DJ Skelp – Flashback 3 (retro hardhouse mix)

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‘You have to kill all your darlings’ – William Faulkner

Now ol’ Billy there was talking about writing, and referencing removing your overused and favourite phrases and tropes to improve your output, but this maxim has been co-opted (and shortened to ‘Kill Your Darlings’) by artists of other creative disciplines to mean something slightly different and more specific to them. So I’m now doing the same for DJing. It’s my blog, I can do what I want!

‘You may have to kill your darlings’ – Chris Skelp

The full process of making the Flashback mixes is quite involved, and as I think I may have said before I am planning on a post dedicated to documenting that (sometime. maybe. possibly). The final stages of this are the really fun bits, where I decide what tracks are going in the set, in what order and get down to actual mixing. Sometimes this is relatively painless, but for this set it ended up being a little bit tortuous – I fairly quickly got the beginning and middle sections sorted, but I just couldn’t get an ending that I really liked and that fitted in with what was going on earlier. All of the tracks were favourites of mine, but the flow and the ‘vibe’ just wasn’t right. After a couple of weeks of to-ing and fro-ing, it dawned on me that there was 1 track that I was determined to play (OD404 remix of ‘Wanna Play House’) that was throwing the whole thing off. It’s a great track, and I absolutely love it, and whilst many others were tried and discarded, I kept trying to shoehorn this in. When I realised what was happening, I decide to ‘Kill My Darling’ and removed it from the playlist – and it worked! The other tracks I had chosen for the final section now made sense, and I was able to find an order that I really liked. A couple of takes (and tweaks) later, I had Flashback 3 recorded and ready to go. So here it is!

75 minutes of classic-era hardhouse, building through a few sub-genres (straight-up, bounce, trance, nrg) and upping the BPM throughout to a hard-but-uplifting finale.

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If you want a high-definition audio, lossless version of the mix, you can download this from the Soundcloud link below. Or you can stream from there, and from Mixcloud – both links below

The full tracklist, and Discogs links for each of the tracks can be found by clicking here


DJ Skelp – Flashback 2 (retro hardhouse mix)


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I am proud to present the second in the Flashbacks series, a 60 minute mix of harder-edged, driving and trancey tracks all from around 2000 – 2002.

Tracklist, with discogs links available by clicking here.

When I first started the process of creating this mix, I had no plan or theme in mind, and I just went through my collection dragging out vinyl that made me think ‘I used to really like this tune’. After I had digitised about 20 or so, I began sequencing them and doing some test mixes using 2 or 3 of the tunes. Slowly I started to realise that the tracks that I was really reacting to were the ones with big synth lines, and within those a lot of them were bootlegs and remixes of classic hard trance tunes. I went through my collection again, and pulled out a few more tracks that were of similar style, and a couple that I knew might be needed as a bridge between and/or break from the toxic euphoria and digitised these (I think I will do a post soon about the process I use for digitising, some of you might be interested)

A couple of runs at this mix later, where I threw out a few tracks that I really liked but thought they didn’t quite fit in to the set, this is the result. I’m quite proud of this one, I think that as a whole it really works well, and I decided to allow the epic tracks to really stretch out in the mix whilst trying to keep the energy level up – I believe I managed that, I would be interested what you guys think.

If you download the mix direct from here, it will be in a 320kps MP3 file. If you prefer a lossless AIFF version, you can grab that from Soundcloud. All of the tracks used in the mix were digitised without compression, so if you like hi-fi sound then the lossless should keep you happy!

I like sharing my mixes, and enjoy the process of creating them – it does take up quite a bit of time, so if you have enjoyed this, or any of my mixes in the past, I would love it if you showed your appreciation with a small donation to charity – I have set up a donation page at for Simon Community Scotland, a non-religious charity providing outreach services to homeless people in Scotland – anything you can spare would be appreciated.


DJ Skelp – Flashback 1 (retro hardhouse mix)


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Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s I spent a lot of time, money and effort building a collection of hardhouse records and I was lucky enough at that time to get regular gigs playing them. I fell out of love with the hardhouse that was being released around 2006 or so, and gave my heart totally to techno. Since then my hardhouse vinyl has been ignored, and with my move into digital DJing I haven’t looked at them in years. This seemed a bit of a shame, and I had the idea to start digitising and cataloguing them – then I thought why not make some mixes at the same time?

