An invitation to curate the weekly BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix marks a rite of passage for electronic music producers. Every week Pete Tong enlists a producer or DJ to create a two hour mix, a collection of tunes that generally immortalizes the creator in dance music history. At the end of the year, eight judges vote and pick one as "Essential Mix of the Year." This year BBC shortlisted the Bicep, Caribou, Jon Hopkins, Joy Orbison, and Ten Walls mixes for the top slot, and last night Tong announced that Caribou won the "Essential Mix of the Year" award.
Caribou took 2014 by storm with the critically and commercially beloved album Our Love. The album appeared on "Best Of" lists from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Stereogum, and more. The Canadian producer joins the ranks of fellow winners Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, Swedish House Mafia, and others. Caribou embarks on a world tour in 2015, accompanied by his full-fledged band. We highly recommend seeing the newly-annointed winner.
Listen to Caribou's genre-spanning Essential Mix below: