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.
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.
Toto’s inspiring 80s smash “Africa” found new life in 2018 after Weezer covered the track thanks to a fan’s viral campaign. The cover became the American rock band’s biggest hit in years, also igniting a flame to the original, and Toto returned the favor by covering Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.” Pitbull even sampled “Africa” in his newest single “Ocean to Ocean,” which was featured in the Aquaman movie soundtrack.
Today, the audio artifact is ingrained in the airwaves for the rest of eternity thanks to Namibian artist, Max Siedentopf, who created an art instillation in the Namib Desert of seven white pedestals and speakers on each platform blasting “Africa” on a continuous loop. The speakers are solar powered, and since they’re in the desert, there should be no shortage of Toto’s bliss unless it rains down in Africa.
Siedentopf told BBC, “I wanted to pay the song the ultimate homage and physically exhibit ‘Africa’ in Africa. Some [Namibians] love it and some say it’s probably the worst sound installation ever. I think that’s a great compliment.”
It’s been three-years since Mark Ronson put out a solo album, and Ronson fans will remember the last individual longform Ronson production to be 2015’s Uptown Special. Now, Ronson fans need not look to the rearview when thinking of a Ronson only album, but can rather train their eyes on what remains ahead, a forthcoming extended offering rife with “sad bangers,” according to Ronson himself. Informally entitled “The Heartbreak Era,” the incoming project will feature a number of tunes that will expectedly tug at listeners’ heart strings. The melancholic tone of Ronson’s current work in progress stems from the prolific songwriter’s recent divorce from actress Joséphine de La Baum.
BBC described the album as a “futuristic, country-tinged” showing, shades of which figure in Ronson’s latest single, “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” Featuring Miley Cyrus, the debut song off the album ushers in the aesthetic that will unfold in fuller form as Ronson readies the effort for its impending arrival. An official music video accompanies “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart,” providing a gripping, heart palpitation inducing visual to the track. The as of yet untitled album will also see musical cameos from Lykke Li, Yebba, and King Princess.
Annie Mac has deemed Axwell‘s latest solo single, “Nobody Else,” her Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1.
The track is distinctly Axwell, focusing on pounding melodies and a nostalgic vocal. In the interview with Mac, Axwell notes that the present simply “felt like the right time” to hop in the studio and release the record. Through the exchange, the pair pinpoint the familiarity of the track as it draws from his classic and uplifting, “I Found U.” After hearing Mac herself play the track a few times over the summer, both live and on the air, Axwell felt re-inspired by its vigor and sought to create a new version of the sound it embodied, along with a vocal sample that reminded him of “the good old times.”
It was time. Swedish House Mafia was this crazy machine that we just fell into, right. I don’t think that we really knew what we were doing, which is also beautiful… We had to spread our wings, do different things, and now after 5-6 years, the thought of being Swedish House Mafia again is like, ‘Yeah, this is exciting. Let’s see what we can come up with.’
He also confirmed new music from the trio is loaded in the pipeline–just without a definitive release date.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and Radiohead lead Thom Yorke has curated a new 90-minute mix for BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. The mix opens with Radiohead’s “Burn the Witch” and showcases an expansive multi-generational span of experimental prowess from artists like Pierre Henry, Aphex Twin, and Mars89. All throughout, Yorke shares his love for experimental vocal techniques, even sprinkling in some classic Stockhausen, and the legendary krautrockers Faust. It’s a far cry from the recent atmospheric mix he curated for BBC Radio 6, but as equally demanding of a listen.
Calvin Harris was recently invited to perform some of his classic songs on BBC Radio 1 just a few days ago. Instead of showcasing some of his hits singles though, Nick Grimshaw decided to play a version of “The Lyrics Game” but instead made Calvin Harris remember some of the drops from his past songs.
Comprised of more than 16,000 samples collected over time, and profuse in foley and soundscape files, the audio archive is now free to download. The archive arrives under RemArc Licensing, meaning that the files can only be used for research, or educational and personal projects.
Those interested in downloading from the archive can do so here.
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.”