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.
Where the White Isle has continued to play host to some of the biggest nights on the European clubbing calendar, BBC Radio 1 has seldom missed a beat. Cue a rare turn for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection duties, which saw the show transported to Ushuaia Ibiza for part-two of their Ibiza broadcast marathon. With the likes of Rudimental and Alesso already having taken the annual event, all eyes were on Pete to deliver a standout session.
Having made a significant mark on the Size Records roster with their prime time Miami anthem “Liceu,” Sweden’s Marcus Schossow & Sebjak were sure to met with eager eyes for the remainder of 2013. But as premiered by Danny Howard during his fill-in slot for Pete Tong’s Essential Selection radio show, “Kemi” provides an emotive follow-up to the track that stuck them firmly on the map, this time for Dutch powerhouse Spinnin Records. Replacing the brass with big room hallmarks throughout, the track ascends with a melodic hook and peaks in a spiral of ferocious peak time electro house. Showing yet another dimension to their dual studio capabilities, the Swedish duo refuses to be pigeonholed with a diverse take on the sound their nation has come to usher over the past several years.
Release Date: July 29th
With Pete Tong holding the fort in Las Vegas for the annual EDMBiz conference, Danny Howard took the reigns for this week’s Essential Selection radio show for BBC Radio One. Between crowning Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” his first Essential New Tune and getting the cream of the crop from Dutch duo Bingo Players, Howard held the fort with cutting edge tunes from start to finish.
Kicking off with Don Diablo & Matt Nash’s “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” and recently unveiled Revealed Recordings vocal anthem “Escape” from 3Lau & Paris & Simo, Howard lead a festival-proof overhaul from start to finish. With brand new material coming from Dannic, Duck Sauce and Eric Prydz, Marcus Schossow & Sebjak’s latest single “Kemi” added to a future-focused installment on all counts.
Bingo Players were in the seats with their Goody Goodies, with Dancing Astronaut’s own One To Watch MAKJ and youngest Beatport chart topper Martin Garrix all along for the ride. After celebrating the country-esque wrath of “Wake Me Up” and inaugurating Axwell’s “I Found U” into the Pete Tong Hall of Fame, Howard topped a successful first stint with his own Weekend Hot Mix from across the global dance spectrum.
Listen: BBC Radio One
In another jam-packed episode of his Essential Selection Radio Show, Pete Tong tips his hat to Disclosure’s chart-topping debut album Settle and drops an exclusive first play of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” alongside Aloe Blacc. Ramon Tapia is on the trail with his Goody Goodies, with Ben Watt taking the sat for this weeks Hall of Fame segment and Skrillex dropping with for his first formal Essential Mix. (more…)
Summer is just beginning — Ibiza had its opening fiestas last weekend, festivals in the UK are all gearing up for their rainy fates, and Pete Tong is prepping the dance music world for some of the season’s memorable anthems. This week’s Essential Selection kicks off in usual fashion, wasting no time delving into the freshest records from commercial artists. As expected, there was Axwell’s “Center of the Universe” (a former Essential New Tune), Tiësto’s first original of 2013 “Take Me” with Kyler England, a full version of the very new Bingo Players’ remix of Dada Life’s “Boing Clash Boom,” and the world premiere of Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso’s new track “Roar” for Disney’s new Monsters University.
Officially kicking off his born-again solo career this month, Axwell is finally making way for a production that has been in the works since 2009. Premiered by Pete Tong on last night’s Essential Selection, the remode of “Center of the Universe” remains constructed by the paralleled piano and vocals of the original while offering an all new groove with the percussion. Modernizing his longtime secret weapon, Axwell produces his forthcoming single with stylings similar to his recent remix of Discopolis’ “Falling,” finding a vintage dance vibe through a balance of easygoing and hypnotic rhythm. Due for an Axtone release, the remode of “Center of the Universe” has yet to receive an official release date.
In a special Miami edition of Essential Selection, Pete Tong showcased the best in dance music while catching up with Jamie XX, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Flashmob. Hand picking his Essential New Tune of the week, he turns to Armin van Burren’s sultry lead single, “This Is What It Feels Like,” coming off his upcoming artist album.
Would it be an Essential Selection without homage to Eric Prydz? Pete provides us with a world exclusive of the new Pryda single, “Powerdrive,” which made waves as an ID on Epic Radio 007 and in his popular Essential Mix last month. The track has been “driving the blogs crazy,” according to Tong – we concur.
Pete Tong is back this week with another Essential Selection featuring a flurry of the best in house music across the dance music spectrum. English producer Michael Woods, known best for work with Deadmau5 and Chris Lake, showcases his favorite tunes at the moment, including his newest release, “Platinum Chains,” and Vince Moogin’s “Love Me Right.”
Last week’s Essential New Tune, Hot Natured & Anabel Englund’s “Reverse Skydiving,” was succeeded by Footprintz “Fear of Numbers,” a Montreal-based synth-pop duo signed to Visionquest Records. Progressive lovers were treated to Tiesto’s new remix of “Clarity” as well as Lazy Rich’s “Insomnia,” Jeremy Olander’s “Let Me Feel,” among others.
Deep house connoisseur Hot Since 82 takes on techno/house producer Thomas Schumacher and Caitlin Devlin’s “Every Little Piece” – manipulating the same deep and groovy basslines that we saw on his recent remixes to Yousef’s “Beg” and Shadow Child’s “So High.” Premiered last Friday on Pete Tong’s acclaimed Essential Selection, Hot Since 82′s signature beat work transforms the pop-heavy progressive cut into an innovative piece of electronic music. The track is set to release on Feburary 25th on Electric Ballroom.