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.

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

Charlotte de Witte solidifies meteoric rise in rousing Essential Mix debut

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The quickly ascending Belgian stalwart and Fuse resident Charlotte de Witte made her rousing Essential Mix debut February 10.

De Witte’s imbued her signature deep and meandering melancholy into the mix, where she dives deep into the bellows of the most uncompromising techno trenches.

The mix is a steady, galvanizing slow-burn. As its energy snakes beneath minimal beats and between its sweltering pads, de Witte incorporates new music from herself as well as tracks from some of the underground’s finest acts like Cleric, Ambivalent, and Amotik.

The mix is an earnest testament to de Witte’s looming domination of the underground circuits. Considering her 2018 touring schedule is beginning to fill and her name is popping up all over the global festival circuit, it’s likely that we’ll be seeing much more of her in the months to come. Last year, DA named De Witte as one of 15 artists that rocked the underground in 2017, a decision backed up by her impressive Essential Mix debut.

Listen to Charlotte de Witte’s debut Essential Mix here


Luca Ballerini- Prelude
Cleric- Moxie
JustLocal- Dedication
Maxime Dangles- Dew Of Heaven
Charlotte De Witte- Look Around You
JTLZ- Damped
Krag- Despade
747- Tethys
Charlotte De Witte- Silence
Charlotte De Witte- Control
Charlotte De Witte- This (Lewis Fautzi Remix)
Ambivalent- Drag (Amotik Remix)
Guillermo DR- Distorcion
Spiros Kaloumenos- Vector
Charlotte De Witte- Breathing
Lützenkirchen- Radium (George Makrakis Remix)
Charlotte De Witte- Remember
Setaoc Mass- Left Behind
Robert S (PT)- Young Raver
Mooz- It’s A Trap (Carera Remix)
Linus Quick- Der Brunnen
Amotik- Teis
Charlotte De Witte- The Healer
Djrum- Showreel Pt.1

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.

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


Photo credit: Camille Baker


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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MUST LISTEN: The Black Madonna makes her stunning BBC Radio 1 residency debut

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The “riot girrrl” of dance music, The Black Madonna, has made her 2018 BBC Radio 1 residency debut.

Marea Stamper kicked off her residency with zeal, digging into the crates and serving up an archetypically Black Madonna array of deeper cuts from the likes of Talamanca System, Detroit’s Parliament, and the groove-God Kiki Gyan.

It’s going to be a decalescent ride through the new year, as Stamper’s already gathered a healthy bevy of her prized disco, techno, and house expertise in the very first episode. She’ll be dropping off an array of new tracks throughout the show, all while enlightening the masses to some of the should-be-known cultural pioneers. Right off the bat, she threw on Juan Maclean’s new project Ambivalent and made the world debut of his galvanizing new cut “Faded Pictures,” featuring Shaun J. Wright.

Stamper spliced in acid house, literally, from fellow BBC resident Artwork, and a range of tunes that were aptly out of the very city that bred her DJ prowess. She closed out the show with the tear-jerker classic, Gloria Ann Taylor’s “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing,” and brought back her  History of The World segment which was the title of her first residency series in London at XOYO, a three-night collection of expansive music selections. The series will see Stamper selecting a track at the end of each mix, talking about its origins, as well as its socio-economic and artistic significance. “It’s one of the most gorgeously arranged pieces of dance music or soul music that’s ever existed,” she said of Gloria Ann Taylor’s “Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing,” and we couldn’t agree more.

Stamper’s Radio 1 residency kicked off January 11 and will continue through June of this year.

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


Talamanca System- The Past Is The Future (Beatless Stars In Space Mix)
Parliament- P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
The Dynamics- Miracles
The Trammps- VIP
Kiki Gyan- Disco Dancer
Prince- Sexuality
Roni Griffith- Love Is A Drug
Ambivalent- Faded Pictures (feat. Shaun J. Wright)
Artwork- Let Go Of This Acid
Mike Dunn- DJ Beat That Shhh
Kirk the Flirt & Peter Pressure- My One Desire
Kitty Grant- Glad To Know You
Gloria Ann Taylor-Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing

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MUST LISTEN: Carl Cox kicks off the 25th year of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix

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The techno maven Carl Cox has served up the very first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the year.

Considering the show turns 25 this year, it’s fitting that Cox — who Pete Tong referred to as “one of the most legendary DJs in dance history” — served up the very first mix of the year.

