Solid Steel in association with Serato (25th December) The competition has closed and the votes have been counted for the Solid Steel Mix of the Year 2015 and we clearly ended the year on a high, as the two most popular mixes both came from December. We pride ourselves at Solid Steel on showcasing some of the most diverse mixes out there and it was great to see voting across the genres, with Four Tet, Prayer, Rita Maia, Benjamin Damage, Bakradze, Jungle, Perc, Essential Mix from Coldcut & DK, Funkstorung, Caribou, DJ Madd influence mix, Session Victim, BreakBeat Lou, Tensnake, 90's hip hop mix from Prefuse 73, Armtone, Medlar and The Rammellzee & Aphex Twin mixes by DJ Food all scoring highly.
But there were two clear frontrunners that took most of the votes and it was the Modeselektor mix from the beginning of December that you decided was Mix of the Year 2015, with Jon 1st as a close runner up.
With the closure of the iconic Berlin record label 50 Weapons, we decided to hand over Solid Steel for a special double bill featuring label founders, Modeselektor and the artist that released the final album, Benjamin Damage. Modeselektor were up first with music from the label by Truncate, Untold, Atoms for Peace and Bambounou, plus tracks from Gabi, Ben Zimmerman and Benge. The German duo told us;
"50WEAPONS has been sort of a house that we built. A house for artists and their creative output. Now it's time to leave that house, but the house will always stay open. Open for anyone who needs inspiration or motivation. We are proud of each and every artist who developed their style using 50WEAPONS as an outlet, just the same way as we are proud of every release that has graced our and your turntables. This mix is one of many pillars of the legacy of 50WEAPONS that will hopefully live on forever. Hardcore will never die!"
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Gabi _ Koo Koo _ Software
Ben Zimmermann _ Life Without Liz _ Software
Benge _ Yamaha CS70M _ Expanding Records
Porter Ricks _ Port Gentil _ Chain Reaction
Planetary Assault Systems _ Railer (Further Exploration) _ Ostgut Ton
Zenker Brothers _ Bias _ Index Marcel Fengler
Andrea _ Outlines _ Ilian Tape
Truncate _ Dial 20 _ 50Weapons
Truncate _ 1986 _ 50Weapons
Untold _ Targa _ 50Weapons
Atoms For Peace _ Other Side _ 50Weapons
Bambounou _ See You Soon _ 50Weapons
Benjamin Damage _ Up Synth Short (accapella) _ 50Weapons
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