For most of 2018, I seemed to be interested in deeper darker sounding tracks, preferring tracks in a minor key over major, rhythm over drops, and emotion over effects. While many of the tracks this year were labeled “techno, house, or deep house” I heard elements of mid and early 2000’s trance creeping back into tracks for the first time ages. I also felt that the “drop” was far less important than years past with tracks feels more emotional and tension driven than power hungry big room bangers. For the first time in a long time, DJ’s/producers were playing a wider range of tracks in their set with less reliance on a handful of tracks that were “the tracks of the moment,” truly refreshing.
01. Tim Engelhardt – Beyond Time (Fideles Remix)
02. Christian Löffler – York
03. Steve Bug, Clé – Rise & Shine (Original Mix)
04. Musumeci – Mood Organs (Original Mix)
05. Pablo Fierro – Kalaa (Original Mix)
06. Bedouin – Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun (Guy Gerber Remix)
07. Themba – I Will Do Better (Original Mix)
08. Francesco Chiocci Ft. Black Soda – Black Sunrise (Peter Pardeike Remix)
09. Claptone – Stronger feat. Ben Duffy (Tensnake Remix)
10. Jeop Mencke – Shelter In The Sky (Original Mix)
11. Age Of Love – The Age Of Love (Solomun Renaissance Remix)
12. Lotfi Bouchnak – Mawalehi (Keybe Remix)
13. Tale Of Us, Vaal – Monument (Original Mix)
14. Paul Simon – Homeless (Joris Voorn Remix)
While I don’t have a crystal ball, I can go out on a limb and say that techno and deep house will continue to grow in popularity, you will see a resurgence of smaller parties and pocketed scenes with their own unique sounds and as always, things will change, people will be pissed saying change is bad with others embracing the change and plowing forward.
Which ever way things move, I hope you enjoy the year mix.
MIXED BY REED DAILEY
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