ANNA puts the world of techno front and center in debut BBC Essential Mix

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ANNA puts the world of techno front and center in debut BBC Essential MixAnna Dallasobserver

ANNA has hit a huge milestone in her career. This week, the Brazilian-born, Barcelona-based techno artist has taken the reigns for the first time on BBC Radio 1 for an inaugural Essential Mix. She has put her unique knowledge of the global techno arena on display, incorporating the sounds of São Paolo, Berlin, and South Africa as well as her own music across the two-hour long mix. This accomplishment serves as another reminder that with ANNA on the decks, something new and transcendent is bound to be discovered. Of course, this includes her own remix of Jon Hopkins’ “Singularity,” but it only begins there. Other blistering records spun on the show include her atmospheric single “Hidden Beauties,” “Artha,” and her edit to Fairmont’s “Gazebo.”

Listen to ANNA’s Essential Mix here.

Listen to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s breathtaking Essential Mix debut

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Listen to RÜFÜS DU SOL’s breathtaking Essential Mix debutRufus Stassie

Pete Tong has been an outspoken fan of Australian trio RÜFÜS DU SOL since their break half a decade ago. He’s rinsed their music heavily across his platforms, doing his part to seal in their now-global domination in the live electronica sphere. Having just released their critically-acclaimed and deeply personal third LP, Solace, the timing synced perfectly for RÜFÜS to make their debut on the hallowed Essential Mix series. They made their debut during the wee hours of December 1.

The boys treat listeners to two hours of sounds that that inspire them, and to some extent, their latest album. It opens with TYB’s choice edit of Simian Mobile Disco’s “Mumurations,” before diving deeper into funk-based grooves of Weval and beyond. The mix is ethereal, yet eclectic, with multiple stylings of electronic music coming together with a common tie of sentimental melodies and floating sound design. Ultimately, RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Essential Mix debut is a class showcasing of where they’re at musically, and quite an intimate one at that.




Weekend Rewind: Sasha, Pete Tong & Eats Everything at Essential Mix 20th Anniversary party

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Weekend Rewind:  Sasha, Pete Tong & Eats Everything at Essential Mix 20th Anniversary partyPete Tong Eats Everything Essential Mi Manc Photography

Essential Mix turned a quarter-century old this year, and per tradition, invited an array of top talent from newer and older generations to help with the festivities. The Black Madonna, Nicole Moudaber, Derrick Carter, and Skream were some notable names on the billing, lighting the iconic show’s decks up with house and techno. The show continues to chug along at a forward-thinking pace per usual, most recently hosting RÜFÜS DU SOL on November 30 for an emotive two hours.

It just so happens that five years ago on November 30, Pete Tong went b2b with Eats Everything as part of the series’ 20th birthday celebration — time certainly has a way of flying by. Sasha played before, filling the industrial Machester space with an hour of buzzy, melodic house gems that were some of his crate favorites at the time. Pete Tong and Eats Everything laid down heady grooves afterward, with cuts from Green Velvet, Martin Buttrich, Maceo Plex, and more. Both do well in bringing about good memories from that time in dance music.



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Weekend Rewind: Relive Hardwell’s peak during his 2012 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

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Weekend Rewind: Relive Hardwell’s peak during his 2012 BBC Radio 1 Essential MixHardwell Performing

Since it’s been a few months since Hardwell played his final live show following an official announcement that he’d retire from touring, now feels like the perfect time to revisit the hectic sets and infectious sounds that catapulted him into notoriety. His BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix from 2012 captures this iconic aesthetic perfectly, featuring “Apollo” and other original works that would later become the some of the heaviest weapons in his crate, plus other gems of the time like  Porter Robinson‘s “Language.”

The artist gives fans insight into how he got his start during the introduction per usual Essential Mix protocol, reflecting that his style is between progressive and electro house and noting that he signed to his first label at just 14 years old. Although he has recently stopped touring, Hardwell is still producing music — meaning the wild energy fans have grown to love will live on through his original releases.

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Relive Camelphat’s impressive Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1

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British DJ/producer duo CamelPhat are a creative match made in heaven for deep house enthusiasts. When the long-running duo of Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala met while indulging their shared youthful obsession over vinyl at Liverpool’s 3B Records, little did the pair know that a Grammy nod was in the cards for their rare pop crossover club hit, “Cola” — which has now gone platinum after dominating the charts in 2017.

