Mixtape Monday: Kyle Hall & Funkineven, Omar-S, and a Love Letter to the Boiler Room

It was around this time two years ago that I first heard a Boiler Room DJ set courtesy of Jamie XX and Oneman. It was a fun, sloppy set that I imagined the cast of Skins dancing to, or something, but I didn’t put much thought into it beyond having another mix to jog to. However, the name “Boiler Room” kept popping up with increasing frequency that year, often with names I admired, to the point that Thom Yorke held a party with them by the end of the year. At this point, Boiler Room represents everything fun about music: it’s spontaneous, full of errors, and just a bunch of guys clearly loving what they do and having a couple friends witness it. Well, a couple friends in person, at least, followed by thousands of people watching live webcasts and archived sets. At this point, it’s a weekly highlight listening to a live set across the pond while I work, and two sets in particular were worthy of this week’s mixtape Monday.


Kyle Hall and Funkineven (aka Funkinevil) are two of the best young producers around, capable of making tracks for the house heads and poppy electronica fans depending on their mood. Despite being separated by thousands of miles, they seem like they share a brain, and Boiler Room brought them together for a rare back to back set. Once you hear a Police edit halfway through, you’ll start to see what I mean.

At the same event, Kyle Hall’s main mentor and house legend, Omar-S, dropped a killer hour-long set. Having seen Omar do his thing in person twice now, I can assure you his sets are like a drug. It’s a Detroit-meets-London kind of morning, and you ought to party and ignore the snow outside.

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