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Hello friends, I hope you all are enjoying the new year so far. For today, let’s go back to 2009 for an Essential Mix put together by Sander van Doorn. I believe 2009-2010 were the last couple of years in which Sander played mostly techy tunes before he changed up his style. He has always been known for playing quality stuff regardless of the genre, however recently it seems like he has been bitten by the electro bug as his sets feature considerably more electro-house. I prefer his older style more, but you can’t blame a guy for diversifying his sound. This mix has 5 SvD productions/remixes, including the very hot Bliksem made under his revived Purple Haze alias. The SvD remix of The Killers’ Spaceman was also another big jam in 2009, as was Bastillon towards the end of the year. Some other favorites of mine are Sasha’s remix of Jetstream and Marco V’s Digital Enemy. Markus’ Chinook was another monster and the Simmons & Machiavelli remix of Omen is another wild one. 2009 was also the breakthrough year for Ummet Ozcan, a talented Doorn Records producer, and his mix of Ronald van Gelderen’s Backstabberzz can be found at the end of the show. You will find Sander’s usual crisp and flawless mixing throughout this set as he starts with house and ends with trance. It’s a good thing we still have these older SvD mixes to fall back on because the tracklists are money and the performances are exceptional. Take a listen below to hear a great mix from one of my favorite DJs.

Sander van Doorn – Essential Mix (June 19, 2009)
01 BoomCardona & Smokers Area – The Game [Milton Channels Remix - Intro Edit] (Overline)
02 Paul Harris, Dave Spoon, Sam Obernik – Baditude [Mark Mendes Remix] (Toolroom)
03 Olav Basoski & DJ Erick E – Don’t Turn Your Back [Sander van Doorn Remix] (Work)
04 Jesse Garcia – Let Me Hear You Go (Stealth)
05 East &Young – Reveal (Spinnin’)
06 Patrick Hagenaar feat Jon Junior – We Feel The Same [H-Unit Dub vs Michael Woods Club Mix] [SVD Edit] (White)
07 Riktam and Bansi – Bass Master Zorro [Jerome Isma Ae Remix] (Iboga)
08 B-Cult – Uni Tunes (Believe Electro)
09 Doves – Jetstream [Sasha Remix][SVD Edit] (White)
10 Dakota – Chinook (Coldharbour)
11 Alex O’Rion – Like A Box Of Fluffy Ducks [Original Mix] (Terminal 4)
12 Sander van Doorn pres. Purple Haze – Bliksem (Doorn)
13 Patrick Plaice – Falling Out (Blackhole)
14 Randy Katana – You & I (Spinnin’)
15 The Prodigy – Omen [Simmons & Machiavelli Remix] (White)
16 Smart Apes ft. Kate Miles – Smile [Original Mix] (Blackhole)
17 The Killers – Spaceman [Sander van Doorn Remix Part 2] (Universal)
18 Radion 6 – Starlight (Oxygen)
19 Marco V – Digital Enemy (In Charge)
20 Robert Gitelman – Rockless [Eddie Sender Remix] (High Contrast Nu Breed)
21 Pascal Feliz-Smack my 2core Up (Be Yourself)
22 Marcel Woods – Inside Me (High Contrast)
23 Oryon – Rocket Science [Original Mix] (Spinnin’)
24 Robbert Burian – Poker (Reset)
25 David Forbes & William Daniel – Illuminatus (Captivating Sounds)
26 Mallorca Lee – Krunch (Be Yourself)
27 Ronald van Gelderen – Backstabberzz [Ummet Ozcan Mix] (Spinnin’)
28 Sander van Doorn –Bastillon (White)
29 Depeche Mode – Peace [Sander van Doorn Remix] (EMI)

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Here is an enjoyable little party mix from British producer/DJ Michael Woods. This Essential Mix is a nice year-end compilation of Michael’s favorite tunes from 2011. Although there are a few mind-numbingly overplayed tracks in here, the finished product is still a fun and entertaining listen. Don’t expect much depth to this, what Mr. Woods provides is an expert look at the best commercial house from the past year. This plays along exactly like one of his live sets, which means the energy is high as he keeps the party bumpin.

