At the beginning of 2013, Radio 1 announced Jackmaster, Monki (now replaced by Simon Patterson), Salva, and Brodinski as the four choices for the In New DJs We Trust roster, replacing Julio Bashmore, B.Traits, Mosca, and Jordan Suckley from the year before. The show is an opportunity for up and comers like these to share, on a rotating monthly basis, a bit of their record collection with the world. Obviously Bromance head man Brodinski was an exciting addition to the group, and this morning we share with you his most recent one hour episode from the British airwaves. As he’s wont to do, the mix seesaws between funky house and hip-hop, between low-slung heavy hitters and radio friendly Weezy, Soulja Boy, and Busta Rhymes.
Alix Perez hit the Radio 1 decks last week with his debut Essential Mix, a careful alliance of tracks representing the core of his preferred sound. Perez is first and foremost a drum-and-bass producer, but in his 120 minutes with Radio 1, it’d be easy to not really know that. He’s experimental and “nu skool,” often associated with the more “liquid” side of drum and bass. With fewer samples and more layers, liquid is often defined as a calmer, more appropriate cousin to the breakneck 160-180 bpm pace of a traditional, rave-friendly drum-and-bass.
In a world where the dividing line between “underground” and “commercial” dance music is often contentious, there are few tracks that seem to easily fit in both worlds. Enter Italian DJ Francesco Rossi’s pop friendly deep house tune “Paper Aeroplane,” a cover of Angus & Julia Stone’s song of the same name. Rossi electrifies the jumpy guitar licks and weighty vocals, not only transforming the soft indie song into a punchy four-on-the-floor favorite for late nights or early mornings. It’s already been quite heavily rotated on Radio 1, and Maya Jane Coles even selected it as one of the tracks on her most recent Essential Mix. It’ll be available on D:vision on May 14th.Posted by
There is no doubt Will Saul knows good music. He’s a producer, DJ, label owner, A&R whiz, and has worked with a staggering number of impressive artists in his almost two decades in dance music. Will got his start as nothing more than a passionate record collector (like most of us), and in the years that followed grew from a job at Sony, to his own label Simple Records, and more recently Aus Music.
Following up on his 2009 Essential Mix of the year, Sharam (of Deep Dish fame) decided to use his second outing on the famed Radio 1 show to give global audiences a two hour snippet of his powerful nine hour set from Brazil’s Warung Beach Club. Warung is widely considered one of the best clubs in the world and largely because of its desolate jungle location, clubbers tend to stay for hours past a normal club outing — making for truly special sets for DJs and fans alike. In the two hour journey, Sharam delivers hard-hitting techno, funky tech house, and tribal grooves perfect for a South American clubbing backdrop.Posted by
2013 has been off to an unbelievable start over at the Radio 1 studios, and this past week’s Essential Mix from Radio 1 regulars and Moda Black heads Jaymo & Andy George was just one more notch on the radio station’s decorated bed post. This taste-making duet met only in 2008, but since then have built a well-respected party brand, record label, recorded now three Essential Mixes (two live), served as early supporters for names like Hot Since 82 and Disclosure, and landed residencies in Ibiza and Fabric London. When they have a moment to breathe, they also do a solid job on their own in the studio and compile award-winning compilations (their first volume of Moda Black reached #1 on the iTunes Dance charts last year).
Russ Chimes‘ “Turn Me Out” is already one of the most anticipated songs of the year and to follow the release, there will be quite the remix package in tow. The track initially earned Special Delivery status on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show, and last Friday, her DJ cohort Pete Tong debuted the first remix of the bunch. Belfast native Ejeca takes on the soulful nu-disco cut and adds his rolling and deep touch to the already feel-good original. In stripping the track down, Ejeca loops the vocal over a set of organic house undertones, using a driving chord sequence to create an all-around dance floor masterpiece. “Turn Me Out” is set to release April 29th.Posted by
As the April 8 release date for James Blake‘s second album Overgrown steadily approaches and fans are continuing to soak in “Retrograde,” two more tracks off the LP have popped up this week on the Internet. The first, “Voyeur,” got a first play from Radio 1′s Benji B and the second is a titillating collaboration with the legendary Brian Eno entitled “Digital Lion.” More precise minimal bliss from the young prodigy awaits you below.
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.
Following up an Essential Mix from the legendary Eric Prydz is no easy task, but if there’s anyone to do it, it’s 23-year-old Matan Zohar, better known as Mat Zo. Having made a name for himself in both the house and trance worlds with gorgeous productions such as “Easy” and “The Sky,” it’s easy to forget Zohar’s drum ‘n’ bass alter ego MRSA. With both aliases in mind, it was impossible to predict what Mat Zo had in store for his 70-track BBC Radio 1 debut.