Soulwax Will Give their Iconic BBC Essential Mix a Proper Release

The Belgians were the first ever group to record entirely new material for the Essential Mix, and now it's coming out in full on June 22.
Lauren O'Neill
London, United Kingdom
April 19, 2018, 1:27pm
Image by Kurt Augustyns via PR

Last year, Soulwax became the first group ever to craft an original mix for their BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, which is quite a feat. They came through with an excellent hour of never-heard-before music, which, until now, was basically just floating about in the ether, maybe taking form as a radio rip in a dark corner of the internet. So now they're releasing it in full, as an album titled Essential, via their label DEEWEE on June 22.

Crafted around the concept of "essence", Essential was made in two weeks last year, and considering the amount of work that went into it, an official release feels inevitable. Of the decision, Soulwax comment:

When we were approached to make an Essential Mix for the BBC in May 2017, we chose to do what every sane human being would do, we decided to lock ourselves into our studio for two weeks and make an hour of new music based around the word 'Essential', instead of preparing a mix of already existing music. The product of this otherwise unwise decision is something we ended up being very proud of.

You can hear one of the tracks, "Essential Four," a breezy number punctuated by vocals and funk-inflected bass below, before the record comes along in full to soundtrack all of your best summer nights. You can also catch them at Coachella this coming weekend.

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This article originally appeared on Noisey UK.