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.
The year is at its end, and what a rollercoaster it’s been. They say that comedy and tragedy are two sides of the same coin, and with heroes and villains galore, 2017 has been a pantomime of almost unbelievable proportions.
As keen as anyone to join in with cries of “It’s behind you”, we thought we’d add a little music to this year’s swansong show as well, and so as we cross the final days from our 2017 calendar, here are five mixes that have added a little cheer to a somewhat tumultuous year...
“Offering an hour of home listening that you’re unlikely to hear in a club space, the superb Peggy Gou delved into the more unconventional reaches of her collection to draw together cosmic soundscapes, hip hop classics, chugging grooves and ambient sounds. An enchanting listen with down-tempo gems from the likes of Larry Heard, Erykah Badu, Rhythm and Sound and more, this chilled out collage is a perfect backing to a little mid-week downtime.”
“Enjoying the chance to show off the spoils of her musical excavations in FACT’s 607th mix, Shanti moved through slow atmospheric buildup tracks into some of the smoothest, sensual techno you’re likely to hear anywhere, with slow attack strings rising and falling like waves before jacking electro synths bring about a more energetic conclusion. A set of real quality from one of our absolute favourite selectors, this one was made to be this week’s Mix Of The Week.”
“Having graduated from SOAS in an History and Ethnomusicology degree before going on to study in Cambridge, South Africa and then make her way back to London, Iqbal has a wider lens than your average DJ, as evidenced by the wealth of knowledge offered in this latest radio show. Bringing together hypnotic music from Nigeria with early Patrice Rushen, obscure disco and plenty more, the hour long mix is ceaselessly interesting, and takes its place as one of the most diverse mixes to have entered our Mix Of The Week ranks."
“Moving away from strict definitions of the word ‘mix’, this week we’ve decided to offer not just a collection of tunes, but an education. With plenty of chat between David and Gilles breaking up the musical offerings being delivered, our first reggae Mix Of The Week will give you a route into the bag of possibly the best reggae record collector that the UK has ever seen.”
“It’s not often we delve into jungle for Mix Of The Week, but then how often does the legendary Goldie release a new mix? Skipping through thick synth string arrangements and quick-fire drum and bass rhythms, this latest XLR8R Podcast shows the Metalheadz co-founder doing exactly what he does best, demonstrating many of his own productions alongside highlights from the label portfolio in a highly emotive hour of choppy beats and melodic weirdness.”
Happy New Year!
Photo courtesy of Peggy Gou
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