Featured Mix: Carsten Jost & Lawrence @ Beta Lounge [2002] [MIXES]

Carsten Jost & Lawrence @ Beta Lounge

We stumbled upon this mix on a cold wintry Saturday morning earlier this year, and ended up listening to it 3 times over. Yes it’s 3.5 hours you’ll never get back, but 3.5 hours of pure deep house, minimal and tech house bliss.

Starting very downtempo, with a few ambient tracks, then you’re hit with the warm Geoff White’s ‘Hopeless Romantic. This sets the tone for the mix as though being the finest salted caramel to your ears. A John Tejada & Leviste early Pallette Records track the Present of Presence‘ is also another highlight. With its shimmering synth shrills simple guitar strum and basic drum keeping your head locked in the suspense of thought it got you in by title alone.

Hypnotic, the track certainly embodies much of the first hour with Move D’s remix of B Recording’s ‘Shine’. It helps keep those heads down on the dance floor with its emotive synths, muddied hats and great chopped up vocals. Two cracking Olive Hacke tracks round up the first hour, with some great bleepy minimal.The thing about this mix that keeps you going is the ability to play different styles at the right moments.

Dope Track Selection

Hitting a peak with a mid section featuring two barn storming indie-techno Superpitcher tracks Dntel – (This Is) The Dream Of Evan & Chan (Superpitcher Remix) & Contriva – Stuck (Superpitcher Mix) making you feel like yes, you were missing out on this party. Such was the confidence of these two DJs on a few spots they even finish a track off, playing the next at 20bpm lower then speeding it back up again by the time the next track has finished truly making you feel like you’re in a proper time warp.

Carsten Jost – Pink’s stripped back but effective piano stabs bring you back to the warm hypnotic minimal theme brought across the entire mix showcasing that at the time this mix was made, ‘less is more’ styled tracks could be just as danceable as the other styles dominant at the time. The music on display feels as fresh 16 years later as it did back then. This mix is a true reminder that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.

Rating: 5/5

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