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Hear DJ Shadow’s new BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

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Experimental hip-hop pioneer DJ Shadow has helmed a brand new Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, the latest in their Essential Mix Masters series, celebrating the legends of dance and electronic music, and his first since his debut for them back in 2003 with a mix that went on to become a cult favourite amongst fans.

Speaking about the 2 hour mix, DJ Shadow aka Josh Davis said the first hour is “killer new beats” and “hour 2 is strictly for the collectors.”

Continuing, he wrote, “Fun fact #1: my first Essential Mix debuted over 13 years ago. I put so much energy into it that I decided to issue it as a limited 2xCD package called ‘Diminishing Returns’. Stickers and coasters included. The slow, moody singer/songwriter track near the end of the mix is one of the most asked-about records I’ve ever shared in any context. In fact a NY Times journalist recently asked if she could do a story about the phenomenon. Hopefully that’ll happen soon. I’m ready to reveal.

Back to the new mix. Fun fact #2: I recorded the first half in April, right after finishing the new album. Had to get it in before tour prep. The first hour is an homage to the genius I hear around me on a daily basis. New beats, new ideas. Lots of Cali stuff because that’s where I dwell. The second hour: a left turn (naturally). Music very dear to my heart that is heretofore unknown. Definitely one for the hip-hop fanatics. I hope this 2-hour mix is fully representative of my DJ aesthetic: demonstrating a love for our musical past and present in equal measure.”

Stream the mix here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07h6fqb

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