Utrecht's house and techno Soenda Festival celebrates ten years this month alongside Rødhåd, Rebekah, Len Faki and more.
And as we gear up to join the celebrations, we thought it an ideal time to take a deeper look at the lineup, picking out ten mixes from ten of the artists playing.
Turn it up.
N.B. Unfortunately I couldn't find any mixes online for Blawan & Dasha Rush, and Multiples (Speedy J & Surgeon).
Rødhåd: Amsterdam Dance Event
The proclaimed Berlin Dark Lord is no stranger to marathon sets inside the city's legendary Berghain nightclub. His deep, hypnotic and industrial style has made him one of techno's most popular names.
DJ Bone: Dekmantel Festival
A DJ Bone set is something that needs to be experienced to be truly understood. A DJ in the purest sense, Bone's sets feature blending, scratching, backspinning. He doesn't use monitors or headphones.
And he plays as much for his own enjoyment as his crowds, and it is that refreshing outlook that has made him one of Detroit's most understated visionaries.
Abstract Division: HATE Podcast
Dutch duo Abstract Division's sets are – just as their name suggests – hypnotic and expansive. One moment you're floating lost amongst ambient textures, the next you're overwhelmed by a barrage of four to the floor stomps.
Mano Le Tough: Dekmantel Podcast
Mano Le Tough has become one of the busiest DJs on the circuit. From playing with the likes of Âme and Dixon to working dancefloors on his own, the deep house producer and DJ never takes his eye off the groove, wherever the journey may take us.
Those of you who like it hard, and I mean Hard with a capital H, then catching Birmingham-born, now Berlin resident Rebekah is an absolute must.
Having hammered the soundsystems in clubs such as Berghain, Tresor and Concrete, her sets are brutally relentless, swooping you up into a techno tornado before throwing you back down with a crash.
SHDW & Obscure Shape: Awakenings Festival
RA describes SHDW & Obscure Shape's sets as "techno made for the listener to go bang." It's easy to see why. Music enthusiasts who have wracked up a broad musical knowledge since their teens, they're not afraid to flirt between genres, keeping their audience engaged and... ready to go bang.
FJAAK Live: Boiler Room
Since being picked up by Modeselektor, who were struck by their rave-led techno and breakbeats style, FJAAK have become one of Berlin's leading lights. Their live sets – raw, unpolished and spontaneous – are a showcase of the infectious explosive charm that has lead their ascent.
Detroit Swindle: Red Light Radio
The Netherland's very own Detroit Swindle are all about putting a smile on your face. Their sets are littered with classic house, retro disco and African funk. The only requirement: it gets you grooving.
Len Faki: Essential Mix
An original Berghain resident, Len Faki has become one of the most in-demand techno DJs around. His sets are vibrant, constantly evolving adventures that explore the depths of techno, electro, acid and more.
Eclair Fifi: Dekmantel Festival
Eclair Fifi has built up a enviable reputation as one of the most diverse and genre-less DJs on the circuit. Influenced by Detroit techno and Chicago house through her parents, she's now also known for her expansive knowledge and love of Latin freestyle, italo and rap, which she regularly drops into her sets.
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