Superfriends Mix Vol. 1: Vin Sol
At "Superfriends," a club night at Milk weekly on Thursdays and on every third Saturday of the month, rulebooks fly off the turntables; DJs create the craziest mixes their imaginations can conjure. This first installment of the Superfriends Mix is a great primer that finds Vin Sol playfully warping previous perceptions of familiar tunes. Those who love Depeche Mode and RBL Posse in equal measures and who don't mind some Lil Jon in with their George Michael will no longer have to hide their eclectic tastes.
Taken as a whole, these six individually curated discs from local DJs (Shanti, Giamma, rrrus, Mike W., Rhythmystic, Star-D) showcase a worldwise spectrum of electronica, from bottom-heavy breakbeats to throbbing house. The project was conceived to generate funds for the construction of the Conexus Cathedral at the next Burning Man.
The Best Mashups in the World Are From San Francisco 2
Sticklers might say this disc doesn't belong in a true mixtape category, since these creations aren't blended together by a DJ. But each of the locally made "mashups" (a collage of two often disparate records) is like a little crafty mixtape in itself, from the opening sound-clash pitting Beethoven against Kanye to the crunkification of the Spice Girls. DJs like Party Ben and Mei-Lwun communicate in just a few minutes what other DJs struggle to express in an entire set.