Let’s not muck about here; mix number ten from electro-beast The Toxic Avenger is both brilliant and fun, and supplies the soundtrack to the sort of night out that everyone would be having if the world was a lot more fun.
There’s a dirtied-up take on the Ghostbusters’ theme, hi-NRG rave-oddity from fellow French electro producer Surkin and an occasional Soul II Soul sample floating around for good measure. That’s the kind of mix this is.
There are also some very recognisable sounds in there, including DJ Mujava’s unmistakable kwaito-house debut, Township Funk, and a Duke Dumont remix of current hot ticket Late of the Pier.
Being named after a mutated B-movie creature seems an oddly apt moniker for Simon DeLacroix, as his mix is peppered with retro flashbacks, mash-up antics and just a touch of absurdity, but without ever losing sight of what makes a bloody good tune; hence the punchy, dirty techno hooks and solid beats that perpetuate throughout. Think Ed Banger Records and Daft Punk but with a bit more grit.
As well as playing alongside the likes of Erol Alkan, Crystal Castles and (IHEARTCOMIX label founder) Franki Chan, in a relatively short space of time The Toxic Avenger seems to have mastered the ‘proper’ club vibe – spinning and producing infectious tracks that force you to do a bit more than simply slump against the bar trying not to look happy (what with boredom being conducive with cool and everything). An ethos which is perfectly showcased in this fine selection of tracks.
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The Toxic Avenger Dj mix tracklisting -
1. His Majesty André: NRG 555 ( Hervé edit )
2. Destroy Disco: Fly or Bounce ( Bart B More remix )
3. Federico Frenchi: Cream ( Arcade remix )
4. Theme from Ghostbusters ( Don Rimini remix )
5. Surkin: Kid Gloves ( Bobmo remix )
6. Nadastrom: Pussy
7. DJ Mujava: Township funk ( Radioclit remix )
8. Late of the Pier: Bathroom Gurgle ( Duke Dumont remix )
9. Heartsrevolution: Ultraviolence ( Les Petits Pilous remix )
10. Project Bassline: Drop the Pressure ( Jack beats remix )
11. Proxy: Tha Raven ( Kazey & Bulldog MPC remix )
12. The Toxic Avenger: Toxic is Dead!
Check out the previous episodes of our Dj Mix Series below
1. Booka Shade
3. Luke Solomon
4. Chris De Luca Vs Phon.o
5. Various Production
6. Richard Sen (Padded Cell)
8. 2020 Soundsystem