Bandwagon Mix #11: William J (Darker Than Wax)

Bandwagon Mix #11: William J (Darker Than Wax)


Every week, Bandwagon invites a guest to do a mix for us. Rather than a standard interview where the artist explains their influences, we figured it’d be more potent if you simply listened to the music.

We provide the context, they provide the sounds.

William J has consistently been one of the best selectors in Singapore, but man, he's definitely stepped up his game lately. Darker Than Wax's Canadian rep has impressed us at stages large (ZoukOut, kyo) and small (Good Times, KOI Beats + Brunch) which is just goes to show how adaptable he is. He's able to win over any floor with ease, and its all down to a combination of impeccable technical prowess, an innate ability to read the crowd and his absurdly large collection of music. Although he introduced himself to Singapore as a garage specialist, he's quickly proven himself to be one of the most versatile DJs out there at the moment.

Here he bookends his set with some vintage Indonesian and Malay classics and then proceeds to fill in this mix's rich creamy center with soul, funk, jazz, dub, reggae, techno, R&B, footwork, Afrobeat, grime, hip-hop, trap and even a chamber orchestra cover of Kendrick Lamar's 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe'. Its amazing how cohesive this meandering 73-minute journey feels despite the sheer number of genres it covers, and that's a testament to William J's unparalleled sensibilities. He's basically our version of Jackmaster, really. Sit back and soak this one in, because trust us, you've never experienced a mix quite like this before.



Rita Butar - Tak Sangka

Music Nada - Menanti Kasih Bersemi

K15 - Crush

The S.O.S. Band - The Finest

B.B.&Q. Band - On The Shelf

DMX Crew - My Metro

Midnight Runners - Kabut Edit

Dwayne Omarr - This Party’s Jam Packed (Edit)

Kila Mtu - Archimedes Badar & Afro ’70

Nikki-O - Interlude

Tiombe Lockhart - Mr. Johnnie Walker

Zapp - Computer Love

DJ Paypal ft. DJ Earl - We Finally Made It

King Louie - Shot Caller Freestyle

Floyd Cheung - Document 4

Thast - Gucci Bag (Zora Jones Edit)

Dam-Funk - One Less Day

Skyy - That’s The Way

Woodie Smalls - Champion Sound

Shepherd - Get Down

Brass Construction - Movin’ (Club Mix)

Slave - Feel My Love

Kwick - You’re The Kind Of Girl

Myron & E - Do It Do It Disco (J Rocc Edit)


Marquis Hawkes - At The Witness Stand

Delroy Edwards - Feelings

J Rocc - Party

Nguzunguzu & Total Freedom & Kingdom - Track 5

Black Jazz Consortium vs. Fred P - Duality

Andrés feat. Cal & Amp Fiddler - Body And Soul

Aurrra - Somebody

Brooklyn Funk Essentials - The Creator Has A Master Plan

Slick Rick Da’ Master - Acid Trip

Positive Cause - Clap 2 This (Firehouse Mix)

Wbeeza - Psychosomatic

Justin Long - Akira Goes Bang

Beatking - Stopped Instrumental

Yung Simmie - Full Metal 2

Rushmore - Grind Out

Freddie Gibbs - Neighbourhood Hoez

Finn ft. Faultsz - Iya

Deep Shoq - S.O.A.K.

The Busy Twist - Auntie Fatty

Jah Warrior Records - Malinke Dub

Giorgio Oehlers - Beat 211 (Loop)

Sly5thave & The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra - Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe

Rasela - Gadis Manja