Former “hooligan house” creator and current future house icon Don Diablo has made his way back into the forefront of dance music as of late, capturing the mass dance world’s attention through a series of alluring future house and future bass productions. As a result of a renewed place under the spotlight and widespread accolades from fans, Pete Tong and the BBC Radio 1 team have recognized his success in recruiting him for his inaugural turn at the Essential Mix decks for a pre-Easter show.
The Dutch “studio nerd” elected to tell a personal story through his music, squeezing 70 tracks into a two hour span that which have served as some of his favorite and most intimate productions over the years. Diablo made sure to inject a hearty portion of his own classic productions, such as his famed singles “Cutting Shapes” from 2007 and “Disco Disco Disco” from 2009. He also sprinkled in some more contemporary works like “Switch,” and his Steve Aoki collaboration “What We Started.” The mix is highly danceable from start to finish, speaking to the Hexagon owner’s abilities to create pieces that maintain their glow for years down the line.