Michael Woods – BBC1 Radio Essential Mix (12-10-2011)
01 Michael Woods – Let The Games Begin (Get Cho House Bootleg)
02 Lady Gaga – Black Jesus Amen Fashion (Michael Woods Remix)
03 How R U Feeling Right Now (Michael Woods Edit)
04 Michael Woods vs. Scandal – The Warrior (Mashup)
05 Hardwell vs. Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan – Cobra vs. Silence (Tiësto’s In Search of Sunrise Remix)
06 Michael Woods feat. Little Boots – I Wish
07 Michael Woods vs. Daft Punk – Nitro vs. Around The World
08 Funkagenda – Apollo (Groove Cruise Anthem)
09 Michael Woods – Higher
10 Afrojack – Lionheart
11 Nadia Ali, Alex Kenji & Starkillers – Pressure (Alesso Remix)
12 Afrojack & R3hab – Prutataaa
13 Michael Woods vs. Fatboy Slim – No Access vs. Star 69
14 Michael Woods vs. Robin S. – Show Me Dynamik Love (Bootleg)
15 Avicii – Levels
16 Michael Woods – Full Access
17 Jed Harper, Dzeko & Torres – Diamond Rings (Michael Woods Edit)
18 Michael Woods – Fruitcake
19 Deadmau5 & Chris Lake vs. The Chemical Brothers – I Said (Michael Woods Remix) vs. Hey Boy, Hey Girl
20 Cassius vs. Michael Woods vs. Nero – I Love Bullet Promises (Dirty South Bootleg)
21 Michael Woods feat. Duvall – Last Day On Earth (Club Mix)
22 Andrew Bennett & Strobe – Wimp
23 Michael Woods – ID
24 Kaskade & Deadmau5 vs. Michael Woods – Move For First Aid (Kaskade Mashup)
25 Matisse & Sadko – Amulet
26 Mark Knight feat. Skin – Nothing Matters

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This week we travel back in time with The Warehouse Project to hear a set from the legendary DJ John Digweed. The Warehouse Project was created in 2006 and soon developed into one of the hottest club events in the UK. A year later, right after Digweed released volume 3 of his Transitions series, he was asked to play at the underground car park underneath the Piccadilly train station in Manchester. What resulted from this night is an excellent live set, and it was broadcasted as an Essential Mix towards the end of that year. It’s time to get deep and proggy as Digweed plays some special tunes, including outstanding tracks by System 7, Kaliber, and Popof. In this set you will also find many of the usual producers supported by Digweed, such as Maxime Dangles, Dusty Kid, and of course Nick Muir. You gotta love live recordings like this one because the energy from the crowd is contagious. Take a listen below to one of Diggers’ best Essential Mixes.

John Digweed – Live at The Warehouse Project, Essential Mix(October 13, 2007)
01 Martin Buttrich – Hunter
02 Gold Ryan – Collapse
03 Phonogenic – Last Beer on Earth
04 John Digweed – Gridlock (Digweed & Muir’s Stripped down Mix)
05 Ubu – Pixels (Guy Gerber Late Check Out Remix)
06 BookaShade –Numbers
07 System 7 – Space Bird (Dubfire Remix)
08 Josh Gabriel – Summit (Christopher Norman Remix)
09 Ed Rush and Optical – ID
10 Andreas Hennberg – Waters (Pierce mix)
11 Maxime Dangles – Love Water
12 Phoenix – Rise Up (D Dub Mix)
13 PoPoF – My Toyz
14 Pedro Madeira – Long Shadows (Christian Prommer mix)
15 Jack Rock – Formation Flying (Guy Gerber Jetlag Mix)
16 Kaliber – Kaliber 15 A
17 Kaliber – Kaliber 15 B
18 PoPoF – Lost Though pt1
19 PoPoF – Lost Though pt2
20 Nick Muir – G.Platz (Pig & Dan Remix)
21 Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul (Dusty Kid Mix)

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More Digweed:
John Digweed – Live at Twilo 2001

John Digweed – Essential Mix 2010


During the second to last week in October of this year, the annual Amsterdam Dance Event festival took place in 52 venues across the city of Amsterdam. ADE is very similar to Miami’s Winter Music Conference, in that they both include DJ workshops, demonstrations, interviews, and of course live performances for the thousands of visitors. Sander van Doorn is one of those DJs that has been tearing up dance floors around the world for quite a while now. Here is is solo set from the first day of the ADE festival this year, recorded from the Escape party by BBC Radio’s Essential Mix. He also had a back to back set with Ferry Corsten, but that one is not as impressive. I like this mix because it is very similar to what he played when he was down here in San Diego a few weekends ago. I heard many of the same songs live, including Rocket Fuel, Bang Bang, Maximal Crazy, Alive, and of course all of the new tracks from his new album. The Matteo DiMarr rework of Radiohead’s Creep is also downright amazing. As usual the mixing is flawless, and I have come to expect nothing less from Sander. He has, however, seemed to venture towards more of an electro inclination, which I do not prefer but cannot complain about. This set is still pretty awesome and it plays well from start to finish.

Sander van Doorn – ADE 2011 Essential Mix
01 Sander van Doorn – Koko
02 Cirez D – Mokba
03 Marcus Schössow – Acid, Festival, Champagne & Bitches
04 Dinka – Violet (Inpetto Remix)
05 Fafaq – Rocket Fuel
06 Tristan Gartner – Overdrive
07 La Fuente – Bang Bang
08 Sander van Doorn feat. Carol Lee – Love Is Darkness
09 D-Rashid & Kid Kaio – Tokyo (Dustindl Bootleg)
10 Matteo DiMarr – Creep
11 Erick Strong – Stars
12 Ummet Ozcan – Reboot
13 Tiësto – Maximal Crazy
14 Dirty South & Thomas Gold feat. Kate Elsworth – Alive
15 Cosmic Gate – The Theme
16 Sander van Doorn – Slap My Pitch Up
17 Matt Caseli & Danny Freakazoid – Raise Your Hands
18 Sander van Doorn & Adrian Lux – Eagles
19 ID – ID
20 Moby – After (Ferry Corsten Fix)
21 The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki – Warp 1.9
22 Deniz Koyu – Tung
23 Dada Life – White Noise / Red Meat
24 Ferry Corsten – Radio Crash (House Krush)
25 Sander van Doorn – Track 12

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It’s time to switch gears for a moment with today’s throwback set. Whenever I’m in the mood to get funky, I usually play some techno or house music. One particular that always comes to mind is Umek, the father of Solvenian techno. This guy has been doing his thing for quite some time now, and he has amassed a large following of fans. In 2007, he began developing the 1605 Music Therapy group, which now serves as a production platform for many artists. Here is his very first Essential Mix, and he shows us how to properly blend techno and minimal house tunes into a dark, twisted set. The mix starts off pretty chill, but it gets pretty crazy by the time you reach the end. I have always been a fan of the groovy beats that techno provides, and there are many of those type of songs in here. If I had to choose a favorite tune, it would probably be the very sexy remix of Eurasia by Gui Boratto, although the Tocadisco remix of Marathon is also pretty sweet. I’m not a techno master by any means, but I know when a mix is put together properly and this one fits the bill. If you enjoy wonderful basslines like I do, you wil definitely have fun with this Umek mix.

