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 2020, with the crew turning in mixes for Resident Advisor, NTS, BBC Radio 1, Triple J and Rinse FM among others.

 

Roza Terenzi in the mix for Resident Advisor

Our second Liveschool community member to deliver a mix for Resident Advisor this year, after Andy Garvey’s instalment earlier in 2020. It’s hard to overstate what a milestone this is for an artist, a Resident Advisor mix can elevate a career from “up and comer” into the status of bona-fide star. With a huge platform at her disposal, Roza has thrown down a mix of peak time trance anthems that will call to mind that far off place that we all hope to return to as soon as possible.

 

 

DJ Plead on cassette!
What would a list of mixtapes be without an actual cassette? Our man DJ Plead turns the burners down for this deep cassette-only exclusive for Manchester’s legendary Boomkat and their Documenting Sound series.

Whereas other artists in that series turned in Dj mixes, Plead crafted a compendium of bespoke original productions. His signature middle-eastern vibes are in full report, but instead of dancefloor-crushing beats this long-player meets you at a slow, humid tempo and gradually dissolves into an ambient mindbath.

Should this even be in our mixtape round-up? Is it a mixtape? Maybe it’s a beat-tape, but one that’s beat-adjacent. Either way, this is one for the serious collectors or the 1900’s format fetishists. And you can peep the audio previews here:

 

Logic 1000
In gearing up for her remix of Caribou’s “Sunny’s Time”  and following on from a mix for NTS in London, Logic 1000 has turned in a DJ mix for the influential Beats In Space out of New York City. Coming in hot with dreamy synths, broken beats and even a sneaky cut by Liveschool Trainer George Nicholas’ Cliques project, this is one not to miss.

 

Cop Envy
Trainer Thomas McAllister from our Berlin studios has dropped a new mix made up of exclusive unreleased Copy Envy tunes. Usually a Cop Envy mix brings with it hypnotic dubbed out drums – but this one is totally ambient. Made up of tracks Thom has been working on over the last few months hunkered down in Berlin, it’s a great insight into another side of one of our favourite producers.

 

 

Andy Garvey
Liveschool graduate Andy Garvey has been tapped to unleash the latest mix for Resident Advisor. Gaining this sort of recognition from the largest platform in dance music is a testament to the years of hard work put in by Andy pushing left field sounds across Australia.

 

Brux
Brux continues her roll, turning in a mix for Future Mag. With her signature dark and club ready sound on display its a document of an artist in her element. Alongside legends like Luke Slater and The Knife she features Liveschool alumni M Ramirez.

 

Point Clare

Point Clare has dropped a powerful mix for the Fuxwithit Blog featuring unreleased heat from himself and a group of like minded friends.

 

Niku

Stirring up the dance lately at some of Sydney’s best parties is up and comer Niku. Astute selecting for rhythms within a smart span of UK, bass and digi appears to be part of the magic – but she’s not that easily boxed. One to follow, and one to catch live.

Check Niku’s “In Transit” series for Nomad FM here:

 

Anna Lunoe

Following on from her hugely successful Beats 1 show on Apple Music, Anna Lunoe backs it up with DanceXL featuring an all-star collection of guests including CamelPhat, Louis The Child, Audien, Dom Dolla, Diplo and many more to come. Peep it here.

 

Body Promise 

Opening sets can be challenging to do but very satisfying when you pull it off. This Boiler Room cast sees Doug and Amelia opening Sugar Mountain festival, Melbourne, putting their encyclopaedic outernational music tastes to effect and stirring up the gathering crowd nicely.

 

 

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: