Get the first taste of the new Duck Sauce album on their Essential Mix

A-Trak and Armand Van Helden, the party-starting duo otherwise known as Duck Sauce, dropped a solid hour of exclusive and original Duck Sauce material last Friday for their first crack at Radio 1’s Essential Mix.

“We decided to share a bunch of unreleased demos,” A-Trak says, with Van Helden adding (with a wink and nudge), “They’re songs that we tried shopping to George Michael, Celine Dion and Billy Joel, and were all declined.”

“In the second hour we made a mix of songs that inspired us over the years, up to the present,” A-Trak adds, before Van Helden drops the punchline, “and we mixed them while suspended upside down in a lion’s cage.”

“It was very frightening,” A-Trak deadpans.

Other things you need to know about the mix is that they “found a lot of these records on an archaeological dig in the Sumerian wetlands” (Van Helden) and that the mix “takes you on a trip into Duck Mountain, and will give you a glimpse of the upcoming album” (A-Trak); their new album Quack is due early next year.

Since the duo has no imminent tour dates, this Essential Mix is the closest you’re likely to get to a Duck Sauce show – listen below for two epic, fast-cutting hours of bouncy disco, Armand Van Helden house edits, tongue-in-cheek techno and other oddities.

Duck Sauce Essential Mix tracklisting

1. Duck Sauce – Intro

2. Duck Sauce – Calamari (Demo)

3. Duck Sauce – Radio Stereo

4. Duck Sauce – Vibrations Interlude

5. Duck Sauce – Monica Interlude

6. Duck Sauce – Mondo

7. Duck Sauce – N/A Demo

8. Duck Sauce – It’s You [3beat Records]

9. The MD X-Spress – God Made Me Phunky [Defected]

10. Cajmere – Horny [Cajual Records]

11. Cajmere – Brighter Days (Armand Van Helden Edit)

12. Black Legend – You See The Trouble With Me (Armand Van Helden Edit)

13. Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word (Armand Van Helden Edit)

14. Par-T-One – I’m So Crazy

15. Armand van Helden – Necessary Evil [Warner Bros]

16. Patrick Alavi – Hell Yeah (Jamie Fanatic Bad Boy Remix)

17. DJ E-Clyps – Party’s Still Not Over [Inhouse]

18. Groovebox – Brooklyn [Tiger Records]

19. Sharam Jay & Kolombo – Nonstop [Bunny Tiger]

20. Cupcakes – Captain Obvious

21. Robosonic & Adana Twins – La Fique [2DIY4]

22. Purple Disco Machine – My House [Off Recordings]

23. Blunted Dummies – House For All (John Aquaviva Original 2011 Edit) [Definitive Recordings]

24. Solomun – Love Recycled 1 [2DIY4]