BBC Radio one's essential mix is an institution. The radioshow hosted by Pete Tong has been airing for more than 20 years. Every week a famous DJ or band takes over the airwaves to broadcast a 2 hour mix of their creation.
I talked about Daft Punk 2 month ago, celebrating their first album. 20 years ago, they broadcast their essential mix. Don't expect to hear only Daft Punk's tracks, it's mixing Chicago House with the French Touch's forefront artists. It's a masterpiece, a defining mix of an era to come. Announcing the filtered house wave covering Europe in the next years. And yeah there's Martin Luther King's I have a dream in the middle of that.
Daft punk is not your thing ? Well that's OK, in the gigantic Essential Mix collection, there's something for you. Here are some of my top picks.
Thought David Guetta was a stupid DJ that could only produce shitty hit songs ? Well yeah you might be right. But he surprised everyone with his Essential Mix 2 years ago, not just because it was better than you thought it would be. But because it was a great house selection, and it showed the man actually know his stuff.
So David, why don't you use that knowledge in your songs ? WHY ?
House, not so much thank you, but Techno is your thing. Try Mano le Tough's last year's Essential Mix. Taking you in slowly, building it up and sweeping you in, after an hour you're nodding to crazy acid techno and wondering "how did I get there ?"
In the mood for something eclectic ? Try The Avalanche's crazy mind bending trip. It will calm you down a bit and make you think: "Wow, those guys are cool. How do they do that? Who thought those 4 songs could be mixed together? when was the transition anyway it was so seamless…"