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I love falling asleep. I love to close my eyes and lay back. I love the stillness and the dark.

One of my favourite things to do is listen to music while drifting off. It doesn't even matter what type of music it is (I can fall asleep to anything). The day dissolves and ends as dreams fire up for the night, stoked by rhythm and melody.

I've been working on jimrebel.com for four years now and have made 44 mixes using 933 tracks. In many ways it has been like a dream, full of reminiscence and change... but this mix, I'm afraid, is the final one.

Thank you for listening and enjoying the site. Thank you to everyone who has contacted me throughout the years from here and around the globe. Thanks to all the friends and family who have helped me with encouragement and technical expertise, especially Mave Gibson.

This mix is a sprawling epic, inspired by the need to move on, and wanting to never let go.

  1. Prince of Denmark "Are You Ready Ralph"
  2. Bon and Rau "Cloverleaf Days"
  3. Prince of Denmark "187666"
  4. Rick Wade "Creeper" (Erich Bogatzky and Volt.Mar Remix)
  5. Milton Bradley "The Unheard Voice From Outer Space"
  6. Mike Dehnert "Timber Framing"
  7. Alexander Kowalski "Reset"
  8. Kereni "Radar" (El Diablo Remix)
  9. Roberto "Mills and Boon"
  10. Ness "Diagnostic Sequence"
  11. Traversable Wormhole "Exotic Matter"
  12. BCR Boys "Flammable"
  13. A. Mochi "Response"
  14. Exium "Mantra" (Peter Van Hoesen Remix)
  15. Octave One "I Believe" (Sandwell District Remix)
  16. Hanchi "Sukanebari"
  17. Mike Dehnert "Md"
  18. Onoff "Sticky Fingers"
  19. Damien Porta "Llama"
  20. Johannes Heil "Seeded" (Motorcitysoul Remix)
  21. Micha Klang "Babes in the Woods"
  22. Maya Jane Coles "Rugged"
  23. Hector "Orale" (SIS Remix)
  24. Aera "Flowers On Fire"
  25. Claudio Fabrianesi and Donato Dozzy "Disco Infecta"
  26. Simon Hinter "Take Care"




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I was reading a book on animal behavior the other day and I came across a memorable passage about wolves. When a pack of wolves howl they are displaying their unity with the pack, but while howling they each change their pitch so that their individual howl is different from the others. No wolf wants to end up on the same note as another. This struck me as a pretty cool character trait, and an interesting combination of unification and individualization that I never knew existed before.

I've been building a vegetable garden in my yard the past while and as I garden I think about life--usually in the form of impatiently waiting for things to grow, but also in a more mortal way. The subtle complexities of a simple thing can ease my mind and melt away the static of a repetitious life. I spend my days at a cemetery and my evenings in my garden, and both remind me where we go, and what we all eventually become.

This mix floats between eerie tensions and uneasy openings. The tracks are like my garden--organic, spacious, somewhat orderly but messy in places, and potentially delicious.

  1. SIS "Break Down"
  2. Masomenos "Merci Julie" feat. Curro Savoy
  3. Martin Buttrich "Back it Up"
  4. Metrika "Paradox" (Spencer Parker's Gun for Hire Remix)
  5. APM 001 "Migrants" (Sei A Remix)
  6. Solomun "Cloud Dancer" (Manuel Tur's Syphon Drum Mix)
  7. To Rococo Rot "Forwardness" (Traversable Wormhole Remix)
  8. Radio Slave "N.I.N.A."
  9. Mike Shannon "Under the Radar" feat. Fadila (Deadbeat Mix)
  10. Gary Beck "Limehouse"
  11. Nelski "Body Pop" feat. Tom Gandey (Radio Slave Remix)
  12. Till Von Sein "Sundowna" (Dyed Soundorom and Shonky Remix)
  13. Sabb "Ballkanika" feat. Dark Beat
  14. Ellen Allien "Our Utopie"
  15. Ripperton "Random Violence"
  16. Ryan Davis "Zodiac"
  17. Basti Grub "Little Life"
  18. Caie! "Breakdown" feat. Lagora (SIS Remix)




I like the tensions between opposites, poles and disparate parts. But sometimes lines and borders disappear--forms do not hold, edges blur, black smoke trails into a dark room... We see things that are here and yet a billion miles away.

This mix is a space epic, inspired by all the other inhabitable planets out there.

