It was 20 years ago this week. Before they became the robots, before they became mega-selling global artists, before they were known as dance music mavericks to most, and just weeks after they released their seminal debut album Homework in 1997, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo recorded their first and only Essential mix on… Read more »

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

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Back just before Air released their hugely popular Moon Safari album in 1998, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel put together a promo mix that ended up on 4 CDs and broadcast as a mix on BBC Radio One’s Essential Mix in two parts. The mix was eclectic featuring classic rock’n’roll like Bowie, Prince, Beatles and… Read more »

Posted on August 10th, 2016

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Caribou’s new album Our Love demosntrates that Dan Snaith is is now fully immersed in the world of the nightclub but he wears his heart on his turntable, so perfect time for him to do both on one of the biggest mix platforms in the world – BBC’s Essential Mix. Snaith provided the two-hour mix… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2014

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Update: This originally appeared in May but Jaar has posted the non-BBC version so there’s no interruptions from Pete Tong. Plus, it’s another reminder to listen. Nicolas Jaar kicks off his two hour mix with a snippet of audio from Angelo Badalamenti about working on the Twin Peaks soundtrack. That eerie creepiness that pervades the… Read more »

Posted on September 12th, 2012

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It was coming all year. A 2 hour Essential mix from Jamie xx that starts with Orbital’s ‘Belfast’ and continues with Gil Scott Heron interludes, tracks from James Blake soundalike Ifan Dafydd, Koreless, Floating Points, Fantastic Mr. Fox, New Look, Pangaea and Holly Miranda. It culminates in Jamie’s Radiohead remix of ‘Bloom’. Tracklisting Orbital –… Read more »

Posted on August 28th, 2011

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A free download from Aeroplane to celebrate 10,000 fans on Facebook which mashes up their Friendly Fires remix with Flight Facilities. This was first debuted on their Essential Mix, the 500th in total, which you can hear after the more. Aeroplane are actually now a solo act after Stephen Fasano left Vito De Luca to… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2010

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Now that There Is Love In You is most likely seeping into your ear canal, you’ll probably be experiencing a lot of love for the record. If you’re still looking for more, Mr. Hebden graced the airwaves of BBC Radio 1 with an outstanding two hour Essential Mix over the weekend to promote the release…. Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2010

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Two albums have been my constant this past week – Mos Def’s “gets-better-every time you-play-it” new album The Ecstatic and Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People Lazers Do (my review is here). The Major Lazer album is this summer’s party album – “guaranteed party jams” as the review says. Well Switch and Diplo did an… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2009

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