Festival season may be in full swing but these private DJ sets are the best we've heard this summer.
by Joshua P. Ferguson
DJ Harvey Ray-Ban x Boiler Room 007: Milan
He's the charming, salt-and-pepper surfer-DJ marching to his own beat. He's the slippery mutant disco selector. He's DJ Harvey. And his Boiler Room debut manages to deliver on all of the above in all the best ways possible. From his Willy Wonka intro to the 90 minutes of virtually trainspotter-proof selections that follow, Harvey carves an inimitable path through cosmic rock, glittering disco, obscure white-label edits, percussive workouts, stomping funk and, the one cut we were able to suss out, a stunning edit of "Help! Help!" by Austrian disco chanteuse Gilla.
The Orb Live @ Dommune
Japan's no-dancing-in-clubs cabaret law has finally been overturned, but that hasn't knocked Tokyo's answer to Boiler Room, Dommune, from its virtual clubbing throne. Locking down ambient-dub auteurs The Orb for a marathon DJ set as a send up to the duo's forthcoming tour in support of Moonbuilding 2703 AD, the club saw the pair deliver a potent and heady two-plus hour mix that churns through a mish-mash of bits from the new record, radio samples, slo-mo disco, dub, d&b, techno and a nod to the late J-Dilla with "So Far To Go." The track features Common and D'Angelo, and if you haven't listened to it recently, do yourself a favor...
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Axel Boman Beats In Space 788
On his most recent return to Tim Sweeney's long-running radio program Beats in Space, Studio Barnhus frontman Axel Boman goes for a vibe he rightly describes as "more space than beats." A peer to DJ Koze in his ability to craft delicate and beautiful deep house, Boman's mix shows off his ability to find those qualities across indie, chill out, leftfield techno and, of course, deep house. Heavy on Pampa cuts (which we aren't mad at), this one's flowing with Dialogue Inc faves including Soulphiction, the afore mentioned Koze, Boman himself, and in its debut, one from John Talabot, namely his remix of Jamie xx's stand out "Loud Places."
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