Mix of the Week – Ben Sims

From early formative days earning his stripes spinning hip hop, house and rave on pirate radio, and at parties around Essex and East London, through the 90’s as an ever more in demand DJ, and on into the new millennium as a label boss, producer and internationally recognised techno legend in his own right, Ben Sims has spent all his conscious life exploring all facets of underground dance music.

Throughout that time, the man has honed his reputation as a tight, energetic mixer who skilfully weaves together his own distinctive blend of tough funk and hardgrooves, often using three-deck wizardry and plenty of dexterity. Be it at clubs like Fabric London, Atomic Jam, Berghain, Florida 135, or any number of festivals around the world, Sims’ sets are powerful, memorable, and unique, while constantly pushing the boundaries of a DJ set – utilising a mesmerizing blend of vinyl, CDs, and software.

As well as carving a reputation as one of the world’s leading techno DJs, Ben has curated many of his own revered labels over the years. Chief amongst them is Theory – an imprint this year celebrating it’s 40th release, that counts amongst it’s supporters contemporary connoisseurs like Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, and the old guard of Dave Clarke, Robert Hood, Rolando and more – proof, then, that Sims is on the form of his life production wise. Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim from his cultured debut long player on Drumcode, 2011’s Smoke & Mirrors, an album that voyages into Sim’s unique take on techno, coupled with authentic house outings, thanks to guest appearances from Chicago’s Tyree Cooper and Detroit’s Blake Baxter, whilst also showcasing plenty of dubbed-out and grainy textures.

Sims has put his name to more than 50 releases in the last two decades. During those years, there has also been a steady stream of high profile remixes of scene heavyweights, including Jeff Mills, Adam Beyer, Kevin Saunderson and Chris Liebing, on labels du jour like AXIS, KMS, CLR and Drumcode, all of which have won as much critical praise as they have crossover success.

Despite his veteran status in the scene, Sims has always been keen to evolve. Alongside Kirk Degiorgio, he is co-founder & curator of Machine – a clubnight which focuses on new, unreleased, & upfront music; it’s primary home in London, but with editions all across Europe each year. His ‘Run it Red’ radio show, broadcast via NTSlive and podcasted afterwards, also serves to solely highlight new music.

Tracklisting

1. Divide & Oisel – Ciclo 4. Affekt
2. DJ Hell – The Revolution Will Be Televised. DJHE
3. Ellery Cowles – Electric Fence. UKR
4. Deniro – Malamute. AEX
5. Greg Gow – The Rat (Dub Remix). On Edge Society
6. Trackmaster Dreezy – Run Red 3. Unreleased
7. Jeroen Search & Gotshell – Notification. Be As One
8. Shlomi Aber – Consonance. Be As One
9. Szmer – S300. (R)3volution
10. Stephen Brown – Brown Bin. Unreleased
11. Taupe – Vortex. Colours
12. Madben & ZPKF – Chased. Suara
13. Frequency – Panic Mode (1993 Version). Repetitive Rhythm Research
14. Dokser – SRLX. Uncage
15. Blunt- Later For It. Bright Sounds
16. DJ Deep – Batu. Unreleased
17. Trackmaster Dreezy – DooDoo. Unreleased
18. Herman Funker III – Box’s. Ilian Tape
19. Antony Dupont – Thoughts on Robert H. AD
20. Risc – Teach Us. Unreleased
21. Shcuro – Temptation. Naive
22. Mark Flash – Dementia. Still Techno
23. DJ 3000 – Without Fea. Motech
24. Optic Nerve – Far Away (Dimension Mix). Soma
25. D-Leria – Tribalism. Avian
26. Aroop Roy – Hustle do Brasil. Kampana
27. Blunt- 1N0N1. Bright Sounds
28. Herman Funker III – Rhino Remake. Ilian Tape
29. Temudo – Group Dynamics. Klockworks
30. Shlomi Aber – Tilim at Night. Be As One
31. Radio Slave – Variations V4. Rekids
32. Dold – No Need To Brag. Arsenik
33. Mattias Fridell & Alexander Johansson – Insyn. DMT
34. Certa Ratio – 002 0026. Mord
35. Drumcomplex – Machine (Dj Dextro Remix). Korpus
36. Fase Bipolar – D3Nsity. Sungate
37. Oscar Mulero – Perlora. Evod
38. Echelon – Interception 012. Axis Digital
39. Monrella – Abrasion Resistant. Avalanche
40. FreakG – Stavro. SQNC
41. Ricardo Garduno – A Very Short Memory. Thoughts
42. Temudo – Ajudou. Mord
43. Blanka – Karma. Animal Farm
44. Tensal – Aquelarre. Mord
45. Fhase 87 – French Loops 01.A. French Loops
46. Deniro – Needles. Trip
47. Echelon – Interception 07. Axis Digital
48. Dimi Angelis – Signs In The Dark. Axis Digital
49. NWHR – La Muerte y el Tiempo. Illegal Alien
50. Truncate – Minimize. Token
51. QphoriQ – Zulu Hunt. CVC
52. Responder – Mono. Planet Rhythm
53. Ricardo Garduno – I Don’t Even Care. Thoughts
54. Linear System – Methodical. Immaterial Archives
55. Pfirter – Collider. Paralelo
56. Deano – Vocalize. Symbolism
57. Amorphic – A8. Unreleased
58. ORBE – Psy Visionary. Orbe
59. Mike Storm – Apophis. Axis Digital
60. Eduardo de la calle – Cate Wind. Collapse
61. VRIL – Alte Seele (Marcel Dettmann & Vril Bass Mix). Delsin
62. Hugo Massien – Outer Space Jam. E-Beamz
63. Marco Bruno – Maverick. Evighet
64. Sterac Electronics – Reinstated. Tronic
65. FJAAK & Elli Acula – To The Peak (Steffi Mix). Spandau20
66. Altern 8 – Hard Crew (Reinst8 Mix). Stafford North
67. DJ Wachita China – My Computer Is Your Virus. Land Of Dance

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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.