Mixes I by I 20.08.19

FACT mix 724: Ciel

Toronto’s Ciel goes deep on this exceptional journey through house, electro, breaks and techno.

Toronto might not have the reputation of Montreal or Vancouver, but the Canadian metropolis has a bubbling dance music scene and Cindy Li, better known as Ciel, is a huge part of that. Since 2015, Li has been promoting dance music in the city, running various nights like Work In Progress and It’s Not U It’s Me and helping bring artists like DJ Sprinkles, Powder and Helena Hauff to Toronto.

But Li has been working with music for much longer than this. Before getting into club promotion, she developed her taste DJing on Kingston, Ontario college radio station CFRC-FM, playing a wide variety of sounds before focusing in on dance music. This knowledge has helped her assert her originality as a DJ, where she glides seamlessly from house and techno into breaks, trance, electro and beyond.

In 2018, Li released her first tracks, after a friend introduced her to Ableton. ‘Electrical Encounters’ emerged on Shanti Celeste’s esteemed Peach Discs imprint, and was followed by ‘Hundred Flowers’ on Coastal Haze and this year’s ‘Why Me?’ on Spectral Sound. And while she’s only released a handful of tracks, her dreamy, cross-genre productions are already getting wide acclaim.

This year, Ciel has established her own label alongside friends Daniel 58 and Yohei S, called Parallel Minds. The first release, which appeared in spring, features tracks from all three artists and one from Raf Reza under his new alias, Radiant Aural Faculty. Her FACT mix is a celebration of her interests, gliding through house, techno, breaks and electro with a digger’s delight.


01. Ciel – ‘Hummingbird Intro’
02. HVL – ‘Shesavali’
03. Accelera – ‘We Are Star Stuff Harvesting Star Light’
04. SW. – ‘[untitled] 11’
05. Rising Sun – ‘Switch of Love’
06. Wild West – ‘Atmos’ (Megalon Mix)
07. Aleksi Perälä – ‘GBLFT1740074’
08. Akilah Bryant – ‘Acid Injection’
09. The Aztec Mystic – ‘Ascesión’
10. Sonic Infusion – ‘Radar Cosmique’
11. Man Made – ‘Space Wreck’
12. Megalon – ‘Motion’ (Slapjack Remix)
13. Ron & Roland – ‘Knowing Thomas’
14. Speedy J – ‘Beam Me Up!’ [The Pegasus Mix]
15. Smooth & Simmonds – ‘The Four Seasons’ (Factory Mix)
16. Blue Goose – ‘Spirals’
17. Black Scorpion – ‘Lost Paradise’
18. Time Warp – ‘Bird Rave’
19. RAC – ‘Heaven’
20. St. Vitus Dance – ‘Bliss’
21. Kinky Toys – ‘Somewhere Out There (Aliens Are Lurking…)’ (Origimixed)
22. Snowdome – ‘Murdoch Most Foul’ (One Way System Remix)
23. Harmon Eyes – ‘Hop O’ My Thumb’
24. DJ Chris Harshman pres. CK/NY – ‘Fortys on Ice’ (Pako and Frederiks Majestic mix)

Read next: Deep Inside – August 2019’s must-hear house and techno



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