The Gaslamp Killer – BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix

The Essential Mix is pretty much a rite of passage for electronic music’s best and brightest. The mix tells us a lot both about the artist and the person behind the artist. It is an opportunity to showcase personality and taste in any format –  and few artists let this opportunity go to waste.

2012 has been a huge year for both The Gaslamp Killer and Brainfeeder. Their weekly club night, Low End Theory, has made a huge impact in not only the Los Angeles scene, but in the entire world of electronic music. They bring a refreshing attitude and approach to music – encapsulated perfectly by a quote from GLK himself –

I don’t make club music, I don’t make music for the body. I make music for the brain. This is head music.

With such a huge year behind them, it’s only natural that GLK would use this time to cement his presence. His DJing style is beyond unique – with live pad kits for samples, Serato, and good old fashioned vinyl records, he puts out a mix unlike any other you’ve heard. This might be his greatest work; it’s a standalone DJ set that holds more creativity and recontextualization than many original songs these days, featuring unreleased material from label mate Flying Lotus, some of Mr. Oizo’s wackier work, a bit of his own material from his debut album Breakthrough, and a whole lot of other stuff ranging from hip-hop to classic rock.

This is, without any question, the best Essential Mix of the year. It may even be the best mix of the year period. I can’t think of any other artists with the same ferocity, energy, creativity, and individualism as The Gaslamp Killer. Him and the entire Low End/Brainfeeder crew have been changing the face of modern music for a few years now, but this mix throws them out into the world and says ‘hey, we’re here, this is what we do’ with a take it or leave it attitude that suits them very well. There are only a select few artists that have done so well at avoiding the pitfalls of stardom and capitalism, and I have faith that the whole crew will stay true to who they are and continue to present and share what they do and love. Don’t stop sharing guys – we love it too.

You can stream the mix on BBC’s site.

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Tracklist:

Wendy Carlos – Clockwork Orange Theme [Columbia]

Kuedo – Flight Path [Planet Mu]

LDFD – Micro-Chips (LDFD Remix) [Unreleased]

Dimlite – Orchard Wards

Flying Lotus – All In [Warp]

Flying Lotus – See Through You To Take feat Erykah Badu [Unreleased]

Portishead – Theme from ‘To Kill A Dead Man’ [Go Discs]

Radiohead – Idioteque [Parlophone]

Hudson Mohawke – Furnace Loop

2000F & J Kamata – You Dont Know What Love Is [Hyperdub]

Bames – Bronson

Changes & Esgar – One Day Gaslamp Killer & DAEDELUS – Impulse (Free The Robots Remix)

Harmonic 313 – Wind It Up (Instrumental) [Hyperdub]

Hudson Mohawke – Multi Orch

Jon Wayne – Bowser [Alpha Pup Records]

Jon Wayne – Robot F*** [Stones Throw]

Mono/Poly – Crew

MRR-ADM – Untitled

The Legend of Zelda – Title BGM

Lorn – Automation [Brainfeeder]

Raekwon – Ice Cream (feat. Ghostface Killah & Method Man) [Epic]

Louis Armstrong – Potato Head Blues

Nine Inch Nails – Closer [Nothing/Island]

Madlib – Lifetime (Lifeline) [Stones Throw Records]

Quakers – Fitta Happier (Feat. Guilty Simpson & M.E.D.) [Stones Throw]

Radiohead – National Anthem (8bit Version) [White Label]

Flying Lotus – Pattern Grid World [Warp]

Roots Manuva – Witness (One Hope) [Big Dada]

Birdman – What Happened To That Boy (feat. Clipse) [Cash Money]

Om Unit – One For Gaslamp Killer Dilla – Unknown [Unreleased]

Jeremiah Jae – Hash Knife Pony Express [Brainfeeder]

André 3000 – She Lives In My Lap [LaFace]

Slum Village – Raise It Up [V2]

Saffir – Scandelous

Oh No – Deliveries

Flying Lotus – Elephant Ride [Unreleased]

Sixtoo – Duration [Cease and Desist]

Radiohead – Myxomatosis [Parlophone]

Heralds of Change – Come On Now Work That [All City Records]

John Williams – Imperial March

Mr. Oizo – WC

Mr. Oizo – Peehurts

Aphex Twin – Windowlicker (Dials Re-Edit) [Warp Records]

Lou Champagne System – Silent Walking [Medical Records]

Connan Mockasin – Unicorn In Uniform [Because Music]

Dimlite – I Can’t Get Used To Those [Now-Again Records]

Flying Lotus – Phantasm

Unknown – O Babuaa Yeh Mahua

Black Sabbath – Electric Funeral [Vertigo] [unknown] – Walk On By

Led Zeppelin – No Quarter [Atlantic]

Apryl Fool – The Lost Motherland [Import]

The Gaslamp Killer – Nissim [Brainfeeder]

The Gaslamp Killer – Apparitions (feat. Gonjasufi) [Brainfeeder]

Gaslamp Killer, Adrian Younge & MRR – Dead Vets [Brainfeeder]

Gaslamp Killer & Dimlite – Seven Years Of Bad Luck For Fun [Brainfeeder]

Connan Mockasin – It’s Choade My Dear [Phantasy]

Daedelus – Flying Sail (feat. Computer Jay) [Scion AV]

DJ Rashad – CCP [Lit City Trax]

EPROM – 808 Ride [Unreleased]

Esgar – Starscream [Hit and Run]

Kramphaft – Perfect Gain Structure [Saturate Records]

Phillip D Kick – Love & Gwala [Dummy Records]

Phillip D Kick – Champion Sound

Ennio Morricone – Per Un Pugno Di Dollari