Andy C - Back & Forth/Ram Records/Andy C - Essential Mix @ BBC 1Xtra 1st June 2019 - Live at XOY

Andy C’s ‘Back & Forth’ is the sound of the world’s greatest drum & bass champion hitting festival season. Released on 14 June on Ram Records/BMG, ‘Back & Forth’ follows the release of February’s ‘Till Dawn’, the heavy, underground cut, rooted in the sets Andy was spinning at his second residency at XOYO and beyond. Fresh out of his 13-week run in XOYO’s subterranean main room, Andy hit the international circuit, with recent highlights including EDC Las Vegas, and Avant Gardner in New York, alongside We Are FSTVL, Snowbombing, and Cardiff’s Titan Warehouse, that kicked off his summer season for 2019. In between, he finished and released a remix of Tom Walker, continued to finish further new material that will be released this year, and released an Essential Mix featuring a live recording from XOYO. The 21st quarterly resident at the East London club, a statement in itself as it marks the first time they’d ever invited a resident back, his second residency sold out in 2 hours, and represents a momentous return to the recently renovated club.

November 2018 saw Andy play his biggest UK headline show to date, SSE Arena Wembley. The event, Wembley Arena’s first ever all night licence, sold out in 3 days, and saw fans come together under one roof, for one DJ (Andy is only the second electronic artist to headline the venue). This show followed previous milestones like Brixton Academy and Alexandra Palace, impressive achievements that sit alongside 2018 award wins including DJ Mag (Best British DJ), DNBA (Best DJ), Top 100 DJs Poll (Highest Drum & Bass DJ), and the Ibiza DJ Awards (Best Bass DJ); and the 40+ awards he’s amassed over his much-lauded career. Further releases from Andy C will be announced soon. Festival shows this summer include SW4, Reading & Leeds, Parklife, and many more.

The opening salvo ignites with a heady twist up including Capone’s Massive and Skantia’s highly anticipated remix of Bassline Secret. The closing salute features a mad blend of Chase & Status’s Retreat, Roni Size’s Bonanza Kid and Digital’s Deadline. The two hours between feature every style and era of tune worth giving a monkeys about, mixed in an unmistakable, wildly energetic way.

It can only be Andy C’s Essential Mix.

Recorded during his XOYO season with Tonn Piper on mic duties, it was broadcast in the early hours of Saturday morning and it absolutely bashes. Andy’s fourth Essential Mix in total, and his first full two hour mix since 2005, it’s the first drum & bass Essential Mix of the year and if it doesn’t give you the kickstart you need this week then you blatantly overdid it on the weekend.

Capturing the intensity and chaos of his XOYO nights perfectly, the mix is a dizzying blur that refuses to sit still and brazenly includes seminal anthems such as Metropolis and Messiah within the first 10 minutes. Indulge yourself while you can: it’s on the BBC iPlayer for the whole of June (and will no doubt be found elsewhere online)

For added context, on the XOYO night this mix was largely recorded, D&BTV went on the road with Andy… This is where he was at just hours before the mix was recorded and sheds a little light on how he prepares for sets like these. If we saluted any harder our arms would fall off.

Andy C.Essential Mix @BBC1Xtra June 2019 Live at XOXO