Refusing to let any hiccups stop them, the musos have managed to curate a huge set for BBC Radio 1’s famous studio, where they assumed control of the station’s output for two hours. The Avalanches’ Essential Mix is a must-listen for, well, just about everyone.
The Avalanches’ Essential Mix is a trip through over half a century of hits across twisting genres that forms an amazing, cohesive program.
Known for their wide use of samples to create their music, The Avalanches have to be some of the most well-listened musicians on the market. Their seminal 2000 album Since I Left You was comprised of an estimated 3,500 samples from sources far and wide.
The way such a variety of music is brought together under their banner is mind-boggling, and this mix is no exception. It contains music from pedal-royalty Ratatat and legendary rap DJ Madlib, classic rock preachers The Stooges and jazz activist Nina Simone. About a quarter of the way into the program, we’re pretty sure there’s a kazoo cover of Stayin’ Alive.
The result is an eclectic, free-flowing mix with something for every listener out there. You have 28 days to listen to it here, complete with a handy track listing further down on the page.