The Cocoon label is back with the next instalment of its annual mix series. Entitled ‘Neun’, this latest edition, like all eight before it, comes from Chris Tietjen, who has once again been chosen by label boss Sven Väth to represent the Cocoon sound across 15 various selections. Tietjen started as a young gun in Väth’s Cocoon Booking agency and soon developed into a serious club DJ representing Cocoon across the globe.
He released his first solo 12" on Cocoon Recordings in 2012, which marked his arrival proper as a producer in the techno world. This mix proves him to be a DJ who lays down an elegant, perfectly paced selection that covers plenty of ground without ever feeling forced.
Tietjen starts the journey with two Matt John and one Minilogue track, creating in the process a moody and warm intro. The transitions that ensue can be classed as the kind of warm up you’d like to hear in a proper techno club moving loosely towards a more energetic section with cuts from Adam Port, Popof (Animal & Me) and Nick Curly.
From 22 minutes on the mix starts to kick in and Pele & Shawnecy, Sante & Frank, André Galluzzi and Dana Ruh are next up along the way, capturing the essence of the modern day Cocoon. Label producers old and new all get included, from wAFF to Mind Against, Julien Bracht to Temma Teje, and by enlisting them Tietjen manages to swing out the mix as smoothly and coherently as he started it. It’s out 31 March.