This is the first in what I hope will be a long series of mixes, which I have dubbed Flashbacks. Flashback 1 is 17 tracks – most have an off-beat bass and it has an overall feelgood vibe. Like all my mixes I have tried to chart a course that builds throughout, and for this first in the series I have also tried to keep the tracks that would be considered as ‘overplayed classics’ to the minimum.

You can download an MP3 version of the mix with the links in this post, and there is also a lossless version available from my soundcloud page where you can also stream.

The tracks, with links to the Discogs entry for each one can be found by clicking here

If you enjoy this mix then please consider supporting the work that has gone into it by donating to Simon Community Scotland, a secular charity that supports homeless people with outreach and other vital services. You can donate quickly and easily at my Justgiving Page


JD Pleks – Playing The Fool (techno mix)


An 80 minute building (as always!) techno mix, recorded in April 2018 from some slightly older tracks I hadn’t quite found a place for in mixes made when I bought them. 75% of the tracks are lossless, so if you prefer a lossless version for download then grab it from my Soundcloud site. Link below the tracklist.

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  1. AM – Id Ensemble
  2. Tannhäuser – Dodi Palese
  3. Win Some – Pan-Pot
  4. Tnoura – Sahaf
  5. Move a Little Closer – Nicole Moudaber
  6. Kienitz – Kobosil
  7. Five – Psyk
  8. Lotus – Toby Rost
  9. Semper Fi (Konrad (Italy) Remix) – Lutzenkirchen
  10. Burning Head – Hell Driver
  11. Good Face – Unidivixion
  12. Red Lights (Bart Skils Motor Speedway Rework) – Victor Ruiz
  13. Down – Sven Wittekind
  14. D-Factor (Torsten Kanzler Remix) – Drumloch
  15. Dement (David Temessi Remix) – Joe Kendut, Mario Feinstaub
  16. Automaton (Dual Fuel Remix) – KoZY, SelfServe
  17. Crazy Horse – V111
  18. Ruins of an Empire – Ethan Fawkes
  19. Mosquitor – T78
  20. Sphinx – Tenebra Aeterna


JD Pleks – Observation Post (techno mix)


Recorded in January 2018 from lossless sources, this is 70 minutes of fairly hard techno, recorded in one take for an ‘as live’ feel – use the Soundcloud download below to get the mix in lossless AIFF format. The download direct from my site is MP3.

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  1. Rising Phoenix – Frank Kvitta
  2. Kings Of The Highway (The Extraverse Remix) – Stoked
  3. Look What Your Love Has Done To Me – Perc, Gazelle Twin
  4. Untitled – Jacob B, DJOKO
  5. Stay With Me (Perc Remix) – Amelie Lens
  6. Stella – Thomas Schumacher
  7. Grizzlor – T78
  8. Distorcion – Guillermo DR
  9. Narkotic – Steve Shaden
  10. Dark Contact – Carara
  11. Get Away (Roentgen Limiter Remix) – Joseph Dalik
  12. The Music – Claas Herrmann
  13. Chained to a Dead Camel (Perc Remix) – Clouds
  14. Reactor Shutdown – Prodx


Guest Mix on Banging Techno Sets


I have been listening to mixes on Banging Techno Sets SoundCloud page for a little while now, and enjoy the range of styles they have on their regular podcasts – always staying true to their name, but each DJ has their own slant on the genre. After recording Future Dissident I sent them over a link to it, and they asked me to send them an exclusive 1 hour mix for one of their podcasts – this made me happy!

I decided that any mix I sent to them would have to be good (of course!) and also with as dynamic a mixture of tunes as I could fit into the time available – after a couple of aborted attempts I struck on what I thought was the right playlist, and then set about putting them together – I had a great time making this mix, more fun than I have had in a while – something about making a mix for someone else’s page just works for me (see the guest mix I did for Sonicrampage for another example).

This mix is number 160 in the Banging Techno Sets catalogue, and is available on SoundCloud and YouTube

Thanks to Banging Techno Sets for asking me to guest on their podcast – if you enjoy my techno mixes, give some of the other great DJs on there a spin – you’ll definitely find things you like!


