In another jam-packed episode of the latest and greatest dance music from around the globe, Pete Tong whips us through his favorite picks in all genres of dance music in this week’s Essential Selections. He starts off the show with progressive picks including the world premiere of Avicii’s new True single “You Make Me,” as well as DVBBS & Borgeous’ big room electro track “Tsunami,” and Arston’s remix of Arty’s “Grand Finale.”
His Essential Tune of the Week is none other than Chris Malinchak’s smooth sailing single “If U Got It,” taking the spot from Calvin Harris’ remix of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” last week. London’s deep house producer Ray Foxx showcases his Goody-Goodies, while Parisian DJ W!ld is chosen as Pete’s Future Star. Felix da Housecat is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame, while Chris Malinchak closes out the show with a snippet from his set during Radio 1’s live show in Ibiza at Ushuaia.
For fans both new and old, the agenda for Disclosure‘s debut Essential Mix was hard to predict. Guy and Howard Lawrence would not recite the music that shot them to star status, but they also probably were not going to regurgitate their recently gold Settle to their fanbase on Radio 1. Disclosure are not an act that can easily be painted with the brush of popular discipline, but with so much attention brewing, there was a considerable middle ground to strike on such hallowed airspace as Radio 1′s Essential Mix.
Their intro was a nod to the sound of J Dilla — an artist whose masterful beats may not have been the most obvious stimulus to the Howard Brothers to the untrained ear. From here, the mix pointed to the great field producers of American hip-hop, rallying Slum Village, Gang Starr, Jaylib, Q-Tip and the studio wizards that sealed their respective immortality along the way. This wasn’t a cheap party trick, but a tip to liberal nature we have come to expect from Disclosure – that all encompassing appreciation for good music that has not only hallmarked their discography, but fortified their dual persona of unpredictable turntablists and definitive live dance assets along the way.
The Lawrence brothers have just finished up another successful North American tour, and without skipping a beat, they’re on deck for their debut Essential Mix this evening on BBC Radio 1. Over the last several years, the boys have gone from unknown teen producers, to well-respected house and garage producers, to all out superstars in the UK and beyond with the release of their chart-topping June album Settle. Tune in tonight at 8pm EST to listen to what they choose to send over the global airwaves for their first ever Essential Mix.
Kicking off another weekly BBC Radio 1 Essential Selection, Pete Tong glides us through the finest in house music from around the globe. This week we are treated to a premiere of Dirty South’s latest song “Until the End,” goody goodies from Apollonia All Stars and a Hot Mix from Ibiza 2012.
Spinning us through his favorite progressive hits at the moment, Pete plays Don Diablo & Matt Nash’s Axtone release “Starlight (Could You Be Mine),” Phazing upcomer Michael Brun’s “Antares,” and Morten Breum’s “Look Closer” out on Ash Pournouri’s label PRMD. Pete’s Essential New Tune went to George Fitzgerald’s lavish deep house track “I Can Tell (By the Way You Move),” replacing last week’s pick of “Isis’ by Hot Natured. Roger Sanchez is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame for his numerous contributions to house music over the years, while the UK’s Hot Creations-signed DeMarzo is Pete’s Future Star of the week.
The one and only Pete Tong is back this week with his Essential Selection from the best in house music around the globe. To start of the show, he flew through his progressive picks of the week including Fiora’s trance induced “Take Me Away,” Cedric Gervais’s Remix of Lana Del Rey’s “Young & Beautiful” and Tommy Trash’s “Monkey In Love,” among others.
Pete premiered a new Size Records mainstay featuring Steve Angello vs. Matisse & Sadko’s “SLVR” first previewed on Angello’s Essential Mix back in March. He also announces the lineup who will be supporting him at the free party at Ushuaia Ibiza Beach Hotel La Grand Bazaar on August 2nd which includes big names like Alesso and Solomun.
His Essential Tune of the Week was none other than Germany’s Kaiserdisco’s “Night & Day” which embodies the perfect summer Ibiza vibe. Philly’s techno producer Josh Wink picked out his Goody Goodies for the week including his own track “Balls” and David Alvarado’s “Ysleta.” UK’s deep house master Subb-an took the Weekend Hot Mix, while Detroit techno King Carl Craig was knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame.
Less than a month ago Skrillex delivered a genre-defying Essential Mix that left fans rejoicing and his detractors with their heads in the sand. As the pioneer of one of the most simultaneously hated and beloved subgenres under dance music’s massive umbrella he is often met with criticism and disdain, but his Essential Mix proved what many already knew: Sonny Moore is the real deal. Elevating the success of his mix, OWSLA announced yesterday that Skrillex’s EM has become the ”single most played piece of content in BBC Radio 1 history across all media.”
His name alone is enough to draw huge crowds, but it was likely the well-deserved hype around his unexpected track inclusions that put him over the top. Many have tried — and failed — to innovate but Mr. Moore followed through with a mix worthy of the coveted Essential Mix of the year title.
House music’s favorite tastemaker Pete Tong is back with his weekly Essential Selection packed with delicacies from every genre. Opening up the show with progressive mainstays including “one of the most played songs at EDC”, “Animals” by Martin Garrix, and what will sure be a smash hit, “Legacy” by Krewella and Nicky Romero. Later on Pete premieres Like Mike and Dimitri Vegas’ Tomorrowland anthem “Chattahoochee,” indie-dance favorites Bondax‘s new track “Giving it All” and Maya Jane Coles “Burning Bright” featuring Kim Ann Foxman. (more…)
In another jam-packed episode of his Essential Selection Radio Show, Pete Tong tips his hat to Disclosure’s chart-topping debut album Settle and drops an exclusive first play of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” alongside Aloe Blacc. Ramon Tapia is on the trail with his Goody Goodies, with Ben Watt taking the sat for this weeks Hall of Fame segment and Skrillex dropping with for his first formal Essential Mix. (more…)
Skrillex is dubstep’s poster boy, a spirited musician, and industry tastemaker. His dedication to the craft is second-to-none, re-inventing and re-imagining what electronic music can be at every opportunity, leading the push for creativity in dance music with his label OWSLA and stable of talented producers under his wing. His solo career is a highlight reel of accomplishments most producer’s could only hope to achieve, all while staying true to the sound he helped create.
Avicii unveiled his new bluegrass-influenced tunes earlier this year, taking a risk at Ultra Music Festival, and later outed a promo mix packed with tracks from his forthcoming album. With Random Access Memories out of sight, Avicii’s studio album is perhaps the most anticipated of the year, and its lead single will finally see its world premiere this Friday, June 14th on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show. Entitled “Wake Me Up,” Avicii’s next record is distant from anything he’s produced before, setting the benchmark for his new sound and his new album.