As part of Radio 1‘s ongoing campaign to highlight the best of rising talent at the beginning of 2013, this week’s Essential Mix brought in UK producer Duke Dumont as Annie Mac‘s choice for a “Future Star” in dance music. Duke Dumont had an unreal year in 2012 in terms of production — putting out a string of records that basically every DJ in the scene played at some point in their sets. Tracks like “The Giver,” “Need U (100%),” “Thunder Clap,” and “No Money Blues” were all fantastic outputs and put Dumont solidly back on the map and among the elite of dance music today. His mix is true to form and as he says, is basically just a sampling of some of his favorite tracks to play in sets. We loved every minute of it. Stream below and jump back the break for a complete tracklist.
Alesso surprised listeners by gifting fans a free download of his NYE Radio 1 mini mix last night. The 16-minute mix kicks off with Alesso’s “Clash” before moving into some massive outputs from 2012 including “Kangaroo,” “Reload,” and “Sweet Nothing“. The Swedish producer brings listeners some of his biggest productions from the year as well as productions from the likes of Thomas Gold, Tommy Trash, and mentor Sebastian Ingrosso.Posted by
Annie Mac treated listeners to a full listen of Aluna Francis and George Reid’s new track “Diver” today on Radio 1. The pop and R&B-tinged duo turned heads all of 2012 and it appears they’re starting off 2013 on a strong note as well with this glitchy track. We’re hearing that their first full-length album is set for a tentative release date in June of this year. Take a listen for yourself below.
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Last night on her Sunday show “Musical Hot Water Bottle,” Annie Mac delivered two Christmas mixes from The xx and Jessie Ware. The mixes diverge a bit outside of our usually upbeat and dominantly electronic realm, but we think they’re pretty perfect to sneakily put on the stereo while the family sits around drinking too much Bailey’s and eating too many Christmas cookies. Merry Christmas!
It’s been a year since Eats Everything made an Essential Mix appearance, and this time around, the new #13 on Resident Advisor‘s Top 100 DJs of 2012 poll had a special treat for us. This two hour segment featured an unreasonably large number of incredible edits, bootlegs, and reworks by the big man himself. No surprises in his inclusion of pals like Justin Martin, T.E.E.D., and Catz n Dogz but we were tickled by inclusions of Green Velvet, Jacques Da Booty, Kölsch, Paul Simon, and the standout “rewix” of Chicken Lips’ “He Not In.” Enjoy the stream and check out the tracklist below.
Every Saturday night at 1am in the UK, Pete Tong allows an artist of his choosing to take over the Radio 1 airwaves for two full hours. The Essential Mix is legendary and for many of these DJs and producers, the pressure feels immense. A stellar mix can shoot you to recognition, solidify a career, or facilitate a comeback. Although with the generous input of fans, Pete Tong does eventually crown an Essential Mix of the year himself (last year: Above & Beyond), we also put our heads together to decide on the ten mixes from 2012 that made us listen again, and again, and again.
Leeds-based producer Hot Since 82 is still quite fresh off the success of his remix of Yousef‘s “Beg” but he’s back with jaw-dropping remix of Shadow Child‘s already stellar summer release “So High.” The structure of the song remains largely intact, but Hot Since 82 slaps on a bass line that is deeper than deep and reworks and reverses the deep chord progressions into something simple yet absolutely enslaving. This remix was debuted on Pete Tong’s show on Friday and we’re just giddy with glee that it’s already seeing its official release today.
Last week, Annie Mac debuted Russ Chimes‘ brand new original track on her weekly radio show as the Special Delivery tune. From the start, the infectious lead play fools you into thinking that a dreamy progressive cut is on our hands; but its not until the vocals hit that you notice the complete house anthem Chimes has created. Fresh off the release of “Back 2 You,” we’ve basically come to expect consistent hit-making out of him. Release date is unknown, but according to his Soundcloud page, it’s “coming soon.”Posted by
Living legends Massive Attack recently paid a visit to the BBC studios to record quite the eclectic mix for BBC 6Music. Massive Attack is currently celebrating 21 years since the release of their groundbreaking album, Blue Lines and took to the opportunity to craft a mix that both represents the inspirations for that album and the four subsequent albums they’ve released in their long careers. Blue Lines features the single “Unfinished Sympathy,” a song commonly regarded as one of the very best dance music songs of all time.
This mix features a refreshingly few number of Massive Attack originals, really allowing the listener to get a feel for the wide range of sounds 3D and Daddy G love and appreciate. Click through and listen to the likes of Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Addison Grove, Flying Lotus, Man Parrish, Mos Def, and Björk.
This week, Hardwell stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Studios to get behind the decks of Pete Tong‘s Radio 1 broadcast. Recently voted the 6th Best DJ in the World by the infamous DJ Mag poll, this Holland-based producer has been putting out electro/big room hybrids since he first got his start in 2007. In the last 2 years, with tracks like “Spaceman” and collaborations with Tiesto and Nicky Romero, Hardwell has seen a meteoric rise to superstardom, one that was fueled by his bootleg-heavy sets and the type of indescribable style that he himself proclaims as “Hardwell music.”
On his Essential Mix, Hardwell showcases his prowess for dismantling and reassembling familiar tracks with surprisingly unique results. Countless bootlegs and mash-ups, like his combination of REM’s “Losing My Religion” with “Three Triangles,” make up the foundation of the mix. Featuring cuts from his own Revealed Recordings artists and his upcoming track “Apollo,” Hardwell’s Essential Mix is big room at its best. If there was any doubt that his placement at #6 was ill-deserved, this Essential Mix should squelch the non-believers.
Tracklist after the break.