Chances are you own an iPod and there is a very high possibility that it’s comprised of hundreds of gigabytes of storage. I’m a big fan of the smaller sized iPod libraries, 16 GB to be exact, because I like to keep the rotation farm fresh and as up-to-date as possible. When you keep the selection on your iPod limited, the probability of great tracks getting played when you hit the shuffle button increases exponentially. When the shuffle button fails, turn to the almighty mixtape, a time-tested testament to DJs and producers that prefer to showcase their skills in an hour of musical bliss; without any need for the listener to manipulate a playlist or go fishing in the iPod library.
Thomas Gold "Electric Area In-Studio Mix"
This is a mix compiled by Berlin’s Thomas Gold while in studio on Sirius-XM’s Electric Area. This mix is the Swiss Army Knife of mixes, it’s got the hard stuff that you’d be used to from Gold and some samples from Adelle, Rihanna and Sting that are sure to keep novices amused with star presence. Gold certainly doesn’t forget about the staples such as Zedd, Starkillers, Swanky Tunes and Kaskade. The mix also features one of my favorite new bangers, Dirty South’s “Alive.” If you stick it out to the end you’ll eventually get to Gold’s personal tracks. Play this preferably during a house party atmosphere or during the pre-game antics before the night begins. Enjoy.
Morgan Page "In The Air" (Episode 85)
The second mix comes to you courtesy of Morgan Page. This one has a much more house feel throughout than the more “poppy” sounds of Thomas Gold’s mix. This tape is part of Page’s “In The Air” podcast. Page also incorporates an even newer track by Dirty South, Thomas Gold and Kate Elsworth “Eyes Wide Open,” which is certain to be included in many mixes for months to come. Page also dips into some dubstep featuring Moguai, Skrillex and Wolfgang Gartner but then quickly snaps out of it with an inclusion of Guetta, Afrojack and Nicky Romero.
Mikael Weermets "Sound Of Now Radio"
If the previous two mixes were too pop heavy for your taste, take a listen to Sweden’s Mikael Weermets “Sound of Now” mix. A house producer from Sweden? You don’t say. Sweden has been producing mega house producers lately and Weermets makes it known that it’s not about to stop. Weermets throws together a mix that is powerful and upbeat but also has its downtempo moments like most house mixes should. Towards the end you’ll also get to hear a special guest appearance by Michael Calfan who spins a nice little twist into the mix with the presence of tracks by Green Velvet, Tommy Trash, Axwell and Ingrosso. This is sure to be a favorite.
Matisse & Sadko "January 2012"
This next mix is from the Russian brothers known as Matisse & Sadko. The mix begins with spacy beats followed by subtle bass notes and a nice buildup to the bangers that aren’t to demanding or in your face. This is one of my favorite mixes of the week, perfect for chillin’ while you’re on your computer getting your work done. Give it a listen. It’s also available for download as well.
Eric Prydz Presents "EPIC"
The final mix for the week is my go-to mix for the week and it speaks for itself. Although it’s almost two months old, this is one that isn’t going to be forgotten very soon. This is a live recording from Eric Prydz’s sold out set in London, England. He played the EPIC series along with Sander Van Doorn, John Dahlback and Pete Tong to name a few. Enjoy this performance! Oh yeah, it’s also available for download.