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

Theo Parrish ‘DJ-Kicks: Detroit Forward’

Theo Parrish is perhaps one of the best to ever do it, and his presence on !K7’s DJ-Kicks series makes for a landmark moment as he nears three decades in his career. Featuring some exclusive cuts straight from Detroit and fresh bits from some close friends of the producer, this compilation showcases Parrish’s current earworms. The compilation employs some of the best elements of Parrish’s own selections, such as the jazz-foward house cuts and vocal instrumental beats that he, along with 3 Chairs, are known for championing.

Planet In Progress + Ikonika & KG on Foundation FM

Foundation FM enlists the help of Ikonika and KG this month on its brand new series Planet In Progress, which aims to highlight “the current state of affairs from women, queer, and non-binary people across the globe” in an effort to bring awareness and activism to global issues. In the first episode, Hyperdub favourite Ikonika goes toe-to-toe with ‘the goddess of rhythm’ KG as the pair put forward their favourite sounds at the moment: amapiano, UK funky, and Afro house.

Hessle Audio (Ben UFO, Pearson Sound & Pangaea) ‘Crack Issue 136 Cover Mix’

It’s a big one this. Celebrating 15 years since the birth of Hessle Audio, the record label run by Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, and Pangaea, the trio were invited by Crack to make an appearance on the cover and record a career-defining mix that captures the expanse of the influential imprint. Across 2.5 hours, the Hessle boys go back-to-back-to-back, featuring every artist who has ever stepped foot onto the label over the years, prioritising “mood and sound over chronology”, and showcasing just how they became some of the most in-demand producers and selectors this side of Europe.

Edge Slayer ‘Crack Mix 470’

A relentless set that's sure to get you pumped for the day and give you that boost you needed. New Orleans-based multi-talented artist Edge Slayer showers us with a mishmash of funky house, Jersey club and even a drill SZA edit. It's the ideal mix to listen to whilst getting ready for a big one.

DJ Voices ‘Fact Mix 881’

Laced with driving rhythms and hammering techno, this mix from DJ Voices dives down deep, taking you to a smoky underground rave. Let yourself unwind and let loose to this floaty and somewhat beautiful mix.

Bakey ‘Boiler Room: London’

The only place you’ll find a bassline edit of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘United In Grief’ is with the shining star that is Bakey. Surrounding him behind the decks, this crowd are drooling over the mixes he fires out. Pure UKG vibrations boom out from this wild set as Bakey effortlessly spins together a stellar hour of bliss.


There are many ways we could describe Jossy Mitsu and Blutoof’s joint effort on Rinse FM. For one, it’s expertly structured, building in intrigue throughout while still turning us around some unexpected corners. Two, it demonstrates the pair's mastery of UK bass, techno and everything associated with it — effortlessly climbing from low-end spanning tech one minute, to frenetic breaks and hardcore, to keening electro. But most of all, the way we’d describe BLUMITSU’s debut airwaves outing?Absolutely naughty.

Schacke 'Mixmag In Session’

Despite an existing reputation for turning the traditional nosebleed techno offering on its head, Copenhagen techno originator Schacke didn’t hold back for his In Session mix — exhibiting that same 160 BPM cross-element prowess that has made him one of the most exciting techno acts around. Inspired by, in his words, “a change in energy”, the set frantically switches from bolshy grinding pads and pounding kicks to tongue-in-cheek edits and euphoric house chimes; dropping a quite frankly rude Faithless rework, later mixing Delirium’s trance classic ‘Silence’ into Opus III’s ‘It’s A Fine Day’. Highlights include a raucous techno rework of Benga and Coki’s ‘Night’ and a glittering drop of Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds’.

Raphael Carrau ‘Dimensions Mix 212’

The co-head of iconic London party and label Cartulis Music, Raphael Carrau pulls a handful of records out of the deepest corners of his record bag for Dimensions. 70 glorious minutes of wonky, groovy techno and electro – full of grumbling basslines and off-step rhythms.

Marco Shuttle ‘at Floresta – Waking Life ‘22’

Recorded live at the Portuguese festival in August this year, the Italian-born, Berlin-based techno master Marco Shuttle’s three hour mix is a descent into complete chaos. Starting at a brooding, groovy pace, Shuttle slowly picks up the tempo, morphing into a full, heads down stomping trip.

Alison Marks ‘Frequency FM Mix 1996?’

Having started playing records in 1993, Alison Marks, a hugely influential DJ in the mid-‘90s and early ‘00s London scene, digs out a mix cassette from her archive. While the recording quality doesn’t quite match the high-tech soundcards of today, the music quality certainly does. Two hours filled with ‘90s analogue house music soul.

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