Listen to The Avalanches’ brilliantly varied Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1

It includes everything from Paul McCartney to the Pointer Sisters

The Avalanches have shared their two-hour-long Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1.

The Australian band’s varied choices include tracks by Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, the Stooges, the Pointer Sisters, Sun Ra, Frank Zappa, Thurston Moore and the Grateful Dead. Listen to it here via BBC iPlayer.

The Avalanches returned earlier this summer with a new album called ‘Wildflower’, their first since 2000’s ‘Since I Left You’.


However, last month the band were forced to postpone their overseas festival shows due to an unspecified health concern. The Australian electronic group altered their touring plans after band member Tony Di Blasi was advised against travelling abroad due “to a medical condition requiring treatment in Australia”.

This isn’t the first bout of ill health to strike the band: earlier this year, Robbie Chater revealed that, during the band’s lengthy period of inactivity, he’d been diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, Chater confirmed that being diagnosed with the condition in the mid-2000s left him unable to produce new music for a number of years.

Chater said: “There were three years in the mid-2000s when I was really unwell. I was diagnosed with a couple of separate autoimmune diseases, so I was out of action.”