RA Poll: Top 30 mixes 2013

21.12.2013

The Resident Advisor staff has picked this year's best official compilations, online mixes and official mixes and they have chosen John Talabot's Dj Kicks compilation from earlier this year as the no. 1 best official mix!

"On fIN, his breakthrough LP from last year, Barcelona's John Talabot showed his emotional range, crafting tunes that were sunny, sexy and sensitive. On his DJ-Kicks, he found these same qualities in others, synthesizing even more complex feelings with his mix.

Talabot invented a state of mind here—at once warm and eerie, familiar and paranoid. Sleights of hand tie the mix together, gradually pushing it from a Balearic rumble to a healthy house clip. At one point, Madteo's "We Doubt (You Can Make It)" floats over a transition from a Young Marco remix to a Harmonious Thelonious track while the tempo slowly rises and melodies go wild; as the titular vocal wobbles around the beat, we wonder if the singer has a point. Talabot does make it, though, suggesting his productions are just one manifestation of his considerable talents, and in the process delivering the year's smoothest mix."

The Top 10 holds acts like Cassy, Sandwell District, Theo Parrish, DJ Sprinkles and Ben UFO, so Talabot is most definitely in good company. Big up!

See all three Top 10-lists here.

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