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Press Play! GALA’s Favourite Mixes

We all know that feeling where you get to Friday afternoon and have a mind blank about what to put on. Or you’re feeling blue on a Monday night and need a deep soother but don’t know where to look. Look no further, we are going to be updating this page regularly with a selection of our favourite mixes tailored to a certain theme.


Wellness and meditation – As we begin a new year, still slightly full and hungover from the end of the last, it’s more important than ever to be good to ourselves, setting the right tone for the year ahead. Navigating New Year’s resolutions, dry January or whatever challenge it may be, there’s nothing like some musical wellness to help us along the way. These five pieces are, each in their own way, perfect for taking a moment to yourself, escaping the pressures of life and cleansing the mind.

Laraaji – Boiler Room London “Deep Listening Session”

The godfather of spiritual ambient music. Laraaji’s multi-instrumental live session for Boiler Room is about as wholesome as ambient music can get. Take your shoes off, close your eyes and enjoy.

Namlook & Move D – Wired

Though he is now renowned for spinning the finest house records around, with a bottle of red on the go, Move D was once a purveyor of ambient psychedelia, releasing numerous albums alongside the late chill out pioneer Pete Namlook. This album is real beautydeep, melodic, slow-burning and highly trippy.

L’Rain – Crack Magazine “Sunday” Mix

L’Rain, who was responsible for one of 2021’s best electronic albums, was also responsible for a top-drawer Sunday Mix for Crack Magazine. As the name suggests, it’s made for laidback days of self-care and horizontal living.

AIR Podcast with Seven Davis Jr

This conversation between journalist Emma Robertson and the US house producer Seven Davis Jr touches on important, and often ignored issues, of depression and anxiety in the music scene. The difficulties he faced, and ways of overcoming them, are relevant beyond the life of a touring artist, affecting many of us on a daily basis. The AIR podcast is highly recommended in general, with many fascinating conversations around music, culture and wellness. 

Izabel – Lullabies For Insomniacs One

Any time you’re in need of a soothing listen to heal the soul, you can’t go wrong with the Lullabies For Insomniacs mix series. Its guest mixes come from an A-Z of ambient artists, but who better to showcase the vibe of the mix series than the founder herself, Izabel. Dive into the first mix of the series and you won’t look back. Good night…


BBQ Time – it’s sizzling hot, BBQ season is upon us. When the grill is lit and the time comes to choose a mix, look no further. Here are five of our BBQ go-tos, from Andrew Ashong, Coco Maria, Maribou State & Pedestrian, Mafalda and Ö.

5 hours of Andrew Ashong’s funk and soul collection, recorded live at a party in Hackney. This one’s for the long BBQs, stick on it while the coals are still warming up and enjoy the ride.

Back in March, we hosted a day-long takeover of the Refuge Worldwide airwaves, featuring sets from five of the artists set to play GALA this summer. Coco Maria kicked off the day with a soulful, global disco session that’s perfect for a picnic or grill.

Listen to Maribou State & Pedestrian playing the tunes they would take to a desert island. Part 2 is highly recommended as well.

Melodies International co-founder Mafalda shows how deep her crates are on a stellar session for Dekmantel.

Friend and collaborator of GALA, Ö, in the mix for Waking Life’s digital event last summer. Music from the likes of Sade, Cymande, the late Peter Green (of Fleetwood Mac), Donnie & Joe Emerson, HTRK, Mulatu Astatke and Ali Farka Toure.

Introspection – there are moments when the power of music is amplified by our mood, and a certain mix can seem like the most beautiful, or heartbreaking hour ever recorded. Whether you have your forehead pressed against the rainy window of a night bus, or you’re on a beach feeling grateful for life, the five mixes below will touch you deep inside.

The elusive DJ Metatron (AKA Prince Of Denmark, DJ Healer, Traumprinz, Prime Minister Of Doom etc.) knocked it out the park with this mix. Pure emotion. The Jake Gyllenhaal skit in the middle gets us right in the feels.

If you’ve been to Waking Life in Portugal, you’ll recognise the otherworldly, spaced out vibes on this one. Magical set from Elli by the lake.

Nicolas Jaar is a master of taking tracks which shouldn’t work together and making them fit in the most beautiful ways. This Essential Mix captures the then-young star at his adventurous best. Which other mix features Twin Peaks and There Will Be Blood soundtracks, Aphex Twin, NSYNC, Marvin Gaye, Jay-Z and Ricardo Villalobos?

This one is a little rough around the edges but that’s its magic. No frills, just a supreme selector playing their deep cuts, live on the airwaves. We can’t wait to welcome Gideön back to Peckham Rye Park this summer.

Electro acoustic goodness from Terre Thaemlitz, AKA DJ Sprinkles. RA188 is a mindtrip for quiet moments of introspection, with plenty of twists and turns along the way. An ambient education from an encyclopaedic mind.

GALA x Refuge Worldwide

The second set of mixes to share here are GALA exclusives, first broadcast on our Refuge Worldwide radio takeover (March 12th), from five artists on the lineup for GALA 2021: Coco Maria, Maurice Fulton, Prosumer, CC:DISCO! and Eliza Rose. Ten hours of top-quality festival tunes to replicate a day in Peckham Rye Park.


Weekend Ready – Five mixes perfect for Friday afternoons – music to carry you through the final hours of the working week.

Panorama Bar resident Tama Sumo in the mix.

Soichi Terada‘s lush RA mix from 2016.

A beloved recording of Octo Octa going in at a Horse Meat Disco Pride party.

Ash Lauryn championing house music’s Black roots.

The OG Galcher Lustwerk mix. Doesn’t get old this one.

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