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Welcome to this site, here you can find the Radio One Essential Mix archives, ever since 1993 when it first broadcasted, up until today, and for the future. In time there will be features added for "artist in residence" which will be a profile of a DJ/Producer we will pick each month, and give you information about them and what they are doing now.

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 Malacoda writes: [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
Having attended Sasha's Fundacion residency in LA (where he uses a custom-crafted Ableton console), I am in agreement with Serp.

Here's the deal. The all-digital set is indeed the future of DJing. Programs such as Live offer far more potential than two decks and a fader. And while old-fashioned mixing does involve more technical dexterity, acheiving Ableton's great potential requires more actual talent than simply spinning records (which isn't too difficult, as anyone who actually does it regularly should readily admit).

But I too will mourn the death of vinyl (if it ever occurs). When Sasha played with Lee Burridge at Avalon, it was Burridge who had the crowd in his hand, dancing and menacing the floor with evil wax. Meanwhile, Sasha was focused on his Mac ("Maven" or whatever the console is called), shifting from foot to foot and smiling sheepishly from behind the huge LCD display. He could have been running iTunes for all anyone knew.

This technology suits Sasha's personal style, and I think this mix was intended to be the apotheosis of his revolution -- an example to the world of what is possible. Involver was a prelude to the concept of DJ as live producer/artist. Fundacion (the Album) ships in June and should be its coming-out party.

As for the mix itself, I thought it was up to the high standard that is expected of Sasha, but not necessarily transcendent. It was clearly a Sasha set in that it contained so many of his signature elements. Lots of minor key buildups, groovy basslines, distorted/reverbed vocals, etc...

The re-edits were crisp and offered interesting variations on some solid tracks. That it was more funk and breaks than smooth prog house didn't surprise me too much -- listen to anything he's done since "Communicate" and you can see him moving in this direction. He certainly breathed some much appreciated new life into Wavy Gravy -- and this was a good example of what is possible with Ableton.

However, I wonder how much of this mix was truly improvised and how much of the cuts and effects were pre-programmed and then tossed into the mix at the appropriate moment. I think that will always be the question with this new technology since the physical aspect of the performance is gone.

This is a decent demonstration of potential, but the improvements over traditional mixing don't live up to Tong's gushing commentary. There is more that can be done -- for example, I too would like to see Live combined with traditional decks and/or instrumentation. And really, how much did Ableton pay for all the product plugs? Sheesh.
[ Posted on 2005-05-25 10:50:19 ]

 matrix writes: [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
My clubbing days are long gone; one result of this is that I'm much more interested in the listening experience than how the mix was produced. Doing the whole thing in software doesn't make it any less artistic to me; this is my hobby too and even for my amateur cut and paste efforts I would still consider the process creative.

So for me it boils down to the end product, and in this mix's case I found it to be missing a certain something. There are great parts and nothing wrong with it more than a few dull patches, but it just didn't have a spark for me. I think it may require more listens to come up with a final opinion.

7.5/10
[ Posted on 2005-05-25 08:43:28 ] [email]

 serp writes: [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
tgross79: unfortunently for you, he has been playing live on a laptop for over a year now at any of his gigs.

I think people shouldn't be so narrow minded when it comes to ableton sets, you should actually sit down and learn how to use the program and you'll see exactly why he switched over, some of the stuff you can do on it is amazing.

I still prefer to see DJs use decks when I go out and see them, I'd still prefer to see Sasha use decks in conjunction with other equipment. But this is the future of dance music whether you like it or not.
[ Posted on 2005-05-25 07:29:36 ] [email]

 tgross79 writes: not impressed [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
I am a fan of sasha dont get me wrong, been a fan since expeditions came out and got to see him at twilo back in the day, but this, was shite....Come on, an essential mix on a lap top? in a recording studio? BS, I know sasha has sworn off vinyl which still hurts, but doing a whole essential mix with a few clicks of a mouse on a digital music program...I am not buying it......Sorry Sasha you are great live, but.....dont turn into a computer DJ.....
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 23:44:33 ] [email]

 shoayb_makda writes: hernan the man! [ 2005-04-17 - Hernan Cattaneo, Live from Skolbeats, Brazil ]
maxine vegas - fantastique AWESOME TUNE!!
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 23:19:53 ]

 shoayb_makda writes: fao tiesto rocks [ 2005-04-24 - DJ Tiesto, Live from Disneyland Paris ]
and one more point mr tiesto junior..there are more radio stations than radio one!there are other djs also around not just commercial idiots like tiesto.if u actually listen to radios stations such as proton radio you will see what i am talking about matey
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 23:11:29 ]

