Archives for December 2010

Essential Mix of the Year Winners 2010

Swedish House Mafia Swedish House Mafia | 09:11 UK time, Wednesday, 22 December 2010

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So proud to win this. For us to get this for our live set - especially that Creamfields gig - is amazing. Thanks for voting and thanks to that crowd - it was another level for us! This year has been incredible. See you in 2011 and THANK YOU.

Sebastian, Axwell and Steve. SHM.
:: Hear our mix on Christmas Day
:: Hear our mix again on the 27th December
:: Check the results

Rider's Ranch

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Fabio Fabio | 16:23 UK time, Friday, 17 December 2010

Hello - Big ups it's Fabio!

Merry Christmas to all you DnB heads - I can't believe Rider's Ranch finally happened and what fun we had!

It was a great night great to see everybody - Shy Fx, Goldie, Sub Focus, Heist, Fresh and of course our wonderful host my man Rider.

The drink was flowing... and the food was good!

It was so good to sit down and chat to all those dance music legends and swap stories and tips for 2011 - I have to tell you I found it all quite inspiring - not that I'll get too deep on you now!

Can't believe the team got me to bake a cake on the day for dessert... of course Groove baked his own Key Lime Pie being the chef extraordinaire he is!

Check out this sneak preview ahead Saturday's show of the gang playing a certain party game- like you have never seen them before and probably never will! (You can also send this to your friends to spread some Christmas cheer!)

Remember to tune in this Saturday night 1am-3am BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra it's going to be big!

So the last blog of 2010 for me my tips for 2011 is that rave is back and Drum & Bass is going to bigger than ever... plus I think the introduction of Dubstep & Drumstep have helped this along. So I'll see all of you raving in a festival tent again next year!

My New years resolution for 2011: to keep going to the gym and to be a fully fledged chef by this time next year - I CAN DO IT!

Big ups to all you guys who tune in each week and my main man Grooverider!

Merry Christmas


Annie Nightingale's Awards 2010

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Annie Nightingale Annie Nightingale | 15:02 UK time, Wednesday, 15 December 2010

:: US Album of the Year
Eminem - Recovery

:: UK Album of the Year
Three-way tie between:
Magnetic Man - Magnetic Man / Pendulum - Immersion / Underworld - Barking

:: Album Title of the Year

Underworld - Barking. Works on three levels. I am writing this in case you do not live in the UK and maybe English is not your first language. Barking is a place in Essex, a county that is home to Underworld. Barking is the sound that dogs make, and 'barking' for some reason has become a popular description of a person deranged, as in' barking mad'. Or just 'barking'. This is as weird as calling someone 'mad as a box of frogs', but popular nevertheless. I suppose if you were one of a load of frogs crammed in a box you would get mad!

:: Single of the Year
Tie between:
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out
Quite simply created that tingling buzz of excitement as soon as you heard it. A game changer, a bench marker and the beginning of a huge international career for Tinie.
Magnetic Man - I Need Air
It was the song of the summer, of summer nights, probably upset a lot of dubstep purists, but do you want this genre to die on the vine? No!

Runners up:
Redlight feat. Ms Dynamite - What You Talking About
Complete delight and marked the so refreshing return of Ms Dynamite

Cracks feat. Belle Humble - Freestylers ( Control Z Radio Edit)
:: Cover Version of the Year
You've Got The Love (originally by The Source feat. Candi Staton) Florence And The Machine
Its tough to cover a classic, but Flo and co made it their own. This former BBC Introducing band then became a huge success in the US charts with this song.

It's All Too Much (originally by The Beatles) by Primal Scream.
Performed live at my Maida Vale night. They say they will never perform it again. Seven minutes of sustained glory.

Amphetamine Annie (originally by Canned Heat) by The Streets. Again a one off, a tongue in cheek cheeky tribute to me! Well I hope it's tongue in cheek Mike!

:: Music Event Of the Year
A Night With Annie Nightingale at Maida Vale studios
It has to be. I spent the summer planning this event, and I thank all the Maida Vale gang for cramming more perfomers and musicians into one studio than had ever been known. Nine different acts, including Tinchy Stryder, Bookashade, Freestylers, Primal Scream, Fatboy Slim, I Blame Coco, Freestylers, DC Breaks, Paul Weller, Kevin Shields, Sub Focus.

:: Remix of the Year
Tinie Tempah - Pass Out (DC Breaks mix)
Runner up: Wretch 32 - Traktor (Mike Delinquent mix)

:: Debut of the Year
Katy B. Such a voice, such a delightful person - we love you Katy!

