2010 has been all about James Lavelle for me. Oh noes! -1000 indie/hipster cred. Been a long-time UNKLE fan, but wasn't a fan of Lavelle's mixing. I recall listening to his older sets (ages ago; +500 indie/hipster cred) and not feeling impressed or even interested. They came off as basic and run-of-the-mill. I'm sure a lot of people still feel that way.
But this year I revisited them and was completely hooked. I really began to appreciate his style and enjoyed it a lot. Things don't have to blend seamlessly and transition perfectly. I like the various genres and styles, and all the ups and downs. Too often, it's easy to get lost in some prog-house mix that blurs together and makes you feel like a zombie, nothing sticks out, and it's all hazy.
I've also noticed he doesn't try to be bleeding-edge. There are many successful DJs who are constantly playing new stuff and never play the same track twice. That's great, but everyone else is doing it, too. With Lavelle, he uses a lot of the same tracks and builds and tweaks his sets; sort of like how a comedian will have his act and make minor tweaks to the wording of the jokes as he advances in his career, but the core joke is still the same.
I guess what it all comes down to is that he and I are very much alike. I listen to a lot of the same old stuff over and over again, know it like the back of my hand, but still enjoy it very much. I also enjoy a lot of the different sub-genres of electronic music, as well as forays into rock and sometimes even hip-hop.
Recommended mixes: Do Androids Dream of Electric Beats?, WWIII. His Global Underground sets (Barcelona, Romania, Bangkok) will have to do if you can't find the others. Fabriclive.01 is decent but more of a rough draft of things.