Soulwax will release an album of original material, “Essential” on 22 June via DEEWEE.
The band elaborate: “When we were approached to make an Essential Mix for the BBC in May 2017, we chose to do what every sane human being would do, we decided to lock ourselves into our studio for two weeks and make an hour of new music based around the word ‘Essential’, instead of preparing a mix of already existing music. The product of this otherwise unwise decision is something we ended up being very proud of and is now being released on the piece of plastic you’re are currently holding in your hands.”
Soulwax are the first artists to ever submit an entire hour’s worth of original material for a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. “It felt like a challenge,” the band explain, “and something no-one had done. We loved the challenge of releasing a full record live on a radio show without people having any advance notice, and we always wanted to release it on DEEWEE after it was aired on Radio 1”
Comprised of 12 tracks, named ‘Essential One – ‘Essential Twelve’, each song on the album is based around the word ‘essential’. ‘Essential Four’, a cut from the album, features vocals from Belgian vocalist Charlotte Adigéry, who will be releasing her second EP on DEEWEE in 2018.
Recorded in just under two weeks at Soulwax’s DEEWEE studio in Gent, Essential was created using the gear they didn’t use for their celebrated 2017 LP From Deewee, which was recorded live with the band in one take.
Since the creation of Soulwax in 1995, David and Stephen Dewaele have consistently pushed the boundaries into new and innovative territory. In addition to Soulwax, they continue to tour the globe as 2manydjs, have their DEEWEE record label and studio, Radio Soulwax – a visual radio station and app, and the Despacio project with James Murphy. Not to mention producing some of the most cutting-edge remixes we’ve seen in recent times for the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jagwar Ma, Warpaint, Tame Impala, Metronomy, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Gossip, Hot Chip, MGMT, and many more.
“Essential” will be available on heavyweight double-vinyl, CD and digital formats from 22 June via DEEWEE.