Mix of the Week 24/10: Brenton Chan for Saddle Club

Brenton Chan remains one of Melbourne’s fastest rising DJs and this week’s mix is exactly why. Epitomising the Melbourne sound, his debut cage set in Melbourne’s Revolver Upstairs brought the house down in mid-September, with Chan himself stating it was “still the best night of my life to date.” For those of us who weren’t able to be there on the night, the use of a range of electronic, bass and dance genres revs up the listener’s adrenaline and will keep you partying, even if you’re not on the dancefloor.

The mix is a typical Melbourne clubbing set, but Chan’s ability to pace himself, starting slow and building to an exciting bass pumping crescendo, is what makes it stand out. The opening songs contain some spoken narration, with dark and cryptic monologues about humanity, moral decay and the famous speech from 1976’s Network, in which Howard Beale commands the listener not to riot or protest but to get mad. This intertextuality is a groovy nod to the cultural vibrancy of Melbourne and adds an aura of grandeur. Having warmed the crowd up, building their anticipation before building to his finale, Chan moves through a range of genres, using the consistently energetic bassline to tie each artist and style together. With a variety of sound effects, from drum machines to digital melodies, he journeys over the course of fifty minutes through house, to tech-house to techno in a fluid and consistent set that never feels jarring. These seamless transitions are aided by some effective fusion of entirely instrumental electro music and some more pop-inspired tracks, fit with catchy hooks and vocalists. As he moves deeper and deeper into the techno side of his mix, the music intensifies. Building up to a climax, the final ten minutes are pure euphoria, with an aggressively high energy beat forcing the listener to leave everything on the dancefloor. This finale is fantastic, leaving the audience satisfied and with no doubt in their mind of who Brenton Chan is.