Peggy Gou makes dynamic Essential Mix debut

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Berlin-based Korean DJ Peggy Gou wanted to the be the first female Korean DJ to play Berghain. Now, having more than exceeded her goal, Gou’s become the first female Korean DJ to play BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix, and she’s not showing any signs of stalling her meteoric rise to stardom anytime soon.

A dynamic testament to her compelling curation and outpouring love for music, Gou moves from Arthur Russel’s “See-Through,” South Korean composer Yoon Sang’s “The Dawn,” and J Dilla’s “U and Ur Smile” with ease. If possessing cool and collected poise were a contest, Gou would indisputably win every time, and her Essential Mix may as well serve as the perpetual soundtrack.

Listen to Peggy Gou’s debut Essential Mix here


Premiere: Yotto – Chemicals

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Yotto, real name Otto Yliperttula, continues to build on his impressive list of achievements.

He’s made a return to Joris Voorn’s Green imprint to release the double A-side Chemicals / Second Life EP.  Though the artist debuted on Green last year with “Marisa” — named an Essential New Tune on BBC Radio 1 by the emotive dance virtuoso Kölsch — he continues to demonstrate his bona fide ascension. As “Chemicals” traverses texturized soundscapes, its melodic expansiveness takes on a life of its own, where rousing oscillations flourish like the swelling ripples of the ocean’s morning tide.

Though listeners of Yotto’s Essential Mix may recognize the number from the mix, “Chemicals’” tenacious melodic riffs and propulsive grooves ultimately leave them with no choice but to press “repeat.”

Undeniably, “Chemicals’” intoxicating affect washes over listeners, but as Yotto’s discernable big room kick drums and billowing synths become a defining feature of his art, it’s tracks like these that’ll ensure Yotto leaves an impact throughout the new year and beyond.

Chemicals / Second Life is out via Green March 2. Pre-order a copy here.

Watch Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Alma, and MØ perform ‘IDGAF’ in BBC’s Radio 1 Live Lounge

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Claptone delivers dulcet ‘Final Credits’ on Pete Tong’s latest BBC Radio 1 broadcast [Stream]

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“Save the best for last” would be an apt expression when related to Pete Tong’s February 16 BBC Radio 1 broadcast. Tong’s episode brought a host of exclusive new releases straight to the speakers of streamers worldwide, spotlighting the latest singles from Dirty South, Sasha, Boys Noize, Offiah, CamelPhat, and more.

While the engrossing quality of Tong’s mix can be attributed to the profusion of new music that Tong masterfully blends to craft a galvanizing brand of house music infused with the energy of the weekend, the vivacity of the broadcast’s verve is also due in part to the broadcast’s special guest, Claptone.

On “Final Credits” duties for the evening, Claptone innervates listeners of Tong’s BBC Radio 1 broadcast in the show’s final minutes, selecting a series of enervating, mellifluous house records to characterize his “Final Credits” feature.

Touting the impending release of his second album, FANTAST, in June, Claptone states “I keep on touring, touring, touring, touring, I will be in your city, I promise” at the show’s end, foreshadowing a lively touring schedule to soon accompany the album’s release.

Pete Tong’s February 16 BBC Radio 1 broadcast can be streamed, here.

Virtual Self unveils diverse minimix for Annie Mac

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Porter Robinson‘s elusive new alter ego, Virtual Self,  has been the subject of meticulous speculation since its inception in late 2017. Exponentially more fans will soon become acquainted, as Robinson is set to take his new project to major festivals such as Buku, Ultra, Bonnaroo and EDC this year.

