Carl Cox has delivered the first Essential Mix of 2018 — and boy, does he deliver!

As deftly mixed as we’d expect from a man who was among the first to champion three-deck mixing, it features a host of astutely chosen cuts, with established names such as Riva Starr, Eats Everything, Booka Shade and Anja Schneider rubbing shoulders with fledgling acts a la Tom Cole, Fabio Neural and Chris Coe. 

A discerning treat from beginning to end, the mix proves a fitting way for the Essential Mix, which turns 25 this year, to kick off proceedings in 2018. 

Pete Tong opens the show by referring to Coxy as “one of the most legendary DJs in dance history” and we reckon Tongy is pretty on point there.

Be sure to tune in to Coxy’s 45th (!) Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1’s website here.

Need more Coxy in your life? Check out the 'Top Ten Moments that Defined Carl Cox' here