Photo by Angus MacRae

Well, the trees are nearly leafless here on the west coast of Canada and the days are short, dreary and rainy. I had to dig through my closet for some layers. A warm coat, a scarf a sweater. For some reason I love this time of year. I don't mind the cold. And I might secretly like to have an excuse to stay inside sometimes.

I've put together a trio of shorter mixes using tracks that I've been listening to a lot lately. There are a range of moods, but all three mixes are similar in tone. There is a spooky mood that arrives with the autumn fog. I feel drawn in and explosive at the same time--more stripped down and yet buried under so many layers.

Part One takes off on a runway made of pins and needles.

  1. Caribou "Jamelia" (DJ Koze's Alarmclock Remix)
  2. The XX "VCR" (Four Tet Remix)
  3. Maya Jane Coles "Don't Tell Me"
  4. SP "Never Stop the Action"
  5. Kenton Slash Demon "Matter" (Runaway Remix)
  6. Aera "Elevator Pitch"
  7. DJ Kaos "Horny Morning Loop" (Till Von Sein and Aera Monday Morning Acid Dub)
  8. Tim Xavier and Insideout "Girl on Fire"
  9. Pantha Du Prince "Stick to My Side" (Efdemin Version)


Photo by Robert S Donovan

Emotions seem to run a bit more intensely in December. Feelings of happiness and unity are awkwardly balanced with those of isolation and obligation. Celebration is mixed with reflections about the end of another year, and all the possibilities of the next are suspended on a dusty horizon.

This mix is a festive toast to comfortable company, and some of the best cooking and baking I've ever eaten in my life. This really has been an excellent 'winter season.'

Thanks to everyone who has enjoyed the site this year. I wish you all the best in the New Year! I don't know about you, but I'm kind of looking forward to starting a fresh decade. Take care.

  1. Federico Molinari "Party Faktor"
  2. Florian Meindl "Flashmob"
  3. David Labeij "Aha"
  4. Tigerskin "Too Hot"
  5. Daddy's Favourite "I Feel Good Things For You 09" (Alan Braxe Mix One)
  6. Electronicat "Purple and Green (Holidays)"
  7. Dualton and Masuki "Troubadour"
  8. Sandy Huner "Rare Tap" (2000 And One Cut)
  9. Reboot "Enjoy Music"
  10. Miike Snow "Animal" (Fake Blood Remix)
  11. Phoenix "Lisztomania" (DerDieDas Remix)
  12. Phonat "Set Me Free" (Louis La Roche Reconstruction Mix)
  13. Flash Brothers "Palmito" (Steve Angello Remix)
  14. Spencer & Hill "Cool" (Afrojack Remix)
  15. Claude VonStroke "Vocal Chords"
  16. Joe Montana and Andrea Introvigne "Twenty Five"
  17. Siriusmo "Wow" (Modeselektor Edit)
  18. Basti Grub "Hihihihahaaa"


Photo by May Wong

The summer of 2009 has been one of the most action packed summers I've had in years. My feet have spent weeks in beach sand, I carry the smell of BBQ smoke wherever I go, and I've soaked up enough heat to last me all winter.

This mix is wistful, eclectic and is the third part of what has become a summer trilogy including the Flotation Device and Hot and Bothered mixes. It is inspired by the joys that can come with change, and the ability to comfortably let go of the past.

  1. Grizzly Bear "Two Weeks" (Fred Falke Extended Mix)
  2. Damn Arms "Destination" (Bang Gang12's Happy Acid Reshuffle)
  3. Cut Copy "Far Away" (Golden Filter Remix)
  4. Noir "Disco.Nnected"
  5. Rockefeller "Do It 2 Nite" (Olav Basoski Remix)
  6. Nicone and Sascha Braemer "Nur Mal Kurz" (Philip Bader Remix)
  7. Crystal Fighters "Xtatic Truth" (Renaissance Man Remix)
  8. Mikael Stavostrand "Lost" (Pawas' Tribal Remix)
  9. Rodriguez Jr. "Pandora"
  10. Steve Angello and AN21 "Flonko"
  11. Monika Kruse and Gregor Tresher "When I Woke Up" (2000 And One Remix)
  12. Baeka "Right at It"
  13. Siriusmo "Nights Off"
  14. Lusine "Two Dots" feat. Vilja Larjosto
  15. James Yuill "This Sweet Love" (Prins Thomas Sneaky Edit)
  16. Major Lazer "Cash Flow" (Classixx Glass Bottom Dub Mix)
  17. Phoenix "Lisztomania" (Classixx Version)
  18. Hercules & Love Affair "Roar"
  19. Atlas Sound with Panda Bear "Walkabout"


Photo by MG

It's officially Summer on the west coast of Canada and I'm looking forward to some of the best things about this time of year: comfortable company, barbecue smoke, cloud watching, a warm breeze, colourful flowers, trails of baby ducks... I enjoy these things and cherish them but as I'm stretched out on the sand, tying up the hammock or making a miraculous frisbee catch I am amazed at how such lightness is pressed up so closely with heaviness: the rocks at the breakwater, the entire beach of sand, the sun and the earth itself. How a weightless glint of sunshine can dance on the ocean.

