Soulwax release album made for BBC Radio 1

The Ghent (East Flanders) group Soulwax have released a new album entitled ‘Essential’. The Dewaele brothers were asked by the British public broadcaster BBC’s popular music station Radio 1 to make an “Essential Mix” of their work. However, rather than just producing a max of their favourite songs, Soulwax came up with more than an hour’s worth of new material.  

‘Essential’ comes just a year after Soulwax’s last album “From Deewee". The BBC Radio 1 show The Essential Mix has been broadcast weekly since October 1993. The programme, that is broadcast early on Saturday morning, features contemporary DJs an music producers that compile an uninterrupted two-long music mix.

However, Soulwax’s Stephen and David Dewaele went a step further and decided to make an hour’s worth of music with the term “Essential” as its theme.

As if that was difficult enough the brothers decided that they should not use the machines (mainly synthesisers and drums) that they had used for their previous album. In just two weeks they produced an album of which both of them are proud.  

Soulwax is the first group or artist that has produced an hours original material for “The Essential Mix” in the almost 25 years since it started.

The result is a brand new series of electronic dance number. The album comprises 12 largely instrumental tracks.

Soulwax will perform on 13 July at the Dour Music Festivalen and on 11 August at the Lokeren Festival.