Now, Virtual Self has returned with an enthralling 5 minute minimix on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1 broadcast. Thirteen tracks deep, the mix moves in and out of tracks faster than listeners can blink. Whether its the inclusion of Burial‘s seminal “Temple Sleeper,” Pryda‘s progressive house tune “Stay With Me,” or Virtual Self’s own “Ghost Voices,” the mix effectively hits on a diverse soundscape nearly

TRACKLIST: Pryda – Stay With Me

Virtual Self – Ghost Voices

KLANKEN – Vijf – Dee Wee

Push – Strange World (2000 Remake) – Bonzai

Enjoii – Let U Go – Liquid Ritual

Ayla – Ayla Part. II (Taucher Remix)

Utada Hikaru – Simple & Clean (PlanitB Remix)

Three Drives On A Vinyl – Greece 2000 – Hooj Choons

Hybrid – Finished Symphony – Distinctive Records

Tenth Planet – Ghosts (Vincent de Moor Remix) – Northern Exposure

Ian Van Dahl – Castles in the Sky – NuLife Recordings

Burial – Temple Sleeper – Keysound Recordings

Virtual Self – A.I.ngel (Become God) – Virtual Self

Groove & love are at a high in The Black Madonna’s second BBC Radio 1 residency installment

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The Black Madonna — or as many know her, “the riot girrrl” of dance music — has dropped by the BBC Radio 1 decks and served up her second residency installment.

In just over an hour Marea Stamper delights in a beautiful amalgamation of funk, disco, soul, electro, and Italo.

Stamper’s in excellent form behind the decks, hinting at an absolute airway domination till the month of June. She’s piquing the interest of listeners in the sublime worlds of disco, funk, and more with a sweet and subtle educational gospel of love and appreciation for each genre’s respective pioneers.

She delves right into the funk as she drops off Masterstroke’s “Speak the Truth” and then invites listeners to join her on the global express where she moves to the late and great Nigerian William Onyeabor’s African dance classic “Better Change Your Mind.”

Before Stamper leaves the mix, she leaves listeners with the latest selection of her “History of the World” installment, where she pays homage to MFSB, or Mother Father Sister Brother and their monumental work of art “Love Is The Message.” It’s a tune that “transcends every other dance record ever made,” Stamper says.

“This record has been a hymn, a rabbit hole, and the key which unlocked a lifelong love of disco and I’m not alone. Few records have been sliced and diced by as many sample warriors or have exerted as much influence as this next one.”

She continues, “Love Is the Message transcends not only the sound of Philadelphia, but for my money, virtually every other dance record ever made. Its towering movements, bringing strings, and keys, and more to the front defines and surpasses the word iconic.”

The Black Madonna will continue to grace the BBC Radio 1 airways with crate classics through the month of June.

Listen to The Black Madonna’s second BBC Radio 1 residency installment here


Paul Woolford- Son
Masterstroke- Speak The Truth
William Onyeabor- Better Change Your Mind
Herbert- Something Isn’t Right
Arp Frique- Nos Magia
Mallek Mohamed- Rouhi Ya Hafida
Homegrown Syndrome- Confrontation
Sylvester- Dance (Disco Heat)
Superprince- Start Again
Hi-Voltage- Lets Get Horney (Joey Negro Remix)
Randy Muller- Beautiful Feelin’
Chewy Rubs- Disco Chicago
Skream- An Ode To Mr. Smith
MSFB- Love Is The Message

James Blake gets experimental on first track in two years, ‘If The Car Besides You Moves Ahead’

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James Blake officially began his BBC Radio 1 Residency and ended his debut show by sharing a brand new track.

“If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead” is Blake’s first solo track in two years. An avant-garde shift into sonic oblivion, proving Blake’s undoubtedly at new experimental height. The track’s accompanied by a gorgeous new video directed by Alex Brown which is equally as experimental.

Blake is preparing to head out on the road to support Kendrick Lamar in the UK. His last album, The Colour of Anything, was released in 2016.

5 & A Dime returns with new single ‘Flying High’

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5 & A Dime quickly turned heads back in 2013, as he hit the road with Steve Aoki & Kendrick Lamar, to say nothing of the support the producer received from top radio platforms like Tiesto‘s Club Life and BBC Radio 1.

The Philly native makes his 2018 debut with “Flying High,” which features Yashar Gasanov on vocals. The track is a bit more chill than his typical hard-hitting bass, with groovy, mid-tempo synths and a refreshing bass-line.

With a curveball to start the new year, fans should keep an eye on his output as the producer is currently working on a groundbreaking, modernized live performance project.


