Trawling the internet for your pre-party soundtrack is getting harder and harder these days. And let's face it, if you're having a little pre-rave shoobs, you're going to have a range of people round. That five-hour minimal techno mix might be right up your work mate's street, but not everyone wants that vibe. Equally, a reload-heavy grime set might not be the one if you're trying to move to the cutie you invited over. It's a balancing act. Because Complex UK is a public service above all, we've scoured the depths of the internet to bring you a high-quality, well-balanced blend that should push everyone's buttons, regardless of their preferences.
This week was a good week to hear from the titans of dance music. Andrew Weatherall stepped into Tim Sweeney's Beats In Space studio to remind us that after several decades in the game, he's still on top; The Black Madonna let us relive her life-giving set from this year's Dekmantel—a festival chock full of dynamite house and techno; and The Orb came through with a blissful mix of ambient tones. Then there was Cajmere. This week the Chicago legend teamed up with Brian Tappert for a funk and groove-filled house set that touched on disco, hip-hop, afrobeats and more. That's not even the half of it, with plenty of newcomers and young guns coming correct with their selections too.
We could go on, but it's probably best if you scroll down to the playlist below for your pre-party jams (see, you don't even have to cue them up).