Dimension is easily one of the hottest names in today’s drum ‘n’ bass scene, continuously flexing his production prowess on tracks like “Desire” and “Devotion.” Most recently, he released both an original, “If You Want To” and an accompanying remix of it shortly after.
When the UK producer announced he’d be taking over the airwaves at BBC Radio 1 for a two-hour Essential Mix, he also revealed the mix’s track list, giving listeners a hint at the madness to come. The mix aired on Oct. 26, and fans embraced the high-energy drum ‘n’ bass collection that kicked off with his self-crafted introduction and… Mozart?
“Requiem” proved to be the perfect lead-off for this rambunctious mix, as Dimension quickly ushered in the Camo & Krooked bootleg of Eric Prydz‘s “Opus.”
In the two hours that follow, Dimension takes listeners on a journey through many of his original tracks, sprinkling in drum ‘n’ bass favorites from acts like Sub Focus, Metrik, Culture Shock, and more.
In 2008, a Scottish artist by the name of Calvin Harris had just begun hitting his stride and earning notice from the dance community at large. His debut LP offering the year before, I Created Disco, proved a hit and later led to collaborations with Kylie Minogue. He also earned credit on the tour circuit through support for Groove Armada and Faithless. Naturally, Pete Tong took interest in the burgeoning artist as well and promptly slotted him into his Essential Mix series.
We revisit Calvin Harris’ debut Essential Mix just days after its 11th birthday, which immediately places its listeners on a path down into the blog house era from whence it came. Iconic hits of the day like deadmau5′ “The Reward Is Cheese,” Riva Starr’s “I Jack U,” and Harris’ own twist on the DJ Assault hit “Ass N Titties” are featured, with additional flecks of Santagold, Pryda, and Cosmonauts. It’s a nostalgic journey that maintains the same levels of cheery fun that ensued upon its October 2008 debut, and served as another early indicator of the success Harris would continue to reap as he climbed the dance music ranks.
Boys Noize has been a pioneer since breaking out in the early aughts. A decade ago, he was one of the standout artists helming the blog house movement and bringing it to the prominence it had at its peak. It was also around this time that his namesake imprint really began taking off as a platform for top quality music.
Naturally, Pete Tong had his eyes on the German icon from his earliest years, and in 2009, invited him onto Essential Mix. The mix is now a sonic time capsule from the memorable time that was the Blog House Era, with a great deal of the selections mirroring the distinctive mixture of funk, electro, and tech that dominated the dance music sphere at the time. To boot, Boys Noize mixed entirely in vinyl, showing off his mixing skills in any medium.
His mix now turns ten years old on October 10, and to honor it, we’ve selected it as this week’s edition of Weekend Rewind.
Friendships born of techno are friendships that last. It’s a true statement that applies to casual listeners as well as two of the most prominent techno artists working today: Charlotte de Witte and Chris Liebing.
Ever since these two announced they were working on a track together at the end of 2018, they have never been apart for too long. The following March, the pair played back-to-back during Miami Music Week, and their set was broadcast as a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Then a few months later, they were booked to play together again at an official Movement Detroit after party. Now, they will soon play as a duo again at Insomniac‘s upcoming Halloween festival, Escape: Psycho Circus.
All of these collaborative encounters indicate that these two share a specific chemistry as artists, catalyzed by their time in the studio. Now the fruit of their labor is finally available to the public in the form of their Liquid Slow EP, out now on de Witte’s KNTXT imprint.
For those who haven’t seen de Witte and Liebing on the decks together, this EP makes their chemistry immediately clear. De Witte is known for her ability to revolve a set around tinges of acid, and Liebing is a champion of all things deceptively heavy. This EP is the middle-ground between those two descriptors.
There’s something incredibly legitimizing about an electronic artist’s first Essential Mix. It’s a level up from one’s current echelon into certified “industry heavyweight” status, and now it’s officially REZZ‘s moment to shine. The undisputed queen of mid-tempo bass, REZZ has long been carving out a formidable name for herself on the international dance circuit, garnering a cultish worldwide following behind a catalog of infectiously strange, gripping sonics.
