Monday, January 07, 2008
Hot Chip - Essential Mix 12.29.07
Hot Chip, BBC Radio One Essential Mix December 29, 2007 (YSI link)(Sendspace link) tracklisting in comments
Ahh, I love a nice tie-in/segue. Props to Pete Tong and crew for bringing Hot Chip in at the end of 2007 to put together an Essential Mix for the BBC Radio 1 program, giving me a nice 1-2 Hot Chip punch today. This is a pretty special opportunity for the band, as I can only think of one other Essential Mix by a musical group - The Rapture. Like that Rapture mix, this one covers a ton of ground, giving you everything from Snoop's latest to a Todd Terje disco edit to Burial's futuristic dubstep. It's a great listen for anyone still trying to jump into dance music, giving it to you in its most melodic, poppiest forms and mix some more popular/vocal stuff throughout. For fans of the band, here's a great chance to hear some more stuff from the upcoming album, plus a healthy amount of white labels and unreleased stuff. Interestingly, they have broken themselves down into two DJ teams; the first team (Alexis Taylor, Joe Goddard and Owen Clarke) does the first hour, while the second team (Felix Martin and Al Doyle) finishes strong in the second hour.
We've been doing these Essential Mix posts for a while now, one of the great resources for dance and electronic music fans. It's amazing to get the chance to hear such a varied assortment of DJs and producers exploring all of the various genres and subgenres every week for two hours. That's not to mention all of the other amazing programming from the likes of Mary Ann Hobbs, Annie Mac and the like. It got me to thinking how completely worthless radio has become in the United States, a wasteland and a huge change from earlier decades. In doing some research for a theme this week on a particular city, I saw just how influential radio was in helping to break and develop house and techno in this country in its earliest days in Chicago and Detroit. I don't really have a grand point here, guess it's part observation, part nostalgia. Obviously, Internet radio, blogs and podcasts have filled the void; I just worry that these vehicles aren't reaching as many people as a good radio signal once did.