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Music Monday: Listen to Adriatique’s Essential Mix Debut

 

In this week’s appointment with Music Monday we listen back to Adriatique’s Essential Mix debut from this past Friday.

The two Adrians paired up for their first Essential Mix on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show, delivering two hours of forward-thinking music that incorporates their signature melodic and dark house, paired with modern cuts and hypnotic, entrancing elements.

Recorded in a club in Basel for optimal sound, the mix is peppered with enthralling instrumentation, captivating soundscapes and the addictive hypnotic vocals that have made the Diynamic duo one of the most respected acts in today’s underground dance music circuit. The recording includes music from Peter Kruder, Mano le Tough and Larry Heard, as well as new music from Adriatique themselves.

Listen to the mix via BBC Radio 1 or via SoundCloud below:

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deadmau5 Chooses Techno and House To Launch His 2017 BBC Radio 1 Residency

 

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Last week deadmau5 made news when his New Year’s Eve set at Decadence NYE in Arizona became subject of attack by fans of EDM artist Marshmello, who took the stage after him to perform the headlining set of the night. The reason? According to Marshmello fans the Canadian producer had played a boring set, a perhaps expected and uneducated conclusion from EDM fans who found themselves listening to house and techno tracks by Maceo Plex and Jay Lumen, amongst others.

In the following days the Toronto-born artist was unapologetic and rightly so. In line with his stance, he has now kicked off his 2017 BBC Radio 1 Residency with a debut mix that is filled with underground dance tracks, spanning genres that include progressive house and techno.

There is no denying that Joel Zimmerman as an artist has always preferred to steer clear of the mainstream side of dance music, despite his widely popular progressive signature tracks landing him coveted headlining slots at some of the world’s most popular EDM festivals. As EDM blew up in the States (and the rest of the world) Joel has continuously taken a stance against what he has perceived as sell-out artists playing recycled music for a quick buck. Instead, he has continued to stay true to his roots, while recently perhaps digging deeper than ever with on-stage collaborations with Richie Hawtin and Eric Prydz, as well as solo performances filled with house and techno sounds.

His inaugural 2017 BBC Radio mix is a testament to the direction Joel is on, one he does not look like to be leaving any time soon. The two-hour mix includes a Pig & Dan premiere, as well as works from Maceo Plex, Pan-Pot and Jon Hopkins just to name a few.

See below for full track list and to enjoy the mix:

1. deadmau5 – Imaginary Friends
2. Maceo Plex – Motor Rotor
3. ANNA – Face Your Fears
4. DkA – Anneessens
5.Max Cooper – Distant Light
6. Pig&Dan – Back To Graceland
7. Pryda – The End Is Just The Beginning
8. Pan-Pot – Solace
9. Undercatt – Mongrel
10. Lane 8 – With Me
11. Gardens Of God – River
12. Robert Oaks – On The Run
13. Dom Kane – Borg
14. Tycho – Epoch
15. deadmau5 – Strobe (Com Truise Remix)
16. Jon Hopkins – Lost In Thought
17. Boards Of Canada – Satellite Anthem Icarus
18. ATTLAS ft. Charlz – Ensnared

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Listen to This Playlist Containing Every Essential Mix of 2016

 

Despite its ups and downs, 2016 was a phenomenal year for dance music, and in particular for the quality of Essential Mixes released on Pete Tong’s BBC Radio 1 show.

Midland’s two-hour Essential Mix was crowned as Essential Mix of the Year, an honor that in the past was bestowed to artists such as Ben Klock (2015), Caribous (2014), Eric Prydz (2013 and 2012) and Nicolas Jaar (2011). The rest of the bunch were up there too though, including spectacular renditions from the likes of Âme b2b Dixon, The Chemical Brothers, Seth Troxler, Richie Hawtin and Rødhåd just to name a few. There is absolutely no doubt that house, techno and the more underground side of dance music commanded the vast majority of Essential Mixes this year, with EDM and its off-shoots receiving less than 10 airplays throughout the year.

We have compiled a special playlist of all Essential Mixes released in 2016 for your enjoyment. As three of them were not available on SoundCloud we included their separate embedded players below also. Enjoy!
 


 
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Music Monday: Listen to Sasha Go b2b With George FitzGerald on BBC Radio 1

Whether your Monday is gloomy or sunny, filled with work or spent at home, we continue with our weekly tradition of starting the week by showcasing a piece of music that is special to us.

This week we showcase last week’s recording of George FitzGerald’s BBC Radio 1 residency show, featuring a special b2b with Sasha.  The two-hour special went live on Thursday, October 6th, and was dubbed by George himself as, “one of the best I’ve done.” The mix includes “Codex” by DJ Tennis, “Beatless Reprise” by Double K, “Experiment C” by Eagles & Butterflies as well as music by Kornél Kovács, Roman Flugel and Sasha himself.

Listen to it below or via the BBC Radio 1 iPlayer.

Music Monday: Listen to Seth Troxler’s Latest Essential Mix

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Today we begin the week with last Friday’s Essential Mix, courtesy of one Seth Troxler.

The Detroit-raised producer and DJ took the helm of the revered BBC Radio 1 show to deliver 2 hours of techno, house and acid, recorded live at one of America’s coolest underground house and techno venues, Output in New York City. Mixing live on vinyl and CDs, Seth drops music from Ricardo Villalobos, Luciano, Green Velvet and a secret Madonna weapon.

