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.
Few have held the corner for progressive house as consistently as Pryda Friends breakout Jeremy Olander. This month, the man behind the infectious “Let Me Feel” is back with a steadfast remix for Swedish band Kent set to test the waters of his studio get-up to a considerable extent. As emphasized by his re-imagining of Golden Girl’s “Kinetic” earlier this year, Jeremy is not squeamish where his choice of remix duties is concerned. Premiered by Prydz himself during his Essential Mix duties, young Olander leaps behind the wheel of “Petroleum” to rally a hypnotic and melodic new spoil ahead of his impending North American tour alongside Fehrplay. The vocals may play-out in his native tongue, but the impact is just as on-point, pointing to further leaps and bounds in the name of Pryda Friends to the reclamation of a genre misunderstood by the masses. (more…)Posted by
Live from Privilege, Ibiza, Eric Prydz took to the BBC Radio 1 airwaves for an encore Essential Mix to follow his critically acclaimed mix from earlier this year. The 80-minute live set may not have ran as long as his previous two-hour outing, but it certainly came with the onslaught of unidentified tunes to match its caliber. What could be recognized within the mix, however, stood out as landmarks for the Pryda empire and included tracks such as “On Off,” borrowed from his Cirez D persona, and an “Every Day” interlude nostalgic of January’s Essential Mix.Posted by
Before Calvin Harris achieved eye-opening status, broke the records of pop legends, and landed on Forbes’ “Top Earning Celebrities Under 30 List,” the now-superstar had been thoroughly developing his artistry. From humble beginnings he left his job working at a grocery store, began singing over his own production efforts, was recognized and signed to a label thanks to MySpace, and began tweaking his work from there. 2011 was a crucial year for his career timeline as he attempted to distance himself from 2009′s Ready For The Weekend and started producing the album that would become 18 Months. Calvin’s year was translated for the world that May in the version of a two-hour Essential Mix. Listen through, enter his time portal, and follow along with the tracklist beneath the break.
Nearly a month into 2013, Eric Prydz gifted an Essential Mix that was immediately hailed as one that would be the best of the year with still 11 months remaining on the calendar. If massive outings from the likes of Mat Zo or Skrillex followed with any sense of competition, Pryda has announced his encore return with his second Essential Mix of 2013 set to broadcast live from Privilege Ibiza this Saturday from 3-4:30 am CET (Central European Time). For Americans looking to tune into Prydz’s surprise sequel, the mix will be airing at 9pm EST and 6pm PST.
Previously known for his part alongside Australian trio Those Usual Suspects, Maarcos breaks away with a little help from Phazing head honcho Dirty South to unveil his first solo stint for the label. A staple track to the likes of Dirty South’s Essential Mix and Ultra Music Festival set, “Blaze” is a lead driven masterpiece laced with the melodic hallmarks that have sent Phazing towards the industrious grandeur that now surrounds them. For this daring first leap towards solo stature, a little help from Dragran himself seals a solid starting point for the young talent on this next chapter of his club facing escapades. (more…)Posted by
Breach is the alter-ego of the multitalented singer/songwriter/DJ/producer Ben Westbeech and last week, he visited the Radio 1 decks in the studio for the first time (he was featured on a live mix for the Warehouse Project in 2007). As of late, Breach is largely known for his megahit “Jack” on Dirtybird Records, but his talent and taste for house music goes far beyond a single homerun record. When discussing his method behind this mix, Westbeech revealed that using Ableton, he compiled what he feels is the core of the “Breach sound,” and like many other Essential Mix-goers, asked friends and peers for a samplings of exclusives for excitable Radio 1 fans. There are some insta-classics like Joy O’s BHRTHDTT, Midland’s “Trace,” and Hotflush’s most recent from Paul Woolford, but for the most part he strayed from predictability and towards choice house records that flow into a cohesive 120 minutes of dance music.
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
It isn’t often that Pete Tong takes to the decks of his own Essential Mix but back in 1994 the estimable DJ and voice of dance music for the last two decades put together two hours of thumping house jams for the iconic show. Considered classics now, Pete’s two hour mix is a trip back to 1994 and represents the sound of dance in its infancy. House in its purest form past icons like Roc & Kato, Sound of Blackness, Degrees of Motion and Renegade Legion all make appearances here. There may not be any massive drops or anthemic vocals present but for what it lacks in 2013 levels of hype-focused energy it more than makes up for in gripping grooves.
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Just as Porter Robinson’s career was jetting off at the beginning of 2012, he released his debut Essential Mix recorded live from Hull City Music Hall, UK. Through erratic mixing, the 19-year-old combines at total of 32 tracks in little over an hour, including the first time the world heard “Language,” and favorites from his OWSLA-signed EP Spitfire like “Unison” and “100% in the Bitch.” Drawing in the sounds of dubstep-electro-moombahton to show of his musicality, this young American used this mix to kick off his 31-day European tour with Mat Zo and the M Machine while proving himself as a forced to be reckoned with. Tracklist after the break.