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Honey Dijon delivers a vibrant, flavorful Essential Mix debut

There is nothing about Honey Dijon that can be described as “bland.” Like the condiment from which she takes her name, the iconic Chicago DJ, fashion bellwether, and trans rights activist is a complex, deeply tasteful individual. Honey Dijon’s extensive résumé boasts performances at international underground havens like Berghain, global prestige in the fashion industry, and her unique […]

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Oliver Heldens returns to the Essential Mix as HI-LO

To be tapped for an Essential Mix at any age is a highly prestigious honor – indeed, there remain many veteran DJs who still have yet to step behind BBC Radio 1’s hallowed decks. It’s fair to say that Oliver Heldens has just achieved a historic feat in the program’s history this weekend, providing his second Essential Mix at […]

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Mura Masa stuns in his eclectic, emotive Essential Mix debut

As less than a week remains until July 14, Mura Masa has begun to share glimpses into his self-titled debut album. In the past two weeks, the British artist has shared four new songs off of the LP, featuring the likes of Bonzai, Tom Tripp, and the iconic Damon Albarn. The breadth of Alex Crossan’s critical […]

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The Essential Mix hits festival season with 5 sets from EDC and Glastonbury

As June draws to a close and summer officially begins, the de facto “festival season” finds itself in the midst of its peak. In celebration of the ongoing abundance of music festivals around the globe, BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix broadcast a special six-hour episode this weekend, tapping into enviable sets from two of the world’s largest […]

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Revisit Skream’s first Essential Mix on its 10th anniversary

Few genres have had as dramatic an evolution over time as that of dubstep. The aggressive, often cacophonous LFO wails which have come to define dubstep’s public perception since 2010 are a far cry from the gritty, subdued beats and dub samples which characterized its early days.There is no single person who better epitomizes dubstep’s […]

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Solardo deliver an electrifying Essential Mix debut

There are few names as scintillating to watch in the current techno and house market as Solardo. Though the swiftly burgeoning UK-based duo is a relatively new addition to the scene, both of its members have noted solo careers in dance music. As MRK1, Mark Richards is an established producer within the dubstep community, while James Elliot has […]

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Joseph Capriati brilliantly bares his essence in his first ‘real’ Essential Mix

The Essential Mix has seen no dearth of exceptional techno sets this year. In 2017, BBC Radio 1’s premier dance-focused broadcast has recruited the likes of Adriatique, Pan-Pot, and Monika Kruse (not to mention techno progenitor Robert Hood, who elected to provide a house-focused mix with his daughter, Lyric, as Floorplan). However, despite the rich offerings […]

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Floorplan provide a heavenly Essential Mix debut

Making their jaw-dropping Essential Mix debut this week, Detriot-based outfit Floorplan has taken it upon themselves to fashion a soul-two-hour groover of disco and house magic. Comprised of legendary techno kingpin Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric, the father-daughter team’s sets are typically committed to an expressive blend of gospel-infused energy and four-on-the-floor rhythms. Their […]

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Floorplan provide a heavenly Essential Mix debut

Making their jaw-dropping Essential Mix debut this week, Detriot-based outfit Floorplan has taken it upon themselves to fashion a soul-two-hour groover of disco and house magic. Comprised of legendary techno kingpin Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric, the father-daughter team’s sets are typically committed to an expressive blend of gospel-infused energy and four-on-the-floor rhythms. Their […]

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Soulwax debut an hour of unreleased music in their revolutionary two-part Essential Mix

BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix doesn’t mint any duds. Pete Tong’s weekly broadcast has established its iconic status over the past two decades by consistently selecting the world’s best DJs to proffer their best possible mixes, so the quality of product can be assumed.However, there are Essential Mixes and there are Essential Mixes. On May 19, Stephen […]

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Dancing Astronaut presents Axis 195: Mixed by LOUDPVCK

Kenny Beats and Ryan Marks are the duo behind LOUDPVCK, a dynamic, genre-crossing project that has experimented with an eclectic array of sounds. The two met while attending Berklee College of Music where they teamed up and have been performing together since 2012.The two have collaborated on numerous energetic tracks, produced countless uplifting remixes, and have worked […]

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Camo & Krooked feature over 100 tracks in their Essential Mix debut

The opportunity to provide an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 is an honor squandered by none. Any act skilled and fortuitous enough to be called up to offer a contribution to the prestigious broadcast is sure to bring the most thoughtfully-curated mix that he, she, or they can conceive. For the series’ first episode of May, […]

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