Although Avicii’s debut artist album “True” is only two months old, the Swedish juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down his release schedule. Debuted by Pete Tong on Friday, Syn Cole’s Miami 82 receives the Avicii treatment and Tim Bergling transforms the original mix into something all his own. The edit is more aggressive than most of Avicii’s productions and completely devoid of the melodic climaxes we’ve all come to know and love from the 24-year-old Swede, but it still showcases Avicii’s production prowess and his penchant for creating music that immediately gets stuck in your head.
Release: November 25th
On this day in 1993, Paul Oakenfold was the first DJ to ever record a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Earlier this morning, the Englishman tweeted this historic Essential Mix that laid the groundwork for the weekly Friday night mix series. In listening to this mix, fans are transported back to the good old days in the 90′s: a time when many of us were still children. You will find familiar throwbacks tossed into the mix such as Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It,” Björk’s “Violently Happy,” and even some classic U2 productions. It’s interesting to see how much pop culture has changed over the last 20 years, and to compare dance music’s essence two decades ago to what it is now. Oakenfold’s adaptability to changing trends, in addition to his proficiency as a DJ and producer, explains why he has garnered so much support and is still prominent even in the current generation.
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Dance music has heard the deafening complaints of over-saturated artists and overplayed tunes for months and jumped at any chance to welcome fresh and talented artists to the scene (see: Disclosure). Today, we welcome Galantis, a duo made up of Linus Eklow, or Style of Eye, and Christian Karlsson, a member of both Miike Snow and Bloodshy & Avant. Their debut track “Smile” just hit the online marketplace and the dance music community has taken notice.
The tune has already received support from some of the most influential names in dance music, including premieres on both Diplo and Pete Tong‘s BBC 1 Radio shows and via Twitter from fellow label superstar, Kaskade. This indie dance tune keeps the message positive and focuses on an enchanting vocal that leads to a pop of upbeat melody and pulsating bass. The duo has been busy promoting their latest release and have yet to announce any news regarding future music and events, but stay tuned and expect to hear more from this up-and-coming group.
Kicking off the show with Deorro’s aggressive new hit “Yes,” Pete Tong graces us with another edition of his Friday night BBC Radio 1 show to get us in the mood for the weekend. Tom Starr’s “Trident,” Thomas Gold’s “Remember,” and Mat Zo’s “Lucid Dreams” are also featured in Pete’s progressive selections of the week. Deeper selections include John Monkman’s “Now or Never” and Cut Snake’s “Face Down” amongst many more.
The Essential New Tune comes from the UK’s George Fitzgerald “Bad Aura” replacing Booka Shade’s “Love Inc” from last week. Afrojack offers his Goodies Goodies with tracks like D-Wayne’s “Gravity” and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead.” Monkey Safari is crowed as Pete’s Future Stars, and Inner City is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame.
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Opening up the show with Calvin Harris and Alesso’s new hit “Under Control,” Pete whirls us through his favorites from this week on BBC Radio 1. “Bad DJ” by Size signed Promised Land, “Origins,” by Don Diablo and Builders remix of Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” are featured as his progressive selections. Deeper hits include Dusky’s “Careless” and the Solomun remix of Foal’s “Late Night” amongst many more.
This week’s Essential New Tune comes by way of Germany’s Booka Shade’s “Love Inc” replacing last week’s selection Ten Walls’s “Requiem.” Martin Garrix takes this week’s Goody Goodies playing selections like “Direct Disco” by Sander van Doorn and Yves V and “Gamer” by Bassjackers and GRX. The legendary Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim is knighted in Pete’s Hall of Fame while Francesca Lombardo is this week’s Future Star.
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Earlier this month, a friendless Diplo took to the duties of his Diplo & Friends BBC Radio 1Xtra slot and delivered a mix solo that, truth be told, didn’t need a supporting cast. Mad Decent‘s mad scientist compiled a twerk saturated, bouncy mix that features plenty of big room/festival sounds, incorporates dance hall and moombahton elements, is packed to the brim with hip-hop inspired remixes, and offers a heavy dose of bass and trap music. This mix screams Diplo, demonstrating exactly why he has become one of the most relevant and sought after music producers around right now.
Opening the show with Thomas Gold‘s new Axtone release ” I Remember,” Pete Tong is back playing his top selection of dance music hits from around the globe. Jacob Plant‘s “Can’t Hold Back,” deadmau5‘ “Suckfest 9001,” and The Chainsmokers remix of Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” help to open up the progressive section of the show. In addition Pete speaks of the festivities taking place at ADE and the abundance of new music that is about to hit the scene.
This week’s Essential Tune of the Week is Gotham’s “Requiem” replacing last week’s selection Alesso & Calvin Harris’ “Under Control.” Nic Fancuili takes this week’s Goodie Goodies showcasing his UK tech-house ear for talent while the legendary Paul Oakenfold is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame. Pete chooses Brooklyn’s deep house Walker & Royce as his Future Stars and ends the show with a Weekend Hot Mix featuring his own favorite selections from ADE.
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A-Trak and Armand Van Helden came together to form Duck Sauce back in 2009 with “Anyway,” and since have been behind chart topping hits like “Barbra Streisand” and “Big Bad Wolf.” With a debut album looming, tonight’s Essential Mix promises to unveil new material from the two, as well highlight some throwbacks from the veteran DJs. Tune in tonight at 1:00 am GMT (UK) / 8:00 pm EST (NYC) on BBC Radio 1 for the two hour segment.
On this week’s Pete Tong on Radio 1 weekly show we are whisked through dance music’s latest and greatest hits from around the globe by the world’s top tastemaker. Starting off with the hottest in progressive, Pete plays Shermanology & Amba Shepherd’s new hit “Who We Are,” Otto Knows remix of Don Diablo & Matt Nash’s “Starlight” and Qulinez’ newest Size release “Noise.”
Armin van Buuren flies us through three of his favorite delicacies including his newest single off album Intense “Beautiful Life,” an exclusive look at Audien’s remix of his “This Is What It Feels Like,” and his own remix of Mark Knight, D.Ramirex & Underworld’s “Downpipe.” He also updates us on his tour plans for the rest of the year and when his newest singles are coming out.
This week’s Essential New Tune comes by way of Glasgow’s Mia Dora’s “Clear” taking the top spot from Avicii’s “Lay Me Down.” For those who like the deeper side of things, Hot Natured is out with a new track “Alternate State,” and Francesco Rossi showcases another brilliant remix this time of Two Door Cinema Club’s “Changing of the Seasons.”
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Hot Since 82 – whose real name is Daley Padley — only made the switch to his distinguishable pseudonym two years ago. When his first production “Let It Ride” came out on Noir Music, he blasted off into the house music spotlight. His follow-ups included records on renowned imprints like Defected and Get Physical — bringing to fruition monster releases like his remix to Yousef’s “Beg” and the Forty Shorty EP. More recently, his distinct bass line work was called upon for remixing by Rudimental and Green Velvet – tracks that are seeing constant rotation amongst the industry’s top talents. He used his invitation to Pete Tong’s legendary Essential Mix to stray from the obvious crowd pleasures and don on his personal musical exposition — playing cuts from acts such as Dixon, Agoria, and unreleased material from the man himself.