• Bass blockbuster: Skrillex’s Essential Mix is the most-played in BBC Radio 1 history
• Friction for Fabriclive 70
• Lightning in a Bottle supports The Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation and Rainforest Action Network
• Daft Punk “Get Lucky” condoms to be released
Bass blockbuster: Skrillex’s Essential Mix is the most-played in BBC Radio 1 history
When Skrillex hit the BBC Radio 1 studios last month to deliver his second Essential Mix, the internet was watching. The man otherwise known as Sonny Moore had been part of an Essential Mix before – saddling up next to DJ Shadow, Simian Mobile Disco and Fake Blood for a Live from Rocknessspecial in 2011 – but this mix was the first time “the most famous haircut in dance music” (as Pete Tong put it) has contributed to the legendary series on his own. As with all things Skrillex, the output was as attention-grabbing as it was polarising.
So just how many people tuned in to hear what Sonny Moore could do? If a tweet from Moore’s label OWSLA is to be believed, the answer is a lot. “Got word over the weekend that Skrillex Essential Mix was the single most played piece of content in BBC Radio 1 history across all media,” the label tweeted overnight. For a station that’s been around since 1967 (not to mention the fact that the Essential Mix is now in its twentieth year), claiming the single most played piece of contentever in BBC Radio 1 history is, to be sure, no mean feat.
If you didn’t catch the history-making mix the first time around, you can dive into Skrillex’s Essential Mix below. Over two hours, the OWSLA head tore through high-octane cuts from his regular offsiderBoys Noize, names as diverse as Knife Party, Kendrick Lamar, Cashmere Cat and Disclosure as well as, of course, a bit of his own work. So…a shoe in for Essential Mix of the Year?
Friction for Fabriclive 70
Drum ‘n’ bass bastion Friction has made the 70th compilation of Fabriclive for “those who carry the music in their hearts”.
Layering multiple tracks over each other for the majority of the mix, Friction blends elements of tech grooves, heavy basslines, smooth R&B vocals and urban electronica, showing off his best picks for what the current musical landscape has to offer.
The launch of Fabriclive 70 will be hosted by Friction at Fabric London on July 19 along with Calyx & Teebee, Alix Perez B2b Icicle and others.
Fabriclive 70 mixed by Friction is out on July 15. Pre-order here. Full track list is below.
01 Optiv & BTK feat. Sam Wills – Understand VIP [Shogun Audio]
02 DC Breaks – Swag [Ram]
03 Enei & Emperor – Liberation [Critical]
04 Joe Ford – Instrument [unreleased] / The Upbeats – One Step [Vision]
05 InsideInfo & Mefjus – Mythos [Virus]
06 Nymfo – Suddenly VIP [Commercial Suicide]
07 Badmarsh & Shri – Signs (Calibre Mix) [Highly Blessed]
08 Technimatic – Bristol [Shogun Audio]
09 Alix Perez feat. D.Ablo – Playing Games VIP [Shogun Audio]
10 Villem & McLeod – Another Star [Samurai Red Seal]
11 AI – You Can Dream [Shogun Audio]
12 Total Science – Still Waiting [unreleased]
13 Technimatic – Sphere [SGN:Ltd]
14 Chords – Biting Point [Ram]
15 Technimatic – Intersection [SGN:Ltd]
16 Alix Perez feat. Sam Wills – Annie’s Song (Original vs S.P.Y Mash-Up)
17 Dramatic – Keep Pushing Me [SGN:Ltd]
18 Kove – Searching [MTA]
Lightning in a Bottle supports The Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation and Rainforest Action Network
The Do LaB and Lightning in a Bottle are working with two great causes this year. A portion of this year’s LIB proceeds will be donated to the Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation’s “No Child Left Inside” Environmental Education programs. Located on the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Riverside County, the Foundation’s mission is closely aligned with LIB, “To inspire and motivate children to learn and care about the natural world”, each organization believing that with hard work and a spirit of positive community, the seeds of lasting, sustainable change can take place for our environment, natural places and the greater community. The Foundation’s educational, research, and preservation programs serve over 8,000 students from 10 local school districts who learn about the reserve’s five unique eco-systems, help with grassland, habitat restoration, and seed banking, and ultimately inspire future stewards of the land. For more info, visit www.srpf.org.
The Do LaB and Lightning in a Bottle have also partnered up with Critical Beats to release Friends of Lightning in a Bottle, benefiting The Rainforest Action Network. Join Amon Tobin, Apparat, edIT from the Glitch Mob and other influential musicians to combat climate change by preserving the Amazon Rainforest. 100% of proceeds support Rainforest Action Network’s Protect-An-Acre program, which distributes millions to frontline communities, Indigenous-led organizations, and allies, helping their efforts to secure millions of acres of traditional territory in forests around the world. The Amazon Rainforest (a.k.a. the lungs of the planet) is a lynchpin, ensuring global climate stability. Take part, enjoy the music!
1) One Last Look – Amon Tobin
2) Circles – Apparat
3) Sometimes – jOBOT
4) Do I See Color – (Remix Big Gigantic) – Adventure Club
5) Angeles – Goldroom
6) Feel – An-ten-nae
7) Niame – Russ Liquid
8.) Push and Pull – Eskmo
9) Crashes – edIT
10) Amber – YAAROHS
11) To the Source – GAUDI
12) Perceiver – Random Rab
Daft Punk “Get Lucky” condoms to be released
Daft Punk have a condom named after their hit ‘Get Lucky’.
The cover and title of the French dance duo’s mega hit has been immortalised on the front of the packets of new condoms made by Durex, with the band’s logo on the back.
Samples of the prophylactics have been distributed to DJs, and already proved a hit.
US DJ Diplo posted a picture of an open ‘Get Lucky’ condom packet with the cheeky caption: ”Thank God I had those Daft Punk condoms last night.”
The safe sex sheaths will eventually be made available to the public, going on sale in Europe then being made available in the UK.
Daft Punk follow in the footsteps of boy band JLS, who released their own brand of ‘Just Love Safe’ condoms through Durex in 2010, with each band member – Marvin Humes, Oritse Williams, Aston Merrygold and Jonathan J.B. Gill – getting versions with their faces on.
As well as condoms, other planned novelty Daft Punk memorabilia include action figures modelled after Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter’s robot personas, which they always appear disguised in when they make public appearances. However, so far there are only plans to release the figurines in Japan.
(via Contact Music)