Like many DJs during the quarantine, Reid Speed has been keeping busy playing for loads of digital festivals and podcasts. Her love of live mixing has not been stopped by in-person events going dark and she’s played at too many livestream events to count: the RAM Live House Party, Beatport’s charity event Reconnect, The World of Drum & Bass Home Invasion, Westwood On the Lake charity festival and SD Union’s massive Collective livestream, just to name a few.
Ms. Speed has also been running her label and releasing on her Play Me imprint, bringing new talent like Kumarion to center stage, bringing Russian badboy Tobax to the US and releasing her own recent track, “Medusa” with Selekta. In the midst of all that she’s also keeping up on the guest mix steez, teaming up with Whiskey Pete in May for a guest mix on Your EDM and now she’s teaming up with SoCal clothing line Uncommon Being for another one here on Bassrush. It seems Reid Speed may live in another dimension where time doesn’t exist to get all this done, but fans are here for it.
Today’s mix is part of Uncommon Being’s new radio series and sees Reid setting up some tranquil, flowing beats for the ultimate summer vibe. Despite many still having to be inside, the sun is shining on this mix which covers the spectrum in terms of subgenre and time, featuring tracks by everyone from local legend Dr. Apollo to Halogenix to Ray Keith and Shy FX. It’s a diverse mix to say the least, but Reid somehow manages to keep a consistent chill vibe with a good dollop of dancefloor steppiness.
Despite the fact that most of us are jonesing for a dancefloor fix with other heads, it’s awesome to see how artists like Reid Speed and brands like Uncommin Being are rising to the challenge of being indoors and connected only by internet. Coming up with new podcasts, mixes, festivals and a host of new music is so important as it shows that art and artists will always find a way. Listening to this mix will bring back all those great summer rave vibes and remind us it’s only a matter of time until the dance rises once more.