Not what you'd expect
Midland very quickly graduated from breakthrough artist to established circuit headliner. Part of the reason for that is how seriously he takes his job. You won’t often hear him pulling the same tricks twice. That makes the Graded boss a versatile selector who can woo the heads in Berlin as much as he can devastate a large festival crowd back home, as well as a perfect candidate for either the fabric or ‘FABRICLIVE’ series. As it is, he serves up one of his more emotive and dreamy sets. Drifting pads, swirling harmonic bells and weightless drum lines all make for a soothing listen you’d experience at 4am in the club while lost in a narcotic, sleep deprived state of submission. From the mid-point, textures begin to fizz and rhythms get more jagged but before it gets too much, the grooves are smoothed out once more until they become blissful bits of soothing ambient bliss. It’s an E-induced trip done expertly.
Kern Vol. 4 mixed by DJ Stingray
In just three instalments, Tresor’s Kern has established itself as one of the key DJ mix series. Following on from Objekt’s convention-challenging technical masterclass last year, DJ Stingray steps up and follows a more traditional path: his mix is defined by a quick and slick underlying groove, but by packing in 27 cuts over 75 minutes, the whole thing races by and keeps you very much on the edge of your seat. With unequivocal ties to the sound of Detroit as Drexcyia’s tour DJ since day one, Stringray presents an uncompromising vision of Motor City techno and electro. It’s fast, sure, but it’s also hella funky and futuristic. It pushes and pulls you through sawtooth synth lines, pummelling drums and corrugated percussive patterns in the blink of an eye. Despite being so enthrallingly urgent, the constant nuances and subtle gear changes mean it never grows tiring.