:: Annie Nightingale Show Guest Mix of the Year
As so many genres feature it's not fair to choose one style over another . But all three of these are outstanding in different styles and have had huge props from the listeners. Thank you listeners for all your feedback over the year. The three outstanding guest mixes are from:
A Skills

:: Tunes of the Year

1: Drumsound and Bassline Smith - Are You Ready

2: Wretch 32 - Traktor

3: The Prototypes - Cascade (Cutline mix)

:: Personal Favourite Festival Moment 2010
Our opening show at Glastonbury with Professor Green, Nero, DC Breaks, Drumsound and Bassline Smith. It was the very very best show we've ever done at Glastonbury, thanks to the brilliant performers, and the thousands who came to support it --- who literally stopped the show at one point.

:: Tweeter of the Year
@CherylKerl thanks for hilarious tweets all through the last twelve weeks. There's even a book now called 'Cheryl Kerl: Woath It? Coase Ah Am. Pet', which may outsell Cheryl's own autobiography!

::Hero of the Year
Here's to another year of outstanding music and a personal special big up to BBC Radio 1Xtra which is making such an impact on breaking new British music both in the UK and around the world.

Who are your winners of 2010? Any categories are welcome!

Merry Christmas, Annie

Dubstep Takeover - The Aftermath

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Rhodri Jones Rhodri Jones | 18:14 UK time, Monday, 13 December 2010

The Dubstep Soundclash team including MistaJam, Plastician, Flux Pavillion, P Money, Doctor P, Gemmy, Virus Syndicate and more.

What's happening? I'm Rhodri from the interactive team at Radio 1 & 1Xtra. I was working behind the scenes doing photos, video and website work on Dubstep Takeover. Anybody enjoy the night then? It was kind of mad to work on, but thanks to the support from you guys was a huge success!

Check out some of the shows, tracklistings and photos below if you want to catch up on what you missed. And if you enjoyed Dubstep Takeover night on Radio 1 and 1Xtra, whatever you do make sure you download the free mixes from Caspa, D1, Lost, MRK1, Starkey and the mighty Skream.


Here's the full line up again to check out the shows:

:: The Sound of Dubstep 2010 with MistaJam and Annie Mac, and guests Katy B, Chase and Status, plus the big announcement about Skream and Benga joining Radio 1's INDJWT rota (which I didn't even know about until about 15 minutes before the show)!!!
:: Dubstep Soundclash teams from Bristol, the Midlands, Manchester and London battle it out.
:: Check the photos
:: The Musical Story of Dubstep with Benji B.
:: The Future of Dubstep with Crissy Criss and guests from the Circus and Hench record labels.
:: Dbstp Dwnlds free downloadable mixes from Skream, Caspa, D1, Lost, MRK1 and Starkey.
:: Dubstep Archives with Ras Kwame, and featuring Kode 9, Loefah, Jay Da Flex and more in the mix.

Hope you enjoyed the beats and bass.


Rhodri Jones is an Assistant Content Producer for the Radio 1 & 1Xtra Interactive team

EM Of The Year Shortlist

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Huw Owen Huw Owen | 05:00 UK time, Saturday, 11 December 2010

It's Essential Mix Of The Year time again. Just pick your favourite from the ten below using the link here and at the bottom of this blog.

Pete and the Essential Mix production team have debated and argued their way to a shortlist of the following ten All two-hour mixes broadcast between January 1st and December 11th 2010 were up for consideration.

Picking out ten was a tricky task and the standards were incredibly high! In the end, the mixes that made the shortlist were the ones that used the two hours to full effect, taking the listener on a creative, coherent, flowing musical journey.

The most popular mix will be broadcast in full at 3am on Christmas morning. Good luck choosing a winner!

Four Tet
A proper musical journey which joins the dots between jazz, dubstep, house, techno and more without ever losing its flow.

Jack Beats
A big, bouncing mix from the kings of wobble. Clipped beats and throbbing basslines rumble underneath bleeps and vocals.

James Zabiela
A lush soundscape which cleverly weaves in, and takes inspiration from, Duncan Jones' movie Moon.

John 00 Fleming
An homage to the roots of dark room trance-out music. John masterfully blends melodies and keys, adding live synths along the way.

Magnetic Man
A future facing dubstep blueprint from the celebrated supergroup which caused a huge stir when it was first broadcast in the summer.

An epic mix of dubstep, drum & bass, house and techno by one of the BBC's Sound of 2011 artists. Its a deep and dark soundtrack full of menace and melancholy from beginning to end.

A deep and soulful drum & bass mix with slick quick fire mixing and bags of energy.

The biggest drum and bass band in the world used all their live know-how to put together an epic set that runs through tempos and genres without ever stalling.

