As promised, something special! We already ask the artists involved for an exclusive mix, and a small piece of their soul, in mixtape form, but when we put the call out to White Light alumnus requesting tracks and edits for our big #100 extravaganza, we were touched to receive overwhelming support, and some incredible contributions. The goal of this collection was to showcase some of the many talented artists who have taken part in the series thus far, and we’re thrilled with the results! Some truly magical tracks here, many of them exclusive to this collection. We’ve also linked you to their mixes for a bit of a refresher. You’ll notice a few name changes; DVAS is now known as Jex Opolis. Ajello have disbanded and DJ Rocca remains. And while we got a mix from Runaway, our edit below is from Jacques Renault. It should also be pointed out we have 3 incredible original tracks in the package from Jokers of the Scene, Earl Grey and Avenue – all of which were included on the White Light 100 Mix. So please, download this collection. Play them often and play them loud. And don’t forget to look into the light!
It’s taken over 5 years to get to this point, but the ride has been smooth. What’s a road trip without a good co-pilot though? We have to sincerely thank each and every artist that has committed their time, and a little bit of their soul to the series. We initially had a plan to call it quits at the hundredth mix if we could get Cut Copy to deliver a mix like those that so inspired us to turn this idea into sound. We’re not ready to pull over, however. In fact, we want to keep driving deeper into space. These mood pieces, we hope, are timeless and there are still a great many heroes to contribute, and thousands of records as yet unplayed that need to be shared. Now what is the story of this mix? Well, it’s just music to make you feel. Many of the tracks used are from The Centennial Collection, an album of tracks and edits submitted by past guests of the series, which can be acquired on the website. Huge thanks to all artists who contributed tracks and mixes, and to you, for joining us on this journey
When we put the first few mixes together, we never thought it would lead to a series. It was the DJs and the listeners who were so inspired by them that kept us moving forward. Now, as we hit Volume 50 we look back with pride, while looking forward to the next 50. Trust us, you won’t believe what we’ve got lined up! For 50 though, we wanted to work together on a mix that captures 2 of the main approaches to the series. The slow groove, spacey, new wave shit (first half), and the infectious, driving, vocal approach of the 2nd half. Whatever your preference, we thank you for listening. Look into the light!
It’s been raining here for months it seems, making everyone dream of summers past. But sometimes all you need is to get in the car, turn the ignition and it will take you to a warmer place, even if the rain continues to beat down outside blurring the lights of the city behind you . . .
Volume 10 starts off in the series’ usual style, building in intensity until it reaches stadium rock territory before returning to that classic White Light sound – it’s a bit of a detour from the blueprint, but reminds us that different roads can ultimately lead to the same destination, so click your seatbelt, turn the ignition and enjoy . . .
Matty C had trouble putting this magic into word form.
About 6 months after I did the first White Light mix, Neoteric and I were talking about how it would be fun to start a series of mixes from ourselves, as well as some of our DJ friends that we’d met over the past couple of years who we knew enjoyed this style of music, and from there it basically took of, I did this one and Neo did #3 within a few days of each other and we launched the White Light as a series . . .
When I first recorded this mix, I had no masterplan for it to become a series, or even do another mix in the same vein. Really, it all came about in the early hours of a weekly “mainstream” club night my friend Trevor Risk and I played every Saturday night. For the first hour or so when the club was still quiet, Trevor would play the most amazing disco, balaeric, melodic dance stuff with a real vocal side to it – I would freak out to pretty much everything he’d drop during the warm up, but as he plays off CDJs I couldn’t nerd out behind him and copy song names onto my phone. So I’d constantly bug him to record a mix to listen to while driving – I like to drive alot. One week he turned up with a zip file of all the tunes and said, “here, you make the mix instead” – so I did, sprinkling in some classics here and there. And I guess the sound resonated with alot of people, which is cool in this post-everything day n age – it’s nice to know that good music is still good music, and sometimes people want to hear a whole song rather than 30 seconds of it. I hope the series continues to develop as it has over the past year, building momentum and sparking the interest of other DJs who I really respect to do their own take on the White Light sound . . .