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 featured more than a few highlights, with many of our favourite selectors turning out Halloween-suited mixes for the weekend's raving. Loxy pulled together some of the most menacing, abrasive D&B we've ever heard; and South London Ordnance went all out on the dark, thunderous techno vibes. Meanwhile, Suzi Analogue added some brightness with a funk-filled, globe-trotting footwork sound that somehow still managed to stay true to the sound's roots; Riz La Teef served up one of his famed all-vinyl sets; and Holy Goof reminded everyone why we all loved bassline in the first place. All-in-all a real journey from colourful grooves to ultra dark techno.
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).