by Courtney LaFavor
Hold on tight boys and girls, we about to get HHEEAAAAAAVVVVVYYY with this week’s NAPCast! Let me tell you (because that’s sort of the point of this, eh?) this hour of ear candy is definitive proof that heavy can also be really pretty. DJ Sticky is here to take you guys through a solid journey of drum and bass this week, and secured a seat on my top 5 mixes for 2016 thus far. This mix is also another piece of truth about being a flexible DJ and the benefit that it provides. As I have said many times, many of my favorite mixes have come from our non-DNB DJs or from folks who are basically always playing whatever they’re feeling, be it House, Techno, Breaks etc. While cutting his teeth on Breaks, Sticky has run the gamut from House, Techno and now trying his hand at DNB! Allowing ourselves to include influence from other avenues only helps our growth for the positive, in both life and behind the decks.
From the moment the first bass line kicked at the top of this mix, I was engrossed by it. While for me it can be abrasive to get into the dank stuff early on, in this case it totally worked. Like a big warm bass hug. From there he works all over the map. When you feel like you’d reached your tipping point on how much more weight you can take, Sticky takes you rolling into familiar liquid anthems like Facing Jinx’s “Drifting” and killin’ all your feels with Hybrid Mind’s Touch ft. Tiffani Juno. Once he’s got you feelin’ all warm and gooey again, he plunges you back into dark Jungle and Neuro. But the heart of the groove follows with you, guiding you out of one subgenre to another with ease. Absolutely fantastic movement inside here. Sticky came to play with this gem and I am looking forward to leaving this one on repeat for several weeks to come. Here’s to Mondays, sunshine and drum and bass…ONE LOVE!