Every month, Philip Sherburne listens to a whole lot of mixes so you only have to listen to the best ones.
We’re halfway through this strange, unsettling year, and the outlook for electronic music isn’t looking any better than it was when the pandemic first shut everything down four months ago. Some promoters, festivals, and DJs have tried to pretend things are reverting to normal—which pretty much everybody agrees is a terrible idea—while others are crowdfunding just to stay in business. (The Berlin-based DJ Eric Cloutier articulated something that’s probably on a lot of musicians’ minds when he recently predicted, “I don’t think many, if any of us, will be DJing in clubs ever again.”)
Happily, the proliferation of online mix series in the last few years means that the art of the DJ mix itself is more versatile—and more portable—that you might expect. This month’s best mixes encompass