  1. Fastback – Hell Driver
  2. Choises – Letunlame
  3. No Worries – Sahaf
  4. Get Up – AnGy KoRe
  5. Exclusive Anthem (Hawk Remix) – DeepVoicee, Lewis Shephard
  6. Concrete – DigitalboyBdn
  7. Velow – Oruam Zior, Ruvick L
  8. Cubic Psycho Eighteen – Master Master
  9. Muriatik (Darmec Remix) – A.Paul
  10. Effet Papillon (Sopik Remix) – Tawa Girl
  11. Tope – LD962
  12. Rise of Darkness – GSR
  13. Not Amused (Silvano Scarpetta Remix) – LNO, ReneHell
  14. Aktion Mekanik Theme (Kobosil 44 Version) – Terence Fixmer
  15. Dark Moon – Tawa Girl
  16. Kaos – Giacomo Renzi
  17. Queen of Hearts (Charles Fenckler Remix) – Reform (IT)


JD Pleks – Future Dissident (techno mix)


Purism is a tedious game in any art form.

‘That’s not (insert very specific genre here)’ – I’ve been guilty of that myself on occasion. Probably will be again. Hypocrisy is a way of life.

This mix is 45 minutes of hard techno, with a couple of tracks thrown in that might piss off the techno puritans. So it goes.

Recorded in April 2017 from lossless sources – use the Soundcloud download below to get the mix in lossless AIFF format. The download direct from my site is MP3.

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  1. Intro
  2. Retrograde(Hell Driver Remix) – Darmec
  3. Substance – Steve Shaden
  4. Disco Roker – Lowerzone, DubCore
  5. 3481(A.PAUL Redub) – 100110110
  6. KRSS (Gene Karz, Lesia Karz Remix) – Jusai
  7. Contact – Felix Wehden
  8. Acid – Sergio Murcia
  9. Change(Axel Karakasis Remix) – Torsten Kanzler
  10. Global Waves – Dario Sorano
  11. Kick It – DJ Ogi
  12. Atompilzsammler(Fressfeind Remix) – Bjorn Zimmermann
  13. TH4 (Darpa Remix) – M.I.D.I.
  14. Digging – DJ Ogi
  15. No Words – Lowerzone, DubCore


Down The Back Of The Sofa Vol. 1


El Skelpo promotions present:

‘From Down The Back Of The Sofa’ Volume 1 – mixed by JD Pleks

A series of mixes made from tunes found down the back of the digital sofa – these could be forgotten  (and some not so forgotten) gems, tracks that are a bit quirky and didn’t fit in a promo set or those that were rejected from a set due to ‘musical differences’! There may also be the odd vinyl track thrown in as well if I feel the urge.

These may sometimes be a bit rougher round the edges than a promo set – the occasional shoe-horn may be applied to get everything to fit, but they should still be entertaining. Think more like a house party vibe than in the club – anything goes!

This first one is all Pleks – some house, some techno. Others may end up being collaborations between some or all of my alter-egos – who knows what the dusty crate digging will turn up!

You can download the mix in MP3 with the link below, or if you prefer it in lossless AIFF head over to my Soundcloud and download from there. You can also stream from there.

Hope you enjoy this one.

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  1. Sister – Walker/Royce
  2. I Want You (Alan Fitzpatrick remix) – Trus’me
  3. Kukulcan – Cari Lekebusch
  4. Pangea – Dast
  5. Fusion Time (Josement Remix) – Luigi Monty
  6. Watching The Sunset I – Markus Suckut
  7. Human – Psyk
  8. Field Of Vision – Jeff Rushin
  9. Dead End (Michael Schwarz Remix) – Static Sense
  10. Nous Sommes MMM – MMM
  11. Daisycutter (Ayako Mori Remix) – DvX
  12. Lyse – Kobosil
  13. Warehouse Memories (Emmanuel AKNF Remix) – I Hate Models


JD Pleks – Captive Pursuit (techno mix)


I guess a consequence of trying to be a more active DJ, following one style is that there isn’t really any theme to individual mixes – this is just a bunch of tracks that I have picked up in the last month or so that make me dance around when I hear them!