REZZ’s BBC debut came in 2017 during one of deadmau5‘s residency sessions. After gracing the airwaves during the first hour of her mentor’s mix, it was clear REZZ was bound for her own Essential Mix in the near future. Now, she’s delivered, and she’s kept strictly to her own catalog of work throughout the battering two-hour session.
Earlier this summer, electronic music was collectively stunned by the sudden passing of Philippe “Zdar” Cerboneschi, following a fall in Paris. The veteran Ed Banger duo was set to release their Dreems LP just days after the shocking news, and while dozens of tributes from fellow musicians poured in, the world consumed what would likely be the final album from Cassius. Just before Philippe Zdar’s death, Cassius plugged into BBC Radio 1 for an Essential Mix to accompany the new record.
The two-hour bout features cuts from MK, Hot Natured, Robyn, and Cassius among others. The session, recorded in June, was the group’s fourth Essential Mix, following appearances in 2015, 2010, and 1999.
REZZ has been quite vocal about expanding her already prolific sonic catalog this year. She’s positioned to release her next EP, Beyond The Senses, by the end of this month, July 24, to be precise. In anticipation for the release, she’s cooking up a two-hour BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix chock-full of REZZ originals only, both old and new.
The weekly radio show has featured some of the most eminent envoys in the electronic macrocosm as guests throughout its vast tenure on the British airwaves, including offerings from Eric Prydz, Carl Cox, and Daft Punk, just to offer a fragmentary window into the series’ hallowed archives.
REZZ first appeared on the channel alongside mau5trap label boss, deadmau5, back in 2017, on behalf of his BBC Radio residency. However, the upcoming appearance will mark her debut Essential Mix effort.
Flashback to 2013, the year that Hot Since 82 would make his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix debut. Pete Tong would go on to share the house music tastemaker’s two-hour effort over the BBC Radio 1 airwaves, to highlight Hot Since 82 as a standout electronic act. A benchmark in the budding career of any aspiring artist, a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix conveys a clear message: The producer who lands one has what it takes to continue to rise in the intensely competitive modern music market.
That was then for Hot Since 82, who now returns to BBC Radio 1 to curate another Essential Mix for the reputed radio station. Hot Since 82’s 2019 Essential Mix expounds upon the producer’s refined underground sound, to package productions hailing from respected labels like Cocoon Records, Defected Records, and Proton into an undulating two-hours of easy-flowing house music.
It seems deadmau5 is perennially hard at work. From consistently live streaming his creation process for fans and overhauling his Cube rig for the third time, to scoring films and pulling double duty at Ultra this year, performing under both his deadmau5 and Testpilot monikers, it seems Joel Zimmerman rarely takes a moment to smell the roses, if ever. Luckily for fans, the Mau5trap head honcho keeps the pedal to the floor, and his latest offering comes by way of a rare Testpilot outing, on perhaps the most renown mix show in electronic music. That’s right—we’re getting a Testpilot Essential Mix.
The BBC Radio 1 mix, debuting on March 23, is actually billed as deadmau5/Testpilot, suggesting that Joel will be flipping between aliases, and a trove of new material is likely underway. The Essential Mix comes hot off the heels of the recent release of Testpilot’s full Electric Forest performance from 2018. Revisit the Electric Forest set below in preparation for one of the most anticipated Essential Mixes of the year.
The first dates of All Day I Dream‘s world tour have been unveiled, kicking off yet another expansive year for the brand. Twenty-two dates have been announced across six countries so far, with more to be announced in the coming months. Lee Burridge‘s iconic day-into-night parties have become a global staple by now, enamoring international dance fans with dreamy house sounds and crafty décor. LA, London, Moscow, and San Francisco have been announced, in addition to the brand’s return to its residencies in Mykonos and Ibiza.
Just prior to the announcement, Burridge offered a preview of what to expect musically via a brand new Essential Mix; his first since 2016. Introspective, yet whimsical, the two-hour endeavor explores a myriad of new and unreleased records from in and out of the All Day I Dream catalog—including a new work from Lee himself. It epitomizes the sound he’s made into his own over the years.