The best DJ mixes of the year 2023 so far - January - Music - Mixmag

Anu ‘Soup To Nuts w/ Anu: Ryuichi Sakamoto on NTS’

A beautiful tribute to one of electronic music’s true pioneers, Anu used her Soup To Nuts slot on NTS in mid-January to focus on the eclectic catalogue of music from Ryuichi Sakamoto. Interwoven between a chronological offering of his broad-ranging compositions, Anu contextualises his career — emotionally recounting information about the Japanese maestro learned from the two months she spent listening to his “every soundtrack, album and composition” — all the more poignant following Sakamoto’s heartbreaking admission on his cancer battle earlier this month. Give it a listen, and check out Anu’s tumblr post where she’s listed notes on each track featured.

Jyoty ‘Mixmag Cover Mix’

Tell us another DJ who can bring these kinds of vibes to a mix while also poorly with the flu, we’ll wait. An unmistakably Jyoty mix, Mixmag’s January cover star delivered an hour-long set packed to the brim with killer pop reworks, UKG favourites and delicious baile funk that will have your cheeks aching from the inexorable grin you’ll have plastered on your face from start to finish. Informed by her love of dance music and her journey from working club doors in London to selling out venues in minutes, it’s full of reference, accessibility and that signature technical prowess. We dare you not to grasp onto your chair for dear life as she mixes ‘Gasolina’ into the ‘Venga Bus’. Wall-to-wall bangers.

Nick León ‘Boiler Room Medellín: TraTraTrax’

As unrelenting in tempo as it is in vibes, Nick León’s Boiler Room live from the TraTraTrax in Medellín is a difficult watch for the FOMO-inclined. The Miami maestro shells out a plethora of low-end bass, decadent edits, Latin club sizzlers and some hefty, raucous percussion -— all while he, and the crowd, are bathed in an eerie red glow. León delivers a mix full of unexpected twists and turns, while still leaving room for familiar favourites… as we’ve come to expect.

Jane Fitz ‘Trommel.158’

Recorded from her set at Vienna’s Paradies Garten Festival in August, underground hero Jane Fitz drops a two-hour mix for Trommel. It’s an insight into her eclectic record bag and singular experience of seeing her play live – travelling through pitched down Goa trance, proggy techno and groovy acid workouts.

Sugar Free ‘DIM276’

A favourite of Berlin’s underground house scene, Sugar Free is next up on Croatian festival Dimensions’s long running mix series. Blended with expertise and precision, the mix showcases the records that have been finding their ways into her bag in recent times – more heads down than past mixes, moody and with a healthy sprinkling of breaks.

DMC ‘Heatin Up #7’

For the seventh iteration of Liverpool-based party Reheat’s mix series, local digger and producer DMC drops a roasting hot, diverse set. Starting out with melodic downtempo, the 80-minute ride is a builder – moving through deep house, arpeggiated synth workouts, all the way to analogue techno and electro jams.

Kirou Kirou (99GINGER) ‘New Balance x The Face DJ Set Paris’

99GINGER’s Kirou Kirou threw down a set that made an audience of stylish Paris Fashion Week kids go nuts. Chucking in an ambush of singalong bootlegs from Missy Elliot’s ‘Get Ur Freak On’ to Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’, it’s straight bangers upon bangers. Get this on at any pre-drinks and you’re sure to have a good one.

Regal86 ‘2023 Kick Off on Rinse France’

Jump into the new year feeling lively by listening to this belter of a mix. Throwing together a pick’n’mix of footwork and techno, the hour-long set has the raving vibe we hope to see throughout 2023.

Tommy Gold and Govi on NTS

A lo-fi selection of breaks, rap, garage and R&B makes this a head-nodding mix. Bouncing beats paired with a slower BPM provides a groovy yet relaxing hour of music that includes an unreleased gem from Govi and Yunè Pinku, as well as the new Everything But The Girl track, ‘Nothing Left To Lose’. It’s the perfect mix to find some new tracks for your go-to playlist.