This mix is all about the lighter things. It's more a pound of feathers than a pound of lead, if you catch my drift, and is inspired by how a good laugh can sometimes change everything.

  1. Fred Falke "909 PM At The Beach"
  2. Anoraak "Nightdrive With You"
  3. Cut Copy "Hearts On Fire" (Knightlife Remix)
  4. Pryda "Melo"
  5. Calvin Harris "I'm Not Alone" (Deadmau5 Remix)
  6. Guy J "Shaman"
  7. Sebastien Leger "Majestic"
  8. The Bobbleheads "Everybody's Doin' It" (Deepswing's Hollywood Groove)
  9. Spencer Parker "The Girls In Pink"
  10. Pryda "Lift"
  11. Friendly Fires "Skeleton Boy" (Air France Remix)
  12. Louis La Roche "Peach"
  13. MMMatthias "James"
  14. Sebastien Leger "Majuro"
  15. Shonky "Coco Feel and Love Shonk"
  16. Alex Q "Mejis"
  17. Kleerup "Until We Bleed" with Lykke Li
  18. Lifelike "Sequencer"
  19. La Roux "In 4 The Kill" (Heartbreak Remix)
  20. Popnoname "Touch" (The Field Remix)


Photo by Lori Kiessling

I've been feeling lighter lately. It's been easier to come up with new ideas and inspiration, and for the first time in a very long time my deep-rooted pessimism is being eroded by a sweet nagging optimism. I like where this is going.

"Lightening Up" is a small collection of tracks that I've been listening to a lot lately. I think the tone of the mix reflects my own tearily happy mood. It's sure nice to get some good news.

  1. Gabriel Ananda "Babypunk"
  2. Masomenos "Pierre & Le Loup"
  3. Superpitcher "Disko! (You Don't Care)"
  4. Simian Mobile Disco "It's the Beat" (Shit Robot Remix)
  5. Ladyhawke "Back of the Van" (Mock and Toof Mix)
  6. Magas "Toys"
  7. Arto Mwambe "Une Seule Nuit" (Mix De Danse)
  8. James Pants "Ka$H" (Trizzy & XXXchange Remix)
  9. Paul Kalkbrenner "Atzepeng"
  10. Holger Zilske "Wrecker 06" (D.A.R.Y.L.'s Deadlined Mix)
  11. Gel Abril "Spells of Yoruba"
  12. M.A.N.D.Y. and Booka Shade "O Superman" feat. Laurie Anderson (Audiofly X Remix)
  13. Andy Stott "Massacre"
  14. Chymera "Parelo" (Jody Wisternoff Mix)
  15. Michael Cassette "Cyan Child"
  16. Bag Raiders "Shooting Stars" (Instrumental)


Photo by Ian Buchanan

This is a small mix (37mins) of slightly more minimal tracks that I think makes a friendly companion to the spacehaus mix. It's definitely inspired by the excitement of outdoor summer fun that's in the air right now: patio beers, yard parties, road trips, new towns, new cities...

  1. Basti Grub "Baaanii"
  2. Nick Curly "Tele-vision"
  3. Prompt "Elephant"
  4. Deadset "G.O.D." (Mango Re-Fiddle)
  5. Nick Curly "Forecast"
  6. Four Tet "Wing Body Wing"
  7. Tala "Mandragora" (Marcel Oelke Mix)
  8. 2raumwohnung "Besser Gehts Nicht" (Martin Buttrich Mix)
  9. Hot Chip "One Pure Thought" (Dominic Eulberg Remix)
  10. Tiger Stripes "Beach Buggy"


Photo by MG

This mix is a little different. After the crazy intensity of my last few dancefloor-centric outings I really wanted to make a mix with some of the more 'indie' sounding songs I've had on repeat lately. I'm loving Miss Kittin's "Batbox" LP and the new self-titled Crystal Castles album. I've also been obsessed with Mock and Toof and the slightly more organic sounding, slightly less polished tracks coming out on their label Tiny Sticks.

  1. Mock and Toof "Digit 1"
  2. Miss Kittin "Grace"
  3. Just a Band "We are..." (The Shoes Remix)
  4. Crystal Castles "Good Time"
  5. Mlle Caro and Franck Garcia "Dead Souls" (Radio Slave Long Distance Kiss Remix)
  6. Rework "Love Love Love Yeah" (Rework's Chelsea Girls Remix)
  7. C. Banx feat. Chelonis R. Jones "Destination Unknown" (Daso Remix)
  8. Crystal Castles "Untrust Us"
  9. Strip Steve "You and I"
  10. Mock and Toof "Lucky" (feat. Gavin Gordon)
  11. Miss Kittin "Play Me a Tape"
  12. Hot Chip "Ready for the Floor" (Extended Version)
  13. Crystal Castles vs Health "Crimewave"
  14. Dondolo "Dragon" (Shit Robot Fire Breathing Remix)