 shoayb_makda writes: fao tiesto rocks [ 2005-04-24 - DJ Tiesto, Live from Disneyland Paris ]
tiesto rocks your name says it all.its a JOKE!as like many of my prog listeners have already backed me up on tiesto is a commercial cheese master.hes only number one coz he wants to play at places like disney land and at the track events.the guys a prick!TRUE underground djs like lobsinger,steve gerrard and dousk/jdk are the people who are really moving the scene forward.and fyi mr tiesto lover i am not trainspotting.ive been into this music for 10 years now and have seen new talent appear more times than you have swallowed mr tiesto so dont tell me to get a life.learn to appreciate others views or just keep ur trap shut
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 23:07:53 ]

 matrix writes: [ 2002-05-05 - BT @ Coachella Festival, California ]
I liked this mix. Good variety. Agree that 2 tracks in the last 20 minutes is taking the piss though.
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 22:07:09 ] [email]

 richy writes: Track 2 [ 2004-07-11 - Behrouz ]
Track 2 is Sandcastles - Ferrer & Sydenham Inc
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 20:06:11 ] [homepage]

 Mixyman writes: [ 2005-01-02 - Radio Soulwax ]
Massive set! But I specially like what they did with "daft punk is playing at my house" with all those samples!
The third Martini bros-track is "Big and Dirty (tiga remix)" if your intrested
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 19:23:55 ] [email]

 gbalasko writes: tracklist [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
01 Intro
02 Detroit Escalator Company - Abstract Forward Motion
03 Ian Brown - Kiss Ya Lips (No I.D.)
04 No Doubt - Hella Good (Remix/Edit)
05 Timo Maas - Passive Massive (Edit)
06 Glitch - Tip Toe (Jonathan Hart Bootleg)
07 ID
08 Michael Mayer - Lovefood
09 Ricardo Villalobos - Easy Lee (Smith n Hack Remix)
10 Jori Hulkkonen - Science (Aril Brikha Remix) w/ Sasha - Wavy Gravy (Edit)
11 Juliet - Ride the Pain (Thin White Duke Mix)
12 Extrawelt - Zu Fuss
13 ID
14 Sia - Breathe Me (Ulrich Schnauss Remix)
15 Egg - The Wall (ID RmX)
16 Jori Hulkkonnen ft. Jerry Valuri - Lo-Fiction
17 Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc (Acapella) w/Sasha - Wavy Gravy (U&K Remix) (Edit)
18 ID
19 M83 - Don't Save Us From The Flames (Superpitcher RmX) <<confirm that rmx?
20 ID w/Thomas Newman - Drive Away
21 Moby - Raining again (Ewan Pearson dub)
22 Outro
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 17:11:38 ] [email]

 matrix writes: [ 2002-05-12 - Chris Cowie ]
I like this a lot. It's described as tech house in the intro, if so it's a tough pumping kind of tech house.
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 16:31:01 ] [email]

 awesome writes: [ 2005-01-23 - David Guetta ]
Very powerful and varied house sound! Always brings a smile in my face

@the french guy:
maybe SOME parts are commercial, but still excellent music!!!! Maybe you are a little bit too narrow-minded monsieur..
[ Posted on 2005-05-24 00:03:40 ]

 ivc writes: excellent [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
Excellent set. Some interesting tracks.
[ Posted on 2005-05-23 16:21:25 ] [homepage] [email]

 delacuerva writes: how?? [ 2004-05-30 - Plump DJs, Live at Homelands ]
how can i download or just listen yo this mix??help me please..
[ Posted on 2005-05-23 15:04:14 ] [homepage] [email]

 matrix writes: [ 2002-05-05 - Pete Tong @ Coachella Festival, California ]
Certainly better than most Tong mixes.
[ Posted on 2005-05-23 14:31:31 ] [email]

 shoayb_makda writes: AMAZING FIRST TUNE! [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
the first track after the intro was an amazing tune.best tune ive heard all year so far.trust it to come from the man like.im not to keen on the new electro stuff sasha and diggers are playing these days.prefer them when they were into the prog style.but thumbs up to sasha for that track!true sasha tune that is!SASHAAAAAAAA!!!!
[ Posted on 2005-05-23 00:02:04 ]

 Innersoul writes: Impressive [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
Not normally into Sasha, but this set was really impressive. Very funktified and interesting to listen to. Sasha is certainly a pioneer!
[ Posted on 2005-05-22 22:49:59 ] [homepage]

 sdro writes: sensational! [ 2005-05-22 - Sasha, Live at Maida Vale ]
what a huge surprise - funkiness brought to me directely by sasha. great mix - only the final part has some boring elements...
[ Posted on 2005-05-22 22:35:29 ] [homepage]

 matrix writes: [ 2004-06-13 - Pepe Bradock, Live from Lisbon ]
Apart from Big Fun, a very dull mix.
[ Posted on 2005-05-22 21:08:50 ] [email]

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