I’ve been listening to WILLY JOY’s latest mix on repeat, and using it for inspiration in my current productions. It’s time I shared it with the rest of you, yeah?
I first saw this Chicago native at DEMF, playing his role as KID SISTER‘s tour DJ, and I’ve been keeping a close ear on him ever since. He brings a lot of energy to his live performances and his productions are so unique. They range from deep, soulful FUTURE BASS vibes, to heavy, ghetto infused booty shakers, but the most amazing thing about Willy’s work is how he is able to achieve both of these bipolar feelings within a single song. To put it more eliquentally, “Willy is best known for blending disparate sounds into a single, ecstatic, live moment” – http://troubleandbass.com/bookings/willy-joy
THE FALL MIX 2011
This incredibly versatile mix spans many different sounds, brought forth by the hottest and edgiest names in Electronic music today. Press play and get ready to hear the future of dance music, selected and mixed to near perfection by Willy Joy.[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/23189847″]
The Count & Sinden – Future (Canblaster Remix)
Bart Bmore feat. AC Slater – Cry Baby
Dem Slackers – Global Grind (Baskerville Remix)
Zombie Nation – Tight (Etienne De Crecy Remix)
Yello – Oh Yeah (Tom Staar Remix)
Willy Joy – Woman Like Me (Flosstradamus Remix)
Magnum – Grooveworks (Hostage Remix)
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis (Gant-Man’s Otis Jacks Remix)
Hard Corey & Wray – Love Train (Cajmere’s Underground Goodies Mix)
Toadally Krossed Out – Toad Style
Acidkids & Tommie Sunshine – Never Slow (Mahesa Utara Remix)
Botnek – The Sound
Mele – What’s The 411
Dr. Gonzo – Dushi
Malente & Zero Cash – Hardware
Ben Westbeech – Something For The Weekend (Roska Remix)
Cajmere feat. Dajae – Brighter Days (8 to 8 Dub Mix)
Malente & Zero Cash – I’ll Be There I’ll Be There (Kill Frenzy Remix)
Cee-Lo Green – I Want You (Redlight Remix)
B. Rich – Ain’t Even Mad
The Living Graham Bond & Shooting Horses – Premier
French Fries & Bambonou – Hugz
Slap In The Bass – Egypt (Hostage Remix)
Hostage – Straight Raw
DJ JWLS – Bashin’
Klever – Atencion
Alex Clare – Up All Night (Nadastrom Remix)
Willy Joy – Pyramid
Tittsworth & Alvin Risk – Pendejas
Willy Joy – Battle For LA
Equinox – Yanked
Willy Joy – Gimme Dat
Donovans – FX1
The Hacker & Gesaffelstein – Crainte (Original Mix)
Bart Bmore – Traction (Club Mix)
Willy Joy – Neverending Night
Frank Ski – Whores In The House
Wiley – Link Up (Instrumental)
Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You
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HIGH POINTS: I haven’t heard anyone else so superbly execute such an eclectic mix. In 73 minutes, Willy lays down current underground club bangers along side plenty of unreleased tunes and exclusives, several of which are his own productions, spanning sounds infused with elements of HOUSE, TECHNO, ELECTRO, and MOOMBAHTON. The beat structure changes constantly. You’re not gonna hear much traditional 4/4 in this mix. What you will hear is the influence of Willy’s home town, Chicago, both past and present, bringing flavours of JUKE and classic HARD HOUSE to his selections. These are combined with the freshest experimentations in heavy bass, from all over the globe. There is a minimalist feel to the tunes in this mix, which is probably a result of Willy’s taste, just as much as it is a sign of the current direction of Electronic music. Most of the tunes within, while wildly different in their individual sounds, share the common characteristic that they contain a few essential elements with plenty of space for every sound to shine, and just enough time spent on each to cause involuntary convulsions on the dance floor. I would be shocked to hear any reader of this blog say that they didn’t thoroughly enjoy this mix tape.
LOW POINTS: Okay. I’m gonna have to get really nit-picky here. Watch me go…
These days, most songs contain 2 major drops, but it is most common, in DJ mixes, to only feature the first drop, mixing out before or during the second break down. Generally, the first drop suffices just fine, but sometimes, that drop is so catchy that you desire to hear it again. This is particularily the case if the second break down does a great job of building suspense and anticipation for that second drop. If the DJ allows that second break down to happen, but then mixes out before the drop occurs, it can be dissapointing.
That’s exactly what takes place in this mix, at 03:45, where Willy mixes out of AC SLATER & BART BMORE’s CRY BABY, just before the epic second drop. No disrespect to the DEM SLACKERS track that follows. I just think it was a poor choice of mix point to set up the listener for one more round of Cry Baby, and then deny them.
Ofcourse, that’s just one brief moment in a set that contains 38 other mixes. I said I was being picky. This one is amazing. I hope you’ll give it a spin, and then check out what more WILLY JOY has to offer.
This mix is like good sex. Just once isn’t enough.