Discovering 10 top-notch sets from 2015

Online mixes are now more ubiquitous than ever, allowing curious fans to check out banging performances from everyone from Skrillex to Ben Klock without having to leave their couch, buy a ticket to Ultra, or get past Sven at Berghain. This year, the internet was packed with countless top-notch sets, and today, we bring you 10 of our favorites. Whatever you use them for, turn them up.

 

10. Tycho – Elsewhere Burning Man Sunrise Set

All DJs sets try to move the listener in one way or another, but it’s rare they’re recorded atop an actual moving object—unless you’re at Burning Man that is. Scott Hanson, aka Sacramento ambient electronica artist Tycho, recorded this one aboard the Dusty Rhino art car during one of the Burn’s legendary sunrise sessions.

 

09. Moon Boots – Backyard Boogie Vol. 02

All DJs sets try to move the listener in one way or another, but it’s rare they’re recorded atop an actual moving object—unless you’re at Burning Man that is. Scott Hanson, aka Sacramento ambient electronica artist Tycho, recorded this one aboard the Dusty Rhino art car during one of the Burn’s legendary sunrise sessions.

 

08. Bjork – Tri Angle Records Birthday Set

Björk is reported to have sold between 20 and 40 million records worldwide by 2015. Björk has won five BRIT Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, one MOJO Award, three UK Music Video Awards, 21 Icelandic Music Awards and, in 2010, the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in recognition of her “deeply personal music and lyrics.

 

07. Bicep – Mix for Gilles Peterson Worldwide

We’ve been friends and fans of Andrew for years, his legendary Lovefingers blog and podcast was an early source of inspiration for us. His ESP Institute label is one of the best places to find weird and wonderful forwarding thinking music, so we’re super happy to bring you a special mix from him!

 

06. Nina Kraviz – DJ Kicks

Kraviz worked in a number of roles before her music career, including fixing “cosmonauts’ teeth”, hosting a local Irkutsk radio show and writing for a fanzine. She was accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy in Seattle in 2005, however couldn’t attend as she couldn’t obtain a visa, attending the following year in Melbourne instead.[1] By 2008 she was playing a regular night at the Propaganda Club in Moscow.

 

05. Function – Berghain 07

Endless waves of publicity have been washing over Berghain in recent years, but its fortress-like walls have not cracked under these swells of mainstream popularity. Still, setting the bar for underground clubbing perfection is a herculean feat—one that demands that the club’s resident DJs hit the mark night after night without slipping.

 

04. Lil B x Chance the Rapper – Free (Based Freestyle Mixtape)

After topping our 2013 list, Chance the Rapper returned in 2015 with two solid releases. Both featured Chance toiling out of his comfort zone, but it was “Free (Based Freestyle Mixtape)” that made the uncomfortableness actually audible. And it was no surprise.

 

03. Autechre – Dekmantel Podcast 035

Autechre don’t often do free mixes, but when they do you know it’s going to be special. This Dekmantel mix finds the Warp duo heading back to their roots with a sequence of dusty electro records, a reminder that even at its most pensive their music is forever tethered to the club.

 

02. Jubilee – Music To… Send late night drunk text messages that you will later regret to

This week, a great and empathic mix comes from the mind of Jubilee, the raised on a diet of Miami bass, southern rap and Gloria Estefan, DJ/producer and radio host. Part of the @Mixpak crew, the Brooklyn based record label, created by Dre Skull and home of Popcaan, Jubilee likes music that gives both joy an anxiety, a mix that works perfect for the club, to drive your experience on the dance floor to another level of fun, until the daylight comes out and you end up sending texts that you wanna forget later on. Whether you are on Miami, Brooklyn or Mexico City, press play, and let Jubilee show you the way to an endless night.

 

01. Juliana Huxtable Weird Magic Mix: The Awakening

New York scene leader Juliana Huxtable presents a dark-n-stormy club epic where nu-metal remixes, Slugs-Fade club constructions and Star Wars / Dragon Ball nostalgia fight claustrophobia.

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