Celebrating the 20th anniversary of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix with Paul OakenfoldBBC Essential Mi

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix with Paul Oakenfold

On this day in 1993, Paul Oakenfold was the first DJ to ever record a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Earlier this morning, the Englishman tweeted this historic Essential Mix that laid the groundwork for the weekly Friday night mix series. In listening to this mix, fans are transported back to the good old days in the 90’s: a time when many of us were still children. You will find familiar throwbacks tossed into the mix such as Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It,” Björk’s “Violently Happy,” and even some classic U2 productions. It’s interesting to see how much pop culture has changed over the last 20 years, and to compare dance music’s essence two decades ago to what it is now. Oakenfold’s adaptability to changing trends, in addition to his proficiency as a DJ and producer, explains why he has garnered so much support and is still prominent even in the current generation.

01. Latin Rascals – Big Apple Production Vol. II (Genius At Work)
02. Roc & Kato – Jungle Kisses (Club Kisses Mix)
03. Darryl James/David Anthony Project Featuring Fay Victor – Where Do We Go? (Teejay’s Dub) (re-edit)
04. Reel 2 Real Featuring The Mad Stuntman – I Like To Move It (Reel 2 Real Dub)
05. DJ Duke – Blow Your Whistle (NY House Mix)
06. Soul II Soul – Back To Life (Vocal Dub)
07. River Ocean Featuring India – Love & Happiness (Yemaya Y Ochũn) (Unknown Mix)
08. Björk – Violently Happy (12″ Mix)
09. U2 – Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (Perfecto Mix)
10. The Clash – The Magnificent Dance (Dirty Harry Full Radio Mix)
11. ID
12. U2 – Lemon (Perfecto Mix)
13. Petra & Co. – Just Let Go (Dub Mix)
14. Global Groove – Body Baby (San Fran Mix)
15. Black Moves – Old Music (Tribal) (re-edit)
16. The Carl Cox Concept – The Planet Of Love (Red Jerry Vocal Mix)
17. Kick Up – I Do It Naturally (Expanded Mix)
18. CYB – Now (Play Mix)
19. Quivver – Saxy Lady (Part 1)
20. The Overlords – Wow! Mr. Yogi (Control The Mind) (F.A.M. TrancePort Mix)
21. Vinyl Blair – The Trancespotter (Turbo Nation Trance Groove)
22. The Shamen – Possible Worlds (Imaginary)
23. Eternal – Save Our Love (West End D’Rhythm Mix)
24. Probe – Hulabaloo
25. Genetic – Transmission (Original Version)
26. Slam – Positive Education (Original Mix)
27. Rise – The Single (Perfecto Trance Mix)
28. Vernon – Vernon’s Wonderland (Original Mix)

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