Cox’s first Essential Mix came in October of 1994 for the program’s 49th episode where he dropped off a selection of satiating tracks from the time, including Green Velvet’s original “Preacher Man” mix, Jackmaster‘s legendary “Bang The Box,” and Jeff Mills‘ “Cycle 30” and “Life Cycle.”

Cox delves into what he’s dubbed as “the future of house and techno” in the new mix. In just over two hours, he serves up an electric array of tracks from today’s heavy-hitters in the genres from Nicole Moudaber, to Eats Everything, Nathan Barato, and more.

Listen to Carl Cox’s BBC Radio 1 mix here


Electric Tango- Black Is My Beat

Riva Starr- Hospital

Fabio Neural- Dam Square

Francisco Allendes & Pablo Inzunza- Ripples

Tom Cole- What You Want

Anja Schneider- Secret Escapes

The Deepshakerz- Raw Way

Max Chapman & Secondcity- En Las Nubes

Fabio Nural- Flow Beat

Booka Shade- Limelight

Riva Starr- Rocks On The Track

Chip E. & Carl Cox- Time 2 Jack

Nathan Barato- Royal Hippo

S-Man & Ultra Naté- Fake (Mason Maynard Remix)

Nicole Moudaber & Carl Cox- See You Next Tuesday (Deeper Mix)

Chris Coe- Headland

Pascal F.E.O.S.- No Voo-Doo (Alternative Mix)

Darren Emerson- Birdcage

Alex Mine- Lost (Carl Cox Pure Remix)

Rafa Barrios- Saatori

Eats Everything- Scream

Frankie Bones- Electropolis

Frankie Bones- Just The Way You Like It

Kaiserdisco- Kerberos

Dense & Pika- Gum

Christian Bonori- Solid State

Redlight- Escorting Sarah

Anthony Parasole- Hot Zone

David Simon- In Acid We Trust

Mark Greene- Back Off

Brennen Grey- Tears In The Rain

Kristian Heikkila- Polyvox (Dav Simon Remix)

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Good Morning Mix: Turn on the lights with Hammer’s Lights On Mix

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BBC Radio 1‘s Monki is the underground tastemaker to trust.

Between a healthy upbringing on Ibiza tunes from her mother, a gifting of hip-hop and garage tapes throughout her childhood from her uncle, and a hefty serving of dub and grime from her London hometown, it’s safe to say she knows her way behind the decks.

Monki serves as a resident on Annie Mac’s touring club night “AMP” and set up her digital label Zoo Music in 2012. In turn, one can be sure Monki’s late night BBC show never disappoints.

Her “Lights On Mix,” airing every Sunday night through Monday morning, is a soundtrack for the moment the club is closing, but no one wants to go home. In essence, Monki presents the afterparty playlist and often welcomes artists to cultivate a culmination of classic and new downtempo numbers that hold their own after a long night on the dancefloor.

Perfectly encapsulating the essence of Monki’s “Lights On Mix” is Belfast and Glasgow-based Hammer. Named one of Monki’s  “Ones To Watch,” Hammer, real name Rory Hamilton, brings this home in his near 30-minute mix. Hammer helps listeners get ready to turn on the bright lights, encapsulating the aura of a 4 am warehouse winding down.



Margot – My Sisters
System 7 & A Guy Called Gerald – Positive Noise (Carl Craig Remix)
Deetron – Endless
Château Flight – Cosmic Race
Tony Allen – Kilode (Carl Craig Remix – Detroit Swindle Re-Edit)
Hammer – Manaka

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BBC Radio 1 announces 2018 residencies will include The Black Madonna, TOKiMONSTA, Mura Masa & more

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BBC Radio 1 has officially announced its 2018 weekly residency line-up, boasting some of dance music’s most sought-after acts “from the underground to the arena.”

Radio 1’s Residency programming includes two shows each Thursday evening. In 2017, deadmau5, Eats EverythingKölsch, Ninjatune’s Helena Hauff, Jessy Lanza, Metrik, and Will Atkinson dominated the airwaves.

This coming year’s selects include The Black Madonna, Artwork, James Blake, Mura Masa, TQD (Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D), Jubilee, Bradley Zero, and TOKiMONSTA.

The expansive array of artists is a major move for BBC as its selects certainly coincide with the changing tides of dance music, both underground and mainstream. Each artist will have monthly shows running from January to June 2018.


2018 Residency Line-up:

First Thursday of the month, Beginning January 4:

Second Thursday of the month, Beginning January 11:
The Black Madonna
Bradley Zero

Third Thursday of the month, Beginning January 18:

Fourth Thursday of the month, beginning January 25:
James Blake
Mura Masa

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