DescriptionNot only do Mad Hatter Recordings put on killer parties and release a consistently strong string of singles and EPs, but they now also hand pick artist to mix compilations for them.
Following in the footsteps of the label bosses for this next instalment is Matt Smallwood - someone who's been involved in the scene for almost 15 years and who is label manager at the vital resource that is trackitdown.net. As a result, Matt has the freshest music possible at his fingertips all day long, and that's something which shows in this mix - as does his experiences DJing all across the planet on every continent.
Starting in atmospheric, deep and rumbling territory the mix works its way through the gears and through the styles as things progress. There's pumping, precise tech house, rougher edged percussive jams and all manner of jungle drums and tribal vocals woven into MP3, and it's all the more rewarding for it.
Not only is the track selection tip-top, but the mixing is seamless and the balance and pace of the mix are well thought out meaning Matt Smallwood really takes the listener on a journey through his musical make-up. Never hanging around in one area too long, the different textures and shades on offer here make for engaging listening to any underground electronic music fans.