Swedish House Mafia at Creamfields
A blockbusting festival set from the biggest dance trio of 2010. This essential mix captured The Swedish House Mafia's infectious energy in the red hot atmosphere of their own arena at Creamfields in August.

Wolfgang Gartner
A high octane mix which manages to cram in over sixty tunes without ever sounding crowded or losing its direction.

What was YOUR favourite Essential Mix of 2010? Let us know below and then:
:: Vote for your favourite mix from our shortlist!


Huw Owen is an Executive Producer for BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix

P Money, Mighty Moe and Rampage Dubstep Vs. UK Garage Mix

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MistaJam MistaJam | 19:34 UK time, Friday, 10 December 2010


Rampage, P Money and Mighty Moe


I thought I'd give you a bit of a warm up before Dubstep takeover kicks off. If you missed the heavyweight Rampage, Mighty Moe and P Money Dubstep vs. UK Garage session please take a listen to it here! It was insane vibes!

So that raises an important question - who is the sickest MC or vocalist on Dubstep? Or are you a purist and prefer your beats and bass without interruption?




Dubstep Takeover

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MistaJam MistaJam | 01:57 UK time, Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Dubstep Takeover on Radio 1 & 1Xtra

Hello Dance Bloggers! I'm MistaJam and I'm a self confessed bass junkie. Ever since my weekday Radio 1Xtra show (Monday to Thursday 7-10pm) started in 2007 and Benga & Coki's seminal 'Night' seduced me into the Dubstep scene (it was even the second record I played on the show), I've been happily evangelising about sub bass at 140bpm ever since.

Magnetic Man with MistaJam

Even though it's multi-genre, the 'Daily Dose Of Dubstep' has become a staple part of the show and through it, I've been lucky enough to play a part in introducing one of the most exciting and diverse British musical genres to a national audience. Being part of what could be described as the 3rd generation of Dubsteppers, I've been lucky enough to have got into it early enough to have seen the popularity of the genre grow and grow to the point where now it's making an impact on the national charts without signs of compromising the underground musical aesthetic; and this Saturday, it's taking over the whole Saturday night schedule on Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra!

The full schedule is below (we'll be announcing more big names too, keep an eye out!). I'm looking forward to doing my first co-host with the Queen of Beats Annie Mac to kick off the night from 7pm and then being the referee for what promises to be a brutal no-holds barred Dubstep Soundclash. The whole night is going to be heavyweight - but in particular, as a fan, I'm looking forward to Benji B's "Musical Story Of Dubstep" - if you're like me and was into the Garage scene in the early 00's but a bit too young to have gone raving - the show promises to connect the dots between what was "Dark Garage" and is now Dubstep with all the big seminal tunes getting a rinse.

If you're brand new to the scene, I highly recommend you take a listen to part 1 of the Radio 1 & 1Xtra Story of Dubstep documentary that went out last Monday (you could even download the podcast) and then I'll see you Saturday night from 7pm to attempt to convert you to the wonderful world of sub-bass at 140bpm. Here's the schedule, let us know what you're looking forward to!

1900-2100 MistaJam & Annie Mac present The Sound of Dubstep 2010 Featuring special guest Katy B
2100-2300 The Dubstep Soundclash Four dubstep crews take over Radio 1 and 1Xtra's studios to see who reigns supreme in the world of dubstep, with MistaJam hosting proceedings.
2300-0100 The musical story of Dubstep with Benji B From Oris Jay to Magnetic Man, all the tracks that define the dubstep genre.
0100-0300 (1Xtra only) The Future of Dubstep 1Xtra introduces the sounds and people that will make up the future of dubstep.
0300-0400 (1Xtra only) DBSTP DWNLD Skream, D1, Lost, and MRK1 unleash back to back downloadable dubstep mini mixes.
0400-0700 Radio 1 and 1Xtra's Dubstep archive Ras Kwame introduces a selection of amazing dubstep moments from our archive, including live sessions, DJ mixes and interviews.

Cheese = good?

Kutski Kutski | 16:45 UK time, Friday, 3 December 2010

Whilst having some friendly banter back stage at a gig a few weeks ago with a fellow DJ, we ended up arguing about a record and whether it was good or not! I was in the firm mind it was good, and the other guy thought I had lost my own argument when i declared it was a cheesy track... but this is would only be the case if you class cheese as a bad thing!!

I've been DJ'ing in clubs for over 10 years now, and if there is one thing that has remained consistent, no matter how cool and credible people like to claim their musical tastes are, nothing ever quite get the reaction of dropping hands in the air vocal track, or something with a big riff from chart track.

I'm sure many people sucking their teeth at me reading this, so i'll close my case the same way I did to said DJ above... Music is like toast, great, but better from time to time with a bit of cheese on it!

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