There’s something special about a well put together DJ mix. Just like a live set, it has the power to take listeners on a journey, introduce you to new sounds and showcase an artist’s music, taste and technical skills. DJs are constantly dropping new mixes but how do you keep up, and where do you discover mixes from artists that you don’t know you love yet? To make things easy we’ve rounded up the 12 best mix series out right now. Whether you’re looking for trap and bass music, DnB, future bass, future beats or house, this list has you covered. Check them out below and let us know your favourites.
Banguers with Benzi
Banguers with Benzi is a weekly radio show on SiriusXM Radio, which began two years ago back in March of 2018. Hosted by Benzi every Tuesday, he has had a massive list of artists come through and deliver electrifying guest mixes. From large names like TYNAN and Cozway, all the way to up and coming artists, like Saka and FLY, Benzi has curated an impressive radio station that definitely belongs on your radar. Every episode is worth the listen and you’ll be leaving each week with a new stack of favorite tracks.
Beat Lab Radio
Based in Oregon, Beat Lab Radio broadcasts new guest mixes and uploads them on their SoundCloud every week. One of the best sources for bass music mixes, Beat Lab Radio brings fans the hard-hitting, the wonky, the dark, the dirty and everything in between. Their roster of guests includes AZTEK, sfam, Jon Casey, TVBOO, Adiidas, OAKK, LEViT∆TE. and more. With nearly 300 episodes to date, they’ve been killing it for a minute.
San Holo’s record label, bitbird, began back in 2014. The label is known for releasing future bass, but they have also released a wide variety of genres, including classical music, R&B, and trap. The radio show follows the same format as the label, giving us a lush and lavish listening experience since 2016. With some of the recent episodes having Jaron and Manilla Killa as guests, you can expect to have your mood lifted instantly when you put on bitbird radio.
In the realm of discussing bass music legends, you are legally obligated to bring up Zeds Dead. With over 140 episodes, DEADBEATS Radio has provided major contributions to electronic music culture. Their catalog includes a variety of guest mixes as well as special radio features such as an All Drum N Bass Special, an All Dubstep Special, a 10 Days of Dead Treats, which was a Halloween mini mix edition, just to give an idea of what listeners can expect from what they showcase. The variety provided is incomparable as they introduce mixes from the up-and-coming producers like Cozway, Klutch, Floret Loret, LICK and more, in addition to a deep archive from legends including Rusko, Delta Heavy and Ganja White Night, to name a few. Along with these incredible inclusions they also incorporate Dead Heat which is the track of the week, Raise From The Dead which is a throwback track, a fan pick and catching zzz’s which is a song on the more melodic and chill side. They have so much to offer and have a great grasp on what they provide to their followers.
Eclectic Imprint is labeled as SoundCloud’s best kept secret and I could not agree more. With a focus on up-and-coming producers spanning across a variety of genres, it was only recently that I discovered this page and found the fire they had hidden. They are an independent record label and artist/event management agency that drops a monthly Eclectic FM Mix Series. Represented on their management roster is Samsara Family, Super Future and Mighty-Mozaic while their mix series features top of the line underground artists such as thook, Capshun, Creighfish, leet, G-Space, HMU, L*O*J and Take/Five to name a few. If you like keeping up with what the sounds of the future will be like, I highly encourage giving Eclectic Imprint a follow.
It may seem a bit biased to put our own mix series on this list, but it would also be irresponsible not to. Spanning 100+ guest mixes to date, our FUXWITHIT Guest mix series simultaneously showcases the future of music alongside DJ legends. We’ve had everyone from Thook, Dabow, Rome In Silver and Laxcity, to icons and world champions like UZ, Craze, Four Color Zack, ESKEI83, Dj Ride and THUGLI. Trap and bass music with an underlying hip hop influence tend to be most common, but don’t be surprised hearing future bass, future beats, dubstep, house or mixes that span all of the mentioned genres and more. As the series grows expect FUXWITHIT to continue be the Champions Of The Underground with a few big name surprises thrown in.
If you’re a fan of the FUXWITHIT mix series, you’ll love what Noiseporn is doing with their own series. A platform that’s been riding for the underground, their mix series puts this on display properly. With over 50+ episodes ranging from Code: Pandorum, to Floret Loret, Holly, STUCA, G-REX, Peekaboo and more, these mixes are an absolute must for bass heads.
Noisia Radio is on its sixth season and through years has become a one-stop-shop for everything bass music. These three legends have already made a tremendous impact over their twenty-year career, with a discography that’s beyond impressive and the founding of three major labels under their belt (Vision, Division, and Invisible), they decided to take supporting the underground one step further and created Noisia Radio. The show itself consists of tracks from all Noisa’s labels, which have recently seen releases from a few FUXWITHIT favorites like Tek Genesis and Holly. Noisia Radio serves as an excellent entry point to the Drum & Bass scene, as Noisia provides expert curation of the best Drum & Bass records coming out and also provides entertaining and insightful commentary before every track. In addition to all this, the group sometimes invites their peers on the show to drop off a guest mix, which over the years have seen the likes of Machine Drum, Huxley Anne, and Ivy Lab.
Sure, FUXWITHIT is all about promoting the trap and bass underground, but real recognize real and The Prescription is your destination for all things house. Providing a remedy every other Monday on Insomniac Radio and DASH Radio, The Prescription is a series hosted by Dr. Fresch. Typical fashion for the show is Dr. Fresch himself laying down a 30-minute mix and is then followed by a 30-minute guest mix. With 89 prescriptions administered so far, the growing catalog includes names such as QLANK, Ghastly, Bijou, Blossom, Gerry Gonza, Angelz, NuKid, Matroda, Hotel Garuda and heaps more.
Over the years Soulection Radio has become synonymous with the ‘SoundCloud Culture’. Hosted by expert audiophile and DJ Joe Kay, Soulection Radio is aired every Saturday on Beats One radio and features almost every genre in the electronic space, R&B, Hip-Hop, and new wave Jazz. Soulection has become a staple in so many radio shows rotation due to Joe Kay’s world-class curation and his non-stop digging on SoundCloud, the platform that made this all possible. You never know what to expect when tuning in to an edition of Soulection Radio. With over 450 episodes the show is very vibe-oriented, as the genres played may vary throughout the episode, but the energy is always constant throughout the movement.
Run The Trap’s Too Future Mix series is practically the gold standard for blog curated guest mixes. Although they aren’t as active as they used to be (their last mix was from graves was several months ago) we’re hoping that doesn’t mean that they’re done. Looking back through their hundred plus episode catalog they’ve featured some of the best producers in electronic music including: KRANE, Alexander Lewis, QUIX, Party Favor, Ekali, josh pan x Y2K, Doctor P b2b Funtcase and more. Start digging through the goldmine that is their series below.
Likely the YouTube channel that got you into dubstep, drum & bass, or bass music in general, UKF is a true OG in the game and has evolved into a top taste-maker in the electronic music scene. As everyone holds UKF in such high regard, it comes as no surprise to see the plethora of legends that have graced their The UKF Podcast mix series. From genres spanning the aforementioned, to bassline, house, and just about everything in between, and artists such as Flux Pavilion, Herobust, AC Slater and so many more gracing the stage over the course of over 120 mixes, one certainty with UKF’s mix curation is quality.
Words by Colin, Steph, Tony, Victor & Zach