2016 has been another great year for Dance Music. There has been an insurgence of awesome talent this year with great music coming from some cool new producers. The Old guys also came to the party with some good chart-topping beats. Collecting these awesome beats that were delivered to us over the past year and compiling a dope mix is the formula of the best of 2016 DJ mixes. Year Mixes are usually much more exciting than the normal 1-hour podcasting, radio show, DJ Mix sets. There’s no room for mediocre, just the best of the best music for 2016
I have compiled a short list of the coolest mixes I came across this month on Mixcloud. They are in no particular order and they are all top of their class in their own genres. I hope you enjoy this list and these mixes as much as I did. These are the best of 2016 DJ mixes that were posted on Mixcloud this December 2016.
Cafe del Mar
The famed Cafe del Mar bar in Spain opened in the 80’s with a big focus on music. Chill out music that is, to accompany the gorgeous sunsets overlooking the town of Illes Balears. The music and the vibe became so popular it began to draw people from all over the world. High profile DJs and other artists played regularly at the venue. Around 1999, The Cafe del Mar Record Label was founded with the intention of releasing music and DJ mix compilations that would capture the great moments at the legendary bar.
The Cafe del Mar Label still continues to release great albums. And in celebration of a great year full of great releases, they uploaded a Full Lenght mix filled with they pick of the best downtempo and house tunes of 2016. There are absolutely good tracks from the likes of artists like Dusky, Todd Terje, and Claptone. It’s no wonder this mix topped the Downtempo, Electronic, Chillout, and House charts on Mixcloud.
America’s 2012 No.1 DJ Markus Shulz is a Florida DJ that has been Producing and DJing his brand of beautiful melodic trance music since the 90’s. He is part of the Global Trance family and has played gigs everywhere alongside everyone (the list is just too long!). Madison Square Garden is one of his highlight gigs and he has played alongside other DJ’s like Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren.
This year’s 2016 year in review mix features tracks from artists like Eric Prydz, Ferry Corsten & Cosmic Gate. Markus does a nice job of adding audio clips of some of the great actors and artists that passed away. This is such a sweet tribute to some of the greatest artists (Prince, David Bowie) that ever walked the earth. The mix has also topped the Trance, Progressive House, EDM and Techno Charts.
Defected Records was founded in 1998 by Simon Dunmore and has been producing amazing dance tracks ever since. Some of the biggest names in music have at some point in their career worked with Defected. Roger Sanchez released the hit single ‘Another Chance’ which topped the UK charts. This put Defected on the map and has ever since been releasing quality house music.
The Defected In The House Radio Show is a weekly show that features and promotes the latest music releases from the label. The show also features Guest Mixes from Artists in order to promote their releases too. Defected Most Rated is a pick of the best tunes currently out on the label. This Mix features some of those great tunes that were released in 2016 by artists like Reinier Zonneveld, Crookers, and Josh Butler. This Mix has topped the House, Deep House, Disco, and Tech House charts on Mixcloud
Part 2 of Defected’s best of 2016 mix has also been released and is definitely worth a listen.
London-based Old School 80’s Acid House DJ Chris Coco hosts the brilliant Down Tempo show Melodica. Melodica is a radio show that’s packed with some cool Chillout, Balearic, and Ambient music from all over the world. Chris’s Melodica show is frequently featured at the top of Mixcloud’s charts and from the comments, you can see that the show has become a pleasant and awesome experience for many of his listeners. The Best of 2016 edition of Melodica is another great pick from Mixloud’s radio shows and has already topped the Alternative and Chillout charts.
My last pick of year mixes comes from Dutch Deep House DJ Joris Voorn. Joris has continued to produce fantastic high-quality records over the past few years. This year has been no exception with great new tracks and remixes. Every year Joris Releases a year mix that is flawlessly mixed. His year mixes are known to have a crazy amount of music crammed into an hour set and are usually at the top of many people’s lists of best of 2016 DJ mixes.
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