Mixtape Roundup: Aeroplane, Michelle Owen, John Dahlback, Paul Oakenfold, Felix Da Housecat

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It’s the middle of the week and to make the rest of the week more palatable I’ve put together a few mix tapes that are sure to please even the most drained weekday warrior. I’ve taken a different approach to this week’s tapes. Instead of dropping five different tapes that have the same feel, I’m going to ease into the beats to make sure your brain doesn’t crash due to sensory overload, think of it as a mix of mix tapes. Enjoy the journey from spaced-out beats to up-tempo samples to get you in the perfect mood come weeks end.

Aeroplane


This first mix comes to you courtesy of the Belgian outfit Aeroplane. The January mix is spacy and tranquil, yet very connected. Incorporating Aeroplane’s European house beats with an incredibly smooth rhythm. This is the perfect mix for taking it easy, real easy. If you like what you hear and you’re in LA they’ll be playing at A Club Called Rhonda this Friday, February 10th. RSVP here.

Michelle Owen


Australian based Michelle Owen’s set live from Beatport in Berlin is a deep house trip that isn’t quite as spacy as Aeroplane’s but it’s most certainly a deep-house dose of beats and melodies.

John Dahlback


As promised the beats are going to get progressively more intense and appropriate for that night out during the week. John Dahlback’s January Mix is a perfect build-up to the higher paced closers that I have in mind. This is a nice compliment to Dahlback’s recently released “Toolroom Knights” mix. The January Mix is filled with tech house beats and upbeat melodies that are sure to get you in the mood for the weekend.

Paul Oakenfold


This should come to no surprise to anyone that I’ve decided to include a Paul Oakenfold radio show. I found it hard to resist because it’s been blasting through my cans since it was released yesterday. Titled “Planet Perfecto” this is right near the cusp of a perfect mix, something I’ve come to expect from the 48-year-young producer that proves he’s still with the times. This mix goes in and out of trance and house like a confused child in a turnstile, but I am certainly not complaining and neither should you.

Felix Da Housecat


Last, but certainly not least is a track from Detroit’s Felix Da Housecat. Any mix that begins with a strung out sample of Sinnerman is certainly going to be close to the top in my book. This is a high-energy house mix from Da Housecat that was spun live for the Bopper Nation Bopcast. Enjoy. We certainly did.

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