Mixhell [Guest Mix #11]

Mixhell is the Brazilian production/DJ duo formed by husband and wife Igor Cavalera and Laima Leyton.  After their huge collaboration with Crookers known as “We Love Animals”, Mixhell found their home with Boysnoize Records in 2009 with the ‘Highly Explicit’ EP.  Their recent Boysnoize Records release titled Exit Wound is an 80s influenced dance-punk original packaged with huge remixes from Aeroplane and Zombie Disco Squad.  It’s like a hauntingly despairing CSS with the added groove that only a background in house music can bring.  Mixhell is all about a smooth blend of the old and new — house’s past combined with modern day future techno.  Even their live sets are an example of their now + then mentality.  Mixhell are notorious for tearing up a pair of CDJs, a sampler and 2 turntables.  With all I’ve heard about Mixhell sets, I thought we should have one of our own.

Powering through 15 tracks in half an hour is something a lot of DJs wish they could do.  Being able to do it smoothly whilst continuous building energy and shifting the vibe is an entirely different challenge.  The set Mixhell recorded for us is a rare example of that sort of skill.  The mix opens with the spooky and ethereal hit from last year, Farver from Aebeloe.  As the mix progresses, you hardly notice them weave together tracks from people as diverse as Bart Bmore and Jan Driver.  Mixhell’s technique is a exposition of  effortlessness.  At the 13 minute mark Mixhell take a sudden turn for the heavy as they slam into Zombie Disco Squad’s massive remix of their new tune, Exit Wound.  With the inescapable command of “work it”, the mix shifts from deep and groovy into jackin’ 4 to the floor.  Mixhell bring in acid legend DJ Pierre’s “Jackin’ Da Groove” as soon as Exit Wound drops.   That “in the beginning there was Jack” sample may have been overplayed for over 2 decades, but DJ Pierre’s sampling of it seems to still work.  Perhaps it takes a veteran like DJ Pierre to make such an artifact of house’s past work so perfectly in a 2012 set.  As I write this I can’t help, but feel like some sort of absurd sports announcer giving you the play by play.  The thing is, this set just has too many of those special moments that need to be talked about.  Clear the next 30 minutes, click play below and let Mixhell take you on a journey.

Tracklisting
01. Aebeloe – Farver
02. Whodini – Haunted House of Rock (Vocoder Version)
03. Bart BMore – The Box
04. S.L.F. – Show me What You Got (Acid Mix)
05. Jan Driver – Meca Funk
06. Ultracity – Delta
07. Mixhell – Exit Wound (Zombie Disco
08. DJ Pierre – Jack The Groove
09. Mike Mago – The Soul (zombie Disco Squad Remix)
10. Maceo Plex – Can’t Leave You
11. Dr Dru – Foolish
12. Moullinex – Flora
13. Hans Bouffmyhre – Hurricane
14. Quivver – In The Groove
15. Duke Dumont – Street Walker

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