The best DJ mixes of the year 2023 so far - June - Music - Mixmag

LSDXOXO ‘Baltimore Club - BBC Radio 1 Residency’

Admittedly this was broadcast in late May but we hadn’t heard by the time last month’s round-ups were published and it’s too good to miss. Across a rousing hour, LSDXOXO treats us to the best in Baltimore and Jersey club music. It’s a loose, sexy and rowdy mix, with more hand claps, rugged synths and chopped vocals than you can shake your ass at.

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Minor Science ‘LIVE @ Bang Face Weekender 2023’

Bang Face has to be seen to be believed (trust us), but listening to this set recording from Bang Face lifer Minor Science at the 2023 edition is a decent insight into the ridiculous, baffling, incredible event that it is. Packed full of tracks by the “Southport-based” STRIPE N CO project he’s involved in — mainly fast-paced ‘n’ pumping bootleg edits of popstars, nu-metal bands and seasonal anthems (see: ‘AULD BANG SYNE’ and ‘FAST CHRISTMAS’) — it’s a delirious, donk-fuelled and at times transcendent hour of music that’s befitting of its airing in the Pontins equivalent of a Wetherspoons.

Jordana ‘Dyspheric 04’

In celebration of Pride Month, Jordana steps into the mix for the Dyspheric collective from her hometown Pittsburgh, blending a scorching 90 minutes of screw drum ‘n’ bass sounds. With a tracklist featuring the likes of Harriet Jaxxon, Sub Focus, Nectax, Sweatpea and Dimensions, and cuts sampling everything from Gorillaz to Cherish, it’s a relentless ride through tension-fuelled build ups, seismic drops and other downright naughty sounds.

Introspekt ‘100% Production Mix’

Introspekt has well and truly asserted her place among the top-tier of contemporary garage with her flawless run of releases and DJ sets. This combination of both - a 100% production mix of original productions, remixes and collaborations for NTS - is another statement musical offering from the LA-based artist, showing her mastery of the range from gully to swinging UKG.

Nikki Nair ‘RA Live at Horst Arts & Music Festival’

Nikki Nair does what he does best, blow your fucking socks off. Recorded at Brussels’ Horst Arts & Music festival in May, this snippet of the Atlanta-hailing DJ and producer’s peak-time set delves into everything fast, hard and naughty. Raucous happy hardcore, hard-as-nails techno, blissed-out UKG, buoyant pop, tongue-in-cheek fidget house — it has everything you’re looking for, as long as it’s around the 160 mark. Gun fingers at the ready!

Marie Malarie ‘ADONIS w/ Marie Malarie on NTS’

Haven’t managed to secure your daily dose of NRG yet? Well Marie Malarie has you covered. Delivering a stadium’s worth of house bangers, the ADONIS resident pumps through delicious selection of beloved favourites and rowdy new cuts — think Deskee’s ‘Let There Be House’ and LNR’s ‘Work It To The Bone’. Prepare for your heart not to beat below 120 BPM.

BAALTI ‘Mixmag Impact’

Californian duo Baalti twist and turn between genres on a one-hour exploration of club sounds, stretching from the electro soundscapes from Europe to the sitar sprinkled, percussive sounds of the Middle East and South Asia. The duo’s synergic mixing travels through carefully curated, bass-heavy melodies, with emphasis on percussion, powerful low-ends, and influences from the South Asian diaspora. A beautifully rhythmic 66 minutes!

Kush Jones w/ Lozzy on Balamii

Opening with heavy-hitting, dark bass thuds, Juke Bounce Werk member Kush Jones’ boundary-pushing musical expression is on full display with this mix of high frequency sound effects, claps, and filtered vocalisation. As we go on this path of pleasing claps and bumping Miami basslines, the 3-for-3 B2B between Jones and South London’s Lozzy morphs into an energetic, hyperthymic footwork rave celebration. Elements of Jersey club, juke ,energetic electro and breakneck beats are carefully woven into just under an hour of masterful mixing wizardry.

Lady Shaka ‘Live at Glastonbury 2023’

Pilotu Underworld director and curator Lady Shaka used her Glastonbury slot to entertain audiences with an hour of global groove club sounds, fierce R&B and disco dubs. As always, her performance sends strong messages regarding her femme identity, as she embeds plenty of vivid, vogue-worthy rhythms, Detroit house stabs and favela drums with the sunny sounds of the Pasifika diaspora. As the energy picks up, the mix plunges us into energetic, high-attack drum and bass. This mix is packed with enough female-led vocal samples, irresistable dancehall, Afro and ’80s club influences to send bums, heels and wigs flying, as it did when she played it at the Nowhere Stage.

IZCO on Rinse FM

An all-new chunky mix from IZCO showcases a less garage-focused sound from the DJ, diving into the vibe of a chilled Sunday with funky edits and some smooth commentary pulling us through.

Moxie b2b Leon Vynehall @ Kala Festival 2023

Close your eyes and transport yourself to the sandy shores of Albania with this summery b2b between Moxie and Leon Vynehall. Melting house, dub and more together, it’s tailored for that light-headed heat wave feeling.

Steel City Dance Discs with Mall Grab on Rinse FM

It should come as no surprise that Mall Grab has hit a home run with this selection of bangers on Rinse FM. Starting off with a track which lyrics mention mushy peas and South East London, this Aussie knows his audience. From there, listeners are taken on a two hour rave and techno tantrum with crashing symbols and distorted basslines.

DJ Heartstring ‘Boiler Room x AVA Festival’

Over in sunny Belfast, Berlin duo DJ Heartstring got the AVA crowd pumping from start to finish during their hour-long set for Boiler Room. This 100% production mix included mostly unreleased tunes from the pair, including forthcoming collaborations with Narciss and X Club., and some crowd pleasers including 2022’s ‘Can’t Stop The Night’.

SICARIA ‘Mixmag In Session’

Dipping between old and new earworms, SICARIA went In Session with an hour-long mix split into two parts. The first showcases the dubstep artists affiliated with the DJ’s record label Cutcross, while the second prods at the new sounds coming to her brand new imprint launching soon, Club Confi:DANCE. “As a whole, the mix proves how diverse 140 can be and how different sounds can be woven in with dubstep to create an interesting and unexpected journey for the listener,” she says.

DJ Cosworth on Kindred Radio

Manchester’s DJ Cosworth was invited to Kindred HQ where he slowly picked up the pace over the course of an hour with floaty trance cuts to high-BPM tracks. From the latest Ilian Tape outing from KW, ‘Copy’ to a Mungo’s Hi-Fi remix from Kahn, DJ Cosworth’s Kindred show saw it all.

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