Avoiding Bad Thoughts
Amandra and Karim - Sqala 4.2 (natural/electronic.system. remix)
HhÉiR - Hang My Hat
Nvs - Avoiding Bad Thoughts
DJ Headshot & Matris - Space Bells
Harry Mariani - Nagchampa
Lowplay - Pulser
Protect Ryan - Liam Features (Boulderhead Remix)
Steve O'Sullivan feat. Ben Buitendijk - Take It
Nathan Kofi - My Heart Will Go On
A Hutchie - Coco (NPNP Dance Mix)
Ayuji - Heliopolis
Maroki - Alfred Stole My Brain
Emissive - Sunset Yellow
Aria Rostami - Bolbol (Sepehr Dark UKG Mix)
Maara - Ultimate Revenge
St. David - Da Love Feeling (Main Mix)
YT8K - DJ DJ
Quelaan - Veleity
Piezo - Unto
Fictional Devices - Asteroid Island
Wavesense - Mirage
C O N T X T - Beneath the Bloom
FFF - World is Closed
DJ Hank - Stay
AGILITÄT - Logopedics
DJ Voices presents Mixtape Club 009, Avoiding Bad Thoughts - 90 minutes of escapist dance records built for long journeys.
Before you’re old enough to go clubbing - and definitely before you’re savvy enough to navigate scenes or record stores - listening to a mix in your friends car is likely where you start your relationship with dance music. The car stereo has been the dance mixtape’s natural environment for decades, whether you’re sifting through cassettes, burnt CDs or simply scrambling for the aux.
DJ Voices riffs on this idea beautifully throughout Avoiding Bad Thoughts: a gorgeous selection of high definition club tracks, mining a near-perfect sweet spot between fragility and relentless 4x4 momentum before reaching a weightless crescendo of crashing breaks and disembodied vocals. Simply perfect driving music.
In DJ Voices’ words: “Growing up in Florida, driving was a significant part of everyday life. It was also one of the most formative ways of listening to music for me. Some of my fondest musical memories involve driving, usually alone and for long stretches, completely immersed in the sounds I was hearing as the road stretched out ahead of me. Largely for this reason, driving was also my favorite means of “escape” as it provided emotional release and a way to get in touch with a deeper sense of imagination and creativity.
“So for this mix I wanted to make something that I imagined I would listen to while driving, something literally transportive with plenty of dreamy sounds to zone out to. It’s still a mix comprised of dance music, but I think for me there’s a shared affinity between the club and the car as forms of escape through being totally consumed by the music you’re hearing.
“I wanted the pacing of the mix to mimic that of a long drive: acceleration and downshifting, moods transforming with the landscape. The title comes from the name of one of my favorite songs in the mix and summarizes what I think a good drive can achieve : )”
One of our absolute favourite DJs, and quite clearly a student of the mixtape, we’re so pleased to host DJ Voices this season, accompanied with a beautiful cover by Jack Hewitt.
Mixtape Design: Jack Hewitt
Avoiding Bad Thoughts