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Nicolas Jaar is the Essential Mixer of the Year

00:00 Nov/30/1999

This is lazy like Sunday morning, blood-stirring like a Summer evening, superb for staying home with a rainy weather - it's like Mona Lisa, staring at you, regardless of the perspective you've chosen to look at it. There aren't enough played out metaphors to describe the masterful Essential Mix  from the 'Essential Mixer of the Year' - Nicolas Jaar.

There's been some spectacular Essential Mixes in 2012. The Gaslamp Killer got down with his first ever mix for the legendary BBC 1 Radio show. It was a first time for Hardwell as well - the Essential Mix by the Dutch DJ represented the young electronical dance music generation with a successful appearance. There were exceptional mixes from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Hot Chip, Carl Cox and the 'Young Stars' who took over: Madeon, Porter Robinson, Otto Knows and Disclosure.

So a great all-around year for Pete Tong's radio program. However, Nicolas Jaar exceeded everyone:

“The mix was chosen by a panel of expert judges, including Pete Tong and the Friday Night Dance Music Marathon team,” the BBC announced recently. “The judges thought that Jaar’s mix was bold, brave and timeless. It mixed Aphex Twin with string quartets, Ricardo Villalobos with Marvin Gaye, it had Beyonce unplugged and it had Jay Z playing golf!” As if that wasn't eccentric enough, Jaar  threw N*SYNC into the mix, alongside cuts of Feist, his own album 'Space is Only Noise' and the New Yorker’s critically acclaimed Sneaky Sound System remix. “I’ve watched Jurassic Park twice in my life – once when I was six and the second time a couple of weeks ago”, the 22-year old commented when the mix first aired. “It inspired me to think about how gaps in time change our way of perceiving”.

Listen to the 120-minute work of art that received the Essential Mix of the Year honors! Tracklist below.


01. Nicolas Jaar & Maceo Plex - Gravy Train (Nicolas Jaar Remix) [Get Physical Music]

02. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise [Clown & Sunset]

03. Laxx & Farkas - Creature

04. Nicolas Jaar - Don't Break My Love [Clown & Sunset]


05. Angelo Badalamenti - Conversation On Twin Peaks [Warner Bros]

06. The Brothers Four - Greenfields [Columbia]

07. Jay-Z - My First Song (Acapella) [Roc-A- Fella]

08. Jonny Greenwood - There Will Be Blood [NONESUCH]

09. Los Ángeles Negros - Tu Y Tu Mirar... Yo Y Mi Cancion [Harmless]

10. LaShun Pace - It's Me Oh Lord (Acapella Praise) [Shanachie]

11. Jonny Greenwood - Open Spaces [NONESUCH]

12. Pearson Sound - Footloose [Pearson Sound]

13. The Electric Prunes - Holy Are You (There Is No God Edit) [Reprise]

14. Aphex Twin - Ziggomatic 17 [WARP]

15. Keith Jarrett - Tokyo, November 14 (Encore) [ECM Records]

16. My Girl And Me - Always Back To You (feat. Lorraine) [Unknown]

17. Vera November - Last Night Together (You're Coming Back Edit) [Rough Trade]

18. Nikita Quasim - L'amour L'après Midi [Clown and Sunset]

19. Nikita Quasim - The Way I Felt Today [Clown and Sunset]

20. Feist - Caught A Long Wind [Polydor]

21. Shigeru Umebayashi - Yumeji's Theme (In The Mood For Love) [In The Mood For Love OST, Higher Octave OmTown]

22. *NSYNC - It Makes Me Ill (Edit) [JIVE]

23. Unknown - Unknown

24. Charles Mingus - Myself When I'm Real [IMPULSE]

25. Bill Callahan - America! [DRAG CITY]

26. The Field - The Little Heart Beats So Fast [Kompakt]

27. Sneaky Sound System - Always By Your Side (Nicolas Jaar Remix) [Modular]

28. Just Friends - Avalanche [Unknown]

29. Pavla + Noura - Don't Owe Me A Thing [The Prism, Clown and Sunset]

30. Acid Pauli - La Voz Tan Tierna [Clown and Sunset]

31. Igor Wakhevitch - Taddy's Dream: Ramallah's Road [Pathé Marconi EMI]

32. Nikita Quasim - Derridu [Unknown]

33. Beyoncé Knowles - 1+1 [Columbia]

34. Anouar Brahem - Vague / E La Nave Va [ECM]

35. Rio Grande - Let's Groove (Tonight Edit) [Unknown]

36. Gonzales - Manifesto [Sunnyside]

37. The Grass Roots - Let's Live For Today (Learn To Live Edit) [Dunhill]

38. Marvin Gaye - Inner City Blues (Sk Edit) [TAMLA]

39. Man Friday - Real Love (The Paradise Garage Mix) (feat. Larry Levan) [Nite Grooves]

40. DJ Slugo - What That Do [Subterranean Playhouse]

41. Ricardo Villalobos - What You Say Is More Than I Can Say [Playhouse]

42. Untitled - Untitled [Unknown]

43. Nicolas Jaar - The Student [Wolf & Lamb]

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