  1. Edit Select "Bantu"
  2. DJ Fist "Tic Tac" (Milton Channels Psycho Remix)
  3. Marascia and Dusty Kid "Wiwy" (Edit 1)
  4. Luna City Express "Plata"
  5. Moonface "Futurized Fears" (Guy J Remix)
  6. Gunnar Stiller "Heideberg" (Exercise One Remix)
  7. Christian Smith and Reset Robot "Elixir" (Gary Beck Remix)
  8. Citizen Kain and Phuture Traxx "Cameleon"
  9. Olav Basoski and Erick E "Don't Turn Your Back" (Sander Van Doorn Remix)
  10. Joe Goddard "Apple Bobbing" (Four Tet Remix)
  11. Martinez "My Anthem"
  12. Tiefschwarz "Fall In"
  13. DJ Ino and Jesus Gonsev "Manhattan Wax"
  14. Sergio and Benoit "Full Grown Man"
  15. John Tejada and Josh Humphrey "Marooned"
  16. Alan Fitzpatrick "Face of Rejection"
  17. SIS "Barbarossa"
  18. Paul Kalkbrenner "Bengang"
  19. DJ T. "Try to Understand" (&ME Remix)
  20. Emix and D Lewis "Peace" (Berlin Trade Mix)




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Nothing plays on the imagination in a more ambivalent way than uncertainty. One day feels ecstatic--the start of a new life, the shedding of outmoded thought and perception, freedom from captivity--and the next feels like a drudgery of repeated mistakes, the resurfacing of old insecurities, a dark and inescapable sentence.

This mix swims darkly. I've selected these tracks mainly for their texture and moodiness--reflections of light on the surface of a deep and ever present abyss.

  1. Masomenos "Cot Cot"
  2. Tom Pooks "Claire De Lune"
  3. Varoslav and Okain "Season"
  4. Oel and Polygon "I Hate the Grid" (Exercise One Remix)
  5. Ruede Hagelstein "Modest Theme"
  6. Modeselektor feat. Thom Yorke "The White Flash" (Trentemoller Remix)
  7. Trisomie 21 "No Search For Us" (The Hacker Remix)
  8. Tiger and Dragon "Feel" (Lissat and Voltaxx Remix)
  9. Haruki Matsuo "Triangle In Box"
  10. Watson "Basin Head"
  11. The Per Eckbo Orchestra "Kodo Verano"
  12. Minilogue "Jamaica" (Dubfire Dreadmill Remix)
  13. M83 "Don't Save Us from the Flames" (Superpitcher Remix)
  14. Anthony Collins "Reeves"
  15. Luca and Paul "Mad About James"
  16. Alex Picone "Furby"
  17. Dave Spoon "88" (Mark Knight and Funkagenda Remix)
  18. Basti Grub "Rambel In De Jangel"
  19. Brommage Dub "Pan Ting"
  20. John Tejada "La Mer"
  21. Ricardo Tobar "Boy Love Girl Song"
  22. Michoacan "2 Bullets"
  23. Matthias Meyer "Tout Va Bien"
  24. Amir feat. Eric D Clark "Body Circuit" (Pelle Buys Remix)
  25. Zoo Brazil "Birds"




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I've been thinking about the future a lot lately--not really far ahead, just like two to five years or so--and I'm trying to decide where to focus my attention. I'm trying to decide what to continue, what to let go of and what to change.

jimrebel.com has been the most rewarding musical exercise I've been a part of as a DJ. Thanks to everyone who enjoys the site. Thanks for your supportive messages and comments. And special thanks to Mave, Madlove, Kali and Maree.

This mix is a bit of a long'un at just over two hours, and it's a tribute to enjoying the simple things this summer like stashing a bottle of vodka in your beach bag, drinking a spiked slushie on the bus or enjoying a nice cold six-pack in the parking lot next to the beer and wine...

