Laurel Halo

DJ-Kicks

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DJ-Kicks is Laurel Halo's first commercially available mix, but it follows a decade's worth of podcast mixes for various music websites, as well as a background in college radio. Like her music, Halo's mixes incorporate styles from throughout the history of dance music, often leaning toward Detroit techno/electro and U.K. bass culture, but she's also likely to venture into musique concrete and contemporary composition. Halo's DJ-Kicks has a few abstract moments, but it's mainly a steady, headstrong mix, running through nearly 30 tracks in an hour. While never sticking to one sound for long, the mix frequently returns to electro-techno, sometimes of the EBM/industrial persuasion. A track from early, Jeff Mills-era Final Cut surfaces, as well as other Detroit producers such as Stallone the Reducer and FIT Siegel. Halo unearths a lot of gems here, from the trippy, fractured bass music of Siete Catorce to hypnotic, 8-bit-spiked gqom of South African producer Griffit Vigo. The tough, storming electro of Ikonika's exclusive "Bodied (OG Mix)" is another standout. Halo includes several tracks from throughout her own catalog, ranging from the IDM abrasion of "Oneiroi" (off 2013's Chance of Rain) to the swift, assuring "The Light Within You" from her 2018 collaboration with Hodge. "Sweetie," a track Halo composed specially for this mix, surprisingly ends up being one of the most straightforward, stripped-down club tracks she's ever made. The mix never seems to have a specific direction in mind; what's more important is the fact that the energy is kept up throughout, as well as the level of anticipation.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:08 Amazon
2 02:20 Amazon
3
feat: Red Axes
02:09 Amazon
4
feat: Parris
02:07 Amazon
5
feat: Rrose
02:49 Amazon
6 03:00 Amazon
7
feat: WCC
02:03 Amazon
8
feat: FIT Siegel
01:40 Amazon
9
feat: Yamaoka
02:35 Amazon
10 01:21 Amazon
11
feat: Facta
01:23 Amazon
12
feat: Hodge
02:43 Amazon
13
feat: Ikonika
02:12 Amazon
14
feat: Griffit Vigo
00:42 Amazon
15
feat: Panda Lassow
02:02 Amazon
16
feat: Dario Zenker
02:20 Amazon
17
feat: Final Cut
03:11 Amazon
18
feat: Aos
02:14 Amazon
19 01:02 Amazon
20
feat: Via Maris
02:36 Amazon
21 01:57 Amazon
22
feat: Nick León
01:40 Amazon
23 02:16 Amazon
24 01:08 Amazon
25 03:30 Amazon
26
feat: Blake Baxter
02:37 Amazon
27
feat: Kiki Kudo
01:10 Amazon
28
feat: group A
02:50 Amazon
29
01:39 Amazon
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