Needless to say, Storm Queen and MK’s overhaul of the UK charts with “Look Right Through” was a big old landmark for Defected Records and the global house community alike. Bubbly BBC favorite Annie Mac was not immune to the #1, this week choosing GotSome’s recently aired remodel of the track as her befitting ‘New Music Monday’ installment. Off the heels of their phenomenal Bassline EP, the duo unveils their Animal Style VIP remix to assert that their first Defected offering as a duo was no fluke. Tight grooves and sluggish leads work in well-orchestrated unison to give the chart-friendly remix an otherwise ungroomed edge, one that is sure to be welcome in wake of the original’s commercial success. Storm Queen and Kinchen may have been the big news this week, but GotSome remains a quality nod to British house music that demands some serious attention for the year ahead. (more…)Posted by
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.
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.Posted by
Essential Mix Review: Hot Since 82 looks back on meteoric rise, cements validity of hit-making powers
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.
Danny Howard fills-in for Pete Tong, new music takes precedent for second Essential Selection duties
With the Summer season at an all-time peak and Pete Tong otherwise preoccupied with his global ventures, Danny Howard was back to sit-in for Pete Tong with an admirable return to the Essential Selection show on BBC Radio One this weekend. With the ranks of Pryda, Toolroom, Axtone and Size Records all flaunting new and exclusive music throughout, Calvin Harris would prove a recurring star of this annual injection of Friday night floor fundamentals.
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.
— OWSLA (@OWSLAOfficial) July 8, 2013
Previously the stuff of rumours, Dutch trailblazer Dyro follows-up a year of high-profile original and remix releases with his own remodel of Axwell’s “Center of the Universe.” Premiered by Danny Howard and initially teased as a remix of ‘one of his favourite artists of all time,’ Jordy Van Egmond’s landmark remix bravely extends his own peak time style to one of Europe’s most celebrated production assets to date. With the original’s emotive edge firmly maintained, Dyro uses a ‘less-is-more’ approach to his debut Axtone remix, engaging his firm ear for refined synth work and liberally tweaked beats to modestly make “Center of the Universe” his own peak time exploit. As we await the unveiling of subsequent material alongside Nicky Romero and Shermanology in the months to come, Dyro’s first-class remix of “Center of the Universe” echoes the unprecedented stamina Holland’s latest breakout has mustered in his short but triumphant career.
Skrillex‘s eclectic Essential Mix spurred all manner of reactions from various dance music factions, and his included bootleg of a track by UK techno producer Blawan has continued to generate conversation days after Mr. Moore left the BBC studios. As his underrated Burial-inspired Leaving EP indicated, Skrillex is exploring new sonic territory. Just as his time spent with deadmau5 contributed the plucky chords on “All I Ask of You,” Skrillex is clearly channeling a bit of current Dog Blood collaborator Boys Noize on this bootleg. From the robotic gulping bass to the stuttering electro sample stabs, this rework has Mr. Ridha’s influence written all over it. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Creative cross-pollination is one of the prime driving forces in today’s dance music, and as an extremely talented producer with six Grammys to his name, Skrillex has more than earned the right to spread his artistic wings and explore.Posted by
Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, Pete Tong and more set to talk Roland drum machines for ‘BBC Radio 1 Stories: 808s, 303s & 909s’
Early next week, BBC Radio 1 will be exploring the history and importance of the 808, 303, and 909 drum machines for their Stories program. The show will highlight the instrumental role these tools played in the development of hip-hop, house, techno, and their many accompanying subgenres. DJ Premier, Richie Hawtin, Seth Troxler, The 2 Bears, Flosstradamus and Pete Tong among others will join host Kutski for this edition of Stories. BBC Radio 1 has shared some snippets from the show, which is set to air on March 11th at 9PM. Check out the previews below and be sure to tune in for what will likely be an important history lesson.Posted by
On this past weekend’s Essential Mix, Hamburg-based Tensnake took over the decks for 120 minutes of what could quite simply be described as a whole lot of fun. Tensnake has been producing for over ten years, but has popped up in popular consciousness with the heavily rotated “Coma Cat” and more recent campy 90s revivalist track “Mainline” with Syron (of which you can watch a live performance at Cafe Mambo Ibiza here). If we’re looking at the sliding scale of genres between disco and house, Tensnake’s Essential Mix lies somewhere between Todd Terje, French Express, and Bicep — layering major elements from both canons of sound while still keeping a steady eye on more modern tropical melodies.