This year Mixmag teamed up with Smirnoff Sound Collective to curate a special line-up of DJ talent as we took The Lab to The Smirnoff House at SonneMondSterne festival, Germany.
Complete with open plan living room, kitchen bar and bedroom, The Smirnoff House is probably the closest many will get to seeing huge artists up close and personal with an intimate house party vibe. Oh, and it's also equipped with a beast of a VOID sound system.
Our first guest was Netsky. Playing his first ever Lab session (we've been after him for a while), and complete with MC, he brought the d'n'b fire. It wasn't long before our intimate lakeside venue was packed and the Belgian DJ had set the benchmark for the sets to follow.
On the Saturday our special guest was Steve Aoki. Let's be frank, while he's loved by people around the world for his big shows and cake throwing, he's generally snubbed by most underground dance music fans for those very same antics.
But Aoki used this special Lab set to answer the haters by laying down a very competent set of underground house and tech rhythms. The mix essentially retains Aoki's core US sound but repackages it into an hour of bumping 4/4 that sits comfortably alongside chuggy house cuts such as Green Velvet's 'Bigger Than Prince'.
Listen to both sets below.
Catch Craze, Kölsch and Cajmere in The Lab at The Smirnoff House, Creamfields August 28, 29, 30