A/N: Hey there! I know we’re all still suffering from the #Brettonio breakup… but I haven’t given up on them… so here’s another make up… it’s also two prompts… Jealous Antonio with a slightly drunk Sylvie and prompt 10 from a couple weeks back: “No, no. Not the puppy dog eyes, don’t you fucking dare. Dammit.” This goes out to @chicago-stars and @magnificentkidstarfish. Cheers!
alternatively; possibly the least serious mix i’ve ever done or
love me or hate me (lady sovereign) how’d you like me now? (the heavy) uptown funk (bruno mars) fuck you (lily allen) bonkers (dizzee rascal) like the dancefloor (a-trak & zinc ft natalie storm) i’m gonna do my thing (royal deluxe) sleazy (ke$ha) worth it (fifth harmony) hello (martin solveig et dragonette) get ready for it (take that) when i grow up (pussycat dolls) suit (boom bap pow) all i do is win (dj khaled) kick ass (mika) paper planes (m.i.a) woo hoo (ke$ha) from ritz to rubble (arctic monkeys)
Someone on Twitter asked where I would recommend starting if one is interested in getting into techno (or other dance music). Here is my attempt at an answer!
For starters, I’d recommend beginning with DJ mixes. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to keep up with singles (dance music’s dominant release format), and artist albums can be wildly uneven, aside from the occasional crossover smash (Disclosure’s first record or Daniel Avery’s “Drone Logic,” for example). Mixes give you a good idea of a particular DJ’s current taste as well as an overview of a certain subsection of the dance music. A good mix takes you on a journey- it’s a unique format that doesn’t get enough love in mainstream music circles. And if a particular track really grabs your attention, you can track down the artist and dive down that rabbithole to your heart’s delight.
So, where to start with mixes?
I have a few go-to labels/imprints that I feel put out consistently good mixes covering a wide variety of styles. Fabric and FABRICLIVE are my two favorites- I’ll go into some detail here.
Fabric tends to feature big-name DJs spinning techno and techno-affiliated stuff: if you’re into deeper, moody stuff or really driving, beat-oriented techno, you’ll find a lot to like.
Fabric 83: Joris Voorn- Voorn mixes literally dozens of tracks, spliced into micro-loops and layered atop one another to create a seamless mix that verges on deep house without ever becoming treacly.
Fabric 80: Joseph Capriati- On the opposite end of the spectrum, Capriati’s Fabric mix is almost nonstop, punishing techno that remains accessible and never strays too far into the abstract.
Fabric 86: Eats Everything- this one’s more house-flavored, which is to say a little more melody and a little more swing than you’d get on a straight up techno mix. It covers a wide range of tracks and stitches them into a cohesive whole.
FABRICLIVE, on the other hand, trades in UK grime, drum ‘n bass, garage, electro, and all sorts of other stuff generally outside the purview of Fabric’s flagship series. Because of the huge variety of styles, you might absolutely adore one mix and yet loathe another. But it’s virtually certain that some of them will scratch your particular itches.
FABRICLIVE 66: Daniel Avery- the mix that put Avery on the map, a colossal selection of electro and electro-tinged techno. An absolute must-listen.
FABRICLIVE 75 Elijah & Skilliam- this mix from the heads of UK grime label Butters is a fantastic ride. If you’re unfamiliar with grime, it’s a fun introduction to some of that genre’s best artists.
FABRICLIVE 76: Calyx & Teebee- casual listeners probably don’t even know drum n bass is still a THING, but this mix is incredibly vital, relentless, and heavy. If you’re into dubstep, or even metal, you’ll probably find a lot to like here.
Aside from the Fabric stuff, I also recommend DJ-Kicks (tends to be more accessible, established artists), and electronic music site Resident Advisor’s RA Podcast. The RA podcast in particular is great because you get free, weekly high quality mixes from very different DJs. There’s also literally thousands of mixes available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, and Boiler Room puts out fantastic live stuff on its Youtube channel.
Ultimately, you shouldn’t be intimidated by the scope of dance music or the variety and subtle differences between the genres. Experiment! Scroll through snippets of mixes on iTunes or Soundcloud and see what catches your fancy. There’s a ton of great shit out there if you’re willing to poke around a bit.
Minor Breaches of Discipline (2009) A mixtape from when Rizzle Kicks was Jordan alone.
I Said Who Says When I’m Bigger Ain’t No Other Kicks I’m 17 Football Boots Buff Girlfriend I’m Silly Get With The Time Those Days Girlfriend My Hometown Young And Hot Fuck Loadsa Dubstep Jordan
Dreamers When I Was A Youngster Round Up Down With The Trumpets Demolition Man Prophet (Better Watch It) Mama Do The Hump Miss Cigarette Traveler’s Chant Stop With The Chatter Homewrecker Trouble Learn My Lesson Even On A Rainy Day Perfect Day (Deluxe Edition) Garden (Deluxe Edition)
Left Over Presents E.P Take Me Loser Just How We Do It Coach Potato Wicked Games (The Weekend Cover)
Roaring 20’s (2013)
This Means War Lost Generation The Reason I Live Skip To The Good Bit Don’t Bring Me Don Lunatic Everything Will Be Better In The Morning (Interlude) Me Around You Wind Up Jam Yourself Put Your Two’s Up I Love You More Than You Think That’s Classic Happy That You’re Here (Deluxe Edition) Biscuits (Deluxe Edition) Fine With Me (Deluxe Edition) Keep It Up (Deluxe Edition)
B-Sides; Mainly remixes with a few exceptions.
When I Was A Youngster Superheroes
Dreamers Epic Dreamers Remix – Rizzle Kicks Ft Pharaoh Monch, Hinesy, Professor Green, Ed Sheeran, Foreign Beggers & Charlie 2na
Heart Skips A Beat – Olly Murs Ft Rizzle Kicks The Walk – Mayer Hawthorne Ft Rizzle Kicks Work – Mikill Pane Ft Rizzle Kicks I Wanna Rock (Rockin’ All Stars Mix) – Maxsta Ft Tinchy Stryder, Rizzle Kicks & Lady Leshurr Back Around – Eliza Jo Ft Rizzle Kicks Check – Mikill Pane Ft Gnarly Ventura (aka Jordan) Skyhighatrist – DJ Fresh Ft Rizzle Kicks
Price Tag (Jessie J (Rizzle Kicks Vs Rural Remix)) You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (Ed Sheeran) Call It What You Want (Foster the People) Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen) Santa Clause Is Coming To Town On A Mission (Katy B) What A Day For A Daydream(Lovin’ Spoonful) Summertime Sadness (Lana Del Rey)
SO THIS NEEDS UPDATING BADLY AND IS STILL GETTING ATTENTION 💚 IM REBLOGGING IT TO REMIND MYSELF TO DO IT WHEN IVE SLEPT!