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The Cover Mix: Ben UFO

The Hessle Audio selector shows us his best

  • Mixmag Staff
  • 3 April 2018

Ben UFO is one of the world's most beloved DJs.

A DJ that beautifully represents the UK sound in almost every set and bigs up the artists creating it. His profile around the world has never been bigger and Hessle Audio, the imprint he runs with Pangaea and Pearson Sound, is putting out some of its most diverse and club-thumping music yet.

Of course with every Mixmag cover, comes a cover mix and we've had this on repeat for a while.

This is what the selector had to say about his session:

“I’ve tried to record a mix which reflects the way I like to play in clubs at the moment – it’s dominated by new music, and as usual, I’m trying to thread together a variety of tempos, styles and atmospheres in a fluid and coherent way.

"It starts somewhere around 160bpm. I learnt to DJ playing drum ’n’ bass and jungle as a teenager, and there’s a lot of great stuff coming out now which has reignited my interest in that music. It’s been fun mixing this stuff with electro, dancehall and bits of footwork, and one of my main points of focus at the moment is trying to figure out ways to incorporate music at this tempo into sets which otherwise mostly consist of house and techno. At the risk of boring you to death, the Jlin record in this mix plays around with poly-rhythms which allow the ear to latch on to the tempo at both 160bpm and 120bpm, so I’ve used it here to make that transition.

"At its core this is a house and techno mix, although for the most part the rhythms are broken and the basslines are massive. I think most of the music I’m drawn to is still rooted in the legacy of soundsystem music, and that’s definitely apparent here, from the ravey stabs and vocal sample in Pangaea’s ‘Bone Sucka’ to the wild, filtered bassline in ‘Luv Eternal’ by The Maniacs (shout out to Traxx!), and even the UKG-indebted F&Z record during a straighter, more rolling segment of the mix around the halfway point. I’ve felt clubs around the world really open up to this slightly less linear approach to playing dance music over the past few years; it doesn’t always work, but I can’t imagine playing any other way, because when it does it’s so fulfilling and so much fun!”

Listen to the mix and check out the tracklist below.

1. Raven Cru ‘Peeches’ (Don’t Be Afraid)

2. Etch ‘Seismic’ (Purple City Souffle)

3. Jlin ‘Nandi’ (Planet Mu)

4. Ra.H & Dynamo Dreesen ‘Spacepops’ (Donato Dozzy rework) (Morphine)

5. Lakker ‘Tuk Tuk’ (self-released)

6. Pletnev ‘Thrown Furniture’ (Ploy remix) (SZE)

7. Pierre Bastien & Eddie Ladoire ‘Phantom Dance’ (Oceanic remix) (Versatile)

8. Superficie ‘Rajada’ (Nostro Hood System)

9. Dan Habernam ‘Dolby Centaur’ (unreleased)

10. Rush Plus ‘Dog House’ (Valence)

11. F&Z ‘3.2’ (F&Z)

12. Metamatics ‘Op3’ (Neo Ouija)

13. Space Drum Meditation ‘Atencao’ (unreleased)

14. Joy Orbison & Ben Vince ‘Transition 2’ (unreleased)

15. Yak ‘Zephyr’ (Le Chatroom)

16. Pangaea ‘Bone Sucka’ (Hessle Audio)

17. The Maniacs ‘Luv Eternal’ (Nation)

18. Group A ‘ Ketabali’ (Mannequin)

19. G Man ‘Zeno’ (Beautiful)

20. Hugo Massien ‘Ghost Note’ (Bruce’s X Mix) (17 Steps)

21. Pearson Sound ‘Untitled’ (unreleased)

22. Morph ‘Stormwatch’ (Red Planet)

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