TOTD // 11/09 // Midland

Published: September 11, 2017, words by Hannah Edwards

This man needs no introduction. Harry Agius, aka Midland, has been at the forefront of UK house music since he arrived on the scene in 2010. He is far from your average house DJ, dabbling in the realms of techno, disco and garage, creating tracks that transform dancefloors all around the world. Not only is Midland an extremely talented producer, but he is also a highly skilled DJ. Delivering his diverse taste with a flawless mixing technique, he has made a name for himself with sets that ooze class and distinction, but also get the party going. From boat parties and festivals to regular appearances at Berlin’s Panorama Bar and London’s Fabric, he has given countless unforgettable moments to innumerable people.

After collaborating with Ramadanman and Pariah in his early years, Midland came out with Trace on AUS Music in 2013 – a breakthrough track full of dark, warped sounds and hard-hitting vocals. Later that year he launched his record label, Graded, with the release of Archive 01 and Realtime, both of which became seminal tracks on dancefloors that year. In 2015 he delivered his Double Feature EP which comprised of a pair of warm and disco-flavoured house tracks. The EP was released on his newly-launched ReGraded imprint, which was also home to one of the stealthiest hits of that year – Hubie Davison’s ‘Sanctified’.

Midland’s DJing prowess has also led to popular entries for mix series such as Resident Advisor, Beats in Space and FACT, which have since become cult classics. In 2016, his entry for BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix went on to earn him Essential Mix of the Year. Later that year, he released Blush on his Graded label and Final Credits on ReGraded. ‘Final Credits’ was named Mixmag’s song of the year in 2016 and truly defined that summer’s sound. 2016 was full of accolades and success for Midland – his biggest year to date – and he has continued to juggle his busy schedule of DJing, producing tracks and label duties in 2017. His upcoming release, Fabriclive 94, is due on Sept 22nd.

It’s not too surprising that Midland’s been billed for three Warehouse Project appearances this winter: Welcome to the Warehouse Part 2 on Sept 23rd, Annie Mac Presents on Oct 7th and Love International x WHP on Dec 2nd. There’s plenty of opportunity to catch him, and you really should! Ahead of his hatrick, he kicks off The Warehouse Project takeover with four tracks that make the warehouse come alive.

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Darling Farah

Fortune (Bambounou Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This has been one of my staples for as long as I can remember. For me it is pretty much the definition of Warehouse. Holds that tension throughout, and the vocal, just sends people loopy.”
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Planetary Assault Systems

Wriss

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Somehow this manages to be totally light on its feet and super groovy, but also totally pummeling. Again, the vocal just kills me. Luke Slater is the king.”
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Levon Vincent

Double Jointed Sex Freak Pt. 2

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“How to pick *the* definitive warehouse Levon track? Not going to be possible, but this is the one I chose today. Tomorrow would probably be totally different.”
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Pangaea

DNS

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Been playing quite fast recently. I like to deploy this one when things have got suitably unhinged. People just seem to go totally feral when it kicks in, which is obviously a good thing.”

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