Umek – Essential Mix (November 24, 2007)
01 Einmusik – Tisoca
02 Jitzu & Sire G – Cyclette
03 Tiger Stripes – Survivor
04 Daley Padley & Chris Special – Electro Is Dead (Kamo Remix)
05 Kolombo & Compuphonic – Anzimatter
06 Marc Antona – Vitamin D
07 Gold Ryan & Tapesh – Collapse
08 Tiefschwarz – No More Trouble (Turntablerocker Remix)
09 London Kleer – Bias
10 Marc Romboy & Gui Boratto – Eurasia feat. Luciana Vilanova (Gui’s version)
11 Tommy Declerque – I Don’t Know
12 Kaliber – Kaliber 15
13 Marcel Thompson – They Call Me Superman
14 Marc Depulse – Antres
15 Phil Kieran – Again To The End
16 Goldfish – Panic (Jochen Trappe Remix)
17 James Mowbray & Leiam Sullivan – Tropical Neights
18 Gabriel Ananda – Doppelwhipper (Jason Emsley Remix)
19 Beroshima – Horizon (Pig & Dan Remix)
20 Mathias Kaden – Rhytma
21 Dubfire – Emission
22 Cat’z’dogz – Fixation
23 Logistic Soundz – Crazy People (D-Nox & Beckers Remix)
24 Funkwerkstatt – Jack The Box
25 D Ramirez & Meat Katie – Stop The Revolution (Dubfire Remix)
26 Johnny Fiasco – Hijacked (Audiojack Remix)
27 Oliver Hunteman – Goldener Handschuh
28 Giorgio Preciozo & Libex – Contagious
29 Adam K – I Can Feel
30 Minilogue – Ghost
31 Drumcell & Audio Injection ‘Bottle Opener
32 Christian Smith & John Selway – Walk The Walk
33 Fergie – Senderon
34 Andre Crom – Tomographie (Spektree Remix)
35 Jens Bond – Consequenceremix Skoozbot
36 Steve Lawler – Courses For Horses
37 Daley Padley & Chris Special – Electro Is Dead (Kim Fai’s Deadline Remix)
38 Bastian Heerhosrt – Marathon (Tocadisco Remix)
39 Tomy Declerque – F Sonik
40 Velkro & Ido Ophir – Warehouse
41 Marc O’Tool – Sinner In Me
42 D-Nox & Beckers – Step Out
43 Andrew Technique – Fresh Remix

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Great interview with Umek and Carl Cox:


I’ve been listening to a lot of work from JOC lately, so let’s revisit one of his mixes from a few years ago. In 2008, John’s career was already well underway, as he had major exposure on the Discover and Armada labels. I was first introduced to him through his work with John Askew and Bryan Kearney, and his signature pounding style won me over instantly. His Subculture radio show began towards the end of 2006, and the first time I heard him spin live was in 2008 at Monster Massive in Los Angeles. In the summer of that year, he was invited to play his first (and so far only) Essential Mix on BBC1 Radio. This set is one of my favorite pieces of work that John has put together because it showcases all of his talents. In here you will find great examples of his production work and remixing skills, all mixed together into a complete package. There are way too many good songs in here to name, but I can assure you all of them are bangin’. Listen below as John plays some of the best from 2008.

