The DJ's 12-track techno masterclass is great for grooving at your standing desk too

A child of UK club music from jungle to garage, Dax Heddon’s slow and steady rise as a DJ has been a masterclass in dedication. From being kicked out of university to taking on the name Dax J and launching Monnom Black, his own label, to playing a 10-hour set at Berghain, he takes creative and professional risks that pay off. It helps that his approach to techno is cavernous, creating a rich atmosphere that precisely balances theme and variation. In other words, it’s easy to get lost in his music.

By including foundational UK club figures like Leftfield, and acts from the ascendent Swedish label BROR Records like Tora Vinter and DJ Lily, Dax J offers a playlist that runs the gamut of techno music. Cuts like Placid Angles’ “Ocean Floor” weigh a mobile 808 against soothing field recordings and a languid synth, while LDS’s “Algorithmic Reality” demonstrates the more aggressive side of the spectrum. Fresh off the release of his new music video “Wormhole,” it’s clear that Dax J is staying busy as well. With shows across Europe in the coming months, this playlist serves as, in his own words, “A varied selection of tracks from old and classic to new and weird that you may find me listening to on my Spotify whilst I’m at home working or on the go traveling!”