There are so many mixes that show up on various websites these days-- label-sponsored, club-sponsored, magazine-sponsored, podcast-sponsored etc-- that it is, quite literally, impossible to keep up.

Philip Neeson hasn't kept up very well either, but when we asked him to do a piece on some of the better mixes of the year he trolled through as many as he could find, and came up with the all-round nice, mood-swinging selection that's available for you to check out below. Also thanks to Manni Dee, Worker/Parasite and Blue Tapes for their help.

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South African shangaan electro pioneer Nozinja put out the joyful Nozinja Lodge full-length earlier in the year via none other than influential electronica label Warp. Just prior to the record's release footwork artist RP Boo-- who released his very own Fingers, Bank Pads, and Shoe Prints album this year-- mixed a selection of Nozinja's tunes into a 30-minute run that was to prove a nice taster for the album.


Big fan of Plaid, and so any mix by them is always worth sharing in my book. The bubbly electro-funk melodious twosome didn't put out an album this year, sadly (unless they do a Beyoncé days before Christmas and release a surprise one), but this autumn they did share a good-time, funk-laden mix that they did for Cuban music festival Manana. Enjoy.


Ninja Tune this year marked twenty-five years in existence, while its affiliate Solid Steel series got a reboot in April with the launch of a new website. It thus continued along with providing a continuous supply of mixes, that included Dan Snaith AKA Caribou's set of near obscure disco, soul, and other trippy turnabouts.


In the same week as the bloke Snaith, perennially wonderful French lofi harpist and general experimenter Colleen appeared for Solid Steel (bit of a bumper week, all told). Colleen released her finest album in a while this year, the extra airy Captain of None. It still stands as one of my consistently enjoyable LP's of 2015. Anyhooz, here find her aforementioned, dub-laced one-hour mix. Listen, and see how many of the tunes featured you already own.


Amsterdam label Dekmantel's series of podcasts have been getting good reviews, and the unequaled Manc duo Autechre's four-hour serving of early influences is as mighty as it is mightily long.

Blue Tapes

Blue Tapes began releasing music on tape several years ago (personally I'm still not convinced by this so-called tape revival) but this year it teamed up with X-Ray Records and began releasing on vinyl too. It's an interesting label(s) of noise, repetition, and general dystopia, and much of what it sponsors can be a hard listen on occasion. But it can't be accused of appealing to any mainstream. Then again, many newspapers and websites generally cotton on to 'leftfield' labels and artists about six or seven years after such labels and artists being in existence, so expect Blue Tapes / X-Ray to be all over the place sometime around 2020. Meanwhile, I asked the boss of Blue Tapes to choose one of his own mixes, and he forwarded me the one he provided for Bandcloud back in March.

A.G. Cook and Life Sim

"Drunk as fu*k", was how FactMag described ultra hyper electropop PC Music boss A.G. Cook, and Life Sim's Xtreme Mixology. Well, duh!

Picks from Worker/Parasite

If you happen to follow Worker/Parasite on social media you will know that the rootsy acid-techno head is quite fond of sharing various mixes. With this in mind I got hold of the crazy horse to ask if he'd kindly pass on a couple of his favs for the benefit of this piece. He sent over three, and you can check out what he had to say about each below. As well as listening to them, obviously.

"I love Gene Farris, and a recording of him playing in Chicago circa 1995 should be enough to grab your interest. Classic, raw, out-there house vibes."

"I've been able to work with these guys quite a bit and it's always a pleasure. On repeat!"

"DJ Haus! I'm a devout listener to his RinseFM show. Never had the chance to hear him mix live, but this will do."

Picks from Manni Dee

One of my finds of the year has been the charged, heavy techno workouts that is Manni Dee. Below Manni picks two of his favourite mixes of 2015, accompanied by his interesting words about the mixes chosen.

"Compiled by Yuji Kondo and Katsunori Sawa aka Steven Porter. The diversity of the mix is what impressed me at first. A genre spanning narrative that remains coherent. I love the fact that it transcends scenes and expectations and focuses on what's fundamental, good music. It's like an obscure mixtape from a childhood friend."

"Similarly diverse. I wondered what life would be like if I only listened to this mix and nothing else for a month. I think to even entertain that prospect conveys how musically nourishing this mix is."