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HAAi wins BBC Essential Mix 2018 award

The Coconut Beats boss beat serious heavyweights for the accolade... 

HAAi wins BBC Essential Mix 2018 award
HAAi wins BBC Essential Mix 2018 award

HAAi has won BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix of the Year 2018. 

The Australian-born, London-based player, who held a residency at Phonox for two years and runs the Coconut Beats label and party series, managed to emerge victorious from a shortlist including heavyweights such as Ricardo Villalobos, Avalon Emerson and Four Tet. 

The mix, which was originally broadcast in September, veers between off-kilter global house and curveball techno, and was aired for a second time on Friday 28th December. 

Last year, former DJ Mag cover star and associate of Hamburg's iconic Golden Pudel club, Helena Hauff, claimed the same accolade. As a result she joined faces such as Pete Tong, Monki and Danny Howard on the judging panel this time round. 

Head to the official Radio 1 Essential Mix page to hear the award-winning mix in full, and read what happened when we posed ten tough questions to HAAi last summer

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