In this edition of Pete Tong’s BBC Radio One, we are treated to 2 hours of quality tech, deep, progressive, and electronica. This week Steve Angello describes how “I have some of the most amazing times listening to music on the way home from the studio, usually around midnight”, speaking to this weeks enchanting “Midnight Drive” theme. “Midnight Drive” is an eclectic mix showcasing music from the likes of Odesza, Layton Giordani, Pryda, Hunee, and of course Steve Angello and Pete Tong.
“I am almost back in 1991 when I started the show” describes Pete Tong as “Taste of Your Love” by Homero Espinosa & Phaze Dee feat. Mikey V spins. There are many gems amongst this special edition of BBC Radio One’s mix. Last weeks essential new tune from Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons “Fly Away” drops around half an hour in and reminds us just why it held that title. The groovy dance track with its soaring strings and deep vibe truly sets the mood for the rest of our “Midnight Drive”. Arriving at this weeks essential new tune we have the unveiling of the rather ambient “Tale Of Us” from Oltre La Vita (SCB Introspection) released on Afterlife. The track primes listeners for the upcoming “Weekend Hot” section of the mix where we are treated to the likes of The Mambo Brothers and the brand new “Stay With Me” from Pryda. The track created quite a buzz around house/trance fans as Eric Prydz returned to a darker foundation for this record where techno vibes shine through.
After the Pryda treatment Pete Tong chats with OC & Verde to discuss their recent name change and the highlights of their breakthrough year. As Sasha “Xpander” rolls around the producers describe how blown away they were by the track and how badly they wanted to see it played live.
The “Eclectic Selection” starts with the Grammy nominated duo Odesza playing their track “Late Nights” . A true jam, the guitar laden record keeps on theme for “Midnight Drive” and transcends the normal boundaries of music production.
Standing by for Swedish legend Steve Angello, we enter the last stage of the mix where Steve offers insight to the reasoning behind the theme and his “different approach” for this weeks mix. He describes how it’s “a little more low-tempo, a little bassier, more melodic and not the usual me you hear on the show”. Vitalic’s “Eternity” puts us in the driver seat for the reminder of the mix. Boys Noise and Digitalism both make an appearance on the mix as Steve Angello paves the way for his own records. The epic “Rejoice” captivates listeners with its massive choir line followed by the gritty bass drop and smooth one liner “I will rejoice” from TD Lakes. “Dopamine” from Steve Angello is a true house ballad that pulls on listeners heartstrings before the pulsing bass line and warping synth enter the scene. The mix is truly escalated at this moment, as Steve Angello polishes things off with his “Break Me Down”. A true testament to the producers talent, the record’s enthralling vocal and backing track offer the perfect close to a mega mix.
Tune in now below!