The Ancient Methods Mix -- 49 minutes
This may have been the easiest mix I've ever made -- and it also may have been the most fun.
Cold steel industrial doesn't get any better than Ancient Methods, not now, not ever. They can cave in chests with some of the roughest beats in the business, but if that's all they could do, their podcasts and DJ sets would become endurance contests rather quickly (it's hard to enjoy music when your ears are bleeding). Plenty of Ancient Methods tracks contain several minutes of almost blissful restraint, almost lulling you into complacency with hypnotizing bass lines and clanging percussion buried deep in the mix. That's what they use to bring you down in their sets before dropping the hammer once again. Their tracks and mixes ebb and flow and coast and soar like no other.
It so happens that I had been listening to a few all-Basic Channel mixes during the week that Ancient Methods' "A Collection Of Ancient Airs" compilation dropped. From there, making the mix itself was nearly effortless. With material this good, anybody can sound like a genius. I was having so much fun that I couldn't help but pad the mix with a few like sounding tracks.