Mix Review: DJ DeadDancer - Reality Heist


Welcome to something new and a real treat for the ears, DJ DeadDancer has mixed up an energetic but easy to listen to collection containing some of the most current and influential artists on the electronic scene and with some very impressive art work too as you can see!


This is the first time that I've covered a mix compilation and as such this won't be an in depth review as usual. It's also the first time I've covered Drum and Bass even if it is somewhat industrial themed, so it's definitely not my reviewing area of 'expertise.


DJ DeadDancer, or DD for short not only DJ's some great tunes but has a bi-weekly twitch stream (Which I sometime join) and impressive graphic design service as you can read from his Bio below.

 

Hello there! My name is Jack, aka DD, aka DeadDancer! I'm a DJ, Graphic Designer and Gamer! I also talk about polyamory, relationships and dating.

I mainly play Roguelites like Hades and Dead Cells, then sometimes dabble in Soulslikes and RPGS. I am always open to new suggestions for games to play and if you have a recommendation let me know in the chat! We also play community games on and off stream, if you see us playing, feel free to hop in!

(Link tree for DJ DeadDancer can be found at the end of the article!)


Review

The great thing about this mix is it gracefully dances in and out of artists both recognisable and new to me. Starting off with the ever fantastical Scandroid who we should all know and love by now - sets the melodic cyberpunk mood nicely, still retaining that great energetic spark that DNB exudes. The mix keeps the energy high yet retains a nice sense of comfort even against the intensity.

It's one of those mixes that's adaptable for workouts, parties, studying, or background noise whilst you do practically anything. Throwing in Eurhythmics that then transforms in to the voice of Keith from Mechanical Vein was a very nice touch that made my industrial mind quite happy indeed.


Throughout, the mix rises and crashes in intensity and speed. Some of the different vocals of the artists are beautiful indeed, whilst a couple of others.. not so much for me personally, but you can't possibly like every artist can you?

None the less, DJ DeadDancer has masterfully picked some great tunes and vocals to make a well rounded and magnificent piece anyone can enjoy.


Throwing in the legendary Depeche Mode was another slow down I really was not expecting but further adds to the great structure of the mix picking up and easing off on the intensity to make it easier to process and unwind to as it comes in waves.


The second half of the mix throws in a lot of changes and curveballs in genre including metal, more industrial, some more famous names such as Pendulum and The Prodigy. It is of course great to see Biomechanimal so artfully mixed in as well. As we all know, that's one of the top industrial bands around in my opinion.


Anything else I have to say would probably just be me repeating myself. Overall though, this has been a really enjoyable mix, especially for the DNB genre which I usually tend to avoid or have little interest in. In that respect DD has peaked my curiosity and interest and I may have to start listening to, and covering, a fair bit more!


Tracklist


3Force feat. Scandroid - Abyss (Gancher & Ruin Remix)

Jack Mirror feat. flowanastasia - With You

Andromedik feat. Ayah Marar - First To Go

Voicians - We Won't Be Ever There

Maduk feat. Gid Sedgwick - Poison

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Airglo Bootleg)

Saltee & Mechanical Vein - All Gods Fall Down (Zardonic Remix)

The Qemists - Crevasse

Fleur & Cutline - Broken Mirror (Metrik Remix)

Hyperforms - Always Gone

The Prototypes feat. Ayah Marar - Kill The Silence

Subsonic - Last Time

Muzzy, Koven & Feint - Worth The Lie

Cluster Patrol - Dualistic

Cartoon & Andromedik feat. Jüri Pootsmann - Whatever

Metrik - Utopia

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence (Ripple Bootleg)

Rameses B - Samurai

Pendulum - Nothing For Free (Kove Remix)

Futurebound feat. Dolly Rae - Fall

Culture Shock - Visions

Skrillex & Diplo - To Ü (Lateral Bootleg)

Andromedik & Used - Take Me

Guru Groove Foundation - Golden Love (Mr. Frenkie Remix)

Grafix feat. Metrik - Skyline

Delta Heavy feat. DJ Rae - Heartbeat

Manila Killa feat. fknsyd - Take Me Higher

Feint & Boxplot - Heartstrings

Muzz - Out There

Rameses B, Feint & Veela - Space Boy

Solomon France feat. Oli Scott - Peace of Mind

Neonlight & State of Mind - Prophecy

Prolix & The Qemists - Feel Alive

Blue Stahli - Enemy (Gydra Remix)

The Prodigy - Nasty (Spor Remix)

Teddy Killerz & Celldweller - Clone

The Carnage Corps - Deathwish

L 33 - Bloodbrain (VIP)

Kill The Noise & Eda Lovelace - Higher

SEMARGL - Credo Revolution (Zardonic Remix)

Drumsound & Bassline Smith - Violator

Toronto is Broken feat. BVLVNCE - Paragons

Biomechanimal - King of Cups (Saltee Remix)

Gancher & Ruin - Gangsta

BLVCK CROWZ - Jungle Demon

Raizer - Against Myself


Score:


8/10


 

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