Here at Complex, we understand the grind of listening to the best music each week. There's so much new music uploaded to every single platform, every single day, that following just one of your streams can become a dizzying, life-consuming task. To help you out on at least one front, each and every Friday, our music team will trawl the depths of the internet to bring you the best mixes from the past week. House, hip-hop, bass, grime, trap, techno and R&B—it'll all be represented in our picks to get you warmed up for the weekend. So let us do all the hard work; click through below and enjoy.
Star.One's Mix For So Future
This Saturday, Sept. 10, EDIT residents Star.One will be taking over at So Future with a special six-hour set of bangers, grime and otherwise. For a taster of what's in store at The Alibi in Dalston this weekend, check out the duo's guest mix for the event featuring the usual grime bangers with some UKG, dancehall, trap and 2 step thrown in along the way.
Riz La Teef's Mix For FACT
There aren't many selectors still lugging crates of dubs and white labels to the club anymore, but Riz La Teef is. In fact, along with Spooky, Parris and a few others, he's earning a name for his arsenal of dubplates. Sticking to that, here he is with a dubplate-heavy low-end assault.
Kareful's Mix For Clash
Kareful, a name often associated with the mercurial and difficult-to-pin-down wave movement, is one of the more prominent names in the loose collection of artists linked to the sound—and rightly so. Along with Plastician, Kareful is one of wave's biggest proponents, laying out introductory guides and loudly championing his favourite producers and their productions. As this new mix shows, the sound that (for one reason or another) is pretty challenging to blend has proved no match for this prime selector. There's no tracklist so you're just going to have to plunge down the wave rabbit hole with nothing but Kareful and the wavemob as your guides.
Father's Mix For Solid Steel Radio
As part of an Awful Records takeover, label founder Father was drafted in to school listener's on his truly unique label and the sounds the Awful family dig. Though just shy of an hour, Father opts for playing a select few tracks and allowing them to flourish in the mix over the crash-course approach. In this mellow, slow-burning mix of rap, R&B and the rest, he opens with some classical by way of Sergei Rachmaninoff before sliding straight into Rae Sremmurd, Playboi Carti, SRNO, 21 Savage and more. Who else could do that?
Robert Hood's Mix For Weather Festival Paris
We've got a lot of hip-hop in this week's Mixes, and this isn't even the last one. We absolutely had to include this because 1) it's Robert Hood and 2) when would you otherwise hear him mixing together golden rap classics? It's been a pretty terrible week, but this should be able to put a smile on your face—at least for an hour and 51 minutes.
Tunji Ige's Mix For The FADER
Philly MC and producer Tunji Ige instantly made a bit of a name for himself with his 2014 breakout, The Love Project EP that featured the infectious Makonnen- and Michael Christmas-featuring "Day2Day" before dropping his Missed Calls LP the following year. Here he is with a genre-crushing but dancehall-heavy mix whose highlights include Vybz Kartel, J Dilla and, of course, plenty of Ige's own incredibly charming beats.
µ-Ziq's 'Aphex Twin' Mix For The Vinyl Factory
With the reissue of µ-Ziq (Mike Paradinas) and Aphex Twin's Expert Knob Twiddlers collaborative album only a few months behind us, what better time for the Planet Mu boss to revisit the highlights and forgotten moments of Aphex Twin's two-decade career? A mixture of aliases, you can hear Aphex Twin, Polygon Window, Caustic Window and the Cornish producer's remix of Saint Etienne's "Who Do You Think You Are" and both versions of his remix of Mescalinum United's "We Have Arrived" in this thoroughly comprehensive tour of Aphex Twin's vast back catalogue.
Iglew's Mix For 63Hz
On Sept. 21, Leeds-based collective 8Mana will throw their next party under the banner of their 63Hz imprint, with sets from Scratcha DVA, Iglew, Timbah, Merouac, Clerk 37, Phrixus, Come Thru DJs, Youth Club Sounds. To get you warmed up, here's Iglew with a quick mix of mostly unreleased cuts from Strict Face, Chevel and Odeko as well as crowd-favourites like E.M.M.A's remix of Spokes' Ritalin and an Iglew bootleg of Plastician and Skepta's landmark "Intensive Snare".
Rinse FM's '#SaveFabric' Set
As a rule, we generally don't include radio sets here; there are simply so many on every station it would quickly descend into the best of the same stations week in, week out. However, as we're all acutely aware, this week's been different. To show support for Fabric's deeply unfair closure, Rinse set aside a whopping 12 hours for greats like DJ Hype, Villalobos, Nina Kraviz, Ben UFO, Marcel Dettman, Terry Francis, Peter Pixzel, Jacob Husley, Alan Fitzpatrick and Joseph Capriati to pay homage to our dear, dear friend. Make sure you read Geeneus' statement on the closure here.