Thursday, 16 December 2010

Ben UFO - 'Gimme5' & 'Acetate' Mixes

Ben Thompson in the mix. The Hessle Audio co-founder has built a strong reputation for high quality control over the past few years with his strong love for vinyl shown in his genre spanning sets, an exploration through the garage/2-step, UK funky, house, techno as well as dubstep on occasion. Such work has led to his emergence as one of the scene's most loved DJ's, the best I've experienced alongside Oneman (whose brilliance is displayed in the fact that they have become highly reputable DJ's without having produced music). His mixes for XLR8R, Why Not? and LuckyMe had me enthralled for weeks, so naturally when I saw two brand new mixes available from the Hessle head honcho I couldn't contain my excitement, especially upon seeing the tracklist for his 'Gimme5' mix. His recent 'Acetate' mix for Red Bull Music Academy is also excellent, although the two are quite a contrast in styles.
Ben UFO's 'Gimme5' mix is very very good. A mix of unreleased dubs, as well as old school rarities, this mix never fails to interest. Once again an example of technical brilliance in terms of his mixing, Ben UFO effortlessly switches between garage, techno, funky and house. It's real strength comes in the form of his track selection, especially with the inclusion of a couple of unreleased/unknown gems. Listen out in particular for J.O.'s 'Kissmequik', Blawan's 'Bohla' as well as 'Sicko Cell' which I have recently written about. Each are highlights in this wonderful mix. You can stream the mix above or download by clicking here.

'Gimme5' Mix - Tracklist:
1.Kym Mazelle – Big Baby [Rafmat mix] (White)
2.Ms. Dynamite – What’s Mickey Talking About (Unreleased)
3.LB Dub Corp – It’s What You Feel (Ostgut Ton)
4.Joy Orbison – Kissmequik (Unreleased)
5.Logos – Kowloon (Unreleased)
6.Blawan – Bohla (Unreleased)
7.EQD – Equalised#003 (Hard Wax)
8.Steve Poindexter – Work That Muthafucker (Muzique)
9.Funkystepz – Bubbly (Unreleased)
10.Randomer – Brunk (Unreleased)
11.? – Sicko Cell (Unreleased)
12.Pearson Sound – Blue Eyes (Hessle Audio)
13.Slyerpaul – Crazier (Dubs 4 Klubs)
14.Emptyset – Red Sun [Peverelist mix] (Unreleased)
15.M Dubs – Body Killin’ (White)
16.Boddika – 2727 (Unreleased)
17.T++ – Anyi (Honest Jons)
18.Becoming Real – Like Me feat. Trim (NotEven)

For the 'Acetate' mix Ben UFO spins a strong collection of rarities and classics, a collection of deep cuts. This is real evidence of his skill as a DJ, and undoubtedly proves his reputation as one of the best around. Smooth transitions between some wonderful deep house, playful old school garage, and recent techno releases provides listening pleasure. Any mix that begins with Theo Parrish should be taken very seriously. Pure brilliance. You can stream the mix now by clicking here.

'Acetate' Mix - Tracklist:
1.Harmonia and Eno '76 - When Shade Was Born - Grönland
2.Theo Parrish - Only The Beginning - Peacefrog
3.Appointment - 001 - Appointment
4.Brand New Heavies - Close To You (MAW Old School Hardcore Dub) - FFRR
5.Hashim - Al-Naafiysh - The Soul - Cutting Records
6.Da Posse - Searchin' Hard (Mike Dunn's AC mix) - Dance Mania
7.STL - Space Warriors - Something
8.Third Side - Andy - Restoration
9.Marcellus Pittman - There's Somebody Out There - Unirhythm
10.Norma Jean Bell - I Like The Things.. (KDJ Mix) - Prescription
11.Chez and Trent - 054 - KMS
12.Jamie 326 - Welcome To The Dub - Basement Edits
13.Happy Trax #4 - Rock Ya Body - Happy Records
14.Baby Ford - Built In - Force Inc.
15.House Of Jazz - Hold Your Head Up - Club Swing
16.Todd Edwards - Winter Behaviour - i! Records
17.DJ Disciple - Keep On Movin' (Laid Back And Funky Mix) - Interstate
18.Tuff Jam feat. Xavier - Tumblin' Down (Marimba mix) - Mucho Soul
19.Ramsey & Fen - Style (Bug Dub) - Bug Records
20.Groove Chronicles - Hold On - GC
21.Grain - Untitled - FatCat
22.Wax - 10001 - Hardwax
23.Marcel Fengler - Enigma - Ostgut Ton
24.Anthill Mob - Bring It On Down - Jam Jam
25.Chris Mac - Plenty More - Confetti
26.NCA feat. Robbie Craig - Lessons (Steve Gurley Vocal Mix) - Public Demand
27.Unlimited Touch - Carry On - Epic

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