Following their b2b set with Solardo at EDC Las Vegas recently, the duo now brings their impressive BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix to fans for repeated listening pleasure. The two-hour mix stands as a testimony to Camelphat’s expert curation and penchant for vibrant house music, as the duo moves through Adriatique‘s “Voices From The Dawn,” Catz ‘N Dogz‘s remix of Claptone‘s “Under The Moon,” and, of course, a handful of their own singles in “Dopamine Machine” and “The Solution.”

View the official tracklist here.

Diplo and Mark Ronson of Silk City release their Essential Mix just in time for Memorial Day Weekend

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With Memorial Day Weekend ahead, the need to for new jams is real.

Luckily, Diplo and Mark Ronson have teamed up on a new project called Silk City, and have released their first Essential Mix just in time for the elongated weekend. The mix is packed with groovy house tracks from Silk City’s very own debut, “Only Can Get Better,” to the duo’s vaulted edits of Drake and Cardi B, including a plethora of additional tunes that effortlessly carry the momentum with each transition.

There’s no doubt that Silk City will be played out quite a bit this weekend ahead of their Governor’s Ball live debut. Those holding down pool parties and beach hangs and drinks with good friends, reach for Diplo and Mark Ronson’s new mix and you’ll be in good hands.

Lane 8 reveals horde of new music in his debut BBC Essential Mix

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Daniel Goldstein, better known as Lane 8, took to BBC’s Radio 1 Essential Mix to heighten an already watershed year in the producer’s career.

The two hour deep/melodic house mix is nothing short of a transcendent expedition through Lane 8’s past, present, and future. Despite his recent album release, Lane 8 showers the listener with unreleased tracks, starting with “Bluebird” a delicate, yet rousing collaboration with fellow This Never Happened artist, Anderholm. Lane 8’s Anjunadeep days seep into the folds via an acapella version of his 2014 “Diamonds” which he mashes with his own delicious rework of deadmau5‘s “Not Exactly.” Selections from his recent LP Little By Little not only makes frequent appearances, but are heavily remixed by the likes of Dirty South, Khaen, and Anjunadeep up-and-comer, Ben Böhmer.

Earlier this year, Goldstein released his Little By Little album via his very own, This Never Happened label. The imprint is predicated on its creator’s desire to deliver raw, authentic human experience and interaction. He is currently in the midst of his international Little By Little Tour, in which no cameras and/or phones are permitted to ensure fans “connect with each other and the music in the purest way possible.”

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A legendary debut: Relive Avicii’s incredible first Essential Mix

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The electronic music world was blindsided April 20 upon learning that Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman at just 28-years-old. Winner of two MTV Music Awards and recipient of multiple Grammy nominations, the Swedish DJ and producer left an indelible mark on dance music.

In 2010, as a 21-year-old wunderkind, Avicii appeared on BBC‘s Radio 1 for a debut Essential Mix to remember. The poignantly nostalgic mix is highlighted by his then brand new, “Penguin,” a stunningly melodic, piano-centric house track, which chimes in at around the 32-minute mark. “Levels,” of course, makes an appearance, along with emotive offerings via Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, and Alesso. The 120 minute journey is downright inundated with tracks emblematic of the fallen legend and his cardinal legacy, and serves as the best way to honor his incredible legacy.


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Four Tet shares first essential mix since 2010

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Four Tet Essential Mix 2018

Following the release of his ninth studio album, New Energy, Kieran Hebden — aka Four Tet — has reworked the likes of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Madvillain, Bicep and released a string of tracks under a mysterious symbol moniker, in addition to being added to a plethora of festival bills worldwide.

Now, Four Tet has unveiled his first BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix since the London producer debuted on the program in 2010.

The mix features an expansive array of tracks including Four Tet staples such as “Lush” and “Planet,” as well as a number of releases from such genre pioneers as Basement Jaxx, Ben Klock and Bicep. The mix also includes a number of deep cuts, unreleased tracks and the off kilter (yet strikingly tasteful) inclusions of tracks from Stephen Brown, Destiny’s Child, Selena Gomez and the queen of pop herself, Britney Spears.

Closing with Visible Cloaks’s galvanizing orchestral track, “Wheel,” the mix serves to be a triumphant return to the Essential Mix platform for Four Tet, one that sees the seasoned artist continue to reinvent the constructs of intelligent dance music.

Listen to the mix here.

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