Isolation soundtrack: 12 chilled mixes from the DJ Mag archive
From luxurious house and chilled grooves to mellow ambient and hypnotic d&b, let these mixes from the DJ Mag archive soundtrack your isolation lounging and kitchen dancing
These strange times have called for a slight switch-up in our home soundtracking habits. It’s safe to admit we’ve been feeling drawn to albums, mixes and streams that err a little bit on the softer side in the midst of all the mayhem. Be it gentle ambient sessions to soothe the head after hours of nervous news viewing, or nimble house mixes to get limbs moving after a long day of sitting still, music has been one of the only things keeping us sane these past few weeks.
As well as launching our House Party stream series, a feel-good Spotify playlist, and a weekly Bandcamp round-up of our favourite new releases, we’ve had a dig through the archives of our various soundcloud series to find some of the best mixes to calm the nerves in these trying times of isolation and social distancing. From chilled out ambient and new age trips to mesmerising house and uplifting summer grooves, these mixes will make for perfect escapism soundtracks to your weekend at home, no matter what you get up to.
Ethereal house and breezy breaks from Dublin duo Long Island Sound, described as “a kind of ode to summer before it vanishes from our lives for a while”.
A rhythmic start gives way to an eclectic trip across moods and styles from Kedr Livanskiy, veering from off-kilter ambient and shadowy bass to heartfelt ballads.
A spellbinding mix of melancholic and melodic atmospheres with sprawling strings and songs. One for “drinking tea and going for walks”, says Ian William Craig.
Uplifting grooves and joyful deep cuts from the folks behind Brighton label/record store, Mr.Bongo. "It’s a mixture of dancefloor club vibes and some deeper, more experimental bits,” they tell us.
Captivating oddities, trippy minimalism and cinematic psychedelics from Kate NV. “A good one for making and drinking tea,” she tells us.
Lush electronic soundscapes, echoing rhythms and cinematic classical motifs from Lucaufer. Warm and enthralling.
A 98 minute mix of house, disco, soul and percussive grooves from the one and only Lakuti. "Dance, share it and spread the love,” she tells us.
Mesmerising modular improvisations and lush ambience from Ann Annie.
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