OTB’s Best of the Boiler Room

Just this past week I sparked up a conversation with a friend that inevitably turned to music, particularly to a place where we both began to share some of our favorite tracks, mixes and you guessed it: Boiler Room sets.

The Boiler Room has been around as a musical platform since March 2010, inviting musical artists to showcase their talent in intimate settings across the world, and later posting the live sets on YouTube or the Boiler Room archive.

Within the last few years, Boiler Room series’ have becoming increasingly more popular, especially among a younger crowd. The Boiler Room has hosted over 120 each month in nearly 50 countries, attracting a variety of audiences almost as wide as the types of music they showcase.

What I find particularly unique about the Boiler Room is its ability to pull emerging talent to the forefront of the scene, while still featuring an extensive list of established musicians in a range of diverse genres.

And without further adieu, here are just a few of OTB’s favorite Boiler Room sets

1. Bonobo

Simon Green, better known to fans as Bonobo, delivers with his classic use of heavy basslines and keeps us thoroughly entertained during this 45-minute mix.

2. Carl Cox 

Damn, does Carl Cox deliver. That is all.

3. Digitalism

I was not super familiar with this German duo, but after their Boiler Room set was suggested to me by a fellow OTB colleague, how could I not include it? So. Good.

4. Gesaffelstein

If you normally dig Gesaffelstein‘s dark techno vibes, then you’d love this set. Listen and immediately find yourself transported to the dungeon-y warehouse raves of yesteryear.

5. Kaytranada

Mmhmmm! If you listen to this set and you’re not dancing, you’re doing it wrong.

6. Nicolas Jaar

Nicolas Jaar majorly delivers the minimal house tracks that he makes sound so damn good.

7. Richie Hawtin

Musical great Richie Hawtin brings down the house in his special Villa Ibiza Takeover in this technolicious mix.

8. SBTRKT 

SBTRKT gives us a beautiful mix that features sultry, slowed down vocals and uplifting house beats.

9. Skream b2b Disclosure

What happens when three extremely musically talented Brits collaborate on a live b2b set? Magic. Although the track selection and mixing is on point, some of the transitions are a little lacking. But we can over look that because… Skream. And Disclosure.

10. XXYYXX

At the tender age of 18, musician and electronic music producer XXYYXX is making waves in the music world. Known for his sexy minimal sound and innate skill, this set is not one to disappoint.

Maddy Bahner

Maddy Bahner

Maddy is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Public Health. When she's not studying or sleeping you can find her twerking or hula hooping at the nearest music festival.
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