2012’s love affair with all things dance brought the art of the mix front and center this year, as we highlighted in our weekly “Mix of the Week” column. These improvisational remixes, seamless blends and ace song selections often cross genre boundaries effortlessly, making for some entertaining and enlightening sets from today’s best musicians, producers and DJs. Here are Hive’s favorite mixes of 2012 that we urge you to add to your hard drive immediately.
1. The LOL Boys’ Fader Mix
On this classic mix for The Fader, the now-defunct electronic production duo LOL Boys mix a series of pop-friendly edits into a mid-tempo house masterpiece. Appreciating the pitched out vocals and auxiliary percussion entirely is impossible the first time around, making this set something you can replay over, and over, and over again.
2. Nico Jaar’s Essential Mix
On his first Essential Mix on BBC Radio, Nico Jaar crushes it. From the opening segment with Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti through every reverb-laced edit, Nico’s set was is an exercise in sound design much as music itself.
3. Maya Jane Coles’ Spins for ENTER.
For his last of his summer ENTER. parties in Ibiza, legendary house producer Richie Hawtin tapped London-based producer Maya Jane Coles to headline. Here, MJC bakes in a bit of romance on one of the funkiest deep house sets of the year.
Adam Yauch’s death hit the music world hard this year and among all the Beastie Boys tributes that came out after his passing, M-Rock’s Best of the Beastie Boys mix stands out as the most thorough and thoughtful of them all.
5. Gosteffects’ OMGITM Supermix
When it comes to maximalist electro, Gosteffect’s brand of brooding techno and super-sized house is hard to beat. Scripture meets the dancefloor on his massive opener “House of God,” and tracks from Bassjackers, Destructo and Angger Dimas round this one out.