Listen to Jon Hopkins deliver a showcase of album and live show influences for BBC Essential Mix

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The Mercury Prize nominee crafts a personal mix for BBC’s Essential Mix series.

Jon Hopkins is the latest artist to deliver an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.

The two-hour long selection sees the producer take a personal approach, with music that has influenced his recent work and live shows:

It feels amazing to join a line up that has included so many people whose music I admire. I put a lot of work into this, trying to showcase the tracks that have influenced my recent album and live shows, and trying to build a musical structure and journey over the two hours. I really hope everyone enjoys it.

You can listen back via the BBC iPlayer (for UK residents) or via CoreNews.

Hopkins’ mix includes an unreleased song by the man himself alongside music from Recondite, Untold, Dan Deacon, Skudge, Boddika and more.

Tracklist:
Bvdub & Loscil – Moirai [Glacial Movements]
Rapoon – Alchiva [Robin Storey]
Barker & Baumecker – Spur (Clark Remix) [Warp]
Jon Hopkins – Interlude [Unreleased]
Seefeel – Industrious [Too Pure]
Jon Hopkins – Abandon Window (Moderat Remix) [Domino]
Recondite – The Fade [Ghostly International]
Dan Deacon – Surprise Stefani (Luke Abbott Remix) [Carpark]
Untold – Just for You [Hotflush Recordings]
Skudge – Mobius [Indigo Aera]
Agoria & Francesco Tristano – Kick the Peace Part 1 [Different]
Fairmont – 3 Cities [Traum Shallpatten]
Daniel Avery – Naive Response [Phantasy]
I Break Horses – Faith (The Field Remix) [Bella Union]
Gary Beck – Algoreal [Soma Quality Recordings]
James Holden – The Illuminations (12″ version) [Border Community]
Wesley Matsell – Bismuth [Cambria Instruments]
Jon Hopkins – Collider (Pangaea Remix) [Domino]
Clark – Growls Garden (Nathan Fake Remix) [Warp]
Mux Mool – Crackers [Ghostly International]
Boddika & Joy Orbison – In Here [Sunklo]
Mogg & Naudascher – Moon Unit Part 2 [Supersoul]
Panda Bear – Drone [Paw Tracks]

The Essential… Scott Walker

The Essential... Scott Walker

By the age of 23, Scott Walker had enjoyed a more successful pop career than most could hope for in a lifetime.

As one third of The Walker Brothers, a trio of Americans in self-imposed exile in the UK, he experienced a level of superstardom that briefly rivalled that of the Beatles. Mid-60s songs like ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’ and ‘The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More’ made Scott, John and Gary the clean-cut pin-ups du jour. But entertainment, as they say, is a fickle business, and the success wasn’t to last.

As The Walker Brothers disintegrated, Scott (real name Noel Scott Engel, and no relation to his two bandmates) would strike off on his own, producing a string of albums in the late ’60s that, while largely overlooked at the time, are now considered among the finest of the decade. Again though, Walker would quickly lose his way, slipping into MOR obscurity for the majority of ’70s. From there, many would happily have fallen into a lengthy, royalty-funded retirement. Not Scott. In the early ’80s he would reinvent himself again, emerging from the ashes of a faltering light entertainment career to become one of the most brilliant and distinctive voices of the pop avant-garde.

Walker and his music continue to captivate and confuse with a force rarely attained by musicians of any generation. His most recent solo album, 2012′s Bish Bosch, was of a piece with his best work, while this month he released Soused, an earth-shaking full-length collaboration with pivotal doom outfit Sunn O))). And while he has long had a cult following, a renewed frenzy of discourse in the past decade – the most visible products of which are a documentary  and a book, both excellent – has helped cement his status as an underground hero with few equals.

Walker’s knotty, uncompromising and utterly unique body of work seems to be resonating more strongly than ever, with the likes of Radiohead, Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and David Bowie all singing his praises. But Walker’s discography is an imposing one, and not an easy ride for the uninitiated. By way of introduction – and taking in love and loss, dead dictators and easily as much commercial failure as critical success – here are 10 of Walker’s best.