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.

10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganza

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10 songs to listen for during Diplo’s Belly Up Aspen extravaganzaDiplo 2017

Belly Up Aspen is none of Colorado’s premier winter music festivals, showcasing a diverse range of genres and artists of every caliber. Their calendar was stacked high in 2018 with memorable performances by Keys N Krates, Nora En Pure, Lost Kings, and Cold War Kids taking the same stage as superstars like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers, deadmau5, and Stephen Marley.

To top off a historic year, Belly Up will bring the one and only Diplo to the stage on December 29. From side projects Silk City and LSD, to releasing his first solo EP in four years, Wesley Pentz has had immense success this year, which all the Aspen Mountain skiers can celebrate. Here’s a playlist of ten songs attendees should look out for during the set:

1.Silk City, Dua Lipa feat. Diplo & Mark Ronson – “Electricity”

One of Wesley Pentz Jr.’s greatest moves this year was teaming up with legendary producer Mark Ronson. Silk City instantly popped into the spotlight, bringing in one of 2018’s hottest artists in Dua Lipa for this one. The track was pushed further with an “electric” music video.

2. Ape Drums – “Me Solta”

Miami-based producer Ape Drums is no stranger to dancehall, a genre that Diplo has coined from his Jamaican influence in Major Lazer. Drums is also a friend of the Mad Decent imprint with several features on BBC Radio 1’s Diplo & Friends. Here’s his latest release “Me Solta,” earning a SoundCloud re-post from Diplo himself.

3. LSD feat. Sia, Diplo, Labrinth – “Thunderclouds” (MK Remix)

The famed trio LSD made a lot of noise this year, with four official releases and an innovative, unique sound. “Thunderclouds” marked Diplo, Sia, and Labrinth’s third work of art, receiving a groovy house edit from MK. The Miami-raised producer has a tendency to go deep in his sets, making this remix a prime candidate.

4. Wuki – DADADADA (Holiday VIP) [wukileak]

It’s always easy to throw Wuki in the mix. The New Jersey-born producer already performed a “wukipediamix” for Diplo and Friends and has been heard in a myriad of past Diplo/Skrillex sets (having released tracks on Mad Decent and OWSLA). His wild reworks brought him into the spotlight, most notably his edit of Busta Rhymes’ “Look At Me Now” verse. Although, this one comes with a holiday twist primed for a pre-NYE show.

5. Wuki – Pon De Time [wukileak]

Here’s another gem from Wuki’s endless list of goodies on his WUKILEAKS SoundCloud page. This one stems from one of Diplo’s earliest tracks “Pon De Floor.” Mashed with the fan favorite “One More Time” from Daft Punk, is there even a question of whether or not he’d throw this in?

6. Diplo feat. Lil Pump, Juicy J, Famous Dex, French Montana – “Welcome To The Party”


This track serves as a perfect bridge between and hip-hop, featuring rap goliaths like Famous Dex, and fresh-in-the-limelight rapper Lil Pump. This electrifying single is sure to show it not only connects genres, but also jump starts a vibe. “Welcome to the Party,” was featured in Deadpool 2, one of the highest grossing movies of 2018, and Diplo would start off his farewell to 2018 with his imprint on one of the most impactful soundtracks of the year.

7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – “Sweet Nothing” (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)

If Diplo is anything, it’s that hard to pin down, transcending expectation and genre. He’s an enigma that’s always working on some new project, but staying true to his nature. He’s also not one to forget the past.  Another classic Diplo remix from 2012, the year Calvin Harris’ “Sweet Nothing” with Florence Welch took hold. Diplo got together with Canadian producer Grandtheft for this one. 

8. Ellie Goulding feat. Diplo & Swae Lee  “Close To Me”

“Close To Me” features some of the industries best and brightest. Swae Lee’s vocals are starting to become familiar to fans across all genres, while Ellie Goulding has been riding with the scene from the start. This track is Diplo’s latest release and has major traction across streaming services sitting pretty at number one on Diplo’s Spotify under popular, with 73 million streams. Definitely keep your ears keen for this one.

9. 4B & Teez – Whistle (Nitti Gritti Remix)

Diplo re-posted this track on his secret SoundCloud account page “diplo approved,” and he’s been known to thread approved tracks into his sets. Additionally, Nitti gritti recently opened for Dillon Francis’ Brooklyn Halloween show and hosts multiple genre and drop changes. Diplo fans will surely recognize and get down to this track.

10. “Get It Right” feat. MØ

“Get It Right” is hot and fresh off the California EP. Diplo played this joint as recently as September 14 at the Brooklyn Mirage for Mad Decent Block Party and even brought out MØ to perform live. It’s flush with style and contemporary waves. One can only hope that Diplo drops it again for this New Years weekend set.

The Chainsmokers drop heartfelt ‘Hope’

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The Chainsmokers drop heartfelt ‘Hope’The Chainsmokers Credit Rukes

Superstar EDM duo The Chainsmokers have added another stroke of brilliance to their ongoing Sick Boy project, enlisting Stockholm-born vocalist Winona Oak on “Hope.” Based on the relatable themes outlined in this project, The Chainsmokers continue a dark, emotion-driven phase while bridging multiple genre gaps in the process.

The track’s rhythm and light synth patterns create a tropical-house feel, adding a soothing background for its verses of combined vocal contributions from Oak and Drew Taggart. Harmonic vocals and drum hits also push this into the indie-pop category, further proving the duo’s versatility across genres. Fans are also gifted with an official lyric video, featuring all parties associated singing on a wooden floor.

The Chainsmokers are hot off a performance of “This Feeling” during a Monday Night Football halftime show and a Thanksgiving mix for BBC Radio 1.

