BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix has become required listening for any self-respecting EDM fan. The two-hour broadcast has made an icon out of Pete Tong, launched the career of many aspiring DJs, and reaffirmed the superstar status of house heavyweights.
Every year, fans of the show have the chance to vote for their favorite mix from the past 12 months. Last year’s winner was Swedish House Mafia’s live set from Creamfields 2010 — the show at which they debuted their now-infamous “everybody in the crowd sit down and jump up when the beat kicks” routine. As great as that mix was, it ignited some serious debate among fans, most notably those who felt Avicii deserved the title for his debut on the show.
Voting for the Essential Mix of 2011 closes at 2100 GMT on December 19, 2011 — that’s 4 p.m. on the East Coast of the U.S. This year, 15 mixes have nominated for the top honor by a panel of Radio 1 judges. Here’s the shortlist: eardyman, Brookes Brothers, Carl Craig, Dimitri From Paris, Eats Everything at In:Motion, Eric Prydz at Creamfields, Jamie XX, Joker, Julio Bashmore, Kaskade, Maya Jane Coles, Pete Tong 20, SBTRKT, Seth Troxler
You can submit your vote at the Essential Mix site. The winner will be replayed at 3am UK time on December 24th.