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TSVI b2b object blue ‘Unsound Podcast 77’

Unsound stands among the best events in the world for seekers of experimental club music thrills, providing a place to congregate and hear the most next-level sounds being made across the globe. TSVI and object blue fall into that category of creators, as their debut collaborative EP of turbo-charged “body music” showcased in 2020. Linking up behind the decks their partnership is equally impactful: this 150 minute set recorded live at Unsound last year is a hard-hitting, turbulent frenzy of mind-melting sounds. “One of the best sets we've played, solo or together,” said object blue — no mean feat considering their mighty track records.

Sally C B2B Madam X ‘HÖR - Jan 20’

This hour-long set from Sally C and Madam X in everyone’s favourite Berlin bathroom is an absolute riot. Blending old skool classics from Raze and Dance 2 Trance with contemporary club wreckers by the likes of Two Shell, Bambounou and Bruce and an invigorating dose of booty house anthems, it’s an energising ride right up until the soul-cleansing closer of Mala ‘Alicia’.

Jyoty ‘RA.814’

A high-energy mix of global club sounds dropping in the second week of January was just what we needed to blow the extended New Year hangover cobwebs away and fire us up for 2022. Jyoty’s selections and mixing is typically top drawer, moving through Amerie amapiano blends, UK funky classics, Afrobeats anthems, and plenty more, in this whirlwind of bangers.

Manara & A.G 'Beauty Blender' (NTS Jan 7 2022)

The Beauty Blender show on NTS is a true "when legends collide" scenario — where Manara and A.G have built their show on a foundation of silky house, brash footwork, trap, garage and R&B since 2018. This month's offering really took the sponge - with the pair combining Bollywood and Bhangra with a naughty selection of leftfield deep house, rolling jungle and modern club cuts. Think 'ALY-US' being mixed into Basement Jaxx 'Romeo', Mariah's 'Always be my baby' into Tim Reaper and Special Request’s 'Quiet Storm', 'har dil jo pyar karega' into 'Dreamer'... enough to make a girl blush!

Finn 'Broken and Bolshie in Soup basement'

Finn and Scratchclart's party at SOUP basement in Manchester has certainly entered the zeitgeist this month due to the attendance of a certain Instagram account — so for those with a good dose of FOMO for not making it down to the 200-cap venue in early Jan, this mix is a lavish peek behind the curtain. Spanning two hours, Finn's warmup mix kicks things off slow with Eris Drew's 'Trans Love Vibration' mixed into a heroic up-tempo edit of the 'Smoke on the Water' riff, before upping the tempo and delving fully into Finn's trademark blend of euphoric house vocals, piano bangers and cheeky basslines.

Tim Reaper 'BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix'

Bringing a fiery selection of jungle revival and drum 'n' bass favourites - Tim Reaper's Radio 1 Essential Mix debut is one for the books. Harking back to the good ol' days and jungle’s enduring impact, the Future Retro London boss serves up heady drops of Sully, Dead Man's Chest, Necrotype, Double O and Coco Bryce. For two hours, Reaper somehow manages to keep the tempo high, while allowing for moments of respite as he dallies into R&B vocals, hardcore, footwork and even softer instrumentals. Further evidence that Tim Reaper simply doesn't miss.

HAAi 'Mixmag Cover Mix'

HAAi really batted out of the park when it came to her Mixmag Cover Mix, an intricately crafted hour of club heaters, moving intervals, poignant voice samples and that euphoric, optimistic slant that the Aussie DJ and producer has become synonymous with. Not one for the faint-hearted (or as she puts it: "not for a dinner party but maybe an after-party"), it features a boatload of exclusive edits, high NRG techno and sprawling house rhythms. There are ecstatic cuts from friends and collaborators such as Leon Vynehall, Saoirse and Jon Hopkins matched alongside deliciously leftfield choices like Portishead's 'The Rip', Hardcell 'Neo Acid' and even wrapping the whole mix together with Skrillex and Nosia collab 'Supersonic'. Don't know about you lot, but we'd play this at our dinner parties.

Ros Atkins ‘Desert Island Disco All-Dayer: Drum ‘n’ Bass Mix’ (BBC Radio 6 Music)

BBC journalist Ros Atkins posting on Twitter about his love for dance music, and drum ‘n’ bass in particular, was one of the highlights of January 2022 overall. He’s a well-known face often seen on national television screens, and his mixing skills have enhanced his reputation further. This short but sweet mix was full of heavy drops, deep bass and breakbeats to keep you moving. The mix proves that Ros will always be a raver at heart and shows the world that a love for music will always shine through.

