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Friday, March 18, 2011

Fuck Yeah Fridays!: Dissecting A DJ Set

As the anticipation builds for next week's Ultra Music Festival, I've been continuing to listen to Essential Mix after Essential Mix. In particular I have found myself continuing to go back to the Swedish House Mafia's mix from Creamfields back in September of 2010. This mix, recorded live, was voted best Essential Mix of 2010 and there's damn good reason why. Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso come together to form this threesome, mixing one, two, or three songs together at once (that's the benefit to having three DJs perform at once).

I want to take this opportunity to highlight a couple songs they threw together to create this seamless 2-hour party. First off, the opening mix they do is fucking awesome (it's been stuck in my head for days). They take trance master Sander Van Doorn's "Reach Out" and combine it with the vocals from Florence and the Machine's "You've Got the Love." These two songs on their own are quite unique (I'll be honest in saying "Reach Out" is a little boring for me, but when the vocals are added it's great). Then SHM smoothly transitions into their amazing "Leave The World Behind" featuring Laidback Luke. It's a hell of a way to open up a show:



And the Result (Wait for it....)

BOOM. That's how you do it.
Now check out one of my favorite parts of the mix: Steve Angello's "Tivoli" mixed with the sweet sweet bassline of Booka Shade's "Body Language" and the lyrics of Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition."



The Result:

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