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Back in the day Aeroplane was the king of mixtapes, but as his monthly mixes became more and more popular, Vito De Luca struggled to keep the quality high enough to satisfy his own quality standards – and eventually he stopped doing them.

As he explained so eloquently in a post to his Facebook page. “There was a time when I used to make a mix every month. There was also a time when the output in dance music was exciting and of utmost quality, making it hard to pick which songs were going to make the final cut that month. Then, at some point, it became a lot more difficult to find new music that I 100% loved and that was worth supporting, so the mixes became “Not-So-Monthly,” and finally turned into a rare occurrence.

Well, now he’s finally decided to bring the mixes back.

“Today, having adapted to the new ways of buying and discovering new music, like Bandcamp or Bleep, or the 300-copy vinyl-only limited releases of disco re-edits and re-issues and all kinds of other weirdness, I feel that there’s definitely enough new music I love in order to bring those mixes back in full flex. I guess there always was, I just didn’t know how to get my ears on it… 

“I listen to so much music – new, old, disco, techno, house, from all countries and styles and eras…and I dig deep to find the songs I want to share with you in lossless quality using every tool possible, from buying rare 12”s on Discogs to harassing small indie labels on email so they will send me that elusive WAV file. Every song is important. Every mix is important. It’s a lot of work but I’m now convinced it pays off.

“So here it is. I hope the first of a long series of mixes filled with music that I think is of value and that really turns me on. Please let me know what you think! I would love to engage with you all and share opinions.”


Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.