John O’Callaghan – Essential Mix (July 12, 2008)
01 Essential Mix – Intro [00:00]
02 Cirez D – Stockholm Marathon [01:47]
03 Marco V & Sander van Doorn – Organic [04:58]
04 Maarten de Jong – Mono (J.O.C. Remix) [07:13]
05 Jochen Miller – Lost Connection (Artento Divini Remix)[11:21]
06 Axel Karakasis – Sincere [14:11]
07 J.O.C. – Marshmallow [15:21]
08 Mr Sam vs. Human Resource – Dominator [18:53]
09 Greg Downey – King Dong (J.O.C. Edit) [21:14]
10 J.O.C. – Rotterdam [22:53]
11 Artento Divini – Reflex [24:59]
12 Kimito Lopez – Melkweg [28:02]
13 Blank & Jones feat. Bernard Sumner – Miracle Cure (Martin Roth Nu-Style Dub)[30:22]
14 Marc Marberg with Kyau & Albert – Neo Love[32:58]
15 A. Paul – Offline [35:04]
16 Mandy Reid – Century [36:49]
17 Timmy & Tommy – Full Tiltin’ (Joint Operations Centre Remix) [39:39]
18 Underworld – Cowgirl (Joint Operations Centre Remix) [41:58]
19 Activa – End Of Summer [46:44]
20 The Thrillseekers feat. Fisher – The Last Time (Club Mix) [51:08]
21 Thomas Bronzwaer – Certitude [57:29]
22 Mansun – Wide Open Space (Greg Downey Remix)[61:11]
23 Dazzle – Chaos Theory [63:01]
24 John O’Callaghan & Guiseppe Ottaviani – Our Dimension [66:28]
25 Bryan Kearney – You Will Never Be Forgotten (Activa Remix) [70:40]
26 Danny Powers – Eternal Call [73:25]
27 Giuseppe Ottaviani – No More Alone (John O’Callaghan Remix)[75:42]
28 Temple One – Aurora [80:16]
29 Aitor Ronda – Bolaian Buyaka (Reaky Remix)[84:23]
30 D-Unity – New Beginning [87:08]
31 Sia – The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (John O’Callaghan Analog Tech Rework) [89:06]
32 Cosmic Gate feat. Tiff Lacey – Should’ve Known (Wippenberg Remix) (J.O.C. Rework) [92:57]
33 Mojado – Kaktus (John O’Callaghan Rework) [95:13]
34 Joint Operations Centre – New Jersey [98:51]
35 Woody van Eyden – B.O.B (No Break Edit) [104:09]
36 John Gibbons & Scimon Tist – Maktub [109:20]
37 Paul Webster – Problems (Tribal Mix) [111:22]
38 Barry Connell – Frizzbomb (Paul Webster Remix) [113:15]
39 John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher – Big Sky (Joint Operations Centre Rework) [115:56]

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Kaskade – Essential Mix (9-9-2011)


It seems like Kaskade’s popularity has really skyrocketed this year, which has led to many invitations for him to share his music with the people. One such instance cropped up earlier this month, where Kaskade was asked to provide a set for BBC 1 Radio’s Essential Mix. Here is that set, with Kaskade banging out 2 hours of all his favorite songs at the moment. I have to admit, there is a lot of cheesy popular stuff in here, but then again his sets have always been comprised of pop-house. His current style almost makes me miss his older, more chill stuff. Despite of this, the mix he put together is still pretty fun to listen to. You won’t find many exclusive tracks in here, but it’s mixed well and has a nice bounce to it. Some artists use the EM as a means of introducing new material, while others see it as an opportunity to demonstrate what they can do in a live performance. Kaskade has definitely chosen the path of the latter, and I think this is a great representation of his club-oriented sound.

Kaskade – Essential Mix (9-9-2011)
01 Kaskade and Adam K – Raining (Intro Mix) [Ultra Records]
02 Kaskade – Eyes [Ultra Records]
03 Tiësto and Hardwell – Zero 76 [Musical Freedom]
04 Kaskade – Angel On My Shoulder (EDX Mix ) [Ultra Records]
05 R3hab and Swanky Tunes – Sendin’ My Love (Kaskade Mix) [Spinnin]
06 Kaskade – Dynasty (Dada Life Mix) [Ultra]
07 Tommy Trash – The End [Vicious]
08 Nicky Romero – Solar [Spinin’]
09 Kaskade – Empty Streets (Acapella)
10 Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike With Dada Life – Tomorrow (Digital Lab And Pedro Henriques Dub)
11 Kaskade – Stars Align (Acapella) [Ultra]
12 Skylar Grey – Invisible (Kaskade Mix) [Interscope]
13 Michael Woods – First Aid [Diffused]
14 Kaskade and Deadmau5 – Move For Me (Acapella) [Ultra]
15 Kaskade With Rebecca and Fiona – Turn It Down [Ultra Records]
16 Boy Lost – Itza Trumpet Thing (Mind Electric Mix) [Scoundrel Records]
17 Fedde Le Grand – So Much Love [Flamingo]
18 Laidback Luke – Natural Disaster (Instrumental) [Mixmash]
19 Kaskade – All That You Give (Acapella) [Ultra]
20 David Guetta and Avicii – Sunshine [Virgin]
21 Sebastian Ingrosso and Unless – Calling [Refune]
22 Alex Gaudino – Kissed
23 Kaskade and EDX – Don’t Stop Dancing (Acapella) [Ultra]
24 Wolfgang Gartner – Undertaker [Ultra]
25 Kaskade – Steppin’ Out (Acapella) [Om Records]
26 James Blunt – Dangerous (Deniz Koyu and Johan Wedel Mix) [Big Beat]
27 Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (SHM Mix)
28 Dirty South and Thomas Gold – Alive [Phazing]
29 Dbn and Menck – Redemption (Instrumental Mix)
30 Kaskade – Step One Two (Acapella) [Ultra]
31 Kaskade – It’s You It’s Me (Dance.Love Mix) [Ultra]
32 Calvin Harris – Feel So Close [Virgin]
33 Switchfoot – Always Yours (Max Vagelli and An21 Mix)
34 Joachim Garraud – The Computer (Kaskade Mix) [Dim Mak]
35 Late Night Alumni – Finally Found (Max Vangelli Mix)
36 David Guetta – Paris [Virgin]
37 Alex Kenji, Star Killers and Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Mix) [Spinnin’]
38 Sander van Doorn – Koko Bingo Players Mix [Doorn Records]