One thing that has changed is that I have started to buy all my tracks in lossless format where I can, and have made the mix available in AIFF on my soundcloud page – link below for download – if you stream from Soundcloud they compress to about 160kbps, so if you want the best quality you HAVE to download from there. The download from my site is a 320kbps MP3 – my bandwidth won’t handle many people downloading a near 600MB file!


A 55 minute techno mix, recorded in September 2016.

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  1. Intro
  2. For Future Use (Bitten By The Black Dog v.1) – GoldFFinch
  3. Relativity (Rasser Remix) – bR1
  4. Mashine Funk – Ben Long
  5. Berghain (2k16 Rework) – David Temessi
  6. Raptor ([ Wex 10 ] Remix) – Helmut Kraft
  7. Redov – Vladw
  8. Nomad – Stevie Wilson
  9. Midnight Dreamer – Green Tolek
  10. Strings (Matt Mus Remix) – Dandi & Ugo
  11. Irregular Acid – Remco Beekwilder
  12. Bizzarre Remnants (Matt Mus Remix) – A.Paul
  13. Delhi – Sirch, William Kiss
  14. Sublight Velocities – Traversable Wormhole
  15. Die Schwellen – Kobosil


JD Pleks – The Illusion of Truth (techno mix)


Exit Festival, Novi Sad Serbia – early Saturday morning on the 9th of July 2016. I had an epiphany. According to Google, an epiphany is defined as:

  1. the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi (Matthew 2:1–12)
  2. a moment of sudden and great revelation or realization.

Now I had drunk a fair amount of rakija before getting there, and had also been availing myself of the surprisingly decent local red wine on offer inside the festival (served in plastic glasses, from a plastic bottle – I didn’t think it would be drinkable, never mind dangerously tasty!) but it still wasn’t enough for me to have the first kind in the definition! No, it was a realisation that I had lost my way as a DJ, and that by indulging my love of many styles of music in my DJing, I was confusing myself and also not progressing my skills with my new digital setup.

Let’s rewind a little bit. I am THE most annoying person to be at a DJ gig with. I am constantly analysing (more accurately criticising) the music, the mixing, the EVERYTHING, and I like to share my valuable(!) insights with everyone who is with me, especially the extremely patient Mrs Skelp. On the night of my epiphany, where we were enjoying sets by Dasha Rush, Moritz von Oswald, Zadig and Psyk as part of a ‘25 Years of Tresor’ celebration at the No Sleep Novi Sad stage, the aforementioned Mrs Skelp turned to me and said ‘You must be REALLY enjoying this’ – I agreed with her, and asked her how she was so sure – ‘You haven’t been giving me the usual running commentary’ was the reply. A spark went off in my wine-soaked brain. She was, of course and as always, correct. I was in my musical element – everything was in the correct place – the energy, the layering, the progression, the EVERYTHING. At this point I remembered that nothing (in the world of DJing for a dancefloor) hits the spot for me quite like well put together, well produced, hard techno.

So what, you may ask. Why am I waffling on about this? Well, on my return to Glasgow, this realisation stayed with me, and came to the decision that I was going to act on my epiphany, and concentrate my efforts into a single style for the next while, returning to the methodology I had when I was playing out regularly – following the releases of the style I play on a weekly basis, and recording regular mixes of only this style. This is the first in this series – it is all tunes that I have purchased since returning from Exit, and it is a set that tries to capture a little bit of what it was on that warm night in Serbia that made me just shut up and dance!

A 56 minute techno mix, recorded in July 2016.

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  1. Intro
  2. Devil Inside (Yannick Fuchs Remix) – 80 Doppel D
  3. Cubic Psycho Eighteen – Master Master
  4. Silhouette – Psyk
  5. Ropets & Knots – V111
  6. L3 – Psyk
  7. Avadon – Psyk
  8. R-Mx – Cave Djz
  9. Riot – Psyk
  10. Root Destruction – Unidivixion
  11. High Rise – Kamikaze Space Programme
  12. Planetary Interface – Silentcell
  13. Perfect Storm (Dkult Remix) – A.Paul
  14. Message from Mars – Silentcell
  15. Pacho (Deh-Noizer Innerview Version) – Pucet
  16. Mutter – Konstantin Sibold