Boomkat Product Review
Co-owner of the mighty Hessle Audio label and one of the best DJs in the UK, Ben UFO heads up his first commercially available mix. You shouldn't need us to tell you this is a BIG look, but we just did, and we'll also state the obvious again - it's a total KILLER - taking in tracks across the board from Aaron Carl to Dro Carey, to Andrew Coltrane and How To Dress Well, including exclusives from Boddika & Joy O, Pearson Sound, Elgato, and Champion without once feeling forced or conceited. It's an honest testament both to his enviable skills as a selector and his dextrous technicality, all deeply engrained from a background steeped in myriad styles of UK underground dance music and countless hours spent behind the decks on radio, in the dance and in the bedroom. The mix itself seduces with some deep House before fluidly extracting the best elements of tunes by Dro Carey, Third Side, STL and Blawan/Pariah's Karenn, and getting ruffed up with futurisms from 2562, Jam City, Objekt and Champion's lethal shake-down 'Sensitivity'. The mid-section takes it deep and swinging with Elgato's exclusive 'Dunkel Jam' and choice House from Soul Capsule, through burning Garage, both US and UK from Ordinary People and M Dubs, onto ruffige from Pangaea and Helix and sino-grime from Bok Bok and Kode 9. Forward to the end, there's a deftly used noise token from Andrew Coltrane off his Trilogy Tapes 12", and a poignant sign-off from Tom Krell's HTDW. In all, it puts so many linear-minded jocks to shame, and quite importantly there's a longevity to his selection and sequencing that'll keep it with you for years. One of the mixes of the year, no doubt about it.