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Thank God for BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mixes, the most dependable radio segment that has been around for an incredible 18 years. Here is a show from 2001, and it features DJ Tiesto on the decks. You can say all you want about this guy, but it’s hard to discredit his DJ skills from early on in his career. This mix is significant because it is Tiesto’s first appearance on the show, marking the first of many mixes to come. At this time in Tiesto’s career, he had just released his debut artist album In My Memory, and there are several songs from that album found in this mix. Lethal Industry and Suburban Train are easily recognizable, however I had completely forgotten about Tiesto’s great collaboration with Junkie XL on Obsession until I re-listened to this set. Another gem is the old school Windsider mashup of Kosheen’s Hide U with Tiesto’s Flight 643. Overall this mix is pretty progressive, which I’m assuming is what Radio 1 listeners were used to at that time. For those looking for the full-on trance sound, you may want to look at some of his other live sets.

DJ Tiesto – Essential Mix (September 9, 2001)
01 Hooligan – Hear You Now (Grand Chillas Mix)
02 Planet Funk – Inside All The People (Deep Dish Tatastrumental)
03 Marc Kelso – Half Lit World (Marc Kelso Vocal Mix)
04 X-Press 2 – Smoke Machine
05 Cass & Slide – Glad I Ate Her
06 Iio – Rapture (John Creamer & Stephan K Remix)
07 Solicitous – Furthermost (Original Mix)
08 Chiller Twist – Stringz Ultd (Shelley Mix)
09 The Infernal Machine – Realistic (Original Mix)
10 Tiësto & Junkie XL – Obsession (Nubreed Remix)
11 Midfield General – Coatnoise (Dave Clarke Remix)
12 DJ Tiësto – Lethal Industry (Original Mix)
13 Binary Finary – Niterider (Ca-Lo’s Tribal Rework)
14 Kosheen Vs Tiesto – Hide You V.s Flight 643 (Windsider Mashup)
15 Katana – Fancy Fair (Original Mix)
16 Toneking – Pneu (Housetrap Remix)
17 Wheed Baskin – Castle Rock (Original Mix)
18 DJ Tiësto – Suburban Train (Original Mix)
19 Ivan – Gorki
20 Max Graham – Sepia

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Tiesto Live at Samfundet (2000)
DJ Tiesto – In Search of Sunrise 1
Tiesto – Nyana


There have been lots of great EMs coming out lately, so here is the first of many which I will share. This one was recorded live from Creamfields Festival 2011, which took place Daresbury Village on August 27th and 28th,  Bank Holiday weekend. The lineup features tons of respectable DJs, with a total of 22 different stages set up over the 2 day period. The Pryda Friends stage included performances from Eric Prydz, Sasha, Pete Tong, James Zabiela, Joris Voorn, Sebastien Leger, Funk D’Void, and Jeremy Orlander. House heads unite, this one’s filled with lots of new tunes as well as all your favorite Pryda tracks.

