It’s Friday and – for the past week, at least – Britain has been bathing in some curious weather.
Sun is pouring out of an empty sky, and the Clash team is busy finding a place to store its parka-and-welly combos for another year.
(Or at least until the summer proper, and its inevitable festival downpours.)
As ever, though, we’ve kept our eyes on the prize. Scouring the lesser-sighted corners of the web for the latest DJ mixes, we’ve been arguing the toss all week about their merits, pitfalls and idiosyncrasies.
Here are some of the best.
Cooly G- Rise Up Mix 2013 (As selected by Jake Hulyer)
On her LP of last year, Cooly G delivered an engaging mixture of pop structures and darker electronic compositions. The album featured a cover of Coldplay but also extended atmospheric percussive pieces which harked back to the jungle experimentation that so often acts as a reference point for her Hyperdub associates. Of course, at times the two styles collide, and these are arguably the points at which the album is most interesting. In this 'Rise Up' mix, which comes apparently sans raison, she demonstrates the same ability to mix the light and the dark to great effect. There are some heavy tracks in this mix, but there's always a hook or a change-up in tempo dropped in there at the right time to stop it becoming dragged down into monotony. There's no tracklist provided, so just sit back and enjoy!
A Trak and Nick Catchdubs present Fool’s Gold Radio (Episode 19) (As selected by Elliot Mitchell)
Since its conception in August 2011, Fool’s Gold Radio has developed into one of the finest indicators of the electronic music scene’s current state, a barometer of what’s happening at Brooklyn’s freshest label in the form of a handy 60-minute package every month. With head honcho A Trak at the helm; the show has become known for its mix of Fool’s Gold exclusives and future classics, unafraid to switch up the genres and delve into the past. The series has perhaps become known for its host as much as its music, with the Montreal DJ’s bizarre lengthy monologues complimenting the astute track selection. However, as the 19th episode dropped last week on Sirius XM, hosting duties have been passed onto partner in crime Nick Catchdubs. The Fool’s Gold co-founder has taken the baton rather magnificently for April’s mix, crafting a set that embodies the label’s eclectic personality, from Justin Timberlake to Alex Metric by way of trap favourites UZ for an hour of high-energy electronic diversity. We’ll be counting down the days to May’s edition.
Skilliam – 100% Skepta Mix (As selected by Tomas Fraser)
Alongside Elijah, Skilliam has made waves both on the decks and as a label head of prominent grime stable Butterz, who continue to set the benchmark for the genre in 2013. As part of a new 100% mix series, he's looked to Boy Better Know mainstay Skepta for inspiration, working some of his classic instrumental and vocal cuts into a near on 40-minute blend. Iconic.
L-Vis 1990 – In The Mix For B. Traits (As selected by Robin Murray)
As short one, this, but will plenty of punch. L-Vis 1990 (pictured) recently spoke to ClashMusic about his future plans and collaborations, prompting much excitement in certain quarters. Little wonder – this mix, recorded for Radio 1’s B. Traits, is packed to the gunnels with new releases, re-edits and rare cuts. Showcasing the breadth of the man’s imagination, it’s a deft hop between flavours and – hopefully – only a taster of what we can expect over the next 12 months.