MIXMAG MIX OF THE WEEK
This month, Mixmag turns 30 years old. To celebrate, we've invited four of our favourite artists to take control of our Mix Of The Week series. Handpicked by the Mixmag office, these selections will see in our birthday in fine style. Next up, it's Ryan Hemsworth with an introduction from Deputy Digital Editor Seb Wheeler.
With the UK gripped by a fully fledged house revival, it feels like it's become harder to find new bass-heavy kicks. Sure, it's a lot of fun to shock out to Disclosure's live show and you can't really beat a Bicep DJ set in terms of quality club music, but the prevalence of 4/4 has made it a little harder to come across truly exhilarating low-end vibrations, unless we look across the pond, where American and Canadian artists are harnessing bass with true zeal. Enter one of the best ones, Ryan Hemsworth.
Raised in Nova Scotia, Hemsworth has come to prominence as a producer whose signature is a colourful, highly addictive blend of r'n'b, trap and just the right dose of pop. His own productions shimmy between lazy, sun-washed beats and up-tempo, sugar rush workouts while his DJ sets stitch together the likes of Danny Brown, Drake, Lil Reese, Kingdom, Shlohmo, Baauer and LOL Boys. Massively hype but also deeply introspective, Hemsworth creates a sonic environment that sways between thugged-out bangers and lush, emotive rollers. Which is just about perfect, basically.
While recently on tour in Europe, we asked him to stop by to play the Mixmag DJ Lab. He stepped up and duly smacked it, providing a masterclass in the potent strains of music currently flowing out of North America. While perhaps not the traditional choice to front Mixmag on our 30th birthday (see Brodinski & Louisahhh!!! and Heidi for that), he is representative of a fresh, distinct dancefloor vibe and we want to celebrate that.
We don't normally make Lab session available for download, but as it's our birthday and as you definitely want this on your iPod, here it is. Ryan Hemsworth in session for Mixmag...
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