DJ Knife’s Cassette Magic mix links the ’80s to now with the flick of a dance floor

Photo Credit: Jackie Soriano


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We’ve been bumping DJ Knife’s recurring mixes now for the better part of a decade, as the Boston-based party-starter (and party-continuer) remains one of the more versatile talents in the game. Got a rock show? Book DJ Knife. Got a dance party that needs resuscitation? Book DJ Knife. Throwing a chill event by a freaking pool somewhere? Book DJ Knife. Or just hit up one of his ongoing parties around town, like PVRPLE at Good Life or Magic Dance Party at ZuZu.


Now with New Year’s Day in the books and those well-meaning resolutions dangerously close to falling by the predictable wayside, Knife’s got the musical motivation to stay on track, with a little help from the 1980s. And you need not go clubbing to get down.

His new Cassette Magic mix links up ’80s and new wave hits with modern jams, and it’s got us off our asses and knee deep into 2018 ambition.

It’s a motivator.


“For lack of a better description it’s a hipster cardio session with songs spanning four decades,” says DJ Knife “I wanted to make something that progresses in tempo as the mix evolves for the gym that’s different than what you would normally here in a class setting.”

Fire it up or download it via the link below, and catch Knife in the flesh this Saturday (January 6) when he spins at Alibi at the Liberty Hotel. Featured image by Jackie Soriano, via DJ Knife.

DJ Knife, Cassette Magic tracklist:
“I’m A Flirt (R. Kelly x Broken Social Scene)” – The Hood Internet
“Melt With You” – Modern English
“Between Something & Nothing” – The Ocean Blue
“Back On The Chain Gang” – The Pretenders
“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure
“Vacation” – The Go Go’s
“Magic” – B.O.B. ft. Rivers Cuomo
“Take On Me” – a-ha
“Feel It Still” – Portugal The Man
“Out Of My League” – Fitz & The Tantrums
“Maneater” – Hall & Oates
“Love Is A Battlefield” – Pat Benetar
“Modern Love” – David Bowie
“I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me” – Morrissey
“Lisztomania” – Phoenix
“Last Train To Clarksville” – The Monkees
“You Can’t Hurry Love” – Phil Collins
“Don’t Get Me Wrong” – Pretenders
“A Teenager In Love” – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
“Someday” – The Strokes
“Last Night” – The Strokes
“Valerie” – Mark Ronson ft. Any Winehouse
“This Charming Man” – The Smiths
“American Girl” – Tom Petty