Looking back at 2007: Jaytech’s driving Flashback mix
To celebrate 14 years of inthemix, we’re looking back at the big tunes of each year since we were founded, with special year mixes by the hottest DJs of the time. Head over to the inthemix SoundCloud page to get stuck into Kid Kenobi’s year 2000 mix, trance star BeXta’s 2001 mix, prog-breaks whiz Ivan Gough 2002 mix, Mark Dynamix’s double mixes of tech-house and electroclash for 2003, the 2004 mix from Melbourne’s underground king Boogs, bass and beat stalwart Nick Thayer’s party-rocking 2005 mix, and the Sweat It Out crew’s epic two-hour Ajax tribute mix for 2006.
This month, we’re looking back at 2007 with a mix from prog-champion Jaytech. As the sound of electro and indie-dance was taking over the nation’s dancefloors, with Ajax sitting atop the inthemix Awards, the progressive house and trance scenes were experiencing an underground revival, just as dance music itself began to explode nation-wide.
The scene’s rapid growth in that year is probably best exemplified by the big steps forward for dance festivals: Future Music Festival took its first steps as a national touring event, while Stereosonic launched for the first time in Melbourne. Follow the link below to read our interview with Jaytech, and hit play on his driving Flashback mix, packed full of Prydz, Deadmau5, Sasha, Hybrid and more, below that.
2007: The Year In Dance Music
1. It’s another good year for Melbourne duo TV Rock, whose reboot of ‘The Others’ by Dukes Of Windsor tops the ARIA Club Charts. Sgt Slick also reps Melbourne with his Pitch Black collab ‘Automatic Machine’, ahead of Armand Van Helden (‘NYC Beat’), Ida Corr (‘Let Me Think About It’) and Groove Armada (‘Get Down’).
2. While it only gets to number eight on the end-of-year club chart, The Potbelleez are suddenly everywhere with ‘Don’t Hold Back’. It’s the tenth best-selling dance single, and 13th highest by an Australian artist.
3. Sneaky Sound System’s self-titled debut album is the biggest selling dance ‘artist’ album in Oz, coming in at third amid a bunch of Ministry of Sound compilations and Britney’s ‘Blackout’. Two Rogue Traders LPs round out the top 10.
4. Sneaky clean up at the ARIAs, winning Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Dance Release spiky things. The Gotye remix album ‘Mixed Blood’, Hook N Sling and Kid Kenobi’s ‘The Bump’, poxyMusic’s ‘She Bites’, and that TV Rock and Dukes of Windsor remix round out the nominees.
5. Dance music is so big for the Big Day Out that they introduce the Hothouse stage alongside the flagship Boiler Room in some cities. Diplo, Shapeshifter and Hot Chip are among the talent on the smaller stage, while the main event features The Presets, The Crystal Method DJs, Justice, Love Tattoo and Mark Murphy.
6. Future Music Festival makes its debut as a national touring festival, with a mix of mainstream and underground names: Carl Cox, Ferry Corsten, Rex The Dog, Josh Wink and LTJ Bukem amongst them.
7. Meanwhile, in Melbourne, Future Entertainment’s old cohorts at Hardware team up with the Onelove club night to launch Stereosonic. The first edition, featuring Armand Van Helden, Fedde Le Grand, Booka Shade, Meat Katie and more at Melbourne Showgrounds, is a raging success.
8. Armin van Buuren jumps back to the top of the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, ahead of Tiësto in second and Paul van Dyk dropping from first to fourth. Prog makes a mini comeback, with John Digweed and Sasha both returning to the top five.
9. Resident Advisor readers select a typically tech-focused top five DJs, led by Ricardo Villalobos ahead of Luciano, Sebo K, Dixon and Richie Hawtin.
10. Ajax maintains his standing as Australia’s favourite DJ in the inthemix Awards. There’s a significant changing of the guard in the top five, with Dirty South, Stafford Brothers, tyDi and John Course all making debuts there. Dirty South is also judged the nation’s most popular producer.
inthemix Flashback mixes: 2007 mixed by Jaytech
1. Sultan Ned Shepard & Maher Daniel – Itajai Vibes (Wize Remix) [Sick Watona]
2. Burufunk vs. Carbon Community – Community Funk (Deadmau5 Remix) [Shiznit Recordings]
3. Pryda – Europa [Pryda]
4. Dinka – Temptation [Unreleased Digital]
5. Jaytech – Spacelift [Anjunabeats]
6. Matt Rowan & Jaytech – Holding On [Red Seven Records]
7. Max Graham – Carbine [Re*Brand]
8. Sasha – Mongoose [emFire]
9. Hybrid – Until Tomorrow (Stefan Anion & Starfire’s ‘Surviving Another Day’ Mix) [Distinct’ive]