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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:

 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2023 SCHEDULE

February 5th: ZG

ZG is a collaborative project between London-based vocalist/artist Zansika Lachhani and Brooklyn-based French electronic producer Anthony Collins aka Grant, the latter also a member of the veteran house production duo Frank & Tony. Originally forging an online connection through a shared adoration of each other's music, the two began working on tracks in 2018 before having to sideline the project early due to other life commitments. A few years later, while clearing out old hard drives, Grant rediscovered these early demo recordings and was blown away by the music upon revisiting them, sparking a renewed passion in having their shared vision come to completion. Nearly five years after their initial ideas were birthed, ZG's self-titled debut album was released on Scissor and Thread Records in November 2022, showcasing the duo's sultry blend of atmospheric late-night electronic grooves that taps beautifully into the smoky spirit of the 1990s trip-hop, downtempo, acid jazz, and drum & bass. Although rooted in these nostalgic touchstones, ZG provide their own modernized twist on these iconic sounds for a perfect afterhours vibe.


 
February 12th: 214

214 is the alias of Chris Roman, a veteran electronic producer, Miami native, and longtime Pacific Northwest resident who has been crafting top-notch dancefloor jams for over two decades. As a devoted aficionado to the Electro genre, 214's music finds inspiration in the bass-heavy beats of his vibrant hometown as well as the escapist sentiments that loom large within his home studio located in the foothills of North Bend. Since his production debut in 2002, he's racked up a deep discography with releases on notable labels such as Frustrated Funk, Klakson, Central Processing Unit (CPU), Shipwrec, 20:20 Vision, and Touchin Bass, and his hardware-heavy live sets have captivating audiences across the globe, including three invitations to play at Berlin's acclaimed venue Berghain. A lowkey yet stalwart figure within Seattle's electronic community, 214 continues to keep Electro alive and thriving in the 2020s. 


 
February 19th: Salamanda

Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, Salamanda is an exciting up-and-coming duo composed of DJ/producers Uman Therma (Sala) and Yetsuby (Manda). Known for their colorful, dreamy, and wonderfully unpredictable electronic and ambient sound, their unique sonic creations have found homes on renowned experimental labels including Good Morning Tapes, Métron, Human Pitch, and Wisdom Teeth and they have earned critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork, Resident Advisor, Crack Magazine, DJ Mag, and more. 

photo by Lorena Andres

 
February 26th: Ivy Lab

Composed of Gove Kidao & J.Fogel, Ivy Lab are a revered London production duo constantly exploring the immersive intersection of leftfield bass, progressive club, heady hip-hop, and halftime styles. Originally brought together out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentations on the fringes of the UK bass music scene, Ivy Lab made their debut in 2013 with the Afterthought EP, boldly introducing their forward-thinking speaker-rattling sound with a sophisticated take on vocal-laced drum and bass that merely hinted at the expansive sound they have tackled since. In addition to their steady stream of studio productions, Ivy Lab are also the driving force behind 20/20 LDN, an event series, record label, and multidisciplinary platform that plays host to their immaculate catalog, curatorial vision, and broader artistic endeavors. Their latest full-length effort Infinite Falling Ground arrived in October 2022 and found the duo tapping into a more introspective hip-hop and moody halftime territory for a supremely seductive set of nocturnal downtempo beats.