For those paying attention in 2015, some of dance-music's traditionally safe spaces were disappearing almost as rapidly as the great records (or Bandcamp downloads) to play inside them were being released. I don't know what Future and Drake meant by "what a time to be alive." But it certainly felt creepy hearing the phrase come out the mouth of a loudly self-acknowledging banker at a club past 2:00 a.m., high on [something, but not too extreme], while throwing his weighty frame around to "a great jackin' beat." Not that there's anything wrong with bankers — in theory.
This year, the old paradigms of "experimental" and "underground" were at best shifting and at worst mutating into false positives. And the ones that were coming into light had their own ethos, values, cultures. What a time, indeed ...
Here at Rx Dose, @Sami_Yenigun, @spotieotis and I have spent a lot of our waking hours discussing what these terms mean, and whether or not the very notion of a scene built on 40 years of 4/4 forms can have the same power in the changing landscape. Read honestly, history is a bitch, yet it also contains multitudes — myths and deceptions, but stories and solutions as well. Listened to without the prejudice of audience, the beat serves all those same qualities.
Rx Dose has always been — and always will be — about the beat: for people to gather themselves around it, and aspire to their best selves while in it. Be it in the club or a warehouse, at an after-hours or at day-break, hell even at home or at the gym. This is the idea behind our year-ending 2015 mix. After all, "what a time" should always be "now," in all its clear-eyes/full-heart variants. Here's one version of the last 12 months.
Chaos In The CBD
"Midnight In Peckham"
(Rhythm Section International)
Timestamp: 1:30-5:49 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 5:50-9:14 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 9:15-13:49 / Download on SoundCloud
"To The Love"
(Lumberjacks In Hell)
Timestamp: 13:50-18:14 / Buy on Discogs
(Rush Hour 'No Label')
Timestamp: 18:15-20:59 / Buy On Discogs
"126BPM No Name"
Timestamp: 21:00-24:14 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 24:15-28:29 / Buy on Discogs
Timestamp: 28:30-31:54 / Buy on Discogs
Timestamp: 31:55-37:09 / Buy on Discogs
"Horrors In The Dance"
Timestamp: 37:10-40:59 / Buy on Beatport
"Just A Lil (Extended Mix)"
Timestamp: 41:00-44:24 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 44:25-48:19 / Buy on Discogs
Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia
Timestamp: 48:20-50:59 / Buy on Discogs
"Moon Circuitry (feat. Mark de Clive-Lowe)"
Timestamp: 51:00-56:44 / Buy on Discogs
Black Meteoric Star
(Bossa Nova Civic Club/Sisterjam)
Timestamp: 56:45-1:00:59 / Buy on Beatport
Timestamp: 1:01:00-1:07:05 / Buy on Discogs
DJ Sotofett and Karolin Tampere
"Nondo (feat. Maimouna Haugen)"
Timestamp: 1:07:06-1:12:10 / Buy on Discogs
"Professor Antonio Carlos"
(40% • Foda/Maneiríssimo)
Timestamp: 1:12:11-1:15:41 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 1:15:42-1:23:19 / Buy on Discogs
Physical Therapy Presents Kirk the Flirt & Peter Pressure
"Never Ever Give Up"
Timestamp: 1:23:20-1:28:12 / Buy on Bandcamp
Pender Street Steppers
"The Glass City"
Timestamp: 1:28:13-1:33:24 / Buy on Discogs
Timestamp: 1:33:25-1:36:59 / Buy on Bandcamp
"New Years Eve 2013"
Timestamp: 1:37:00-1:40:49 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 1:40:50-1:47:59 / Buy on Bandcamp
Timestamp: 1:48:00-1:51:19 / Buy on Beatport
Person Of Interest
"What You Think You Want"
Timestamp: 1:51:20-1:58:14 / Buy on Beatport
"Hiding The Moon"
Timestamp: 1:58:15-2:03:09 / Buy on Bandcamp
(Rhythm Section International)
Timestamp: 2:03:10-2:06:42 / Buy on Bandcamp
For more year-end stories, visit our Best Music Of 2015 series page.