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12 Years of DFA: Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic

Tip of the cap to Max Joseph and the Red Bull Music Academy for producing this documentary on the excellent independent outfit, DFA Records. Narrated by comedian Marc Maron, this is a great insight into the independent label that’s released 141 12’’ singles and 34 albums since 2001. Shed some light on whether DFA is a “dumb fucking acronym” for “Disco for assholes”, what people look like when they dance to DFA, and how 12 years ago the label began making dorky white people accept dance music in the indie rock world.

It’s impossible to rate such great music, but here’s three of our favourite DFA records to date. Happy 12th Birthday…

LCD Soundsystem: Get Innocuous!

Hercules & The Love Affair: Blind

The Juan Maclean: Happy House

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Oneman, xxxy & Bondax mixes

Mixes, mixes, everywhere. Couple of longer ones here to keep you trucking this Friday.

First up is the one man you’d most want spinning the tunes at your house party, Oneman. His two hour mix for the Diplo & Friends show on Radio 1 and 1xtra is 50 songs worth of goodness, seamlessly weaving club house, R&B, grime and more as only he can do.  The (lengthy) tracklist can be found here.

Second up and repping Manchester is producer and selector xxxy. Taken from his recent set for Red Bull Music Academy at SonarSound in Tokyo last month, imagine it as the slightly reserved but intense cousin of the mix above. Listen here.

Finally, it’d be remiss if we didn’t also point you in the direction of an unashamedly fun new mix from Bondax for XLR8R. In advance of their first LP later this year, remind yourself why everyone bloody loves these two and download the mix here. If you needed more convincing, it includes this bundle of fun:

Those should keep you going.

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HNNY & Koko – Mix for RMBA @ Lounge

‘Paris Dub 1’ by Paranoid London has one of the standout vocals of last year and has recently re-surfaced on two excellent mixes. Not only does it feature on Dauwd’s mix he did for The Fader that we’ve already waxed lyrical about (and with good reason, it’s brilliant), but it also appears on the funky and soulful mixtape HNNY and Kornel Kovacs did recently for the Red Bull Music Academy party at Lounge in Gothenburg. Check both below.

This mix features two new tracks from HNNY in the form of ‘Exactly’ and ‘Yearning’. The latter, which rears its head around the 47 minute mark, sounds as if it’ll have no trouble following in the footsteps of last year’s superb hit ‘For The Very First Time’. We’ve posted it below, because we can.

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