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!

Enjoy!

A 55 minute techno mix, recorded in September 2016.

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Tracks:

  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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Tracks:

  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

JD Pleks – All In A Day’s Work (techno mix)

 
I never seem to find the time to make new mixes nowadays – the weekends fly by and then it’s Monday again, and time to head back to the real job. I was listening to some of my old techno mixes and thought that I really wanted to record something new, something that starts off a bit harder than my most recent output and was maybe a bit closer to the kind of techno I used to play at Dan-Sin ‘back in the day’. So I booked a day off of work and set about creating something – and here it is! It’s exactly the kind of set I was imagining – big kick drums, dark basslines and just a touch of rave madness. Play it loud!

A 64 minute techno mix, recorded in January 2016.

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Tracks:

  1. Firewire – Maxime Dangles
  2. Opa – Kölsch
  3. Broken Fridge (Patrik Skoog remix) – HD Substance
  4. Full Contact (D. Diggler Remix) – Michael Knop
  5. Brabant -Marco Bailey
  6. Jealous (Ferhat Albayrak Remix) – Gabriel Ben
  7. Wire State – Octave
  8. Ignition – Peja
  9. Glitch – Player
  10. Iron Nerves – Marco Bailey & Tom Hades
  11. Set Them Free – Industrialyser
  12. Fire (Paul Mac Remix) – Ritzi Lee
  13. Player 12 B2 (Adam Beyer Remix) – Player
  14. Quadrophobia – Player
  15. Duke Street Fleet – Clouds