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    Hullo!

    I've been thinking a lot about mixtapes recently, I'm looking for inspiration and I wondered if people had any recommendations for mixes that, in their opinion, really pushed the technical and conceptual boundaries of a DJ mix?

    As a starter, the first things that popped into my head were:

    Coldcut - 70 Minutes of Madness

    The eclecticism of acts like Coldcut have helped imbue a sense of freedom in me. The way the disparate elements are seamlessly woven together, particularly given the technology available at the time (1995), makes this a real journey.

    Richie Hawtin - Closer To The Edit, Transitions

    Personally important as it these mixes were my first real taste of minimal techno. I know Hawtin's a controversial figure to many but I find his adoption and application of technology an inspiration. I hadn't heard of anyone chopping tracks into loops and individual hits on a computer in order to combine them with full tracks as a mix in this way.

    Kid Koala - Scratchcratchratchatch

    I was big into scratching/turntablism in my youth and this stood out because its emphasis is on entertainment and listenability rather than technical prowess - the man had a creative vision! Also important for me becasue it's almost a multi-tracked series of sketches rather than a seamless blend, which challenged my idea of a mix at the time. The offbeat humour, lo-fi charm and eclectic style still make this very listenable today.

    Any thoughts and recommendations from any genre are most welcome!

    Thanks!

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    mine. im a beast. that is all.

    ok srs time: ive always loved dj markski's stuff, i think its because i started listening to his mixes at the age of 5... in fact, he(not personally, im talking about his stuff. i dont know tthe guy) is the reason im djing right now to begin with

    but he lost his touch as far as i can tell
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    well you brought up one of my favorites Richie Hawtin but I would go a step further back to "DECKS, EFX & 909". This was his first real studio attempt at sampling, looping and using a drum machine in a full on techno/minimal techno dj mix. It was so far ahead of its time its set the standard for all minimal techno and techno sets since IMO.

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    Personally don't have any real favourites, I listen to all mixes i get sent and it's more down to the playlist rather then the style of mixing, not a huge fan of mashups as I like to hear the tune as it was made, but if picking people then it's going to be Derrick May and Laurent Garnier both of these I have seen play the End years gone by, possibly DJ Hype way back in the time and Jazzy Jeff those have to be some of the guys i have enjoyed most but rarely for their skills more their selection, admittedly with Jazzy it's all down to him being the daddy of turntabalism from what i was a lad

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    I really like the Twelves mix--The twelfth hour. not sure if it pushed boundaries but its the only mix that i've listened to several times the whole way through.

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    Z-Trip & DJ P - Uneasy Listening

    DJ Food & DK - Now, Listen!

    The Chemical Brothers - Brothers Gonna Work It Out

    C2C & IE Merg - Pete Tong's Essential Mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by BestLegsinHD View Post
    I really like the Twelves mix--The twelfth hour. not sure if it pushed boundaries but its the only mix that i've listened to several times the whole way through.
    great mix

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    Quote Originally Posted by duerr View Post
    DJ Food & DK - Now, Listen!

    The Chemical Brothers - Brothers Gonna Work It Out
    +1 inspirational stuff.

    Not so much a mix but an comp album that made me want to play beats and breaks.

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    Erwtenpeller - war of the worlds
    He managed to take the audio book war of the worlds and mixed it with dubstep. Text vs. Music vs. Awsomeness!
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    Mine!



    No for real tho I like deadmau5's mixes, Not any specific one I just like how he molds his mixes element by element, pretty inspirational stuff.
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