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Ben UFO steps up to the Essential Mix: “It’s dark, even for me”

Over the past few weeks Radio 1’s Friday night Essential Mix has treated us to some classic New York house jams from The Martinez Brothers, a one-take soundtrack to sunset Ibiza partying by Guy Gerber and a two-hour masterclass from Dixon, but now it’s time for some serious bass and techno.

Pete Tong has pulled in consummate DJ Ben UFO (AKA Ben Thompson), the man behind Hessle Audio with Pangaea and Pearson Sound, a label that Thompson says he started to “contribute to the spread of the dubstep sound,” but with the changing times they now find themselves playing everything from “sub-heavy techno to twisted broken house music – the one thing that’s remained constant is an emphasis on bass-weight.”

And that’s precisely what Thompson delivers over his two-hour and 39-track slot, saying “It’s a pretty dark mix, even for me, but there are moments of clarity and brightness in there.” If the long weekend has left you in a bit of a dark place, here’s your soundtrack below.

Ben UFO’s Essential Mix tracklist

1. Guy Evans – AC004 B2 – All Caps

2. Bass Clef – Stenaline Metronil Solar Flare (Peverelist System Mix) – Punch Drunk

3. Randomer – Curtains – Hemlock

4 .Drexciya – Danger Bay – Underground Resistance

5. Royal Crown of Sweden – Vanern – Proibito

6. Mix Mup – Doomed – Hinge Finger

7. Basic Soul Unit – Inner Shell – Lab.OUR

8. Christian S. – Jagos – Cí¬≥meme

9. Beau Wanzer – Balls of Steel – LIES

10. Hieroglyphic Being – Long Live The Flesh (The Edit)

11. Nueroshima – Scanner – Unreleased

12. Ekranoplan – Coil – Unreleased

13. JD Twitch – Juju – Autonomous Africa

14. Laurie Spiegel – Drums – Unseen World

15. SUL – Ain’t Bin Idle – MeandYou

16. Mgun – Jijijijij$ijijijiji – Don’t Be Afraid

17. Joey Anderson – Press Play – Latency

18. Snugs – Rural Brazil – Unreleased

19. DJ Qu – Alone I See – Inimeg

20. Glenn Underground – Madzone – Djax-Up-Beats

21. Kassem Mosse – Untitled

22. L.B. Dub Corp – Take It Down In (Dub) – Ostgut Ton

23. Frak – First Snow In Harlem – Borft

24. Baby Ford – Make Your Own Sunshine (Minimal Man Remix) – PAL SL

25. Black Sites – N313 P – PAN

26. Pearson Sound – Power Drumsss – Hessle Audio

27. Ekoclef – Tonight Is A Trap But The Bait Is Great – MAGIC + DREAMS

28. Hank Jackson – Shave – Mr. Saturday Night

29. DJ Booman – To Da Rhythm – Hardhead Records

30. Gemini – Movement – NRK Sound Division

31. The Traveller – Bypass – Ostgut Ton

32. Marcos Cabral – Dancing On Manhattan – LIES

33. Joe – Slope – Hessle Audio

34. Basic House – No Lotion (LK Mix) – Opal Tapes

35. Plez – Can’t Stop (DMR Zone) – Plezure Records

36. Depeche Mode – Should Be Higher (Pangaea Dub) – Columbia

37. Special Request – Cold Blooded – Houndstooth

38. Untold – Ion – Unreleased

39. Kartei – 1866 Sisyphus – WT Records