digweed mixed with Sasha live at Bonnaroo in 2007, and neither of them considered making a CD release of it—now that’s saying something.
Paul Kalkbrenner Live @ Berlin Festival 2012
Nina Kraviz Boiler Room DJ Set at ADE 2012
Henrik Schwarz live @ The Boiler Room, Berlin (12-1-12)