We're stoked to announce the first edition of our BYO feature mix series. This one is by Sydney local Louis Labfive Pearce. In this set, he pays homage to 2011, a year which deeply influenced his current taste in music.
So press play to hear some garage and dubstep goodness! And check out what Louis has to say about each track below..
Tracklist and notes:
Fair Play – LUPR: This track was produced by a very good friend of mine who I went to high school with. During the time that we went to school together, we didn’t really know each other very well. Out of no where, this kid from a town near my own posts up this song - it blew me away and started what was to be a very good friendship!
Annoying Voices – Lab 5: I picked this song solely because it was the first tune of mine that got the attention and respect from Djs/Producers living in and around Sydney. It was picked up by A.L.F. from Rollers Music and played on there show which really helped me out. I wrote the track in late 2010.
Clockworks – My Nu Leng: This track is a superb piece of work for a free download. It was put up on the “Hedmuk” blog for free back in 2011, and I believe is still available for download now. It was definitely one of the first tracks that turned my sets from strictly deep, dark and heavy dubstep, into something perhaps a little less strictly aimed at the dance floor.
Spread Love – V.I.V.E.K I bought this record just thinking it was going to be full of dark, sub driven Dubstep. I remember listening to the first two tracks, and naively thinking the next two were to follow the same vibe. It took me a few good months to actually play this track, and I still remember playing it while mixing in a good friend of mines room. We were getting up to our casual Friday night activities, but after this one was played, we rinsed it out in every mix ever after! It came out on Deep Medi in 2011.
Look at yourself – Synkro The first time I heard this track was in a Hotflush podcast mixed by German DJ “ROKO.” A lot of tunes have particular significance to me due to what I was doing at the time they were released. This mix was on quite a bit for me when I was out and about on my daily adventures. As you can probably tell, there is a bit of a 2011 theme already starting to form. It was an amazing year for this music and a special time in my life.
Four Leaf Clover – Mr. Lager (Von D Remix) Once again, another really influential tune that came out of 2011. Such a sexy vibe in term of the music, yet such sad lyrics . I really can’t decide which one of those two aspects out weighs the other. None the less, every time you will hear the sub bass in this song on a system that can handle it, it’s something you definitely feel! So big!
Plumes – Kontext (Ramadanman Refix) Okay, so a tune that isn’t from 2011. However, it was something I discovered then, and played a lot. It’s just so typical of Ramadanman and his untypical ways. He’s the kind of producer who is constantly pushing the envelope and doing it so well may I add. It’s a crazy little techy, bass driven tune with plenty of energy to destroy a dance floor as far as I’m concerned!
NYC – DJG This track still has to be one of my favorite all time Dubstep tracks, if not my favorite. I don’t even know where to begin explaining what qualities I fancy in this track. The intro, the drums, everything about it is just so special and awesome to me. It came out on a “wheel and deal” compilation in 2011 and I remember showing it to all of my friends, who thought nothing special of it at all. Definitely not the case for me though, it’s one of those tunes where I get goose bumps listening to each and every time.
Numbers VIP – DJ Madd I could simply not leave a DJ Madd track out of this set. He was easily one of my favorite producers during 2011 and was so diverse in his music. One release was as dark as anything, the next was atmospheric and lush, while other releases of his were quite Garage influenced. I really enjoyed this aspect of his writing compared to his darker stuff. Not to say that it isn’t any good, because it’s brilliant as well.
For me this mix was dedicated to 2011. A year which really got me interested into music that wasn’t just about tearing up a dance-floor. A year with plenty of eventful things taking place, this music is a key which takes me back, and allows me to remember how good it really was. I really admired this kind of stuff, and I think without it taking place, i would of never have gotten into the music that I play and write now, or met the fantastic people that I did. I hope you enjoy the mix!