I'm just gonna come right out and say it: Oasis Festival has the best lineup of its kind of any festival this summer. A bold claim, and one that I'm already thinking might not hold up to intense scrutiny given the wealth to choose from. But then again it might.
After all, the list of names appearing at the four day party in Marrakech really is pretty special. Not just thanks to headliners like Maceo Plex, Nicolas Jaar, Solomun and Richie Hawtin, but because of the huge strength in depth and the obvious consideration that has gone into the festival's programming
Promising an opportunity to 'dance somewhere different' – namely a luxury hotel overlooked by the stunning Atlas mountains – Oasis Festival is rapidly becoming one of the hottest festival tickets for electronic music fans the world over.
Ahead of the festival's eagerly awaited third edition, we've picked out ten of our favourite mixes from some of the names on the lineup to get you in the mood for an unforgettable experience.
Call Super – Radio 1 Guest Mix
Interspersed with healthy amounts of his own music (both as Call Super and under his Ondo Fudd moniker), this mix for Benji B's radio show displays the Londoners ability to merge funk, disco and soul grooves with more left-field and experimental productions in a way that is captivating rather than discordant.
Nicolas Jaar - RA.500
Resident Advisor had to turn to someone pretty special for their 500th podcast mix, and instead of plumping for just one person, they handpicked a selection of their favourites from across the series' history. Chosen along with the likes of Dixon, Omar-S, Steffi and Ben UFO was a man by the name of Nicolas Jaar.
Predictably atmospheric and engaging, it's pretty much everything you could want from a mix by the revered musician.
HAAi – Sunfall Mix
Recorded earlier in the summer for London's Sunfall festival, the Phonox resident and rising star of the underground puts together acid, afro, techno, house and disco grooves in a sun-drenched set that epitomises why she's rapidly earning fans the world over.
Jackmaster B2B Axel Boman – Rinse FM Podcast
Two masters of dancefloor go back to back at Oasis Festival, and not for the first time. Fan favourite Jackmaster and Swedish star Axel Boman are no strangers to sharing a DJ booth, and their set from Rise Festival 2015 recorded for Rinse FM is evidence of what they come up with when they put their heads together.
Chances are they'll have longer than an hour between them in Marrakech as well, given their headliner billing on the Sunday night.
Maceo Plex – Essential Mix
This Essential Mix might be nearly two years old, but it hasn't lost any of its appeal since we all laid ears on it first. That's largely due to the retro feel of the mix, filled with 808 sounds and electro basslines that pay homage to the revered DJ and producer's musical roots.
Young Marco – Gilles Peterson Worldwide
It's probably fair to say that Amsterdam's Young Marco is not really one to take himself too seriously. At this year's Farr Festival, for example, he blasted out Wham's Last Christmas whilst wearing a Santa hat, in the middle of July.
That's not to say he's not a consummate professional, but his sets tend to be about giving the crowd a good time and a chance to get their groove on, hence the propensity for the finest in 80s funk and disco.
Giorgia Angiuli – Kindisch Podcast
This mix, as is so often the case with the work of Giorgia Angiuli, is a thing beauty. Completely mesmerising from start to finish, its subtlety and nuance reflect the artist's considered approach to her music.
She plays a live set at Oasis, which offers the chance to see her celebrated creativity and improvisational skills up close.
Solomun – Christmas in Bed 2016
The third instalment of Solomun's annual mix series sees the big man setting an altogether more chilled and contemplative mood than you might have come to associate with some of his famous Ibiza parties.
Given that he has four hours to himself at the festival's opening party, you can probably expect to hear some changes of pace over the course of his headline appearance (although he's likely keep it slightly more lively than this for the majority).
Auntie Flo – The Ransom Note Mix
You wouldn't think that Auntie Flo came from Glasgow just by listening to his music and mixes. Not that you should necessarily be able to tell, but the Latin and Afro inspired drum patterns, chants and grooves don't exactly bring to mind Scotland's second city.
Either way, he is a master of building an atmosphere, developing rhythms and bringing them down at the perfect points to have you itching to get on the dancefloor.
Chloé B2B Ivan Smagghe – KTDJ Podcast
Recorded live at a Kill The DJ Tea Dance party in Paris, parts of this back-to-back mix pay homage to the early days of electronic music, with synth-pop and new wave influences that bring to mind questionable haircuts, flamboyant outfits and incredible dance moves.
And we're sure the combined expertise of the French twosome will ensure some equally incredible shapes are cut in the Moroccan sunshine next week.
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