In addition to staying on top of their game with producer game, our Trainers and Alumni have some undeniable skills on the decks. We have been keeping an eye out and rounded up a few highlights from the extended family throughout 2019, with the crew turning in mixes on NTS, BBC Radio 1, Triple J and Rinse FM among others.

 

DJ Plead is on the European tour circuit right now, surfing the wave of praise for his latest productions, so it’s no surprise to see another promo mix drop. But DAMN this dj set raises the game. If you’ve grown tired of the same-ol’ genre-based dancefloor tropes, DJ Plead’s mix on the illustrious FACT series is the proof you’ve been expecting, that: yes, somewhere – on some club dancefloor – shit is still absolutely on fire:

 

Andy Garvey is the queen of staunch tech mixes (see an earlier instalment on this page), but in her role as Triple J’s Mix Up host and producer she’s curated the Best of Mix Up 2019, including tapes from Rufus Du Sol, Amelie Lens and a fire mix from Liveschool trainer Nina aka Ninajirachi:

 

Nina Las Vegas needs little introduction to anyone with an interest in electronic music. The artist, label owner, radio host and DJ (not to mention Liveschool Graduate) has stepped up to the decks to deliver a mix for London’s NTS radio. She covers a lot of ground, from the club-ready new direction from NLV Records stable-mate   Ninajirachi to the percussive freakouts of Dolo Percussion:

 

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Graduate, Gabriel Espinosa, caused a massive upset at Australian amateur DJ comp “Your Shot” – entering as an unknown wildcard and taking out the NSW top slot. Here’s a mix from one of the heats – featuring a surprising blend of bangers, garage, DJ Plead, and some clever Ableton production know-how:

 

Trainer, Setwun brings so much flavour on this monthly series – “Soul music in all its extensions and expressions from past, present and emerging artists from across the cosmos”. This latest episode is a masterclass in tasteful selecting:

Trainer, Ninajirachi has stepped up to Diplo’s BBC1 radio show Diplo And Friends with this wide ranging mix covering ground from Flume to DJ Koze and Yung Lean.

 

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Logic1000, riding high from her breakthrough track Please Forgive Me turned in some killer cuts when she joined Project Pablo in the mix on RinseFM

 

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Speaking of Logic1000…

Cop Envy (our very own Thom McAlister, and co-producer to Logic1000) has delivered a UK-tinged mix for Fauzia’s show on NTS, featuring heavy hitters like Peverelist, Joy O and DJ Assault.

 

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Trainer, Doug has simply been on fire lately – first, releasing the stunning compilation of Australian underground electronica as part of Body Promise. And now an incredible mix made up 100% from his own original productions showcasing the acid funk freshness of his Hed Ardennes moniker.

 

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Flume has pulled out all the stops with an absolutely bonkers mixtape, complete with 45 minutes of insane visuals courtesy of Jonathan Zawada.

 

Andy Garvey has gone in with a two hour mix for Skylab Radio and proved why she is one of Australia’s most in demand selectors, covering some serious leftfield electronic territory.

 

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Delivering what he describes as “Real Housewives Bangers”, Donatachi was summoned by our national broadcaster to bequeath them this Triple J Mixup session

 

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Why make just one mix when you can make an entire radio station? That’s exactly what Aroha, revered New Zealand-born DJ, has done. From her new base in Melbourne, Aroha helped assemble a crack-squad of NZ Dj’s to create Music For The People – spanning niche genres and championing NZ music like no other station. Aroha lays out a new 3-hour “Friday I’m In Love” mix every week, like this one with a great interview with Memphis LK.

 

For anyone who’s ever searched for “Podcasts for sleep” or “Dj mixes to sleep to”, Dreems has just the balm to soothe your jangled soul. Sleep Mix is a playlist of long mixes by Dreems and various guests on an organic-ambient tip to help paddle your boat gently down that stream: