For those of you that don't know BBC Radio One's legendary Essential Mix, Wikipedia says this:
The Essential Mix is a weekly radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and features all styles of electronic dance music. Originally the brainchild of Eddie Gordon, the producer of the show from the first broadcast in 1993 to 2001. In 1993, after months of receiving weekly mix shows on tape-cassette, featuring New York DJs Tony Humphries WRKS 98.7 Kiss FM and Frankie Knuckles WQHT HOT 97 FM, recorded and mailed religiously by US Billboard's Dance Editor Brian Chin, Eddie advised BBC Radio 1 that a weekly dance mix show with DJs of different genres of music would offer more variety and the chance for the ever burgeoning UK dance music scene to flourish with new emerging DJs as well as the internationally famous. Eddie further encouraged the DJs he scheduled to flex their musical knowledge as the broadcast was not essentially playing to a dance floor but to people listening in their homes all over the world and that a high number of listeners were recording the show on cassette to listen to later.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_MixThe show has been hosted since its conception in 1993 by DJ Pete Tong who was also the first performer, broadcast on 30 October 1993. Every Friday late night/Saturday morning a two hour programme is broadcast, usually between the hours of 3 am and 5 am UK-time (the programme was previously broadcast between Saturday late night/Sunday morning 1 am and 3 am, and before that, between 2 am and 4 am and originally midnight and 2 am). The standard format of the show is an uninterrupted guest mix of two hours provided by an invited DJ, group or producer, introduced by Tong. The mix is usually studio recorded in advance.
There are over 900 mixes here featuring just about every international DJ ever, covering styles from trance to house to techno to drum and bass: Paul Oakenfold, Sasha, John Digweed, Danny Rampling, Grooverider, Dave Clarke, Carl Cox, Fabio, Ed Rush & Optical, David Holmes, Massive Attack, Ashley Beadle, X-Press 2, Leftfield, Massive Attack, Goldie, Darren Emerson, Moby, Laurent Garnier, Dave Angel, Lisa Loud, Judge Jules, LTJ Bukem, Marshall Jefferson and on and on....
Edit 10/10/12 - The Soundcloud posts have been taken down.
The following link takes you to Mixcloud and shows all the Essential Mixes uploaded by individual users, not every mix ever recorded is available, but its a start.
This link takes you to Electronic Battle Weapons who have shows hosted from the previous few years... But no classics
There are quite a few available on Youtube too, maybe an idea to post the good ones we come across in this thread?