Danny Howells turns 50 today… so let’s give his classic 2002 Essential Mix another listen


Today (24 November) marks the 50th birthday of arguably one of the finest selectors of the past two decades, Danny Howells.

Recently, the Hastings native has been as active for defending animal rights as he has mixing it up on the ones and twos, not to mention some stellar productions – for example, check out his recent house cut for 8bit Records, Paradium.


But during the first few years of the Millennium, Howells was one of the most prolific jocks in the business, delivering a couple of seminal Renaissance mix albums, the second release in the Nubreed collection, and Global Underground 027: Miami, released in 2005.

Back in 2002, however, he found the time in his busy schedule to record arguably one of the best Essential Mix sets of all time, for BBC Radio 1, a sonic tour de force that takes in Primal Scream, Beastie Boys, Prince, Kool & The Gang, Raw Silk, The Beatles, Massive Attack and The Beatles, among others.

Stick your headphones on, this is best enjoyed LOUD. Happy birthday Danny! 🙂


Tracklisting: Danny Howells Essential Mix, first broadcast Sunday 28th July, 2002

Doves – ‘Firesuite’ (Heavenly)
Madonna & Massive Attack – ‘I Want You’ (Maverick)
Simian – ‘The Wisp’ (Source)
Polar – ‘Nightwatch’ (Certificate 18)
Danny Byrd – ‘Expanded Remix’ (Hospital)
Agent Black – ‘Feel Good’ (Ivory)
The Funky Lowlives – ‘Inside’ (Dorfmeister VS Uptight Dub) (Stereo Deluxe)
Primal Scream – ‘Screamadelica’ (Creation)
Aloof – ‘Never Get Out Of The Boat’ (FFRR)
Beastie Boys – ‘Shadrach’ (Capital)
Kool & The Gang – ‘Spirit Of The Boogie’ (De-Lite)
Unknown – Excerpt from James Brown Live At The Apollo Vol 2
Patti Jo – ‘Make Me Believe In You’ (Strut)
Prince – ‘Drum Link’
Cerrone – ‘Sweet Drums’ (Atlantic)
First Choice – ‘Love Thang’ (Salsoul)
Raw Silk – ‘Do It To The Music’ (West End)
Sir Drew – ‘Fat Foot’ (King Size)
Spooky – ‘Something’s Got To Give’ (Guerilla)
Age Of Chance – ‘Flame On’ (Virgin)
Ekova – ‘Heaven’s Dust’ (Six Degrees)
Candida – ‘Jingo’ (Danny Howells’ Kitchen Sink Mix) (Salsoul)
Mekon & Marc Almond ‘Please Stay’ (Royskopp Mix) (Wall Of Sound)
Clash – ‘Rock The Casbah’ (Columbia)
Beatles – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (Apple)
Ringo Starr – ‘Strawberry Drums Forever’ (DH Re-Edit) (Apple)

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