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Midnight in a Perfect World

KEXP's weekly guest DJ mix show is a multi-genre program featuring eclectic sets by a rotating cast of local, national, and international DJs and artists. Every late Sunday night at midnight, a guest DJ outside of KEXP's on-air talent will take you on an hour-long journey through their record collection to showcase their unique sonic vision of a Midnight In A Perfect World.
 
Check out the archives of previous exclusive mixes here, and check out the upcoming schedule below:

 

 

 


SEPTEMBER 2022 SCHEDULE

photo by Steve Gullick

 

September 4th: George FitzGerald

Over the past 12 years, South London producer, musician, and songwriter George FitzGerald has forged a unique path in the electronic music scene with a bold fusion of underground dancefloor progressivism with pop’s cutting edges. He made his debut back in 2010 on Hotflush Recordings with The Let Down EP, a brilliant 2-track introduction that placed him squarely into the UK's fertile post-dubstep scene of the early 2010s. Following a steady run of EPs throughout the first half of the decade on premier underground labels such as Aus Music, Hypercolour, and his own ManMakeMusic imprint, George joined Domino Records' Double Six imprint and expanded his sound into a sophisticated, propulsive, pop-leaning direction. Following a couple breakout albums, a collaborative release alongside Lil Silva as OTHERLiiNE, and official remix work for Foals, Moby, and Jon Hopkins, George releases his third full-length album Stellar Drifting on September 2nd. 

photo by Jack Barnes

 

September 11th: Max Tundra

Max Tundra is the alias of London-born musician Ben Jacobs, a visionary artist who's mutated approach to DIY electronic pop music in the early 2000s helped pave the way for today's most progressive experimental pop acts. While he hasn't released a studio album in over 14 years, it's easy to trace the colorful, unpredictable, and genre-blurring techniques he showcased on his three full-lengths album -- Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be (2000), Mastered By Guy At the Exchange (2002), Parallax Error Beheads You (2008) -- to the current wave of boundary-pushing hyper-pop artists and futuristic electronic-pop producers. In celebration of Max's pivotal discography, Domino Records reissued all three albums on vinyl this past summer and unveiled Remixtape, an eclectic 8-track remix collection that finds artists such as A. G. Cook, Kero Kero Bonito, Julia Holter, and Katie Dey reworking Max's tracks into their own singular terrain.

photo by Lawrence Agyei

 

September 18th: Yaya Bey

Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, producer, and multidisciplinary artist Yaya Bey is one of R&B’s most exciting storytellers. Growing up surrounded by music as the daughter of 1990s hip-hop MC Grand Daddy I.U., Yaya brings an expansive and eclectic palette to her music, infusing R&B with touches of soul, jazz, reggae, Afrobeat, and hip-hop while vividly tackling both life's hardships and joyful moments through her powerful lyrics. Following the success of her 2020 debut album Madison Tapes, Yaya Bey signed to Ninja Tune's Big Dada imprint in 2021 and earlier this year she released her second full-length album Remember Your North Star to critical acclaim.

photo by Sam Presser

 

September 25th: Lychee

Lychee is a NYC-based DJ and event organizer who manifests underground energy with their magical take on technoid psychedelia and relentless, meaningful inquiry. Originally getting their start as a radio DJ at Tufts' college radio station WMFO in 2007, Lychee has been consistently spinning at parties, festivals, and events since 2012 and has shared stages with underground luminaries such as Objekt, Rrose, Legowelt, Claude Young, and Honey Soundsystem. In addition to being a trusted fixture behind the decks, Lychee has organized skillshare events for DJs and producers, taught DJ workshops, curated a speaker event about inclusivity in music technology, and runs Spontaneous Affinity, a monthly mix and interview series, annual zine, and occasional event platform.