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The Essential Mix has seen no dearth of exceptional techno sets this year. In 2017, BBC Radio 1’s premier dance-focused broadcast has recruited the likes of Adriatique, Pan-Pot, and Monika Kruse (not to mention techno progenitor Robert Hood, who elected to provide a house-focused mix with his daughter, Lyric, as Floorplan). However, despite the rich offerings which Pete Tong’s esteemed program has purveyed over the past six months, this weekend’s Essential Mix may be the most coveted techno offering of the year.
Ringing in June, Joseph Capriati stepped up to the decks at BBC Radio 1 on Friday, June 2. Though the Neopolitan artist has established himself as one of the genre’s preeminent DJs over the past decade, this broadcast marks his first “real” Essential Mix (as opposed to the live-recorded b2b with Adam Beyer which he provided for the program in 2015).
Capriati takes his Essential Mix debut quite literally, stating his intent to reflect his true essence at the beginning of the broadcast. Throughout the course of the mix, the now-Redimension label-head progresses from house, to deep techno, and finally, a conclusion of proper techno. Filled with unreleased tracks from the likes of David Morales and The Martinez Brothers, Capriati’s set is an engaging journey throughout the spectrum of quality club music.
Ranging from Jamie Jones to Patrice Bäumel, the first Essential Mix of June is deftly-curated enough to resonate well into the months when EMOTY nominees begin to be named.
1. Flavio Folco – Intro
2. Little Louie Vega & Joseph Capriati – A Spiritual Thing
3. Carola Pisaturo – Ganzirri
4. David Morales – Overdrive
5. Jamie Jones & BKR – ID
6. The Martinez Brothers – Jamjointtt
7. Antonio Grassia – Tremante
8. Joseph Capriati – ID
9. Delta Funktionen – Warp Drive
10. Lag – Sama Doma (Forward Strategy Group Remix)
11. Spencer Parker – Yes
12. Sam Paganini – Frozen
13. Scuba – Heartbreak
14. Hardcell – Neoacid
15. Woo York – Hypernova
16. Maceo Plex ft. Swayzak – Fifth Dimension
17. ID – K388v5
18. Rødhåd – Kinder Der Ringwelt (Donato Dozzy Remix)
19. Victor Calderone – Parallel
20. Anthony Parasole – Untitled 03
21. Shlømo – Static Line
22. Industrialyzer – Analog Planet
23. Jay Clarke – Jet Stream
24. Matrixxman & Setaoc Mass – Vortex
25. Depeche Mode – Where’s The Revolution (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
H/T: 1001 Tracklists
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