Dirtybird head-honcho Claude VonStroke was given a warm introduction from Pete Tong last night when the clock struck Essential Mix. Claude’s guest mix for BBC Radio 1 (his second to date), was put together upon completing a 25-show tour and is described by the man himself as not only road favorites and new records, but containing noticeable human errors — but VonStroke admits on air that he’s not perfect, and that such element makes his mix feel more real. The front half of the two-hour selection offers unreleased Dirtybird records that will make way in 2014 while the latter half moves away from four-on-the-floor to wander through other sounds and artists.
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.
On Friday night, Duck Sauce made their Essential Mix debut on BBC Radio 1. The takeover, masterminded by Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, transformed the iconic airwaves with 2 hours of their own original productions and a gaggle of old school disco gems. Showcasing numerous cuts from their upcoming album, Quack, the talented duo took their Essential Mix duties as an opportunity to school their peers in Creativity 101. One of the most lively and unique Essential Mixes of 2013, Duck Sauce’s debut is a must listen for fans of any genre. During a time when people claim the art of DJing is “dead,” Armand and A-Trak prove that no matter how the sounds and styles change, the funk is always timeless.
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
If you weren’t plugged into your laptop, desktop, or any mobile device that would’ve allowed you access to Pete Tong’s global airwaves this past Saturday evening, you missed Dixon‘s latest Essential Mix. And just because you missed the mix live, doesn’t mean you missed the outpour of positive reception from your social media feeds. Well pout no longer and wake up with the remedy to your weekend FOMO, Dixon’s Essential Mix has been recorded in full for your listening pleasure throughout the week, month, and perhaps the year.
It didn’t take a successful inauguration to Pete Tong’s Essential Mix archives to assert that Hot Since 82 was a new school leader of the underground sound scope. Back with vengeance for Yousef’s Circus Recordings, his latest remix steps up to the task of giving Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” a remodel worthy of his current global opulence. That unapologetic affinity for bass is out in full-effect, matched with slicked-back grooves and an eerie manipulation of the originals melodic core to hit home an upfront masterpiece from the Leeds-based producer. Hot Since 82 may not quite be bigger than the man behind “Purple Rain,” but in deep house terms this remix owes to a fine example of why Padley continues to scour global club space like few of his generation.
From early Tim Berg collaboration “Tweet It” to 2012’s “Celcius,” French big room pundit Norman Doray has always been a welcome face at Size Records. This month, Doray is back with “Troublemaker” to prove that his love of peak time club fuel and filter-house escapades has never been better balanced. As featured in Steve Angello’s Essential Mix, the long serving Parisian artist digresses from that of his funkier edge of LE7ELS predecessor “Filtre” with a strong affirmation of his powerful ear for the big room. Those bodied ‘Size’ synths and searing electro leads are in full effect, pairing with Doray’s own affinity for on-point beats to score a third fatal strike for the label. His output for Angello’s army may still be sparing, but tracks like “Troublemaker” are sure to keep the Frenchman on solid ground with an imprint only growing stronger and more relevant with age.
Essential Mix Review: Nervo proves stage presence secondary, impresses and surprises with eclectic debut
You’ve seen them on CoverGirl commercials during this year’s Super Bowl. You just saw them DJ MTV’s VMA red carpet where they were named two of the best dressed celebrities by Elle. You’ve seen them at the biggest festivals the country has to offer. You are infatuated by Miriam and Olivia Nervo. Their bubbly personalities glow while they’re in the DJ booth and you can’t keep your eyes off the contagious smiles or fun-loving shoulder sways. But that’s not the only reason these twins naturally capture hearts; their live sets are something to marvel at musically. Taking to Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 last weekend, the Nervo girls were up to bat with Essential Mix duties. Up against two hours on the clock to impress sonically without their adoring stage presence.
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.
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.