“I’ve noticed a little wave of killer club tracks in the 140-BPM-and-above range recently. So rather than slow these tracks down to make them compatible with other modern techno, I thought it would be interesting to pair some of them with older music, from a time when techno was around this tempo as standard. Also once you reach this speed, styles like electro, dubstep and ghetto tech can be comfortably thrown into the mix. I wound up close to 150 BPM, which meant I had an excuse to play Metro Boomin & 21 Savage at the end as it’s half the speed.” – Ryan Keeling
Ryan is the editor in chief at Resident Advisor, a globally-recognized and globally-respected electronic music site. Among other things, RA is an online magazine, a resource for events listings and a meeting place for the electronic music community. Ryan joined RA in 2009 and has been the editor of the site since 2013. He’s based in London.
Ryan’s DJing tends to reflect the broad range of music RA covers. Over the last few years, he’s played techno at Tresor, weird house music on Radio 1, electronic pop at Field Day and funky house at Farbfernseher in Berlin.
“It would be a stretch to call this a happy mix, but I was aiming to slightly step away from the dystopian moods that have been so prevalent in techno for the last few years. The mix was recorded in the RA office in London a couple of weeks back. I try to think about the key tracks are in without being too anal about it, so there was some prep in rekordbox beforehand to establish what sounded good together.”
Thanks to Guy Clarke for taming the levels and a massive thanks to Rob for hosting the mix.
Photo credit: Paul Clement