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Bitter Babe ‘Untitled 909 Podcast 089’

Colombian DJ and producer Bitter Babe took the reins of the latest Untitled 909 podcast with a 56-minute love letter to her Latinx heritage. Moving effortlessly between harder techno-esque drums, dirty basslines and flirty hi-hats, this high-energy mix will both keep you guessing, and moving.

India Jordan ‘Northern NRG mix on BBC Radio 1’

Dedicated to the very best place on earth, India Jordan demonstrates the rich rave heritage of the North of England, highlighting the acid house, bassline, hardcore and donk that makes us all proud. The 60-minute mix sees us move from ‘Voodoo Ray; to Altern-8, Klubbheads to Big ANG and a staggering unreleased Denham Audio banger - paying tribute to both the originators and the new generation. Reet af.

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Finn plays Jeremy Sylvester on NTS Radio

Promising "stone cold classic garage", Finn's hour dedicated to UKG legend Jeremy Sylvester does not disappoint. Manoeuvring the seminal Brum producer's many, many aliases - Finn drops speed garage banger 'While I'm Still Young', 'Watch Ya Bass Bins', 'Feel Your Love' and 'I Get High' - all the while his deep admiration for Sylvester is apparent. As good an opportunity as any to brush up on your Sylvester knowledge.

Jessy Lanza ‘DJ-Kicks’ (!K7)

‘DJ-Kicks’ mixes rarely miss, but even then, Jessy Lanza’s contribution to the series is a particularly masterful one. It’s hard-hitting and floor-focused, moving at a rate of knots as it sequences a gripping exploration of sounds from the global club spectrum. Four brand new tracks from the Canadian alt-pop star, including collaborations with Loraine James and Taraval, are the cherry on the cake.

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Josey Rebelle ‘TTT Mixtape’

A new Josey Rebelle mix is a signal to stop what you’re doing, crank it up and devote your full attention to a master of the craft. Her TTT Mixtape instalment - released on cassette last April and uploaded to SoundCloud this month - is a typically inspiring journey through a small universe of sounds, all mixed into each other with flair. Take any subsection of the 90 minutes and the variety is full spice: crashing percussion fades into crooning soul vocals into ethereal dream pop; eerie bleep techno creates a disconcerting backdrop beneath a spoken sample reciting Derek Walcott’s epic poem Omeros; an upbeat house tune collapses into radio host chatter, record rewind sounds, reverberating dub, and out the other side into spacey techno. No one does it like Josey Rebelle can.

Objekt ‘All night @ Nowadays NYC [23/10/2021]’

Objekt, our DJ of the year in 2018, is one of the most lauded DJs in the underground club scene for the range of sounds he explores with mind-blowing technical ability. He described this set, recorded live in one of New York’s finest clubs, as “probably the best DJing experience of my life.” At nine hours in length, it’s the perfect accompaniment for anything from a full afters to getting you through a working day, maintaining a transfixing flow while delivering a slew of big moments. Whether you’re peeling yourself off a sofa or leaving the office as it closes out, you’ll be taps aff as you head out the door.

Nazira ‘Boiler Room Contemporary Scenes: Almaty’

Kazakhstan dance music pioneer Nazira has been putting in the work to put Almaty on the rave map for years now, helming the underground techno night Zvuk and flying the flag for The New East. The style she plays is raucous and broken with distinct Central Asian flavours weaved in. This Boiler Room session, hosted in her home city, marks another crowning achievement in Nazira’s long list of moments to celebrate. The blend of pulsating, atmospheric and euphoric sounds, with selections ranging from Josh Wink to Princess Nokia, is a loud and clear declaration of her status as a scene figurehead.

SHERELLE ‘fabric presents’

SHERELLE is energising dance music in a multitude of ways. She’s relentlessly good vibes while strictly no bullshit, and her sets deal in fast and thrilling sounds from the raucous end of the club music spectrum. Helming an instalment of fabric’s esteemed mix series marks another landmark occasion in a career that seems to achieve them on a weekly basis these days. The Hooversound boss naturally steps up to the plate with aplomb, going all-out on the percussive-heavy rave selections, including an outrageous new track of her own, ‘JUNGLE TEKNAH’. Long may the SHERELLE era continue.