Autechre ‘1992 Contextual Mix’

To celebrate 30 years since the release of their compilation record ‘Artificial Intelligence’, Autechre have returned with a mammoth 5.5-hour mix made up of the duo’s early influences. Dubbing it a “mix of some of the stuff that was floating around us at the time”, Autechre run through tracks from the likes of LFO, 808 State, Sade, Nightmares On Wax, Brian Eno, A Guy Called Gerald and Orbital, all of which played a role in defying the original sound of Autechre. The 330+ minute mix was released via Warp on Mixlr as a surprise drop and prompted fans to create a collaborative spreadsheet of the mix’s lengthy tracklist.

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Third Place w/Kiernan Laveaux on Balamii

Ohio’s Kiernan Laveaux heads onto Balamii this month for the next edition of Third Place, focusing on London’s eclectic record label. Delivering a heavy-hitting, hour-long mix, Kiernan celebrates the UK dubstep sphere with tracks from the likes of Digital Mystikz, Shackleton, and 62nd Cell, channelling her taste for the bass scene across the pond.

Jyoty & Infinite Snds on Rinse FM

DJ duo Infinite Snds have an affinity for pop-meets-club blends, which is why their link-up with our latest Mixmag cover star Jyoty on Rinse FM is a match made in heaven. Over the two-hour mix, the trio provide a handful of screw-face numbers, sultry R&B bangers, and a decent spread of dancehall cuts including an up-tempo flip of Rema’s ‘Soundgasm’.


An entire hour of unreleased OSSX ish is the perfect January moodlifter. It’s an overload of vibes, fuelled by popping edits, punchy breaks and earworm vocal chops, including collabs with TAH and Bored Lord.

HAO at .TAG’s 8th anniversary party

Recorded in March 2022 but released online on the cusp of 2023, this mix from Chinese techno artist HAO was a gift that got our New Year celebrations firing on all cylinders. A 1 hour cut-out of his set at notorious Chengdu club .TAG’s 8th anniversary celebrations, we’ev rarely felt FOMO quite like thinking about what it must have been like on the dancefloor that night. This adrenaline-charged hour of techno pace has us practically whizzing, even listening back later in the colder depths of January.

Avtomat ‘RA.869’

Recently, Avtomat has been “rebuilding [his] whole life after a terrible 2022.” A sense of catharsis runs through this absolutely monumental mix, which clocks at cloise to four hours and is gripping throughout, featuring bootlegs of Bloc Party and Dua Lipa alongside blissful ambient, raucous experimental club music, scuzzy techno, what sounds like samples of clucking chickens, and just about every other sound you can imagine tearing up a club.

Riz La Teef ‘Mixmag In Session’

Any mix that starts with a melancholic piano-led rework of ‘Rhythm ‘N’ Gash’ has to be included, right? Catching your ears immediately, it holds attention with a finely blended mix of dubstep, half-time jungle and garage, featuring a load of brand new dubs alongside some expertly crate-dug classic cuts from the likes of Skream and Warlock.

Ben UFO ‘Hessle Audio show on Rinse FM 23 January 2023’

Hessle Audio’s Rinse FM residency has been a near-flawless source of new dance music for well over a decade now, and we’re grateful its hosts still seem to get the same level of buzz out of it that we do. “loved this! love doing radio. love you” declared Ben UFO proudly when sharing the link to this late-January edition on Twitter, his first solo show in a while. The London DJ’s joy for the sounds comes across in his narration as he moves through cuts such as a bumping The Martinez Brothers & Tokischa collab (“Big favourite, I am obsessed with that”), bassweight-fulled remix from Arkajo (“deeper and darker with this one”) and a wonderfully-termed “proper neck slapper” from Daniel Bell — CC Finn, that’s one for The Banger Dictionary.

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