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Each week, FACT trawls through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.

As we stagger red-faced through the last lap of another Great Year For Music, thoughts naturally turn backwards to reflect on the quality of 2015’s harvest. And what a yield! December’s mixes have begun to do the same, with DJs spotlighting the best rap music from the clubs and lassoing their production loosies, while two of this week’s selections add to the growing body of evidence that 2015 was indeed the year of trance.

Lorenzo Senni and Danny L Harle
Rinse FM mix

There’s definitely been something in the air this year as far as trance is concerned – just don’t call it a revival. Lorenzo Senni is one of the maligned genre’s most vocal exponents, and on his first ever live radio appearance he brought his deconstructed build-ups to Rinse FM. Joining him was PC Music’s Danny L Harle, who complemented Senni with some wide-eyed bangers of his own.

Bicep
After Hours mix

Complementing Lorenzo Senni’s trance set is Bicep’s own take on trance nostalgia. They delivered Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show with 40 minutes of pitched down and re-edited trance classics from The Future Sound of London, Leftfield, Foreign Force and more, resulting in one of the dreamiest club sets of the week.

Ital & Halal
The Bunker Podcast 113

Ital and Aurora Halal are known for their killer live sets, but on this podcast for New York club The Bunker they delve into their record collections for an hour of sleek, driving, twilight techno. As well as a sprinkling of their own tracks, there are gems from Voiski, Vril, Rrose, Mura Oka, Newworldaquarium and Brian Eno. It might be full of straight-up club tracks, but it’s definitely one to save for the afterparty.

Southern Hospitality
Southern Hospitality Club Anthems 2015

The SoHo boys present their annual round-up of the year’s bangingest rap and R&B anthems, which on this occasion includes a healthy smattering of heat from the other side of the pond, with grime’s banner year repped by J Hus, Skepta, Section Boyz and more. Elsewhere it’s just hit after hit, a snapshot of a massive year for hip-hop with instant classics from Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Rae Sremmurd and Post Malone.

Jack Murphy
Dimensions Series 3_8

We love an all-originals mix round here, and here’s a classy one full of skeletal, sinister grooves from SF-based Jack Murphy (who last year dropped a batch of DJ tools on Don’t Be Afraid’s DBA sublabel) that serves as a farewell to a year of effort, as he explains: “A lot of trying: trying to make the kind of party music that I like, trying out new rules when I make music, trying to trust myself, trying to write more emails, trying to read more books, trying to not spend all of my pennies on records, trying to love better.” Noble goals, all.

Murlo
Music To… Take You On An Odyssey

We can’t seem to shake Murlo out of this weekly slot, but why would we want to when he’s still finding original and amusing new ways to blend E-40’s ‘Choices’? That tune still bangs (now in its Zora Jones form) and there’s a glorious overview of Murlo’s Best Year Yet with tons of own productions sliding up against a Kelela remix, a bit of Strict Face and, well, more Murlo. Victory lap.

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