Listen to it here

Chippy Nonstop ‘Hard Dance 113’

Chippy Nonstop makes herself heard in whatever project she takes on, and her Boiler Room Hard Dance mix is the true representation of that. Techno-fuelled, this mix really goes hard. It’s interlaced with deep bass, synth-driven techno and naughty remixes that leave you wondering where she found these gems. Perfect for any fan of hard techno, this mix marks another essential listen in Chippy Nonstop’s catalogue.

Monophonik ‘Mixmag Impact’

Synth-heavy, experimental and full of swings and surprises: this mix keeps listeners on their toes. Showcasing the wide talent in producers from the Indian subcontinent, Monophonik takes listeners on an emotional journey through a selection of some euphoric synth-driven electronic beats, some harder techno, and some experimental tracks. While there is a range in sounds, he blends these together so seamlessly that you don’t even realise you’re transitioning between such an auditory range.

Yung Singh ‘Fact Mix 841’

This mix is seamlessly executed and shows listeners a different side to Yung Singh. The varied selections take you on a trip around the world, showing how eclectic the DJ’s taste is by infusing South Asian sounds, dancehall remixes, and even Santana classic ‘Maria Maria’. It’s a true booty-shaking mix that is fit for dancing, cleaning, chilling, really anything.

Goodgyaldani ‘The Mix Hour on Foundation FM’

This dance mix from Goodgyaldani starts big and just gets bigger. Incorporating classic pop sounds from artists such as The Flirts to the hip house classic (and recent viral TikTok hit) ‘Short Dick Man’, it’s an empowering mix to motivate you into the new year.

Jaguar ‘Circoloco Radio 222’

Our Broadcaster of the Year 2021, Jaguar showcase her DJ skills in this fiery mix for Circoloco Radio. She starts the mix by explaining that this is “made up of influences, current favourites and stuff I’ve been playing in my sets that I love.” Mixing house sounds with techno, it’s a heavily electronic set that Jaguar goes in with all guns blazing.

GRRL on NTS Radio (20.01.22)

NTS resident GRRL has made yet another cracking new mix to kick 2022 into action. The North Carolina-based producer rolls through a blend of hard-hitting club beats, frantic melodies, warped vocals and claustrophobic techno that’s perfect for the club setting. It marks GRRL’s long-running show out as a continued essential listen this year.

Michelle Manetti ‘The Mix Hour on Foundation FM’

Starting with a remix of Britney Spears’ ‘Work Bitch’, you know this mix is going to be quality from the off. From there Michelle Manetti drops a solid selection of beats with house, breaks and hardcore featuring in the concoction of tunes.

Toshiki Ohta ‘Crack Mix 431’

Patterns resident Toshiki Ohta debuted on Crack this month with an hour-long mix tapping into an expertly put-together range of booty house, breakbeat and acid-tinged tracks. Spinning more than just your usual 808s, Ohta also adds some hip house influence into the mix layered with MCs from around the world. “Hopefully the way it’s been mixed shows old records in a new context,” Ohta said, delving into an 80s-weighted sound.

Toccororo ‘Boiler Room Madrid’

Over in Madrid, Cuban-Spanish DJ Toccororo took over her first Boiler Room show. The fresh-faced DJ gave an unstoppable performance chock-full of club anthems from mostly female artists including SHYGIRL, La Materalista, Arca, COUCOU CHLOE, and FKA twigs.

Melle Brown ‘Mixmag Impact’

“Mixing between deeper club tracks and more soulful tunes is the sweet spot for me, it’s the universe my mind lives in,” says 25-year-old Melle Brown on her latest mix for Mixmag’s Impact series. Leaning into her own world of deep, soulful house and a self-described “blurring of the lines between jazz, neo-soul and R&B”, this mix unpicks everything from classic Chicago sounds to more recent deep house tracks.

Sgt Pokes & N-Type present Pirate Copy (SWU FM - EP 1)

Bristol’s SWU FM is notorious for its taste in old skool dubstep, so when Croydon’s Sgt Pokes took to the mix this month, you could expect a healthy supply. Weaving through grime, jungle and 140 BPM tempos alongside Wheel & Deal Records captain N-Type, the pair throw in tracks from Skream, Zed Bias, and more in this two-hour throwback mix.

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