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Mix sets. Wonderful, glorious DJ mix sets, hand-crafted by homegrown talent across the world. That’s what this place is all about. It’s the brainchild of three simple music lovers who came up with this idea for a digital portfolio of music sets. They figured the best way to grab creative buzz was to simply find local visionaries in the music scene. They are everywhere. Thanks to New York and several other places around their world, they stockpiled a wonderful collection of radio sets and shows, both studio and live. They offer creative cover designs for each set. Fellow listeners link their sets to Percussion Lab too, and the whole thing just rolls with itself.
I started listening to this stuff about six months ago; my brother recommended a set to me straight out of Brooklyn. It was just what I liked – tags: Hip Hop, Dubstep, Atmospheric and Deephouse – and it was fitting because work that day was slowing me down (I needed a jumpstart). When that one set ended, I searched for other sets via the tags aforesaid, and discovered a stockpile of other music like it, each with a distinct style and genre. It’s all rather mind-opening, and I am still in the process of fathoming how much music is at my disposal.
The site has well over a thousand sets available, some short, and some long. Most are around an hour. There are over a hundred “featured” sets – sets specially submitted by the creators to highlight an artist or event in particular. On top of that, a growing number of contributors and users submit their work too, linkups to third-party hosting sites playing all over the world. That number is quickly crossing quadruple digits. It has become a digital playground for musical makers and listeners alike.
On top of that, I see this site doing something really great for the music community. Musicians can include tags, labels, keywords and summaries for all of their music, and that enables me to get a little closer to what the music is all about. I can identify distinct genres and be able to explain styles of music (for example, ‘Dubstep’ involves repetitive bass drops in step with forward motion, down tempo (but uplifting vibes) that remind us of Soul, Funk, and R&B instrumentals). Musicians will continue to explore the boundaries of creative inspiration, and they will continue to find new ways to describe it. With this site, the musician can cook up all sorts of mix sets.
A lot of these crazy musical chemists are testing their brew right now at Percussion Lab. It’s free, it’s streaming, and it’s fabulous. Check it out, you won’t regret it.