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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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The Chainsmokers whip up Thanksgiving mix for BBC Radio 1

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The Chainsmokers whip up Thanksgiving mix for BBC Radio 1Chainsmokers Australia Adelaide Show 0139 Med

After a glistening halftime performance during the Nov 19 Monday Night Football game, the release of their latest track, “Beach House,” and their announcement of a forthcoming feature film that will provide a cinematic component for their 2017 single, “Paris,” it’s clear that The Chainsmokers have been hustling this year.

Yet, if there’s anything that the “Closer” hit-makers have learned in their time in the mainstream spotlight, it’s how to keep their momentum going at a steady and unimpeded pace. In the midst of their many musical engagements, The Chainsmokers still found time to cook up a Thanksgiving mix, just in time for the holiday.

As many prepared to pass the turkey and the stuffing, those who craved something new from The Chainsmokers would find their appetites satiated in the DJ duo’s debut mix on Annie Nightingale‘s BBC Radio 1 show early on Thanksgiving morning. A “hardcore” showing, in Alex Pall’s own words, the Thanksgiving mix melds cuts from The Chainsmokers’s catalogue with other electronic selections. The Chainsmokers alluded to a stockpile of impending new music during their guest appearance the BBC Radio 1 episode—news that won’t shock any Chainsmokers fans, given that the pair’s next album, Sick Boy, is slated to drop March 2019.

Listen to the mix, here.


Disclosure dish on upcoming third studio album with Annie Mac after week long release spree

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Disclosure dish on upcoming third studio album with Annie Mac after week long release spreeDisclosure 3rd Album

Disclosure have been on a seemingly impromptu release spree, dropping a song every day for a full week. “Moonlight,” on Monday, “Where Angels Fear to Tread” on Tuesday, “Love Can Be So Hard” on Wednesday, “Funky Sensation” featuring Gwen McCrae on Thursday, and “Where You Come From” on Friday.

While premiering “Where You Come From” on Annie Mac‘s BBC Radio 1, the duo disclosed their imminent third album and how these tracks fit in.

“We seem to be back right now. It’s definitely been a while. 100 percent an album is being made – that’s for sure. Whether or not these songs make it [on the album] is yet to be seen. We’ve been writing a lot. We reckon we’ve put together about 80 to 100 different ideas over the past year, but we have no idea which of them, if any, will actually be on the album. It’s a serious track listing job to come now. Now we’re going to start moving onto the next step and start working with some vocalists.”

It didn’t take long for the Disclosure boys to climb their way right back into the center of the electronic music news cycle. With the massive volume of material released each week, a unique release strategy (or maybe lack thereof) is becoming an art in itself, and with their surprising week of back-to-back drops, Disclosure seem well on the comeback trail now. The pair’s previous album, Caracal, was released in 2015. After that, the Lawrence brothers decided to take time off in 2017, though it seems their hiatus is over in the tail end of 2018.

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Disclosure return with another surprise original work, ‘Moonlight’ [Stream]

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Disclosure return with another surprise original work, ‘Moonlight’ [Stream]Disclosure Live Credit The Grammys 1

Disclosure are officially back in action. The Lawrence brothers announced an indefinite hiatus at the beginning of 2017, and it has been three years since their sophomore full-length offering, CaracalNow, the UK duo appear to be firing up the engines once again, following up a surprise release in May, “Ultimatum,” with a brand new original work premiered by BBC Radio 1‘s Benji B and Annie Mac, called “Moonlight.”

The latest face to get the signature Disclosure silhouette treatment is that of Victor Young, famed 20th century Chicago-born composer and violinist. Among his lengthy list of credits across the 1930’s is “Moonlight Serenade (Summer Love),” and judging by the title of Disclosure’s new work, the pair have drawn inspiration from the late composer for their newest fizzy, mid-tempo house groove. While there aren’t any further details on a formal project underway from the “Magnets” producers for now, they seem to have had a productive studio stretch during their hiatus, which now may be coming to a permanent end.

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James Blake & SwaVay – “Billy”

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Despite the opinion of bored teens at Gov Ball, James Blake has been sharing some gems this year. He released the utterly transfixing “If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead,” his glitchy and haunting “Don’t Miss It,” a remake of Moses Sumney’s “More »

Kali Uchis delivers her sultry cover of Kayne West’s ‘Paranoid’ on BBC Radio 1

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Kali Uchis delivers her sultry cover of Kayne West’s ‘Paranoid’ on BBC Radio 1Kali Uchis

There is much more than what meets the eye with singer/songwriter beauty Kali Uchis. She is a genre-bending multi-threat that sings, writes her own music, along with producing, directing, and credentials as a spirited saxophone and piano player. She recently stopped into Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, and gave the low on what’s up in the world of one of the brightest new songwriting forces out there. She performed three sultry selects, “Just A Stranger,” “After The Storm,” and a cover of 808s and Heartbreak standout “Paranoid” by Kanye West in exquisite fashion.

When asked about why she choose a Kanye song she explained that, “808s & Heartbreak was inspirational” in her formative years, continuing, “he was trying to do something different with his voice, and the heart in it…is really special.” While many people might be intimidated to cover such an intricate Kanye product, Uchis slays it in her signature sound and characteristically soulful touch. Check out Kali Uchis’ whole BBC Radio 1 performance below and catch the Kayne cover at around 18 minutes in.

Watch Years & Years Cover Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry”

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British synth-pop trio Years & Years’ transcendent new album Palo Santo was last week’s Album Of The Week. Today, they graced BBC Radio 1 with a cover of Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” that gives the original track a run for its money. More »