Midnight In A Perfect World: DJ Suspence

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Ruby Higashi

DJ Suspence is the alias of Seattle's own Spencer Manio, a renowned DJ, producer, and curator who has blessed countless parties behind the decks with his exquisite taste, expansive crates, and joyful mixing style. As an in-demand DJ throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, he set the tone opening up local shows for everyone from Grandmaster Flash to Death Cab For Cutie, and his diverse taste and infectious energy also shined bright as a founding member of beloved local trio The Saturday Knights.

DJ Suspence's Midnight In A Perfect World mix is conceptually set-up like an actual cassette mixtape featuring 2 distinctive sides. The A side is titled 1990 North Seattle House Party and it's an homage to the house party jams he used to DJ out regularly. The B side is titled 2020 South Seattle Couch Party and it serves as a reflection of his more recent at-home-listening favorites. While he's spun at hundreds of parties, this is his first ever recorded DJ mix.

Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
DJ Suspence DJ Suspence's Intro
D.C. Boyz It's A Natural Thang
Guy I Like (Lafayette Break Blend)
Heavy D & The Boyz More Bounce
7A3 Goes Like Dis
K9 Posse Ain't Nothin To It
Double XX Posse Not Gonna Be Able To Do / Fresh Prince Interlude
Michel'le No More Lies (Funky Mix)
Tuff Crew My Part Of Town
Divine Styler Ain't Sayin Nothin'
Banbarra Shack Up
Maestro Fresh Wes Let Your Backbone Slide
Eric B & Rakim Let The Rhythm Hit 'Em (45 King Club Mix)
Paris Break The Grip Of Shame
Poor Righteous Teachers Holy Intellect
Cannonball Adderley Walk Tall/Mercy Mercy Mercy
Brand Nubian Concerto In X Minor / The Last Poets "When The Revolution Comes" Interlude
X-Rated Swift Lift Vocalist
Inner City Do You Love What You Feel (Wilson's Hip House Mix)
Fast Eddie Yo Yo Get Funky
The Farm Band Om / Malcom X Interlude
Roy Ayers Ubiquity Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Phil Yost Bent City 1
Erkin Koray Yağmur
Riverbottom Nightmare Band S/T
The Creation How Does It Feel To Feel
Jorge Ben Errare Humanum Est
Nguishi N'Timbo with L'Orchestre Festival of Zaire Shauri Yako (I & II)
Mor Thiam Ayo Ayo Nene
Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestros Ogiobo
Admas Kalatashe Waga
Harry Case Chasing The Goon
Dip In The Pool On Retinae (West Version)
Prefab Sprout Enchanted
Nobuo Ariga 雨色の僕と君
Hiroshi Yoshimura Singing Stream (Spring Mix)

Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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