LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Downloads

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2009: Another year, another plethora of podcasts. Lots of amazing freebies have come out since the beginning of the year, and though many of them are nothing to write home about, quite a few are really exceptional. In addition to LWE’s nifty collection, you’ve got mnml ssgs churning out heady techno gems on a weekly basis and RA raising the bar higher than ever before (DJ Koze’s podcast still hasn’t lost its magic). But really, who’s got time for all this? With each one at least an hour long and weighing something near 100mb, the sheer volume of content means a lot of great stuff just falls by the wayside. So to help you sort through all this noise, here are five mixes you won’t regret right-clicking and saving-as.

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01. Jan Krüger @ Dayshift
Jan Krüger seems like a generally humble guy, but after DJing in Portland last month he couldn’t resist putting a recording of his own set up on mnml.nl. It was, according to Jan, a “truly magical and sunny afternoon party,” which is pretty easy to picture once you hear the mix. As the man behind Hello? Repeat, Jan’s taste and sense of flow are impeccable, and in these three hours he courses through a spectacular blend of trippy, funky and sad records, many of which I’ve been desperately pursuing as of late (tracks four and five, anyone?) For me, this is not only one of the best mixes of 2009, but one of my favorite DJ mixes ever.

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02. Speedy J & Issakidis, Get The Curse Podcast
Cliché though it may sound, I have an undying desire for music that sounds like something DJs would play at a disco in Blade Runner, and this mix by Speedy J and George Issakidis fits that criteria to a tee. This is a really unique example of what Speedy J calls “DJing in parts,” or what I think of as post-DJing: using dozens of short loops rather than tracks to create something entirely new. But unlike the loop-crazy sets Hawtin slaps together on Traktor, this one takes its time, gradually rolling through a series of undetectable transitions. Its slow, psychedelic, and very unlike most everything else you hear today.

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03. Julietta, Ibiza Voice Podcast
While some podcasts provide a nice soundtrack for late night reading or the morning commute, others prompt daydreams of all out, sweaty peak-time clubbing. The Ibiza Voice podcast tends toward the latter, and Julietta’s contribution from January is one of the series’ finest installments. I’m not sure when and where this mix was recorded, but judging by its sunny vibes and ceaseless energy, I’d have guess this is a recording of some bash on the white isle. With so many great tracks so perfectly mixed, this one makes for an easy escape from the doldrums of the workday, even if only in your head.

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04. Anton Zap, Roof.fm mix
In the past year or so, Anton Zap’s releases on Uzuri and Quintessentials have made him one of house music’s most intriguing new names. His style is hazy and euphoric, with spaced out touches of classical music thrown in for good measure. This mix for Roof.fm is one of the first by Zap that’s really made the rounds, and should give you a good idea of what this talented young Muscovite’s all about. My favorite track from the bunch is Danieto’s “Tres,” which can be had entirely for free, along with about thirty other similar tracks here on the Impar website.

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05. Bruno Pronsato, The Bunker Podcast
In the disproportionately DJ-focused world of electronic music, artists who refuse to get behind the decks are an admirable bunch. Bruno Pronsato is one such artist, and his recent performance at The Bunker shows how live sets can achieve a level of character that would be hard to pull off with someone else’s records. Bruno really gets down and dirty with his tracks, atomizing them into single snaps and buzzes and smartly re-contextualizing it all. You can really hear him at work — abrupt drop-offs and moments of unevenness only make the set better by making it sound truly “live.” As someone with a former career in punk and metal, Bruno clearly appreciates the importance of hearing an artist make music on the fly.

Will C.  on July 10, 2009 at 11:21 AM

I’ll download these ASAP…the Get the Curse one sounds sweet.

mkb  on July 10, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Hahahaha, I love that he is reading Vogue

Pete  on July 10, 2009 at 3:53 PM

oh yeah oh yeah oh YEAH ! The Bruno Pronsato – d/l now !
LWE is right, we’re drowning (happily) in a sea of amazing downloads that are out there, and given the ocean of them I have, this one is floating on top. Excellent indeed. Take the tip also on mnml ssgs. If you’re not familiar with their site, check ’em, as they put the most amazing sets up, and generate great blog discussions. Dozzy, Gigli, Nuel, Delta Funktionen, Eli Verveine, just to name a few of the top sets.

bret  on July 10, 2009 at 6:45 PM

I love that you are honoring Jan’s set at Dayshift. It might have been the best set I have ever seen! Big thanks to Jan. We hope to see him in Portland again soon.

chrisdisco  on July 11, 2009 at 7:04 AM

thanks for the kind words about ssgs. and can’t really fault your list (haven’t listened to julietta or zap, though).

the speedy j/issakidis mix is the best thing i’ve heard this year by miles. totally from a different planet. seriously mindbending shit.

shuja x  on July 11, 2009 at 11:19 AM

This is my favorite kind of top 5, for two reasons: I can get everything immediately for free, and I haven’t heard any of it yet. Just d/l’ed all of it, thanks for this week’s listening Will.

Shawn  on July 12, 2009 at 1:43 AM

all look interesting. haven’t heard any of them yet. thanks for the recommendations. i would like to see more posts like this more often

Manuel  on July 12, 2009 at 2:17 PM

thx a lot for the links. lot to dl but i got the time :) that gtc podcast is excellent

anyways you also need to check out deeprhythms.com and timo’s mixes. the latest #50 moonwalk is one the best i’ve heard this year for sure. deep house and i mean deeeep house does not get any better.

Peder  on July 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM

nice, will have to check out a bunch of these. honourable mention to ben klock’s FACT mix as well, what berghain 03 should have been:

http://www.factmagazine.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2061&Itemid=98

Andrey  on July 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Jan Kruger recently gave us some magical rooftop moments in Brooklyn too. I was blown away and wanted to write down every record he played – top DJ!

William  on July 30, 2009 at 5:41 PM

that bruno pronsato set is beyond good. amazing!

Ulterior  on August 3, 2009 at 12:51 PM

Nice section guys, lately there are so many podcasts and so little time, so it comes out really handy to read some suggestions. Mine are: freude am tanzen – douglas greed, Hotflush podcast by Incyde, Slow Hands for wolf and lamb and Arnaud le TEXIER OF THE 2020 VISION Podcast

harpomarx42  on August 8, 2009 at 10:19 PM

@Will Lynch: Track 4 is “Overcome” by Soul Capsule

Will Lynch  on August 17, 2009 at 3:45 PM

@harpomarx42: DAMN you are a machine!

cole  on September 3, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Incyde – Hotflush Podcast 01!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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