Charlotte De Witte spins galvanizing guest mix on B. Traits Future 12 Show

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Perhaps one of underground electronic music’s biggest purveyors, Brianna Price — aka B. Traits — has developed as a BBC Radio 1 broadcaster all the way to her current position as an integral part of the radio station’s storied Friday night lineup. Every Friday night between 1 and 4AM, Price showcases a plethora of up and coming talent on her Future 12 radio show.

Last Friday, Price featured rising underground techno star Charlotte De Witte for a 30 minute guest mix. On the brink of worldwide acclaim, De Witte sent listeners into a stimulating frenzy with a galvanizing selection of tracks from such producers as 1800HaightStreet, Patrick Siech, Setaoc Mass, David Dawl, Linus Quick, Patrick Skoog, Mikael Jonasson and Flug.

Charlotte De Witte’s Future 12 guest mix serves as further proof that she is slated to take the world by storm in 2018. Last year, Dancing Astronaut named De Witte as one of 15 artists that rocked the underground in 2017.

Photo Credit: Marie Wynants (Mixmag)

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Palms Trax makes rousing Essential Mix debut

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Cheekily dubbed as the west country-born, Berlin-based underground star by BBC‘s Pete Tong, Palms Trax has finally made his debut in the Essential Mix DJ booth.

Real name Jay Donaldson, Palms Trax’ ubiquity in the dance world is becoming increasingly deserved as time carries on. He has bold sonic inclinations and an unabashed M.O. where he moves between genres and decades with ease — rare for someone as young as he. Despite being just 26-years-old, Donaldson’s encyclopedic musical expertise has situated him as an artist who’s talented beyond his years, if one were to see age as but a limit on such a thing.

Donaldson’s Essential Mix is steeped in a resplendent arrangement of classic dance tracks, from Angela’s 1984 “I Gotta Little Love,” to hidden gem house tracks from World Building records’ “Paraíso ’89” by Azura. His splicing of Azura’s track alone is a testament to his adroit crate digging, especially considering that Azura’s breezy Balearic business was extremely short-lived in the Italian house realm, she’s an act who’s slipped through the cracks for most.

Palms Trax has expressed he’ll be working on material for Dekmantel throughout the beginning of the new year and after listening to his deliverance of just the second Essential Mix of 2018, just following Carl Cox, one can only hope to see big things from Donaldson in the new year.

Listen to Palms Trax’s Essential Mix here


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Guillaume Teyssier- Vortex Disco (Murray Lake Remix)
Lord of The Isles- Geek Chic (Kuniyuki’s Journey Remix)
Toulouse Low Trax- Second Trip
JC Project- Andromedia
Nicole Willis- Heed The Sign (Jimi Tenor Remix)
Plus Instruments- Love Is Enough (Jamie Paton Remix)
Angela- I Gotta Little Love
Tony Moore DJ- Tonight
Salentino- You’l Be In Paradise (Instrumental)
Lemonade-Dancer On The Shore (Jex Opolis Dub)
Collins- Autophobia
Mario Moretti- In Love With Nebula
Passarini- Wonky Wonky Wonky
Uabos- Mystic Force
Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft- Brothers (Mix Gabi)
Lipelis- Children Song
Colm III- Take Me High (Mansion Mix)
Virginia- Blue Pyramid (Khidja Remix)
Azura- Paraiso ’89
The True Underground Sound of Rome- Sonic Crystals
Mr Raoul K- Africa (12″ Version)
Ess O Ess- Cantillate (Chida Remix)
Pussycat- Le Chat
Lucy Montenegro- Lucy In The Sky
The R- Higher
Jeff Mills- Imagine
DJ Normal 4- Purity 0%
Thursday Club- Westway
Bushwhacka!- 4 Da Night
Jackson Changura- Niyekele
Bob Holroyd- African Drug (Rhino Mix)
Lars Bartkuhn- Elysium
Nu Era- Octahedron
Shokazulu- Part 4
Brown Sugar- I’m Going Through Changes Now
Philip Balou- Ain’t Nothing Like The Love



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