Joy Orbison has renewed his teamwork with Dekmantel to release number 81 of the Dutch label’s podcast series, with a broadly stroked two hour long mix that presents new tracks from some of his many producer friends, and a foray into his boxes of records not for mixing.
Starting off with the lamentations of his uncle, the jungle DJ Ray Keith, the podcast starts with stripped beats and choked, gurgling acid lines, with bouncing percussion hits and experimental seagull-cry electronics leading into an extended darker section. Emerging in the second half after deviation into jungle and dubby territory, the mix skips through Floating Points-esque synthesised jazz and into another spoken word interjection, affording the mix the space needed to drop down a few dozen BPM and explore more eclectic territory.
Described as a “come down, of sorts” by the man behind the mix, the second half of the mix moves away from new dance music releases and delves deep into O’Grady’s record collection, with surf-rock guitar lines, splatterings of soul, reggae and jangly folk seeing the record off. A welcome reminder that even dance-music oriented DJs have roots sunk firmly into other areas of the musical spectrum, the mix is a top recommendation for in-car listening as you head to your festivals this summer.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Joy Orbison