The premise is simple: Each month I listen to lots of podcasts, live sets, radio shows, and random uploads from all over the place and narrow it down to my favorites. Tweet your recommendations to @matoswk75.
In chronological order, let’s begin:
Frenchy – Throwing Shapes (July 1)
Frenchy is a 15-year Leeds DJ, co-owner of the Waxwerks record store and usually co-host of the Throwing Shapes show with Tristan da Cuhna. This time around he took the decks alone, and it’s a delight – two hours of gorgeous, chunky, soft-lit deep house (meaning jazzy and late-night, not “post-Disclosure”) and disco from a guy who clearly knows and loves his stuff.
Was Legit – Late Night Swim (July 2)
Orlando’s Elvis Guillen has such a good name it’s surprising he changed it for professional reasons. This club set is offers a short (under 34 minutes), sweet (you know, concentrated) overview of, and argument for, glitchy EDM-laced garage and pre-wobble dubstep. With tracks from Shigeto, Mount Kimbie, and stopping the show midway through, James Blake’s “CMYK” (still his best recording), it’s a gorgeous nightcap.
Chris Avantgarde – Your EDM Mix Volume 25 (July 4)
This London progressive house producer’s bestselling Beatport track is only a month old (“Freedom”), and there’s a similarly fresh take-charge attitude in this podcast. Rather than simply navigate a clean line in the way of many big-room peers, Avantgarde likes to make big leaps, opening with clean lined house (highlight: Gene Farris and Sonny Fodera’s “We Work It”), leaning toward dirtier electro, then swinging into a surprise final third of drum & bass. And he makes it all of a piece.
The Black Madonna – The Bunker Podcast 99 (July 8)
Recorded live on June 27 at Brooklyn’s Output, during The Bunker New York’s official Pride party, this is just about the most fiercely joyous house set imaginable. The instrumentals and dubs that dominate the first hour could have come from an especially inspired Midwestern after-party during the mid-’90s, setting the table like Martha Stewart for the disco classics that dominate the second (“I Want to Thank You”! “High Energy”!!!). Mix of the month, no contest.
Ryan Elliott – RA Live: The Peacock Society, Paris (July 10)
Thirty thousand people attended Paris’s Peacock Society festival this year, where they danced to a lot of world-class talent. Of a handful of mixes uploaded to stage sponsor Resident Advisor’s SoundCloud, including sets by Laurent Garnier and Seth Troxler b2b Michael Mayer, this takes the cake, alluring from the off, cutting techno precision with house warmth, and paced to climax frequently, yet not predictably.
Matthew Herbert – Essential Mix (July 11)
For a while, Matthew Herbert was as renowned as anybody in dance music. His profile has slipped some, but as this edition of the Pete Tong-hosted showcase proves, Herbert’s slippery, skittering, spare, eccentric, utterly compelling house grooves still sound like nobody else’s. Same goes for his DJing — even more impressive since his inimitable tracks are surrounded by even more by others, which become uncannily more Herbert-like in his hands.
Blade – FabricLive Promo Mix July (July 13)
Jazzy “liquid” drum & bass can be so slick it slides right past the discerning ear. But Blade—discovered a decade ago by LTJ Bukem and the producer of three albums and numerous other tracks to date—knows how to temper it just so. It helps that he’s clearly in love with the formative nineties tracks, many of them on Bukem’s label Good Looking. Happy, the latter dominate this lovely hour.
Roska + MA1 + T. Williams – Rinse FM Podcast (July 14)
The second of a loose trio of back-to-back sessions (with Bok Bok the week before and D-Malice and Scratcha DVA the week after), it’s an informal overview (though he doesn’t use the term on the shows) of London’s hardcore continuum, with the third a UK Funky session. This one’s heavy on Caribbean-inflected house—in a word, exuberant.
Jane Fitz – RA.477 (July 20)
“My background in going out is a mix of free parties, outdoor soundsystems, the old London tech house scene, psy-trance parties, sweaty jazz dances, the party scenes of Asia in the mid-’90s, festivals — all incredibly free-spirited, music-and-good-time rather than headline-DJ-focused experiences,” Fitz told RA in the accompanying interview to this irresistibly airy house podcast. That spirit pervades the mix, the kind of thing you might find yourself craving around 6AM – or PM.
Kerri Chandler & Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO – Essential Mix: Lovebox (July 25)
A three-for-one is probably cheating, but whatever. Recorded in London at the Victoria Park festival Lovebox, the first hour features Chandler, one of the marquee names of New Jersey house, swinging hard and upfront. The second follows two of London’s sharpest DJs trading off—first dub-spacious, then more straightforwardly R&B, all of it a little ethereal.