If you’re looking for the King of Ibiza, we’ve found your guy. Solomun won Producer of the Year at the 2012 Pacha Ibiza DJ Awards and was crowned Mixmag’s DJ of the Year.He hosted label parties at Sankeys Ibiza and pushed out an Essential Mix. It’s safe to say this Croatian legend is making a deep mark on European house music, right? His highness closes out the largest club on the planet, Privilege Ibiza, with a set that can only be described as deep bliss mixing in summer favorites like Hot Natured’s “Benediction,” and Walker & Royce’s “Connected”. If this was 2012, we can only dream of what 2013 will bring for Solomun on the White Island.
Crowned Pete Tong’s Essential Mix of the Year 2011, Above & Beyond take us on a journey through life’s highs and lows in one of the best-constructed sets of our time. Using quotes from movies such as The Notebook & Million Dollar Baby to integrate emotions of both happiness & heartbreak over trance classics, it’s easy to see how the fathers of Group Therapy beat out contenders Eric Prydz, Kaskade & Carl Craig. If you’re somewhat new to trance, we recommend using this as your gateway to begin to explore the genre– you won’t be sorry. Tracklist after the break.
With chart-topping releases like “Street Walker” and “The Giver” tucked firmly under his belt, British house producer Duke Dumont has returned to the production front with his latest installment, “Need U (100%).” The track, an inaugural outing on the Blasé Boys Club imprint, is supported by A*M*E’s delicate feminine vocals on top of a well-produced nu-disco/house cut. This floor-friendly track is packed with groovy synth work that is punchy in all the right places. If you haven’t hopped on the Duke Dumont wagon yet, make sure to check out his recent Essential Mix debut where he showcases exactly what he’s all about.
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The multi-faceted Orlando Higginbottom, better known as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (T.E.E.D), doesn’t fall into expectations easily. His originals and remixes span a multitude of genres, from indie dance to drum and bass; his Essential Mix from last year further exhibits his dexterity. Today he uploaded his own fresh take on Foals’ indie track, “My Number.” Lifting a few lines off the normally funky chorus, T.E.E.D layers the newly ethereal vocals over his echoey deep house production. Stream the remix below and watch for the release soon.Posted by
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.
Good Morning Mix – Richie Hawtin & Dubfire – Magda & Loco Dice Essential Mix live at Exit Festival (7/18/2009)
Back in 2009, when the Serbian Exit Festival was celebrating its 10th year, Pete Tong put together one of the most legendary Essential Mixes ever recorded. This 120 minute segment features back-to-back sets from techno kingpins Riche Hawtin & Dubfire, and Magda & Loco Dice, respectively. The party takes place in a medieval castle and is dubbed by Pete Tong as “one of the best DJ stages in the world at one of the best festivals in the world.” These four acts are undeniably masters of their craft, and when placed side-by-side create an energy of incomprehensible magnitude. Jump past the break for full stream and tracklist, and enjoy getting lost in some of the best techno music of our time. (more…)Posted by
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week features Poolside’s exceptional rework of Black Sabbath’s “Planet Caravan,” Bicep and Ejeca’s modern ’90s track “You,” Something Good’s free original “Colors,” Trentmøller’s remix of “Brains,” and Nicolas Jaar’s groundbreaking essential mix.
If you missed any of DA‘s more chilled out posts from the week, make sure to check out Pretty Lights’ apocalyptic amalgamation “End of the World 2012,” Kill Paris’s R&B-dubstep tune “I Love You Lana Del Rey,” and Andrew Bayer’s grandiose original “Gaff’s Eulogy.” For five tracks to soothe your aching, post-weekend-partying hangover, click past the break.
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.
Before “Levels” became what it is known for today, Avicii was making a name for himself with his earlier productions and live sets. His 2010 Essential Mix features all of what we remember about the producer before his explosion, including his famed bootlegs and classic productions.
Original productions include “Penguin” while it was still “Penguin,” “Swede Dreams,” and “My Feelings For You.” Bootleg favorites began with the staple introduction of “Jailbait” with “Insomnia,” and “Abow” with “Sex is on Fire.” Even a Tim Berg production, “Bad Things,” made the cut. Jump below the break for the tracklist and enjoy Avicii circa 2010.