Various – Boogybytes vol. 5 mixed by Seth Troxler review
Title: Boogybytes vol. 5 mixed by Seth Troxler
Genre: Techno, Tech-House
Buy From: Juno Records
I love DJ mixes. Why? Because it’s such an ideal platform to express one’s personality and attitude through track selection, layering, and flow. Seth Troxler nails all these components head on with this suberb mix, following on from Kiki, Sascha Funke, Modeselektor and Ellen Allien with his instalment of the Boogybytes series. Seth, having recently relocated to Berlin from Michigan said of his mix: “I wanted to do something which would set itself apart from all the trends, and yet paint a picture of this city and portray it the way I experience it”.
Having seen Troxler DJ three times, I can tell you that Boogybytes is like a real-life Troxler set; you never quite know what’s coming next, but you know its bumpin’-ness is going to make you smile. In fact, Troxler’s spoken word intro about life and the party dialogue in The Royal We track that follows may even make you laugh a bit as they build the tone for the madness that ensues.
Transitioning from the deep house of Craig Smith & The Revenge to the dubby jazz-tinged, muted soul vocals of Baeka’s killer tune “Right At It”, Troxler always keeps things moving. He also pays homage to the North American side of minimal with an old Richie Hawtin remix along with choice tracks from Alexi Delano, Heartthrob and Jabberjaw- yet another pseudonym for Spectral Sound labelmate Matthew Dear.
There are so many high points in the mix, but among the most notable are the phenomenal future classic “Birds and Souls” and Troxler’s own remix of Fever Ray’s “Seven”. We won’t even spoil the two killer end cuts – the last of which is one of Troxler’s personal favourites. After all, that would take away from the “I wonder what’s coming next” element that Seth crafts so well.
Review: Steve Phillips