  1. Gary Beck vs Ilario Alicante "I Like to Serve"
  2. Daniele Papini "Church of Nonsense"
  3. Sunshine Jones "If You Wouldn't Mind" (Tiger Stripes Acid Dub)
  4. Cirez D "The Journey"
  5. Fergie "Senderoff"
  6. Two EM "Manjala" (Spektre Remix)
  7. Dj Dlg "Dimension"
  8. Jamtech Foundation feat. Busy Signal "Pounds of Dro"
  9. Stereo Palma "Dreaming" (D.O.N. Tekk Remix)
  10. Duke Walker "Worm" (Brainbug Mix)
  11. Mike Polo "I Love U Baby" (Jorgensen Remix)
  12. Louis La Roche "Get On Down"
  13. The Yardbirds "For Your Love" (Ursula 1000 Re-Think)
  14. Mimo and Marcus Schmahl "Mad Rush"
  15. Lil' Mo' Yin Yang "Reach" (Mark Knight Remix)
  16. Dirty South "The End" (Tocadisco Loves Tech Mix)
  17. Dohr and Mangold "Sunrise 5:30am" (Style of Eye Remix)
  18. Kaliber feat. Elodie "Is This For Love" (Mark Knight Remix)
  19. The Cars "Let the Good Times Roll" (Mike Genius Remix)
  20. Commander Yablo "Bus Stop"
  21. Deepest Blue "Miracle" (The Drill Remix)
  22. The Japanese Popstars "Sample Whore"
  23. Deadmau5 "Alone With You"
  24. Patrick Bateman "Walk Through the Sky" (Ink and Needle Remix)
  25. Armin Prayd "Jokuvamana City" (Stereofunk Remix)
  26. John Dahlback "Pyramid"
  27. Federico Grazzini "Moodha"
  28. Shlomi Aber "Quivery"
  29. Kaliber "18"
  30. Terence Fixmer "Avalanche"
  31. Jerome Sydenham and Tiger Stripes "Elevation" (Ink and Needle Remix)
  32. Remo "Ivision"
  33. Health "Heaven" (Pink Skull Remix)
  34. Gennaro Mastrantonio "Slim Slide"
  35. Mia "Can't Find You" (Kiki Remix)
  36. Oscar "Sparkling"
  37. Christian Burkhardt "Doubledub"
  38. Radio Slave "K-Maze"
  39. Ali Payami "Pictures"
  40. The Presets "This Boy's In Love" (Jori Hulkkonen Remix)




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One of my favorite places to go when I lived in Vancouver was Third Beach. On a hot summer day you can lay on the sand and watch the float planes breeze by overhead and go for a dip in the ocean to cool off. I spent many hours sipping beer and watching the boats in the harbour and looking way off at the North Shore Mountains, every once in a while taking in a deep breath and wishing time could stop for a while.

This is something of a Lifelike tribute mix. I think that Lifelike is the best remixer of 2008 (so far) and his tracks are perfect for summer. Here are my favorite Lifelike tracks and a few songs that have a similar vibe in a fifty minute mix that's just perfect for beach ghetto blaster action this season.

  1. Cazals "Somebody Somewhere" (Lifelike Remix)
  2. DK7 "Fashion Feelings" (Lifelike Remix)
  3. Lykke Li "I'm Good, I'm Gone" (Fred Falke Mix)
  4. Does it Offend You, Yeah? "Epic Last Song" (Lifelike Remix)
  5. Heartache "Don't Stop" (Lifelike Remix)
  6. Kleerup "Hero"
  7. Eedio "Dum Di La"
  8. Cut Copy "Hearts On Fire" (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)
  9. Felix Da Housecat and Kris Menace "Artificial"
  10. Numatic "In the Morning" (Lifelike Remix)
  11. Anoraak "The Wizzard"
  12. Nathan Fake "You Are Here" (Four Tet Remix)




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So much music I hear these days is completely centered around immediate gratification; catchy maximalism to get drunk and rock out to... and I'm all for it. But there's another part of me that craves something deeper. I'm thinking 'black candle rave' here. Or a good outdoor party. These are some of my favorites right now; they're dubby, minimal and trippy as all hell. Featuring tracks by Arnaud Rebotini, Pierce, Extrawelt, Claude VonStroke, Agoria, Superpitcher, and a whole mess of tracks by the incredible Radio Slave. This one will make more sense the louder (and later) you play it.

  1. Dachshund "Somehow"
  2. Arnaud Rebotini "Meshuggah"
  3. Minilogue "The Leopard" (Extrawelt Remix)
  4. Jamelia "Beware of the Dog" (Radio Slave Instrumental)
  5. Agoria "Baboul Hair Cuttin'" (Radio Slave Remix)
  6. Pierce "Das Grosse Klick"
  7. Theo Parrish "Falling Up" (Carl Craig Mix)
  8. Mocky "Extended Vacation" (Radio Slave Mix)
  9. Claude VonStroke "Who's Afraid of Detroit"
  10. Superpitcher "Tonite"
  11. Chelonis R. Jones "Deer in the Headlights" (Radio Slave Remix)
  12. Donato Dozzy and Brando Lupi "Liquid"
  13. Radio Slave "Modena"
  14. Jaunt "Pulsar"