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The Sound Of Mercury Rising Complied With Love By DJ Harvey

Various

The Sound Of Mercury Rising Complied With Love By DJ Harvey

Pikes Records
8.5
This summer just gone, DJ Harvey notched up his third residency at the infamous Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, the finca in the hills near San Antonio where hotelier and renowned bon viveur Tony Pike provided a home for hedonism so thoroughly hedonistic it's passed into myth and legend. And with the equally legendary Harvey Bassett now acting as the 'cultural attaché' for Pikes (we sincerely hope the job comes with its own briefcase), it seems perfectly appropriate that he be the one to launch their new record label, inspired by his The Sound of Mercury Rising parties. The mix is a shimmering snapshot of a night out under the mirrorball with one of the most fêted DJs of all, and as such it's dripping with Balearic goodness. There's the Idjut Boys' dub-heavy ‘One For Kenny’, dedicated to the memory of the magnificent Kenny Hawkes, butting up against the disco mix of Eighth Wonder's ‘I'm Not Scared’. Yes, with Patsy Kensit on vocals. It's a curveball. There's a slab of his own Locussolus project, ‘Next To You’, the throbbing, soaring joy of ‘Mustat Varjot’ from Helsinki's Roberto Rodriguez, and Gatto Fritto's stunningly epic ‘Invisible College’. It's all strange and wonderful. Let it take you where it wants to.
Ben Arnold
Amnesia Ibiza 2017 Mixed By POPOF & Luca Donzelli

Various

Amnesia Ibiza 2017 Mixed By POPOF & Luca Donzelli

DJ Centre Music Group

Megaclub megamix
7.5
The legendary Ibizan club, renowned for essential nights such as Cocoon, Music On, HYTE and elrow supply a double-sided mix from Cocoon resident, POPOF, and HYTE resident Luca Donzelli. Two high quality 60-plus minute journeys from two seasoned professionals, but for all of their quality the differences between them are delicate at best. POPOF plays a broader range of tech-tinged house and tougher (almost techno) tech-house, mixing beautifully between the deeper and bolder styles throughout. While Luca sides with a more upfront tech-house style full of 'tech bounce', lots more swing and a good amount of boastful build-and-drop tracks, towards the end playing a little harder with more trippy elements to hold interest. It’s top-drawer music and mixing, but without the contrast expected from a snapshot product such as this.
Leon Clarkson
Klockworks 20

Various

Klockworks 20

Klockworks

Take some time
7.5
Although a certain government’s austerity measures make it a hard mantra to apply elsewhere in life, when it comes to music, quality should always come over quantity. Ben Klock certainly seems to agree, as only now, 11 years since launching, is his revered Klockworks label reaching its 20th release. To mark the occasion, Klock has mined techno talent new and old to showcase sounds from across the genre. While the overall tone is stripped-back and hypnotic (courtesy of DVS1, Sterac, Newa and more), Dax J and Troy offer noisy, pounding beats, ROD goes full ambient, and Vincent provides the perfect upbeat set-closer. Picks of the bunch are the tough, dissonant ‘Perdita’ from rising star Jay Clarke, and Trevino’s ‘Sombre Tones’, which, while being all the more poignant following his tragic passing back in May, is a masterclass in fractured experimental techno.
Ben Hindle 1