Everytime we’re on deadline in the XLR8R San Francisco office we start going a little insane. Actually a lot insane. This leads to stuff like playing cardboard guitars, seeing if we can still do backbends (we can’t), making runs to eat disgusting food we probably shouldn’t, and finally coming to our senses to have a dance party.

Now I live in New York and so I miss out, but sometimes I put on some loud techno and do the running man in my house slippers just for old times sake. That’s what inspired this mix for the XLR8R Podcast, which also goes along with our Jan/Feb issue (#104). The loose theme of the issue is whether or not rave is back, but in my view it never really left. So this mix has some of the oldies (Awesome 3, 2 Bad Mice) and lots of new goodies (plenty of fidget house courtesy of Switch, Sinden, and Jesse Rose, plus some Drop The Lime and Dexplicit bangers), and, of course, Klaxons.

Anyway, this pretty much defines what I think rave music should sound like now. And yeah, it’s got some crunchy bits, but I freestyled it – and that’s what my brain sounds like on deadline anyway. So just think of it as glitch…

Vivian Host



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1. New Young Pony Club “Ice Cream (Van She Rmx)”
2. Röyksopp “What Else Is There? (The Emperor Machine dub version)”
3. The Juan Maclean “Give Me Every Little Thing (Cajmere remix)”
4. Williams “The Arrival”
5. Herve “I’m Mo Try (Herve & Switch rmx)”
6. SharonPhillips “Want 2/Need 2 (Switch main mix)”
7. Fedde Le Grand “Put Ya Hands Up”
8. Drop The Lime “Get Up Refix”
9. P. Diddy & Christina Aguilera “Tell Me (Switch Rmx)”
10. Green Velvet “Shake & Pop (Mark Grant rmx)”
11. The Knife “Like A Pen (Hearthrob Rmx)”
12. DJ T. “The Calling”
13. 2 Bad Mice “Bombscare (’94 US mix)”
14. Edu K “Sex-O-Matic (feat. Deize Tigrona)”
15. DJ Sujinho & Cassiano “Baile Funk Satisfaction”
16. Os Carrascos “Piquè Ta”
17. Afro-Rican “Give It All You Got”
18. Solid Groove “This Is Sick”
19. The Federation “18 Dummy”
20. Party Crashers United “Ballers”
21. Jonny Blaze “Black Sheep”
22. DJ Taj “Bamabounce”
23. Cajmere “Percolator”
24. Qualifide “Badman (feat. Jason K) (Qualifide mix)”
25. Klaxons “Gravity’s Rainbow (Van She Remix)”
26. Mstrkrft “Easy Love”
27. Dirt Crew “Rok Da House”
28. Jesse Rose & Sinden “Me Mobile”
29: Epic Man & Plan B “More Is Enough (Sinden Rmx)”
30. M.I.A. “Pull Up The People (D’explicit Rmx)”
31. Awesome 3 “Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Rmx)”
32. Pitbull “Culo”
33. Buraka Som Sistema “Sem Makas”
34. DJ Bang “Wanna Love You”
35. Passions “Emergency (feat. Star Eyes)”
36. Dexplicit “Might Be Remix (feat Gemma Fox)”
37. Bodyrox “Yeah Yeah (D Ramirez Mix)”
38. Psychotropic “Hypnosis”
39. Krome & Time “This Sound is For The Underground (E5 Mix)”)
40. Soulwax “Another Excuse (DFA Remix)”
41. Klaxons “Magick (Simian Mobile Disco Remix)”