Fred Deakin/Various The Triptych

Family Recordings is quickly becoming the go-to label for inspirational mixes by inspired artists. To date, they’ve compiled collections from Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey, Joey Negro, Saint Etienne, Snow Patrol and Tom Middleton, and now bring us one-half of Lemon Jelly. Anyone familiar with Fred Deakin’s DJ sets or even Lemon Jelly’s Technicolor-ful music will see a direct correlation with The Triptych, a three-disc continuous look into the musical appetite of this visionary. With a count of 90 tracks, Deakin has definitely taken it upon himself to illustrate all of his musical influences, which are, as predicted, broad and colourful. Everything you’d associate with the musician is slipped in, from Thin Lizzy, James Last, Technotronic and Siouxsie to Kurtis Blow, Wendy & Lisa, Pentangle and Freq Nasty, for a sweeping diagram of his tastes. As unlikely as a lot of the flow seems, he doesn’t try anything too radical — even George Michael into the Seeds is done with an acute sense of touch. It’s in this subtle mixing stroke that Deakin reveals his true genius behind the decks. The overlapping of samples from a BBC Radiophonic workshop about religion onto the Penguin Café Orchestra’s lush arrangement, which then flows into Pete Seeger’s banjo rendition of "Ode to Joy,” is an immaculate master class. And of course, the real highlight here, as with all of these Family functions, is Deakin’s ability to show his knack for crate-digging, best felt in gems like the piano jazz styling of "Dudley Moore,” a 007 tribute by Sounds Orchestral and the mod punk of the Chords. As expected, the package’s design is also easy on the eyes, making this one of the essential mixes of the year. (Family)