While electronic music is unquestionably a huge part of what Paraíso offers, to call the new Madrid festival simply a 'dance music' festival would be an oversimplification of what it's all about.
In fact, some of the highlights of the lineup for the festival's debut unfortunately can't be explored here; the music of Ibeyi, Roísín Murphy and Tune-Yards, for example, not really conducive to the mix format that can neatly capture the stylings of DJs and producers.
As it happens, the wealth of electronic music on offer means it was plenty easy enough to pick out ten mixes that highlight the calibre and diversity on display at the Madrid festival's first edition (and that's without including the likes of Larry Heard, Floating Points or Black Coffee). So get your ears around these, and then try your hardest to resist checking flights to Madrid.
Palms Trax – Boiler Room (Dekmantel)
Like a good number of DJs, Palms Trax lives in Berlin. He's actually British, and weirdly by virtue of his close connections with Dekmantel you might most readily associate him with Amsterdam. Whatever the case, he has made a name for himself with sets that heavily feature esoteric disco cuts, funk classics and helpings of feel-good house.
On a personal note, as far as Boiler Room mixes are concerned, this one from Dekmantel 2016 probably only comes in behind Kaytranada's iconic Montreal set, Jamie xx on the Young Turks rooftop and MCDE at Dekmantel 2014 in terms of my most oft-revisited.
Hot Chip – DJ Mix
Hot Chip bring their Megamix concept to the Spanish capital for Paraiso this summer; a part DJ set, part improvised live performance that will no doubt keep the crowds guessing, as well as dancing. This mix is altogether more conventional than that, but it's packed with the kind of upbeat grooves that you'd expect from the boys.
Kiasmos – KEXP Live Session
With the aforementioned wealth of live acts on the lineup for Paraíso – both electronic and otherwise – it felt only right that something other than DJ sets should be included – even if it's not strictly a mix like the title of this article might suggest.
Here, Icelandic duo Kiasmos demonstrate the beauty of their ambient production in a live set for Seattle's KEXP radio (surely one of the finest stations in the world).
DJ Tennis – Essential Mix
Across two hours for the legendary Radio 1 Essential Mix series, DJ Tennis explores the deeper and more melodic side of house music that has helped him to become the hugely respected selector that he is today.
Kelly Lee Owens – Dazed Mix
Better known as an incredibly talented producer than as a DJ, Kelly Lee Owens really came to the wider attention of the music world with her critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album in 2017. This relatively short mix for Dazed offers a snapshot into the eclectic influences that have shaped her musical creativity.
Yaeji – Mixmag Impact Mix
Korean-American producer, DJ, singer, rapper and all round talent Yaeji is arguably one of the most unique voices in club music at the moment; drawing from her dual nationality, writing lyrics in English and Korean, and fusing elements of house, hip-hop and other club genres.
In this mix, she puts a particular focus on other female, non-binary and POC artists that she says are "killing it right now"; including Jayda G, Peggy Gou, Jlin, Ikonika and Jessy Lanza.
Apparat – Boiler Room
It might be five years old now, but this DJ set from revered German producer and performer Apparat still sounds pretty great, featuring tracks from the likes of Daphni, Surgeon, Jamie xx, Legowelt and Ben Klock. Plus it's a nice little throwback to hear 'Au Seve' by Julio Bashmore again.
Jamie Tiller – RA Podcast
"All Tiller, no filler." I wish I'd been the one to think of that, but alas that honour belongs to the Resident Advisor employee who decided that was the only description required for this mix from the Berlin-based Londoner.
Fairly reflexive in tone, it certainly seems like Tiller has dug deep into the crate on this one, with elements of 80s pop, Afrobeat, disco, acid house, breakbeat, garage and more.
Hunee – Boiler Room Seoul
Not many can create a groove quite as well as the man known as Hunee. For this Boiler Room set, he utilisises an array of disco bangers from across decades and continents (with a little bit of acid-house thrown in for good measure every now and then).
Tornado Wallace – Dummy Mix
I'm not sure exactly how I'd describe the musical content of this mix. It almost certainly wouldn't be "various tracks with a loose common thread of some sort, mushed together in some sort of proto-trance, stoned-EBM, Don Carlos-meets-Paul Oakenfold-meets-Harvey-not-Harvey goulash." But that's what Tornado Wallace says it is, so who am I to argue?
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