Eric Prydz – Essential Mix, Live @ Creamfields, UK (August 27, 2011)
01 Eric Prydz – 2Night (Instrumental Mix)
02 Pryda – Juletider
03 Pryda – Glimma
04 ID – Welcome
05 ID – Rotonda
06 ID – WOWOW
07 ID – Unknown
08 Marco Bailey & Tom Hades – Funky Business
09 Pryda – Reeperbahn
10 Pryda – Unknown ID
11 Depeche Mode – Its No Good (Jeremy Olander Edit)
12 Cirez D – Tear S**t Up
13 Pryda – Animal
14 Eric Prydz – Sweet Genesis
15 Pryda – Genesis
16 Pryda – Muranyi
17 Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)
18 Cirez D – Knockout (EPIC Mix)
19 Candi Staton – You Got The Love (Acapella)
20 Pryda – M.S.B.O.Y
21 Eric Prydz – Tribute to STHLM
22 Pryda – Unknown ID
23 Eric Prydz – Pjanoo (Private Edit)
24 Eric Prydz – 2Night (Instrumental Mix)

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This week’s throwback artist has had many posts on this blog due to the high number of quality sets he has played throughout his career. This particular Essential Mix was made in 1997, which means it is about 14 years old. I was not yet into dance music back then, so I did not recognize a lot of these songs on first listen. Tracks like Flaming June, Forbidden Fruit, Words, and Netherworld were familiar, but everything else was new to my ears. I am however, able to identify several of these artists who are still producing today, including Mac Zimms, Digital Blonde, BT,  and Paul Oakenfold. It’s great to know that they have been in the game for such a long time, and their dedication to the music is inspiring. I’m not sure if Andy Ling is still making stuff, but his two remixes in this set are impressive. One thing I will mention is Paul’s liberal use of the flanging effect that you can hear throughout this throwback. I guess mixers weren’t as advanced back then so there wasn’t much variety in usable effects. Damn, I really miss this old style that Paul used to bang out. It’s really too bad he doesn’t play like this anymore, but at least we have these relics to fall back on. Check out this finely crafted flashback below…

Paul van Dyk – Live on BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (April 20, 1997)
01 Depeche Mode – It’s No Good [BT Mix][000:00]
02 BBG – Just Be Tonight (Disco Citizens Mix) [007:00]
03 E-N feat. Ceevox – That Sound (Edge Factor Dub) [010:22]
04 L.S.G. – Netherworld (Vinyl Cut) [015:25]
05 Sandman – Coimbra (Digital Blondes ‘Floor’ Mix) [019:15]
06 Blue Amazon – No Other Love (Shango’s Acidic Zulu Remix) [026:13]
07 Angelo – Funkdamental [031:48]
08 Isha-D – Stay (Tonight) (Andy Ling’s Local Dub) [040:55]
09 Olive – You’re Not Alone (Oakenfold & Osborne 12″ Remix)[048:07]
10 Junior Camp – Listen To The Rhythm [057:55]
11 Sian – Stronger Together (Andy Ling’s Aryan Dub) [065:13]
12 Tilt – My Spirit (Pink Bomb Remix) [073:13]
13 Millenium – Radio Freedom (Interference Mix) [081:27]
14 Boston Bruins – Enuff [088:16]
15 BT – Flaming June (BT & PvD Mix) [092:44]
16 Paul van Dyk – Forbidden Fruit (BT & PvD’s Food Of Love Mix) [102:51]
17 The Freak & Mac Zimms – Submission [111:05]
18 Yello – On Track (Doug Laurent’s First Journey Dub) [112:59]
19 Paul van Dyk – Words (Album Version) [118:23]

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