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Midnight in a Perfect World

A multi-genre program featuring eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJs, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Check out the archives of previous exclusive mixes here, and check out the upcoming schedule below:


photo by Peter Seay


July 3rd: Noel Brass Jr.

Noel Brass Jr. is a Seattle-based composer, keyboardist, educator, soulgazer, and founding member of the local psychedelic trio Afrocop. A prolific solo artist constantly unleashing a steady stream of releases on his Bandcamp page, Noel's music explores a captivating and improvisational intersection between spacey ambience, cosmic jazz, sci-fi soundtracks, film noir, new age, and airy psychedelia.

July 10th: Chiiild

Chiiild is the enigmatic project of a Montreal-based artist who has quickly turned heads and captured ears ever since dropping his debut single "Count Me Out" in late July 2019. Creating music dubbed as "Synthetic Soul," Chiiild's music is a potent mixture of smoky soul, psychedelic R&B, and woozy pop. Their excellent debut EP, also titled Synthetic Soul, came out back in February and features 7 songs grounded in Chiiild's experience as an African artist looking to tell stories about diversity, ask questions about humanity, and unify people over shared personal experiences, all through the power of music.

photo by Kiran Gidda


July 17th: TSHA

TSHA is a London-based electronic producer and DJ who has been crafting lush, hypnotic, and propulsive dancefloor grooves since her debut EP titled Dawn came out in the summer of 2018. Last year she signed with Ninja Tune's sub-label Counter Records, home to artists such as ODESZA, Maribou State, and The Heavy, for her label debut single "Moon" that was soon followed by the release of her second EP titled Moonlight. In addition to her solo productions, she's also frequently invited to contribute remixes for a wide range of artists that has included Lianne La Havas, Foals, Declan McKenna, Qrion, Throwing Snow, and many more.

photo by Greg Vandy


July 24th: DJ El Toro

DJ El Toro is the emancipated alter-ego of author, entertainer, and fundraiser Kurt B. Reighley. El Toro was a KEXP on-air personality from 2005 until 2016, and co-hosted the long-running queer disco party “The World’s Tiniest Tea Dance” at PONY. Since 1997, he has played with notables including the B-52’s, Village People, Nina Hagen, Eddie Vedder, and Scissor Sisters. He is currently heard on KXCI 91.3 FM Tucson and KXCI.ORG. His Midnight In A Perfect World mix finds inspiration in Pickathon, the music festival typically held in late July/early August in Happy Valley, OR, and will feature selections he has played at the eclectic music festival in years past. 

July 31st: Sotomayor

Sotomayor is the music project of Mexico City-based siblings Paulina and Raul. Featuring Paulina on vocals and Raul handling production, their music is a rich fusion of Afro-Latin rhythms and progressive electronic beats that touches upon cumbia, Afro-beat, dancehall, Peruvian “chicha” and merengue styles. Earlier this year on Valentine's Day they released their third full-length album titled Orígenes on Wonderwheel Recordings, their long-time Brooklyn-based label that's home to fellow KEXP favorites such as Populous, Nickodemus, Chancha Vía Circuito, and Novalima.

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