2013’s musical output has been pretty strong across the board with lots of new forms and interpretations of themes re/surfacing, so it’s no surprise to hear classic rave sounds bubbling back up into the æther.

Altern8 are one of the yearly contenders to try smash the X-Factor out of the Christmas No.1 slot, Slipmatt is making an appearance at the O2 as part of The Prodigy’s NYE celebrations, whilst Disclosure continue their meteoric rise with Nile Rodgers joining them to help spread classic house vibes into 2014.

So with is mind I created this dj mix ‘Dark FM’, which I’m delighted to say was chosen by leading DJ mix compilation label Balance Music, for their Community 002 mix:

With this mix Ben moves the focus away from 4/4 beats into more broken beat territory, but really, that is just semantics as the whole mix is imbued with groove that is just irresistible. Inspired by the early rave and hardcore years, this mix really is a love letter to where it all began for Brewis: “This is a mixtape vibe inspired by my ’90s local pirate radio station Dark FM, but instead of jungle and hardcore this mix showcases a new generation of beats, breaks & deep house that have those sound’s DNA.” explains Brewis, “It’s the sound of now; global producers reconnecting with the UK’s vibrant rave roots.” 

Please visit the featured Balance page where I give a small interview about my musical roots and the mix itself.

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01. Machinedrum – Vizion [Ninja Tune] – 00:00
02. Special Request – Capsules (Lee Gamble Remix) [Houndstooth] – 02:18
03. Laurel Halo – Ainnome [Hyperdub] – 04:52
04. Photek – Pyramid (Copy Paste Soul Remix) [Photek Productions] – 12:31
05. Jack Dixon – Saviour [Apollo] – 17:59
06. Tessela – Gateway [R&S] – 20:51
07. Makoto – Hurt So Much [Apollo] – 24:41
08. Machinedrum – Eyesdontlie (DJ Shadow Remix – Sample) [Ninja Tune] – 29:02
09. Zusammenklang – We Do [Parquet Recordings] – 30:05
10. DJ Rap – Tibetan Jungle (Sample) [Proper Talent] – 35:36
11. Child – Interplanetary (Funk D’Void Remix) [Outpost] – 36:39
12. Four Tet – Kool FM [Text Records] – 39:48
13. Special Request – Mindwash [Special Request] – 43:52
14. Four Tet – Kool FM (Bliss Mix) [Text Records] – 44:55
15. Alex Smoke-Dust (Tessela Remix) [R&S] – 48:33
16. Tessela – Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP) [Houndstooth/Polykicks] – 53:27
17. Machinedrum – Vizion [Ninja Tune] – 58:19