Danny Howard fills-in for Pete Tong, new music takes precedent for second Essential Selection duties
With the Summer season at an all-time peak and Pete Tong otherwise preoccupied with his global ventures, Danny Howard was back to sit-in for Pete Tong with an admirable return to the Essential Selection show on BBC Radio One this weekend. With the ranks of Pryda, Toolroom, Axtone and Size Records all flaunting new and exclusive music throughout, Calvin Harris would prove a recurring star of this annual injection of Friday night floor fundamentals.
Set in motion by Matisse & Sadko’s remix duties for The Aston Shuffle, Howard steered a new music overload from the very outset, with fresh material from Jeremy Olander, Armin Van Buuren, CLMD, Ivan Gough & Jebu complimenting Howard’s impressive ear for peak time floor-fillers. Nicky Romero-approved duo Vicetone were on the Goody Goodies trail this week, leading to the unveiling of Calvin Harris’s remix duties for Fatboy Slim’s ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ as Essential New Tune, narrowly knocking Kryder’s impending Axtone offering ‘Afrodite’ from the celebrated title enroute.
Erick Morillo was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame with a nod to the days of Ministers De-La-Funk and the seminal anthem ‘Believe,’ steering the show onwards for a well deserved future stars spot from German outfit Chasing Kurt. It Swedish trailblazer Alesso that sealed a very special stand-in, bringing his hot mix live from Ibiza, exclusively unveiling his impending collaborative duties alongside Calvin Harris for ‘Under Control’ to seal yet another two-hour triumph from Howard – a man who is looking more-and-more comfortable in the Friday night hot seat.
Listen: BBC Radio One