Bass blockbuster: Skrillex’s Essential Mix is the most-played in BBC Radio 1 history

When Skrillex hit the BBC Radio 1 studios last month to deliver his second Essential Mix, the internet was watching. The man otherwise known as Sonny Moore had been part of an Essential Mix before – saddling up next to DJ Shadow, Simian Mobile Disco and Fake Blood for a Live from Rockness special in 2011 – but this mix was the first time “the most famous haircut in dance music” (as Pete Tong put it) has contributed to the legendary series on his own. As with all things Skrillex, the output was as attention-grabbing as it was polarising.

So just how many people tuned in to hear what Sonny Moore could do? If a tweet from Moore’s label OWSLA is to be believed, the answer is a lot. “Got word over the weekend that Skrillex Essential Mix was the single most played piece of content in BBC Radio 1 history across all media,” the label tweeted overnight. For a station that’s been around since 1967 (not to mention the fact that the Essential Mix is now in its twentieth year), claiming the single most played piece of content ever in BBC Radio 1 history is, to be sure, no mean feat.

If you didn’t catch the history-making mix the first time around, you can dive into Skrillex’s Essential Mix below. Over two hours, the OWSLA head tore through high-octane cuts from his regular offsider Boys Noize, names as diverse as Knife Party, Kendrick Lamar, Cashmere Cat and Disclosure as well as, of course, a bit of his own work. So…a shoe in for Essential Mix of the Year?

Skrillex Essential Mix Tracklist:

Dog Blood – Untitled Demo

Knife Party – Power Glove (Adam F Edit)

Torro Torro x Astronomar – Go Deep

Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn [PMR]

Destructo – Higher [Boysnoize]

Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Skrillex Bootleg)

Jeremih x D’Angelo – F*** U All The Time x French Fries

Dog Blood – Middle Finger 2

AC Slater – Out Here [Trouble & Bass]

Sluggers – Rollex

Culprate – McFunk (feat. Torqux) [Inspected Records]

UZ – Trap Sh*t V13 (Justin Martin Remix) [Boysnoize Records]

Millions Like Us – Behind You [Inspected Records]

Skrillex – Leaving [OWSLA]

Deftones – You’ve Seen The Butcher (Mustard Pimp Remix)

Boys Noize – Excuse Me

Stephen Brown – Fuego (Ben Sims Remix) [Theory]

Branchez – Shake

A$AP Rocky – Wild For The Night (Dog Blood Remix)

Skrillex – Try It Out (feat. Alvin Risk)

Skrillex – Scary Bolly Dub [OSWLA]

Felguk – Loud Blue (12th Planet Remix)

Jeremih – 773 Love (Cashmere Cat Edit)

Alvin Risk – Put ‘Em Up (feat. Jason Aalon Butler)

Blood Diamonds – Barcode (The Widdler Remix)

Flux Pavillion & SKism – Jump Back (VIP) (feat. Foreign Beggars) [Circus]

Kendrick Lamar – m.A.A.d city (feat. MC Eiht) [Aftermath]

Sub Focus – Tidal Wave (Flosstradamus Remix) (feat. Alpines) [Mercury]

Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Dog Blood Edit)

Phonat – Ride The Prejudice [OWSLA]

Bro Safari & UFO! – Animal

Dada Life – Boing Clash Boom (Major Lazer Remix)

DJPJMADEDISTRACK! – Juke That Ass From The Back [Halstead Street Entertainment]

Leatherface – No Love For [Booty Call Records]

Orties – Plus pute que toutes les putes (Lecter remix) [Booty Call Records]

Valentino Khan – The Dip

Bro Safari – The Drop (Must Die! Remix)

Justin Martin – Ghettos & Gardens (Bachelors Of Science D&B Remix) [Dirty Bird]

Skrillex – Untitled DJ Tool

A$AP Rocky – LVL [Polo Grounds Music]