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Ashley Mi Ki Mak on NTS Radio

Ashley Mi Ki Mak has become a favourite on NTS Radio thanks to a regular slot of soulful, jazzy mixes. In this particular show, the DJ transports us through the genres of funk, disco and hip hop. A good time guaranteed.

Paranoid London in The Lab LDN

Early this month, The Lab LDN saw Paranoid London, Quinn Whally and Gerardo Delgado, perform a peerless acid techno set, using a multitude of drum machines, synths, 303s, and live vocals from Josh Caffé.

Emerald on Rinse FM

This mix must be one of Emerald’s best weekly mixes. Beginning with a simple drum beat, it steadily ramps up the pressure with selections from Overmono, Martyn Bootyspoon, Mercy Ststem and more. It’s a showcase of why she’s one of Rinse FM’s most celebrated presenters. You can catch her live mixes on Saturdays from 9-10:PM.

Cici ‘Magic Roundabout on Dublab Radio’

The Ibiza-based DJ from Dublin provides a tropical mix of sounds in this fresh and bouncy new mix. After recently releasing two EPs this year, ‘Extraneous’ and ‘Ultraviolet’, the DJ is asserting herself as an essential artist for ravey sounds in the field of house, techno, electro and more.

Coco Bryce w/ DJ Hughesee ‘1992 Breakbeat Special on Balamii’

This month, skweee specialist and Lobster Theremin-signee Coco Bryce joined forces with London’s Hughesee - who prides himself on his rare record collection spanning the past two decades - for a 1992 breakbeat special. Take yourself back to the last millennium with a selection of debauched tunes from the breaks heads.

Club Glow in The Lab LDN

UK collective Club Glow - comprising LMajor, Mani Festo, Borai and Denham Audio - landed in Mixmag’s Lab LDN this month, taking over the party with a heady b2b2b2b. Featuring unrestrained rave sounds to to sprinklings of speed garage, this gem of a set is a surefire party-starter.

Dr Banana w/ Papa Nugs on Rinse FM

Papa Nugs and Dr Banana took over Rinse FM this month for a garage-heavy two-hour slot. This mix is the perfect background soundtrack to a chilled out afternoon, before its eventual fast-paced UKG finish.

Mantra b2b Tim Reaper on NTS

Described as a “trip through the breakbeat portal”, Mantra and Tim Reaper go head-to-head in their latest b2b NTS mix. The jungle heavyweights put in a solid selection of high-energy, 160 rollers, including DJ Ruffkutt’s ‘Dangerous’, and Adam F’s ‘Sea Of Destiny’.

anu and friends ‘Diwali special on NTS Radio’

anu’s Diwali NTS special showcases a first-rate selections of South Asian tracks, classical and contemporary, and makes the ultimate feel-good mix which you can listen to with your whole family. The mix is fused in with stories of Diwali and personal anecdotes from anu’s friends, making this NTS special one of a kind.

DJ Priya ‘Mixmag Impact’

This super high-energy mix contains everything from your favourite Bhangra tunes to your favourite TikTok tunes as cheeky edits. It will have you singing along to ‘Wannabe’ with the Spice Girls one moment and moving your body to classical Indian samples the next. Though diverse in genre, it’s smoothly mixed throughout.

Midland ‘HNYPOT 400: Midland's Everything Comes Back To You Mix’

This three-hour long journey from Midland shows just how diverse his music taste is. This energetic mix takes you from groovy soulful beats, to fierce drum ‘n’ bass and even contains an edit of Cookiee Kawaii’s ‘Vibe’, keeping you on your toes throughout. A fine send-off to the acclaimed HNYPOT series.

Séxstasy ‘Mixmag Scene: HOROVOD festival mix’

Séxstasy’s hour-long techno mix was recorded live from their set at HOROVOD festival and makes you feel like you were there. It’s exciting, fast-paced, and carries the Eastern European flair that the festival itself was all about. The transitions are smooth and this mix takes you from high-octane 140+ BPM bangers down to the depths of more bass-heavy tracks.

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