The Driving Music guy on YouTube has several of the Oakey sets from that year: Ibiza, Shanghai, Miami. All of them worthwhile, especially because the accompanying visuals are a camera pointed out the front window of his car as he drives around Toronto, Ontario, Canada (quietly one of the most fun cities in North America, with an excellent theatrical / creative arts scene and lots of good bars & restaurants that deliver without being pretentious about it). There's something really soothing about it, especially if, like me, you need a 5 minute "break" in the middle of your work-from-home day, just to clear your head before the next task.
I also like Oakey's Havana and Buenos Aires sets from that year. I was a little surprised he didn't try and issue a 20-year "artist in residence" BBC1 re-issue of all of those sets, remastered.
If we are talking Essential Mix, may I recommend Portishead. I also just noticed there is a February '97 set from Daft Punk, which should be from right before they blew up "Around the World". That should be fun.
Or, if we want to hit the way-back machine (and I'm showing my age: gasp!), we can go with some classic Dead Can Dance, right? Or, maybe for your Greek stylings, my favorite Vangelis album?
Yeah, that 'Driving Guy' has uploaded some good sets. I just listen, don't watch, but yeah, it was soothing seeing a City I've never been to via a dashcam. About as close a holiday I'll get at the moment.
There's one awesome Oakey set from 30/04/2006 that I can only find in mono. Would love that one remastered. I think part of the beauty of those old sets is that 'crackling' vinyl sound. Peeps these days want pure, clean sound. Doubt Oakey has any of those vinyls left.
Never really heard anything from Portishead or Dead Can Dance. Daft Punk and Vangelis are on my 'acceptable' list, but not something I listen to regularly. My love for music probably goes away from yours. I prefer the older trance styles of Gatecrasher. These days it's Giuseppe Ottaviani and Aly & Fila that I prefer.
bit late, but only just saw this. i have almost all of the BBC R1 essential mix's, starting from the mid 90s up until the mid-2000s, if anyone is interested...literally hundreds of them.
my favorite of all time is the massive attack set, but agree that sasha and oak were consistently great. carl cox and pete tong also regularly did well.
some notable sets for me were: portishead, UNKLE, mylo, fatboy slim, leftfield, daft punk, goldie, armin, audio bullys, basement jaxx, groove armada, future sounds of london, nero, the rapture, planet funk, avalnches, skrillex, pendulum, chemical brothers, timo maas...tiesto. but that massive attack set (bristol 1994) was a seminal fixture of my teens.
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