deadmau5 makes his BBC Essential Mix debut as Testpilot [Stream]

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It’s been quite a while since deadmau5 recorded a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix: 11 years, to be exact. The producer last put forth an individual Essential Mix in 2008, but now rejoins the Essential Mix circuit, to debut his first BBC mix as Testpilot. Testpilot’s inaugural BBC showing is exactly what listeners familiar with deadmau5’s industrially oriented alias would expect: smooth, seamless scaling of the house to tech-house continuum, with some idiosyncratic Testpilot reworks of deadmau5 originals to boot.

The two hour-long effort weaves releases from signature underground imprints like Adam Beyer’s Drumcode, and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings with house and techno renditions of deadmau5 classics, like “Imaginary Friends” and “The Veldt” during the first hour. Deadmau5’s comparatively more recent Rob Swire collaboration, “Monophobia” too receives a Testpilot nod. Testpilot eventually gives way to deadmau5 in the final hour of the BBC Essential Mix, in audible credit to deadmau5’s ability to glide from one artistic identity to the next.

H/T: BBC Sounds

Weekend Rewind: Revisit A-Trak and Erol Alkan’s Essential Mix from this weekend in 2008

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Though they were at very different points in their career, A-Trak and Erol Alkan may have been as relevant in 2008 as they are today. Riding the bloghaus high just a few years out from his time as Kanye West‘s official tour DJ, A-Trak had become one of the most hotly anticipated performers at his craft. Pair him with the categorically underground Erol Alkan at the beginning of his Phantasy Sound days, and there you have one of the most memorable sets of the BBC Essential Mix series.

Even ten years later, the tracks from the two master selectors make for an invigorating mix. Pulling out Fool’s Gold deep cuts, classic Shadow Dancer tracks on Boys Noize Records, and grimey, age-old Tiga tunes, the mix catalogs the peculiar, pre-EDM era of dance music that was the late 2000s.

Lane 8 releases final Clue to the mystery of ‘Disappearance Of Colonel Mustard’

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Lane 8‘s “The Disappearance Of Colonel Mustard” has been solved for good this time, on the artist’s This Never Happened imprint. The track first incited intrigue after Lane 8, real name Daniel Goldstein, weaved it into his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, back in April.

“The Disappearance Of Colonel Mustard” begins as many of Goldstein’s rich repertoire of deep house tracks do — halcyon, instrumental, and saccharinely melodic. However, the drop moves into an uncharacteristically dark display, that is not altogether sinister, but more shrouded in clandestine club fun, evocative of ZHU‘s shadowy allure. The track finds a surprisingly harmonious balance between light, atmospheric interludes and jolting basslines.

The new song perpetuates an already incredibly rich release year for the Goldstein, who, in succession to his wildly successful Little By Little album (accompanied by a world tour), has released a technicolor train of house singles as of late.

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.

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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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

Tracklist:

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