Download Side A – 30:10, 55.2 MB
Download Side B – 31:05, 56.9 MB
256kbps, 44.1kHz stereo
What’s to be said about Mystical Influence? He and his brother, DJ Sniper, are amongst Toronto’s top DJ talent; the bar by which all our city’s D&B DJs are measured. Mystical throws down the deep and buzzy basslines with lots scattered and poppy renegade snares, while Sniper’s specialty has been the warm-up, jump-up, more positive and funky, vocal tunes.
The sounds on this recording are classic, unapologetic Mystical. Expect some dangerous grimey basslines ‘longside mechanical, reliable beats, or low-key dread bass giving way to overcomplex, near-breakcore snare arrangements. A couple of songs in this mix feature nonstandard syncopation which transform the beat to a nearly 6/8 time signature, and transitions into and out of 4/4 tracks take some serious concentration, familiarity, and raw talent which this DJ has to spare.
I have no particularly noteworthy Mystical Influence stories to share, unfortunately. The guy is an institution – if there’s a jungle party worth going to, this guy is almost guaranteed to be there. I’ve been out of the loop long enough that I’m not sure whether Mystical does the rounds anymore, but if he does consider yourself blessed.
One thing that I will say about this guy is that he’s one of the reasons I started caring less and less about headliners. I’ve bought more than my fair share of lousy one-off mix CDs by the biggest names you can muster, and they don’t hold a candle in professionalism or track selection to any of my random tapes off of Toronto DJs like Mystical Influence.