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Welcome to the October section of our best DJ mixes of the year 2021 rundown — read the full list here

DJ Sotofett 'Mixmag In Session'

Recorded live at Berlin's new open-air venue Æden, this three-hour, three-deck trip through psychedelic house, Detroit techno and intoxicating drum is a real treat for the senses. The Norweigan Sex Tags Mania boss drops sublime edits of Octave One 'Black Water', Soha 'Les Enfants Du Bled', and Shindoe 'Punk' among many others. Get yourself comfortable, and strap in for the long haul.

Bored Lord 'Crack Mix 425'

The queen of the edit does something a little different with this fervent offering for Crack - relying on a personal collection of records that she says inspired her while writing recent T4T LUV NRG release 'The Last Illusion', recorded on "a rainy day in the full moon." The mix marries together a high-tempo acid rave with funky basslines and a wild edit of No Doubt 'Don't Speak'.

Clemency 'Fact Mix 831'

Manchester-based Clemency represents everything that is so exciting about Northern dance music right now - pushing between dark percussion and light-hearted garage riffs, in what she describes as "amalgamating two very different moments behind the decks: complex rhythms and changes of pace at my FOLD debut and more light-hearted, wiggly moments at SOUP". The result is disconcerting and hectic, but so, so pleasing hour and 28 seconds.

Eris Drew 'Bleep Mix #212'

Despite the guaranteed good-feeling you know you're always going to get from an Eris Drew mix - it always feels like you're listening to her play in both wonder and bewilderment for the first time every single set. Her Bleep mix is an example of this, a master class in rave and rhythm - she comfortably pushes between old hip hop instrumentals, rolling acid and smooth old skool house. You truly love to see it.

IZCO 'Rinse FM - 12 October 2021'

London’s IZCO quite often takes over Rinse slots, but this month’s is particularly special. Just weeks before the release of the garage heads’ latest EP, ‘RISE’, with contributions from Novelist, Capo Lee, and others, IZCO returned to Rinse for an hour-long takeover looking through the very London-tinted lens of UKG, jungle, and footwork.

Sir Hiss b2b Sepia 'SWU.FM - 12TH OCT 2021'

This is one to stick on before your big Friday night out - a mashup of all things wobbly from Bristol affiliates Sir Hiss and Sepia, who stormed SWU.FM this month with this boisterous b2b. Featuring tracks from themselves, 3 Way, Oldboy, and a pitched-up K-Lone edit of ‘Barbarossa’, this dubstep-heavy mix is a night out waiting to happen.

Akito w/ Kisewa & Alta 'NTS - 151021'

NTS’ Akito hosts this latest mix, featuring special guests Alta, hailing from Tokyo, who takes over the first half of the hour-long slot, and Seoul’s Kisewa for the latter. Moving from Alta’s Afrobeats and bashment sounds, directly into a club-ready mix from Kisewa who provides half an hour of pure bass-heavy beats.

SHERELLE 'Mixmag Cover Mix'

160-aficionado SHERELLE featured on the Mixmag cover this month. Curating a playlist for the occasion, the London-born producer and selector told Mixmag that she included “some of my fave artists that I believe are changing the scene for the better with their unique take on our electronic music world,” throwing in her pals YAZZUS, Jossy Mitsu, LCY, and others to this fast-paced mix. “Without some of them, the landscape would be very boring!”

Sita Shah 'Fourth Floor - Mix 27'

Sita Shah’s Fourth Floor mix takes listeners through a whirlwind journey by incorporating classical South Indian sounds, deep bass and techno. The varied tempos and smooth transitions between genres makes it an exciting listen that will keep listeners on their toes. This mix shows the versatility in Sita Shah’s abilities as well as her varied taste.

Yushh 'SYSTEM Mix 059'

Bristol based Yushh’s SYSTEM mix truly has something for everyone, from high-speed techno to slowed-down, bass-heavy tracks. This mix cleverly uses syncopation, which creates a disruption in expectation, but ultimately leads you to always wondering what comes next.

Mr Scruff, Charlie Dark, Mikey D.O.N & MC Kwasi 'Live at We Out Here 2021'

This four hour long B2B2B2B featuring Mr Scruff, Charlie Dark, Mikey D.O.N & MC Kwasi is guaranteed to get everyone dancing. This is the set played duringWe Out Here Festival 2021, and features jazz, funk, reggae and groove. This mix has groovy tunes, laced in with funky house influences and reggae bars - it really has something to keep the people moving.

Stay-C 'Mixmag Impact'

South African drum ‘n’ bass DJ Stay-C shows her versatile drum ‘n’ bass taste in this high-energy hour long mix which features breaks, jump-up, liquid, jungle and heavy bass — all seamlessly transitioned into each other. The mix features 43 tracks, all of which reflect how varied and exciting drum ‘n’ bass is as a genre.

Teeyam ‘666˚? - pi pi pi mix’

Teeyam’s contribution to pi pi pi’s mix series is a sweltering and devilish blend of sounds, befitting of its title 666˚?. At points it sounds like a horror film soundtrack, with sharp, ominous tones and crunching, distorted sub-bass. But mostly it’s fun as hell rave music, surging at breakneck pace.

Overmono ‘Essential Mix’

Overmono have owned the returning dancefloors of 2021 with a string of banging releases and mixes. Their contribution to BBC Radio 1’s esteemed Essential Mix series is a floor-focused joyride through a number of their own tracks, unreleased exclusives, and the highlight: séverine’s mash-up of Barker and Arianda Grande.

DJ Wawa ‘Hit Factory Session 02’

DJ Wawa recently launched the Hit Factory Records imprint with fellow Brooklyn DJ Clay Wilson, accompanying the two releases so far with two ‘Hit Factory Session’ mixes. This second instalment in the series is a vibe throughout, as DJ Wawa blends through a genre-spanning selection of sounds, from classic Mr. Fingers house euphoria to hot and heavy dancehall riddims to wiggy techno and beyond.

Madalba ‘Tresor 30 Live from Metabolic Rift’

What better way to celebrate 30 years of a towering Berlin techno institution than with a big stonking mix of nails techno? For Tresor’s 30th anniversary live stream, Madalba came through!

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