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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