Listen to tyDi’s epic 2008 Flashback mix

To celebrate 14 years of inthemix, we’re looking back at the big tunes of each year since we were founded, with special year mixes by the hottest DJs of the time. This month, we’re looking back at 2008 with a mix from progressive trance champion tyDi, the first year that he was crowned Australia’s best DJ in the inthemix Awards. Tyson ‘tyDi’ Illingworth has a brand new album, Redefined, out now (which you can grab on iTunes here), and scroll down for a look at the dance music highlights of 2008, and to listen to tyDi’s spine-tingling Flashback mix.


2008 – The Year In Dance Music

(1) Toca’s Miracle by Fragma gets a second run at the clubs, this time remixed by Inpetto, and it tops the ARIA Club Chart for the year. Otherwise, it’s a massive year for Aussie artists. The Presets, Hook N Sling, TV Rock featuring Rudy, and Kaz James round out the top five, while Pnau, Zoe Badwi and Mobin Master also feature in the top 10.

(2) The Dance Singles chart is a decidedly poppy affair, but two Aussie acts make their presence felt. Don’t Hold Back by The Potbelleez is even bigger than it was upon release in 2007, while The Presets’ My People and This Boy’s In Love both sit in the top 10 sellers.

(3) Speaking of The Presets, their Apocalypso LP is huge, thanks in part to the duo’s support slot on Daft Punk’s epic December 2007 tour. The band themselves later credit dropping My People in Sydney as a career-defining moment.

(4) Still on the topic of Apocalypso, it’s judged Best Australian Album of 2008 at the ARIA Awards. The album also scores them a nod as Best Group and Best Dance Release ahead of Cut Copy (‘In Ghost Colours’), Mobin Master (‘Show Me Love’), Pnau (‘Pnau’) and The Potbelleez (‘Don’t Hold Back’).

(5) Speaking of Pnau, their joyous afternoon slots in the Big Day Out Boiler Room in January – with props and costumes that owe more than a little to The Flaming Lips – are largely responsible for rebooting their career. Also on the BDO bandwagon? Carl Cox, LCD Soundsystem, beXta, UNKLE, and Midnight Juggernauts, with Rage Against The Machine and Björk on the main stages.

(6) Stereosonic goes national… kind of. Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth got smaller versions of the Melbourne phenomenon, while Sydney’s incarnation was scaled down to a series of club shows. Carl Cox, Booka Shade, The Japanese Popstars, Infected Mushroom and Paul van Dyk are among the headliners.

(7) Global Gathering is launched as a Stereosonic rival. Despite ripping sets from Above & Beyond and Sasha, among others, it’s dogged by poor ticket sales and poorer weather around the country. It doesn’t return in 2009.

(8) Armin van Buuren and Tiësto maintain the top two spots in the DJ Mag Top 100 poll, with Paul van Dyk dropping back to third. Above & Beyond and David Guetta make their top five debuts.

(9) Resident Advisor readers continue their minimal-tech obsession, anointing Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin and Luciano their three favourite jocks. John Digweed and Sasha round out the top five.

(10) tyDi leads a Queensland takeover of the inthemix Awards DJ poll, taking top spot in the DJ category and second in the producer category behind Dirty South. Stafford Brothers and Baby Gee also hit the top five, joined by Ajax and The Potbelleez.

In the mood for more Flashback mixes? Then head to the inthemix SoundCloud page for Kid Kenobi’s year 2000 mix, trance star BeXta’s 2001 mix, prog-breaks whiz Ivan Gough 2002 mix, Mark Dynamix’s double mixes of tech-house and electroclash for 2003, the 2004 mix from Melbourne’s underground king Boogs, bass and beat stalwart Nick Thayer’s party-rocking 2005 mix, the Sweat It Out crew’s epic two-hour Ajax tribute mix for 2006, and prog legend Jaytech’s 2007 mix.

inthemix Flashback mixes: 2008 mixed by tyDi

1. ID – Believe

2. Jasefos – Do What You Want (Max Graham Remix)

3. Audioholics – External Key

4. Markus Schulz – Without You Near (Gabriel & Dresden Remix)

5. Nic Chagall – This Moment

6. Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso – Umbrella (Markus Schossow Remix)

7. Andain – Beautiful Things

8. Max Graham (Feat. Ana Criado) – Nothing Else Matters

9. Markus Schulz – Cause You Know (Nic Chagall Remix)

10. tyDi (Feat. Audrey Gallagher) – You Walk Away

11. tyDi (Feat. Cameron Forbes) – Somebody For Me [Taken from REDEFINED]

Inthemix Flashback 2008: mixed by tyDi by Inthemix_Australia on Mixcloud