Woah, where did the year go?
Whether you've found it terrifying or exhilarating, 2016's really flown by, and now we're entering the closing stages before we bid it farewell and see what 2017 has got to offer. Thinking back, we've been blessed this year with a real wealth of sonic splendours, and if there's one thing to take from our uneasy friendship with 2016, it's that whilst things might seem bleak outside, at least we'll still find beauty in music.
Sure, Trump might have become the president-elect, Farage might still be Murdoch's media darling and Zayn might have left 1D, but fortunately we've had a fair few good mixes to calm us down as the world outside gets freaky. Here are five from the Ticket Arena Mix Of The Week series that have set us right this year.
“The NTS mix sees Joy O and Lyster explore murky waters with slow, atmospheric techno, including tracks by Muslimgauze, Andy Stott and Insta:Mental, before more disco-oriented house begins to break through. Changing enough to sustain interest but not so much that its original darkness subsides, the mix is an intriguing and interesting listen, though one that rewards patience rather than immediately demands attention.”
“Fresh from having produced the first EP for Feelings Worldwide, the new label from one of London’s nicest parties, Iranian-born Kasra V has also been in action once again for NTS Radio, with the recent outing on The Paradise Show bringing melodic ambient soundscapes, sinister downtempo chuggers and various shades of experimental dance across the two hour long mix.”
“Skipping through priceless records and never failing to select the absolute perfect track, Bahar used his first Boiler Room mix to show off some glorious music from the archives of his unbelievably vast collection, with Greg Henderson, The Police, Jackie Beavers, Funkapolitan and Minako among them. The result is one of the grooviest sets you’re likely to hear.”
“A flaming set packed with broken electro, funky nu-disco and gurgling acid before going into full disco-diva mode with some delightful selections late on. Always a treat whether live or on tape, the Chicago via Kentucky star has proven time and time again that she’s up there with the best around, and her set at the Dutch festival only served to reinforce such a bold claim.”
“Dealing in funk-soaked house beats with strong percussion work and cosmic melodies... Avalon wove together a bumping journey through house, techno and experimental dance.”
Have yourself a happy new year!
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Avalon Emerson