March is the time of year where the days start to get longer, people spend a little more time outside and become a little more social overall as the overcast days start to break in favour of the sun. This mix reflects some of that mood – many of these tracks were ones I played recently at a sold out show where myself and Formulate shared the headline slot. We did a 2.5 hour set, playing 12:30 AM – 4:00 AM through a time change at 2 AM where it became 3 AM. Whenever you have an engaged audience, you find yourself making that little extra effort to connect with them in some way and many of the tracks I selected reflected this.
One bit of trivia here is that I was unsatisfied with the opening tracks at my disposal so I simply made one for this set. It’s called Lever but I doubt it’s going to live far outside of this set – maybe it will live only in this set. I’d be fine with that. After that is a track by the Chance Jumpers – there’s actually three remixes of this track that I really enjoy and this is one of them. It is likely you will hear another version on an upcoming mix. This song does a nice job of setting the mood without going over the top and sets up Kasey Taylor’s killer remix of Tim Davison’s “Patrol.” I know it’s not really an overtly energetic track but you just have to see what it does to the dancefloor, it’s something to take note of indeed. Reflekt’s classic “Need To Feel Loved” gets a newer treatment from Adam K and Soha and what a beauty it turned out to be – you may recognize this one from the movie “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.” Following this is an atmospheric progressive house gem from Elfsong and Aeron Aether called “Sylleptica.” Not sure what the word means, but like the song, it sounds cool. Fine Taste follow this up with something AIG will likely have to offer potential employees to entice them into the company – the song is called “My Golden Parachute.” The term refers to a payout to an employee should something happen to their job. It’s an agreement usually made on hiring for high-risk jobs. Fancy severance. The track itself actually reminds me a bit of Sonic the Hedgehog meets progressive house. There’s something about the mood that just reminds me of the game in a good way. Bright and festive, and just a little bit out there – definitely a party track. Not to be outdone, D-Nox and Beckers also bring the party with an energetic “Naked Punch,” which sets up one of my favorite tracks of the last year. Sudha hooked up with the unmistakable Zoe Johnston to make a song called “Leche” (not to be confused with “letchie”) and it gets a massive remix treatment from Thomas Schwartz and Fausto Fanizza. Stunning piece of vocal progressive, the kind that does not come along every day, let alone every month. The next track is by a fellow that is no stranger to my record bag, Steve Porter. I’ve got so many of his releases, and I was pleased to acquire this track recently, as it shows he’s in top producer form still. The track is called “Rizer” and it does what you suspect in Steve’s distinctive style. Ending the session is Planisphere with their epic “Spacetrash.” It’s really out there and I think it’s a fine way to end a mix. Enjoy!
- AFK – Lever (Introduction Edit) [Unreleased]
- Chance Jumpers – Korona (Ilya Malyuev Softtech Mix) [Morphosis]
- Tim Davison – Patrol (Kasey Taylor remix) [Vapour]
- Reflekt – Need To Feel Loved (Adam K and Soha Vocal mix) [Positiva]
- Elfsong and Aeron Aether – Sylleptica (Original mix) [Proton Music]
- Fine Taste – My Golden Parachute (Original mix) [Extrema Records]
- D-Nox and Beckers – Naked Punch (Original mix) [HOMmega Productions]
- Sudha featuring Zoe Johnston – Leche (Thomas Schwartz and Fausto Fanizza Vocal mix) [Bish Bash]
- Steve Porter – Rizer (Original mix) [PH Recordings]
- Planisphere – Spacetrash (Original mix) [Music Worx]
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