I’ve done plenty of mix listening over the past couple of months to catch up with what was an excellent year of sets in 2015. Some strong releases have kept a lot of sets fresh, but there have also been some quality older selections and an overall higher level of mix transitions than we’ve seen for a couple of years. Here, then, are my favourite three.
3. Alek Szahala – Live @ CODEX5, Tokyo 2015
This was a special set for all sorts of reasons, but even putting to one side Alek’s return to Tokyo this is a wonderful hour that showcases a lot of different styles through more than a decades’ worth of tracks. There are some surprises thanks to a few unusual connections, while the contrast between the darker and lighter sides of Alek’s sound is very nicely put together.
2. Dyzphazia – Hardcore Summer Bash 2015
Despite the new releases this year one of my favourite sets was this primer in older FINRG, delivered by Dyzphazia. Very solid mixing lets the tracks speak for themselves, and the selection of aggressive filtered tracks is nicely broken up with some classic, melancholy melodies. If you know someone who has yet to get into freeform, then pointing them towards this set would be a sensible first step.
1. Solvynt – Lucky Lotus Online Electronic Music Festival 5
Solvynt’s set is another one that lets most of the tracks play out to their full length, but the eventual transitions are often something very special indeed. The track selection is pure TYFTH, and even if the second half can’t quite maintain the levels of the first, the flow of the set is superb as it builds to the Stance – Taranis finale. Definitely my favourite set of the year, and the good news is that Solvynt is back on the Lucky Lotus lineup for this year’s event (more on that soon).
Olly Addictive & Akumie, Shimotsukei, Orphic, Alchemiist
1- Alek Szahala – Live @ CODEX5, Tokyo 2015
Didn’t like the alanamra remix, but asides from that it’s a really impressive set
2. Lucky Lotus 5 – Plasmadancer
Love the overall dark atmosphere of the set with the light ending. supriya->freeform mercury is one of my fav line ups
3. Freeformaniacs Round 18 – Substanced
Great compilation of the finish freeform scene in general.
Other sets I’ve been listening a lot to:
Both the freeformaniac and Lucky lotus 5 set of solvynt.
Dark Alternative by PD.
Snowy Festival by Le-dos-on and Shimo.
Xmix set by substanced.
Thanks for the list DY, some very good shouts in there. Glad you enjoyed my LL and DA!
I’m pretty late because I totally forgot about this, sorry… but here are my picks of 2015.
1. PD & Guld – HSB2015
I really enjoyed GULD’s showcase of his new projects and the connections from Jon’s side are very good.
2. PD – Lucky Lotus 5
Impressive track selection and some pretty awesome connections. My favorite is “Fall 4 You” -> “Superstition” and the usage of “Ghost City” with “Model of Reality.” Well done.
3. Alek Szahala @ CODEX5
A very nice showcase of some of his best work, with some new material. “Fuji” is incredible…! I can’t wait to hear the final version. 🙂
PD – Dark Alternative
Shimotsukei – Lucky Lotus 5
Alchemiist – Lucky Lotus 5
And thanks Jon… I’m glad you enjoyed my Lucky Lotus 5 set! 🙂