Beyond SoCal is right around the corner. We know you know, but we’re bringing it up because it’s that time when we big-up a few of the names we’re most excited to see from the lineup. While we can go on for days listing mixes and live sets from the entire festival, here, we’ve focused on five.
Ferry Corsten – Corsten’s Countdown 452
Let’s be completely honest: For many, one of the undeniable draws of this year’s Beyond SoCal is the return of Ferry Corsten’s legendary trance project, Gouryella. For a period in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, Gouryella was the soundtrack to nearly every raver’s life, especially for many of us old-schoolers. So, Ferry bringing it back is a huge deal. Hopefully it translates over to the youngsters as well, making a loud and clear statement that trance is alive and well.
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My Nu Leng – A Party Mix
My Nu Leng has been on our radar for a while. They are simply slaying it in the UK bass scene right now, with a sound that combines elements of UK garage, grime and house music with lush synth breakdowns and dark, dirty basslines. A part of Black Butter Records—the enigmatic label that brought us Kidnap Kid, Gorgon City and Rudimental—MNL’s pedigree has been cosigned time and time again. If you’re planning to see them live at Beyond, expect to jack it out and feel the bass grooves.
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Sleepy Tom – Rinse FM
Sleepy Tom has had a big year rinsing out collabs with both Diplo and Grandtheft. He has a clear handle on how to lock a warped bassline right into the groove, while doing so with just the right amount of restraint. This Rinse FM installment has him getting into all manners of funktastic house music, from bassline to tech and everything in between. He leaves no stone unturned. While you may not be able to catch a full two-hour set from him at Beyond, we’ve got you covered right here.
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Mefjus – Guest Mix for Friction BBC Radio 1 Xtra
If the Bassrush experience is your thing, we invite you to check out Mefjus, winner of Album of the Year at the Drum and Bass Awards last year. It’s clear why he won, given his unique, techno-infused take on D&B. He is just one facet of the recent explosion of drum & bass talent that is taking the world by storm. The genre, as a whole, requires more prowess than almost every other genre—both for DJs and producers—and Mefjus has it in spades.
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TroyBoi – BBC Radio 1 Guest Mix DJ Target
Yes, TroyBoi is repping the new wave of bass music producers who are looking to the past for inspiration. Like many of his retro-feeling colleagues, he’s known to infuse the sounds of ‘90s hip-hop and R&B into his music. No, this is not a “house” mix, so don’t let the first 10 minutes fool you. TroyBoi is just getting things warmed up for the smoothed-out trap assault he has planned for the last 20 minutes. It isn’t a banger-after-banger set; it’s soulful and funky, yet still with that edgy feel you’d expect from trap and future bass.
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