The best DJ mixes of the year 2022 - July - Music - Mixmag

Physical Therapy 'Ultimate Summer Megamix on NTS'

Truth is, summer in the UK is the best, isn't it? Sure we’ve got no air con, our beaches are a dumping ground for sewage and we’re going through a biblical drought — but god, the vibes. As our normally tepid nation entered its hottest month ever this July, Brooklyn’s Physical Therapy (once again) had his finger on the national pulse. Kicking off his ‘Ultimate Summer Megamix’ with a BBC weather report announcing “who needs Santorini when you have Skegness,” Physical Therapy dips into a treasure trove of sun-drenched 2-step anthems à la Lonyo ‘Summer of Love’, Eliza Rose’s ‘B.O.T.A’, Wham’s ‘Club Tropicana’ and Wookie’s remix of Texas’ ‘In Demand’. Suns out bangers out!

Coffintexts 'Untitled 909 podcast: 123'

Delivering even more “calor” straight from Miami, Coffintexts transcendental offering for Untitled 909’s podcast series is the definition of a slow burn. Gradually building from impactful, leisurely drum stabs to bristling acid synths, the hour-long set mixes quintessential rave mainstays with frenzied percussion. Blissed-out progressive house by way of Christian Monique’s remix of Sebastian Bargero’s ‘Purple Floyd’ sits comfortably alongside the raunchy synths of Nice Girl’s ‘Way With Fantasy’ — with some trippy, high-energy fluctuations by way of Bad News’ remix of Rhode & Brown’s ‘Cruse’. It’s rowdy and club-ready, without compromising control and form.

HMT 'The Last Dance'

In a devastating blow to the Hard Crew — HMT announced that their final ever set would be at Horst Arts & Music Festival back in April. It can only be some consolation that the pair released their “last dance” this month for those who didn’t manage to make it over to Brussels to catch the bittersweet moment. There’s of course an unhinged selection of edits that has become standard for HMT — Jennifer Lopez ‘Waiting For Tonight’, a Robbie Williams ‘Angels’ donk rework, some slamming ‘Hall of The Mountain King’ and Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’, but instead of Christmas it references Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne. There’s of course also some bewildering mash-ups — an Eric Prydz ‘Pjanoo’ pieced together with The Prodigy’s ‘No Good’, a combination Radioactive Man’s ‘Av That’ and Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Stand Up Tall. Over two hours HMT demonstrates what they do best, which is somehow play every single song you’ve ever heard ever at 160 BPM. With some help from huge happy hardcore anthems, all your favourite trance records, rave sirens and some Bloc Party — the pair say goodbye to eight years as the music world’s “class clowns”, signing off with Vin Diesel’s last line in Fast and Furious 7. It’s ludicrous, it’s magical but best of all: it’s just really, really fucking silly. We will miss you HMT!

Ell Murphy on Balamii

Featuring tracks that span the electronic spectrum, this mix takes listeners on a journey by featuring everything from sunset house and deep house to rave-fuelled electro. Synth-heavy and melodic, this mix provides a feel-good perk to anyone who wants to have a smile on their face and look forward to good times ahead.

Mina ‘NTS July show w/ Calaida (Amapiano mix)’

This b2b between Mina and Calaida is high-energy and is full of feel-good tunes. Featuring mostly amapiano and Afrobea, it’s filled to the brim with body-moving, booty-shaking selections which are perfect for perking up your day or night.

Metalheadz with Ink on Rinse FM

Bringing plenty of fresh cuts and unreleased tracks from the Metalheadz circle, imprint affiliate Ink appeared on Rinse show earlier this month with a selection of tracks 160 BPM and over. In this hour-long mix, Ink draws from the hardcore continuum through jungle, drum ’n’ bass, plus footwork across a batch of new cuts from the likes of SB81 and some brand-new collaborative material with Loxy & Resound from their forthcoming three-track EP on Metalheadz, ‘Irrelevant / Token’.

Fred again.. ‘Boiler Room: London’

When Fred again..’s debut Boiler Room appearance premiered on YouTube this month, thousands flooded in to catch what would soon become one of BR’s most iconic shows yet. And there was no messing around - Fred jumped straight into the action once he settled into the booth. Surrounding by fans, this legendary set had everything it needed to go viral: impossibly infectious selections, a raucous crowd, and some impressive live work from the producer himself as he masterfully works the drum machine. Over the course of an hour, Fred again.. played almost entirely his own tracks and edits, and will certainly go down in history with some of the greats.

Otik ‘Mixmag Impact’

According to Bristol-born, London-based DJ Otik, his recent Mixmag Impact mix was his “favourite ever mix to record”, and we can definitely see why. “I really wanted it to sound like a summer peak-time mix but also a journey that you could get lost in with headphones, and of course, wanted it to flow as smoothly as possible,” he added. From the brooding, more contemplative tracks that kick off this mix to the thumpers that it ends on, the mix pulls cuts from some of Otik’s favourite artists, others from recent discoveries, and a heap of forthcoming releases on his label.

Platos Combinados w/ Joe Cotch, Dj Lag and Novelist on NTS

All the way from South Africa, DJ Lag joins NTS favourite Joe Cotch together with grime legend Novelist. An excellent choice of guests whose sounds are so complementary it’s wild this hasn’t happened before and we wish it would happen more. Tracks included that make this mix something else include ‘Stay Shining’ from Riky Rick and ‘No No’ from Babes Wodumo.

Martyn Bootyspoon on NTS

It’s synth central in this masterpiece mix. Martyn Bootyspoon kicks things off with pioneers in the game including Frankie Knuckles, Shanti Celeste, Paul Johnson and even concluding with Dr. Dre. You are never disappointed from Bootyspoon as each mix is just as special as the next and this particular one is packed with groove.

Ewan McVicar in The Lab LDN

Booked for almost every festival out there, Ewan McVicar is a must-see and if you need persuading, just watch this mix. He transformed our Lab into an ‘80s house party. Run-D.M.C’s ‘Like That’ is always welcome along with ‘4 The Love’ by Code Red. A true celebration of past and present talents within the house empire, this mix was built for the dancefloor.

Defected Radio Show: Low Steppa Takeover

Low Steppa smashes this set, giving you the feeling of anticipation and excitement before hitting the rave. Cooking up a naughty mix of house, this episode of Defected Radio keeps you on your toes as each soulful drop pumps you with more exhilaration. Closing-off with his very-own track ‘Closer’ you feel more than ready to get out there and party into the night.

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