Stream it directly via the SoundCloud player below, or head directly to the BBC iPlayer!

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Listen to Cirez D’s and Chase & Status’ Essential Mixes

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Last night, Eric Prydz made his Essential Mix debut as Cirez D with a live set recording from Creamfields.

The Swedish progressive house and techno producer is not new to the BBC Radio 1 show hosted by Pete Tong, with Essential Mixes delivered in both 2011 and 2013, the latter of which won the accolade of Essential Mix of the Year. This, however, is the first time that the British radio show has featured a mix from Prydz’ techno moniker of Cirez D.

He was joined by drum & bass artists Chase and Status who delivered the other hour of the iconic radio show, also with a live recording from the British festival.

Enjoy the full two-hour recording of last night’s Essential Mix featuring both sets of artists via the BBC Radio iPlayer or directly through SoundCloud below.

Seth Troxler Will Record Essential Mix Live from Output NYC

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This coming September 23rd, the legendary BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix will touch down in New York City for the first time in its history, following an edition in LA and one in Miami earlier this year.

British host Pete Tong will be joined on the decks by Seth Troxler for a special live recording of an Essential Mix episode. The event will wake place at Brooklyn’s Output, one of the most avant-guard underground venues in the entire United States.

Pete Tong stated, “I’ve been coming to NYC for almost 30 years, from my days A+Ring at London Records, when I was lucky enough to visit The Garage and Mancuso’s Loft, to playing some incredible sets in my DJ career. This city has always been at the heart of global club culture and I’m delighted to be bringing the Essential Mix here to celebrate that with one of America’s finest underground DJs, Seth Troxler.”

Included in the night’s line-up are NYC’s very own house maestro Dennis Ferrer, as well as two emerging local DJs in Eli Escobar and Nasha Baker, further showcasing the city’s ever-rich electronic music scene.

Tickets for the event are available on RA.

Check out this recording of Seth Troxler playing at an another iconic North American venue, Spybar Chicago.

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Curates “Bedtime Mix” For BBC Radio 1

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Ahead of Radiohead’s return to the United States for headlining performances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Osheaga and gigs at Madison Square Gardens in New York City and the Shrine in Los Angeles, the band’s frontman Thom Yorke has put together a beautiful Bedtime Mix for BBC Radio 1.

Shared on the British radio station yesterday, the 45-minute mix includes several gems such as Holden’s “Triangle Folds Inside Out,” William Winant’s “Trackings I,”Laurie Spiegel’s “The Unquestioned Answer,” Radiohead’s OK Computer b-side track “Melatonin,” and Yorke’s very own live rendition of “Bloom,” recorded during the Pathway to Paris last year.

“I spend a lot of time listening and writing music while half-asleep, music that evolves quietly and slowly like the weather, like nature. Machinery bending time—I love that shit. If you’re still awake by the end of it, I’ve done something wrong. Night night. Lights out.”

Listen to the mix here.

Minimal Effort Books Tiga, Pete Tong, Coyu and more for Los Angeles Halloween Mega-Party

Minimal Effort Halloween 2015. Photo by Jamie Rosenberg

Minimal Effort Halloween 2015. Photo by Jamie Rosenberg

Los Angeles’ underground promoter Minimal Effort just unveiled its Halloween Phase I lineup and it’s chock-a-block full of talent.

After three years at the forefront of the city’s house and techno scene, Minimal Effort are moving their Halloween and New Year’s Eve one-day parties to a new location, the LA Center Studios. On October 29th, the 5,000 capacity venue will feature the elaborate decor and meticulous curation the Minimal Effort team has become well known for, all against the backdrop of Los Angeles’ downtown skyline.

This year’s spooky celebration will feature none other than BBC Radio 1 legend Pete Tong, Suara boss Coyu, Jonas Rathsman, Mark Farina, Dosem, Edu Imbernon, Thugfucker, Tensnake, Steve Bug, a DJ set by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs as well as live performances by Satory and Tiga, who will be debuting his new live show in LA on the night.

The complete Phase I lineup can be found below. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, July 21st at 12PM at minimaleffort.net. Is it too early to plan Halloween in July? We don’t think so when the curators and lineup are this good!

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Minimal Effort Phase I

Music Monday: Essential Mixes by The Chemical Brothers and Jackmaster b2b Armand van Helden

The Chemical Brothers at Parklife Festival 2016. Photo courtesy of Parklife

The Chemical Brothers at Parklife Festival 2016. Photo courtesy of Parklife

Mondays may bring us back to the office, but also bring us quality music from the weekend’s action throughout the world.

This week’s Music Monday selection comes courtesy of this past Friday’s Essential Mix action. Featured on the esteemed BBC Radio 1 show hosted by Pete Tong were two live recordings from Manchester’s Parklife festival held earlier this month on June 11th and 12th.

The first hour is a no-holds-barred Chemical Brothers performance featuring hits such as “Chemical Beats” and “Swoon,” while the second part is a special b2b set by Jackmaster and Armand van Helden. This is the first Essential Mix by The Chemical Brothers since 1995, a twenty-one year wait.

Listen to the latest Essential Mix directly via the BBC Radio 1 Player, or via SoundCloud below.