Jungle classics, Diagonal Records and outsider Ibiza: the week's best free mixes

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Each week, FACT’s John Twells and Chris Kelly trawl through the untamed world of free mixes, radio specials and live blends so you don’t have to.

This week’s haul includes a nostalgic set of classic jungle from one of the scene’s most well-known characters – a mix that’s especially relevant with the news that legendary London store Black Market has closed – a selection of Memphis-influenced electronic music, some noisy material from the Diagonal camp and a mix we’re labelling “outsider Ibiza” – make of that what you will.

Slimzee
Truancy Volume 111

As the founder of Rinse FM, Slimzee has already done his bit for British music. The man’s a world-class DJ with a collection of tunes that would make the most voracious collector blush, so the promise of him dropping together a selection of vintage jungle classics is too good an opportunity to miss. It doesn’t disappoint either, and whether you’re a head who already worries about their floor buckling from the weight of over-burdened Expedits chock full of white labels or an intrigued outsider looking for the right road into a sound that’s influenced so much music in the last couple of decades, you need listen without delay.

Neuport
Green Dream Mix

The long shadow of Memphis rap still looms over hip-hop and electronic music; this current renaissance has been going on for about five years. Still, we can’t get enough of the type of grave-digging fare popularized for the group formerly-known-as Triple 6 Mafia, and judging by his set for 10DEEP, neither can Brooklyn-based club producer-to-watch Neuport. Rappers unafraid to walk on the darkside — whether from Memphis, Atlanta, Chicago or even Paris — dominate the mix, which occasionally shifts focus from the trap to the dancefloor with equally macabre results.

DJ J
Crazylegs Takeover

One half of Welsh Crazylegs duo ISLAND, the elusive DJ J makes body-jacking deep house, filtered disco and soul-kissed garage, like Trax On Da Rocks for 2015. His mix for Crazylegs’s Radar Radio takeover is 30 minutes of sunshine: no nonsense and no tracklist of — dare we say — outsider Ibiza.

Jaime Williams
Contort #12

Diagonal co-owner Jaime Williams is performing at Berlin’s Contort this weekend, and to celebrate he’s plonked together a sequence of the kind of tracks you’d expect to hear from someone who spends his days curating one of London’s weirdest and most-rewarding labels. Throbbing Gristle, Truss, Mica Levi, Regis – the tracklist looks like FACT’s Christmas list; needless to say, it’s an easy sell around these parts.

Boyfriend
Thank You Mixtape 2015

Eurovision might be a few months away, but this mix has our looking back to 2013 — specifically, FACT’s Alternative Eurovision, which was won by Lithuanian producer Boyfriend. The Vilnius-based talent has stayed busy over the past few years, and he thanks his fans with a late-night mix of house, techno and even Bob Dylan.

Murlo
FADER Mix

Anyone expecting a regular mix here will be pleasantly surprised – instead of just stitching together a bunch of imminently-breaking club whites, Murlo has combined a selection of dancehall instrumentals with a bunch of his own unreleased tracks and invited vocalist Gemma Dunleavy (who collaborated with him on the recent ‘Jasmine’) to lavish a handful of the tracks with vocals. The resulting collection plays more like a mixtape than it does a free mix, and comes highly recommended for anyone interested in a mix that challenges your expectations.

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