Step into your average club in Berlin and nine times out of ten you’ll hear the minimal house music of Get Physical thumping on your eardrums. In the past five years, this label of superstar electronic producers has become nearly ubiquitous, and its Body Language mix series is hugely successful, although thus far it’s strayed little from the minimalist formula. Enter Dixon — formerly of Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv label, owner of Innervisions Records, half of the production group Wahoo, and all-around barrier-breaking deejay from Deutschland — to shake things up a bit.
Dixon’s true talent here is that he makes seemingly disparate sounds flow seamlessly, as only the best deejays can. Early on in the mix, he moves effortlessly from the spooky indie sounds of Chromatics’ “In the City” to Owusu & Hannibal’s dirty ’80s-tinged ditty “What’s It About.” From there, the tempo and pace picks up, with old-school club breaks busting loose and building to some of the more current German sounds. Thom Yorke’s “Eraser” sneaks in for a minute, with its mid-tempo kick drum perfectly complementing the deep techno that bookends it. Bleeps and blips from the likes of Henrik Schwarz, Larry Heard, and Dixon himself fill out the rest of the mix, until Tracey Thorn of Everything but the Girl helps to close out the set with Martin Buttrich’s remix of her new one, “It’s All True.”
The tone of the mix is sophisticated, melancholy and, for lack of a better word, minimal. But the inclusion of so many non-traditional electronic tunes helps this collection exist outside of the insular deejay-oriented sphere, making it great for those who have outgrown the repetitive club-oriented sound.