Early in December, BBC Radio 1 announced their list of 2017 residents, revealing a list of esteemed DJs including the likes of Kölsch and Eats Everything. The largest name on the rotating series’ roster, of course, was deadmau5, who celebrated his birthday by providing his debut residency mix yesterday, January 5.A deadmau5 mix for dance music’s most respected radio station is exactly what the artist’s dedicated fans would expect from him – and in this case, predictability is a wonderful thing.

Throughout the broadcast’s two hours, Joel Zimmerman evades selecting songs from his own catalogue for the most part; he opens with “Imaginary Friends” and mixes in Com Truise’s remix of his own “Strobe” down the line, but dedicates the rest of the mix to an eclectic melange of tasteful music. Weaving an engaging, energetically dynamic set, deadmau5 explores the quaking techno of Maceo Plex and ANNA, the cerebral ambiences of Max Cooper and Jon Hopkins, and the ethereal soundscapes of Tycho and one of his strongest inspirations, Boards of Canada. Given the musical variety of his inaugural mix, it’s exciting to see where deadmau5 will take his series in the coming months.

Listen to the full broadcast below:

Tracklist (via 1001 Tracklists):

1. deadmau5 – Imaginary Friends
2. Maceo Plex – Motor Rotor
3. ANNA – Face Your Fears
4. DkA – Anneessens
5.Max Cooper – Distant Light
6. Pig&Dan – Back To Graceland
7. Pryda – The End Is Just The Beginning
8. Pan-Pot – Solace
9. Undercatt – Mongrel
10. Lane 8 – With Me
11. Gardens Of God – River
12. Robert Oaks – On The Run
13. Dom Kane – Borg
14. Tycho – Epoch
15. deadmau5 – Strobe (Com Truise Remix)
16. Jon Hopkins – Lost In Thought
17. Boards Of Canada – Satellite Anthem Icarus
18. ATTLAS ft. Charlz – Ensnared

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