Pride 2021 (DJ Mix)

Octo Octa

Pride 2021 (DJ Mix)

As usual, Octo Octa opted to play vinyl on her trusty Technics 1200s for her Pride mix. She recorded the set at home in New Hampshire, where she lives with her partners Eris Drew and Q. “My headspace was to make a very gay mix for Pride this year,” she tells Apple Music. “Themes of queerness, love, and hope always weave into my mixes, but I also wanted to foreground unity.” Her selections lean toward recent fare, she says. “I played a lot more ‘contemporary’ music for this mix than I usually do. I tried to showcase a number of artists that I find really exciting and are making great new music.” That includes mind-bending percussion from American producers CCL & Flora FM, throwback breakbeat hardcore from London’s Anz, and sidewinding techno from Lisbon’s Violet & BLEID. But Octo Octa also makes room for some stone classics from Robert Owens, Jamie Principle, and Crystal Waters—as though acknowledging that certain anthems are practically synonymous with Pride.

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