In the Mix: The Sound of the 16th Season


When the shadows grow longer on the island of Ibiza and the noise of summer fades away, Cocoon Recordings founder Sven Väth takes a couple of days off and reflects on the music of the passing season; the best of 2015 is represented here on The Sound of the 16th Season. Väth opens with DJ Koze's "XTC," which offers a captivating melody through a cloudy, blurry soundscape. Matthew Dekay offers a poetic starting signal before Väth sets a new tone with "Next Please" by Metaboman, a high-spirited, twisted, funny, electronic polka. Legendary Detroit figures Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig (feat. Inner City) turn play into drama before Jacob Korn releases the tension with a jazzy, experimental gesture. With Leon Vynehall's reduced gospel, the set reaches a spiritual moment, which Aaaron pushes on with his wonderful, driving "Whatcha Say." With Daniel Bortz's pretty, quiet "Don't Disturb Björn," Väth pauses for a moment. Beloved for his delicate sound textures, John Tejada extends the subdued mood and Mattheis offers penetrating strings with an anthemic quality before Väth brings the groove with Patrick Specke & Daze Maxim's "Battery." For the finale of the first disc, Jacek Sienkiewicz and Ricardo Tobar deliver beautiful, delicate sounds. Väth's second disc takes off with Tim Green's "Eclipse," in which a boastful bassline leads through a charming house groove. Alex Smoke delivers cocky, vigorous acid sounds before Heartthrob breaks the playful energy with an escalation into a furious snare drum thunderstorm. Tim Wright employs a screeching electro bassline with a twinkle in his eye and Deetron drops an overwhelmingly positive, beaming, unforgettable riff. With Bastinov, Väth adds more shades with fascinating violin sounds. Robert Hood uses a brilliant synthesizer to shift things into electrifying soul before Väth makes an utterly surprising U-turn with a song by Swedish cult band The Knife, merging soul with highly sensitive indie pop. Geeeman's voice-modulation recalls Väth's own legendary 1986 track "Electrica Salsa." Gary Beck pulls us into another world with a powerful groove and an epic hook, Pig & Dan condense this mood with "Universal Love," and Stranger's "Warehouse Memoires" brings back recollections of crazed parties in abandoned factories. Väth clears the madness with Alex Bau's hypnotic, flowing grooves. Dimi Angélis sets a soulful final chord with a beautiful riff merging fragile violin sounds and a shrill 8-bit synth, so the set can fade away with a charmingly mellow piece from Petar Dundov.