Midnight In A Perfect World: Jordana

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder

Jordana LeSesne, formerly known as 1.8.7, is an American trans musician and producer from Pittsburgh who is now based in Seattle and produces and performs as Jordana. In the 1990s, she established herself as one of the early pioneers of drum’n’bass in the U.S. with releases on NYC-based label Jungle Sky label as well as a plethora of singles and remixes, including a d'n'b remix for Blondie's song "Atomic" that marked her first official release. During her career as a producer and DJ, Jordana has toured the world as a headliner, worked with artists from all over the world, and hosted a show as Lady J on London's Flex FM.

In 2014, Jordana was named as one of the “12 Women In Black Music History You Should Know” by Harriet Magazine, and in 2015, Mixmag named her as one of the "20 Women Who Shaped The History of Dance Music." In 2016, Jordana composed the score for the powerful documentary Free CeCe that was produced and directed by Jacqueline Gares and Laverne Cox. Jordana has dedicated her career to speaking publicly about trans issues and Black lives and has been featured in several cultural books including New York Times bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida, Michaelangelo Matos’s The Underground is Massive, and Rave Culture, an Insider’s Overview by Jimi Fritz and Virginia Smallfry.

Jordana became more active musically during 2020 with new original productions and has performed online DJ sets as part of Kremwerk's Pride party and recently made her debut appearance on Seattle's "DnB Tuesdays," which is the longest-running d'n'b weekly event in the nation. 

Jordana's guest DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World is a high-octane journey through magnetic drum & bass rhythms as she storms through 30 tracks in just under 60 minutes. Included in this mix is Jordana's unreleased remix of Loxy & Inc.'s classic 2000 single "Murder Inc." that's forthcoming on Renegade Hardware Records.

Midnight in a Perfect World Intro
The Prototypes Enter The Warrior (feat. B3NDU)
Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind Fateful Hour
Barely Alive Warrior (feat. Mad Hed City) (The Prototypes Remix)
Killbox Nova
Hyper Spoiler
Gydra Wipe (feat. IHR)
Hive & The Upbeats Nothing's Sacred
Rockwell & The Upbeats Level
Loxy & Ink Murder Inc. (Jordana Remix)
Metrik We Got It (feat. Rothwell) (S.P.Y Remix)
Technimatic Night Vision (VIP)
Andromedik First To Go (feat. Ayah Marar)
Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind Stranger (feat. Thomas Oliver) (Neonlight Remix)
Teddy Killerz Noir
Nuklear & Pythius Whiplash
Annix Caesium
Bladerunner Feel for You (VIP)
S.P.Y Rock Da House
Whitney Minds Collide
Urbandawn Caffeine
Prolix & The Qemists Feel Alive
Bizarre Inc Playing With Knives (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix)
Baby D Let Me Be Your Fantasy (The Beatkillers Remix)
Urbandawn Carnival Blues
Commix Honey
Hugh Hardie Day 4: CNK
Lenzman In My Mind (feat. IAMDDB) (Break Remix)
S.P.Y Grey Days
Workforce Your Moves
Hugh Hardie and Mitekiss Elska

Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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