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Ben Pearce makes a deep, well-rounded Essential Mix debut

It’s always a bold move to begin a set with Richard Strauss’ epic “Also Sprach Zarathrustra.” Since Stanley Kubrick etched the legendary piece into the modern public’s cultural consciousness by using it as the overture for his classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the composition has become synonymous with cinematic magnificence. While Strauss’ legendary instrumental is frequently favored in performances by formidable luminaries such as Gesaffelstein, it rarely circulates through DJ sets in the deep house realm.

Ben Pearce clearly wanted to make a bold entrance with his debut Essential Mix this weekend, as evinced by his employment of the famed work as his opening segment. Though “Also Sprach Zarathrustra” is a difficult intro from which to proceed, the British savant did so dutifully. Across the two-hour broadcast, the DJ explored a tasteful array of deep house and tech house, drawing from the likes of Axel Boman, Red Axes, Stimming, and Renato Ratier. Enthralling, entrancing, and soothingly energetic, Pearce’s Essential Mix debut is a well-rounded crash course in the deeper side of house music.

Listen to Ben Pearce’s debut Essential Mix.


1. Richard Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey OST)
2. Axel Boman – Purple Drank
3. Ben Pearce ft. Beckford – Sounds The Same
04. Takuya Matsumoto – Souvenir
5. Theo Parrish – Cypher Delight
6. Gilad Kanada – Africa Sheli (Red Axes Remix)
7. Marco Passarani – Tribalonios
8. Andre Lodemann – Riven Reminiscences
9. Denis Sulta – Nein Fortiate
10. Flabaire – Urquinaona
11. Dukwa ft. Mar G – Thoughts
12. Lake People – Rusty Clockhands
13. Jacques Greene – No Excuse (Fort Romeau Remix)
14. A1B – Broken
15. Eagles & Butterflies – Experiment A
16. Souls – I Wait For You (Ben Pearce Remix)
17. Renato Ratier ft. Stimming – Filosofia (Stimming Remix)
18. Parple – Sacred
19. Frankey & Sandrino – Izar
20. Ben Pearce – Pomelo
21. Culoe De Song – Y.O.U.D.
22. Clavis – Alcine
23. Denis Sulta – It’s Only Real
24. Ben Pearce vs. Andre Bratten – What I Might Do vs. Trommer OG Bass
25. ID – ID

H/T: 1001 Tracklists

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