Radio 1 Essential Mix 2011

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After one of the best years since records began in 1993, the Radio One Essential Mix competition has finally come to end, make sure you check them all out on the Radio 1 Essential Mix Page.

It all came down to:

Above & Beyond Former Essential Mix Of The Year winners returned with an emotional therapy session, making clever use of spoken word to tell a story.

Beardyman Utterly unique. Beardyman recorded this mix using only a keyboard, an effects pad and a microphone. No records or CDs or MP3s! Check out the video on the Essential Mix page. Brookes Brothers A high octane mix which crammed in over 100 tunes and almost as many genres!

Carl Craig A seamless journey through deep house and techno from the second wave Detroit innovator. Completely classic.

Dimitri From Paris A funk & disco fuelled mix which set old school classics against contemporary tracks in a coherent vibrant mix.

Eats Everything at In:Motion Recording your first Essential Mix in front of your hometown crowd could be daunting.  Eats Everything breezed through it mixing up a tight-as two hours of Bristol Bass.

Eric Prydz at Creamfields Apparently Eric didn't know his set was being recorded for the Essential Mix until just before he went on stage. No matter. As expected, it was epic.

Jamie XX A mix filled with personality. He'd already served up a classic 6 Mix for 6 Music. Dare we say he went one better on this Essential Mix?

Joker The second Bristolian to make the shortlist. Joker's debut was all about grinding bass and effortlessly flowed through dubstep, house and d&b.

Julio Bashmore And the third Bristolian! There really was somethin in the South West water in 2011! Bashmore's debut was an all vinyl affair joining the dots between classic UKG with future facing Bristol Bass.

Kaskade An epic, melodic, uplifting big room mix from America's superstar DJ.

Maya Jane Coles One of the stars of the year served up one of the most train-spotted mixes of the year crammed full of (at the time) unreleased goodies. The mix bounces and flows effortlessly through two hours.

Pete Tong 20 As part of a night to celebrate 20 years of broadcasting on Radio 1, Pete put together a very special mix of classics and hidden gems from twenty years of DJing. He pulled off a spectacular musical journey.

SBTRKT A mix that encapsulates the the sound of 2011 from one of the artists of the year. Packed full of exclusive and never heard before tracks.

Seth Troxler Funky, sexy and bouncing. Troxler recorded this mix live in one take in Jamie Jones living room. We wished we were there!

And the winner this year are Above and Beyond!! Listen to the whole mix at MixCloud Here. Congratulations guys! If you're fans of Above and Beyond or love this mix make sure you get tickets for their 2012 UK Tour, hitting Leeds on 13th April.

Tickets available at Ticketmaster Here. This event will sell out so get them soon!



Christopher Clarke

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