There’s always something coming out the speakers in the Ticket Arena office, so we thought we’d share some of the sonic splendours that soundtrack all of our hard work. Now a weekly feature that brings a different artist to the fore each Thursday, the TA Mix Of The Week scours the vaults for some of our favourite sets of old and keeps a beady eye out for the classics of the future, serving up a taste of the artists that make us happy to do what we do.
Back in July Avalon Emerson joined Tim Sweeney for Beats In Space, and the hour fifteen long mix that came out of it has been back working its magic on our ears again this week. Excited for her set at Motion in Bristol this Saturday, we looked back on one of the mixes that made us really take notice of the American selector, and you probably should too.
Dealing in funk-soaked house beats with strong percussion work and cosmic melodies, the BIS mix matches the energy and creativity that Emerson puts into her tracks, and is certainly a lot of fun. Starting on an edit of Bjork’s “I Miss You” and making here way through tracks by Bwana, Tessela, Ellen Allien and Minor Science en route to her closing chat with the show’s mild-mannered host, Avalon wove together a bumping journey through house, techno and experimental dance.
There will no doubt be a lot of time behind the decks for Avalon over the coming months, but for now we’re focussed on her outing for Crack Magazine’s In:Motion takeover in Bristol. Playing alongside stars including Rødhåd and Daniel Avery, she’ll be taking the massive warehouse by storm if she plays like she did for Beats In Space. Also set to play at Andorra’s Horizon Festival in March, she’ll no doubt be covering a lot of ground before the demanding summer festival circuit starts revolving again.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Avalon Emerson