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  • Writer's pictureMartin van Zeelandt / TCD

A tribute to Mauro Picotto (2022)

A legendary name. Mauro Picotto. Recognise his name? Sure you do. Unless you are too young to remember, or you've not danced throughout the late 90s and early 2000nd, and not heard the biggest tunes being made by this Italian superstar DJ and producer. He's been in the game since 1989, played all over the world, dominated the charts on each continent, and was also known as Megamind, CRW, R.A.F, and the list goes on. His claim to fame came toward the end of the 90s, when 'Lizard' was released, and got him a chart position of 27th in the UK. 'Iguana' followed, 'Pulsar', 'Verdi, 'Like This Like That', 'Back To Cali', 'Proximus', and of course his biggest song ever 'Komodo'. And all that in just a few years...

I have been a fan of Mauro since the last 90s. Yes, I was one of those youngsters who purchased Mauro's songs on CD single. I bought them all. My first ever vinyl record was 'Verdi'. Mauro has always been one of my most favourite DJs, and his music touched my soul, and have been my favourite records of all time too. His music is timeless. Just consider this: the songs in the mix you are about to listen to, are roughly 20 years old, and they still sound fresh, and not outdated at all. That's the power of Mauro Picotto.

Silvio Aquila, who recently made a Shockers appreciation mix, made this Mauro Picotto appreciation mix a few months ago, and I only discovered it the other day. Obviously I had to give it a go, and it came with a tracklist. Did it bring back some memories of raving throughout the night, hearing Mauro coming at me through the speakers? Yes, hell yes. It isn't the first appreciation/dedication mix I have found and listened to, but it's worth sharing as much as possible, and Mauro deserves more credit for what he's done. Maybe even a statue? You tell me!

  1. Intro

  2. Mauro Picotto - Back To Cali

  3. Mauro Picotto - New Time New Place

  4. Mauro Picotto - Iguana (A Different Starting Mix)

  5. Mauro Picotto - Pulsar (Picotto Tea Mix)

  6. Megamind - Taub (Picotto Mix)

  7. Mauro Picotto - Bangkok

  8. Mauro Picotto - Lizard

  9. Mauro Picotto - Komodo (Tea Mix)

  10. Mauro Picotto - Planet

  11. Mauro Picotto - Underground

  12. Mauro Picotto - Verdi

  13. Mauro Picotto - Proximus (Megavoices Claxxix Mix)

  14. Mauro Picotto - Big

  15. Megamind - Sturn Und Drang (Picotto Mix)

  16. Mauro Picotto - Like This Like That (Alternative Start Mix)

  17. Mauro Picotto - Awesome!!!

  18. Mauro Picotto - Ultimahore Ibiza

  19. Musique vs U2 - New Years Dub (Mauro Picotto Club Mix)

  20. Mauro Picotto feat Riccardo Ferri - Taotek

  21. Mauro Picotto - Baguette

  22. Mauro Picotto feat Riccardo Ferri - Alchemist

  23. Mauro Picotto - Hong Kong

  24. Mauro Picotto feat Riccardo Ferri - Codebreaker

  25. Mauro Picotto - Juicicivan

Come on!!! Acknowledge the man, the myth, the legend! So many, and I mean so many great records are in this mix, and there are still plenty out there, remixes of these all time classics, that aren't in this mix. But Silvio kept it nice and compact, otherwise the mix would have been 10+ hours long! Not bad for me, but for some it's too much Mauro. And to those people I say: go away!

To me this mix is perfect. Could have been longer, but it's nice and neat. And it's got the big songs in here. But after checking the tracklist it raised a few questions, questions only Mauro can answer: what's his fascination with cities, food/drinks, and animals? Bangkok, Hong Kong, Cali, Tea, Baguette, Komodo, Lizard, Iguana, etc? Would be interesting to find out... I'd never noticed it before, if I'm being honest.

There are too many memories linked to most of Mauro's songs. But the main question obviously is: do you like his 'commercial' records or his 'underground' records? Tricky for me, because hits like 'Komodo' and 'Proximus' still are catchy as hell, but songs like 'Verdi' and 'Baguette' are so good to hear on the dancefloor. Those pounding beats and bass are just too good. F**k it, the darker side, that's my final answer.

Silvio's mix is great. A few tiny errors in here, but nothing too major. A nice appreciation mix for one of Italy's finest DJs and producers. If you are a fan like myself, you'll love this mix. And it's also downloadable, so it's an early Christmas present for you all!

Note: I still choose 'Proximus' as my favourite. Banging tune. Not his darkest tune ever, but still highly enjoyable.

DJ: Silvio Aquila

Genre/Style: Hard Trance, Techno

Mix Info: A Tribute to Mauro Picotto

Length Mix: 01:29:59

Tracks: 24 (twenty-four) + Intro

Download/Listen (via Soundcloud): CLICK HERE

File Size: 205 MB

File Type: mp3

Audio: Stereo

Bit Rate: 320kbps

Release Year: 2022

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