Who knew that twenty-five years ago a radio format that was entirely new at the time would turn out to be one of the longest running radio shows in the BBC's illustrious history? When Pete Tong started presenting The Essential Mix back in 1993, he and the BBC hit on a formula that has barely changed over the course of time. Guest DJs, producers and artists still contribute their weekly mix with Tong acting as intermittent MC.
Last year Soulwax were invited to deliver their Essential Mix and for it they provided entirely new music produced by themselves, the first act ever to do so. This album is a direct result of that mix and is wholly based around the word 'Essential'. It's a concept album of sorts with twelve different tracks using the a shared theme to bond them together.
With the Belgium band being nearly as old as the Essential format itself, having been formed in 1995, it's clear through their career that they've forever been progressive thinkers able to challenge the expected norm. 'Essential' only cements that observation and showcases the creativity of the Ghent collective.
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It took them long enough.
It's been more than a decade, but Soulwax have finally returned with a brand new studio album entitled 'From Deewee', named after their own record label. It might have taken ten years for the Dewaele brothers to bring us another collection of new material, but it only took them a day to record the thing on February 7th 2017 in Ghent, Belgium.
Soulwax unveil new album 'From DeeWee'
'From Deewee' comes a year after their soundtrack album for the Felix Van Groeningen film 'Belgica', but it's the first proper album since 2005's 'Nite Versions'. Since then they have made an appearance in and curated the compilation album 'This Is Radio Soulwax' - featuring the likes of Franz Ferdinand, LCD Soundsystem and Tiga - and released a remix record entitled 'Most of the Remixes'.
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