Yesterday Zane Lowe announced he’ll be leaving BBC Radio 1 next month to work for Apple in the US.
One of the UK’s firmest fixtures when it comes to breaking, celebrating and pushing new music, Zane’s daily evening shows – broadcast between 7-9pm UK time – have been fuelled by freshness across every genre possible.
One of the first peaktime broadcasters to celebrate dubstep, Zane has been unafraid to drop pounding bass music to audiences of millions during their dinner, he’s boldly rubbed electro records upside folk joints and even played entire albums without any breaks or chatty interludes.
Adding a specialist dynamic to an accessible family-time show, Zane’s boundary-free appreciation of exciting new talent (and knowledge of the past masters) has scored him near-matchless stripes in our generation of radio DJs and helped the career of many now massive artists.
One of his most infamous signature moves has been Zane Lowe’s Hottest Records In The World. Often doubling up as a world premiere, his hottest records – like the rest of his selections – cover every genre under the sun and come from brand new names and legends alike.
We’ve looked back to see how many of his hottest records have appeared on UKF. We’ve shared quite a bit of heat with Zane over the years, often complementing his pick with the dirtier, heavier or more club-focused remix. We’ve compiled 30 of the best below (full tracklist beneath the player)
Zane’s last show will be broadcasted on March 5. The equally respected and similarly open-armed beat connoisseur Annie Mac will take over the slot from March 9.
Mr Lowe, we salute you!
Rene Lavice – The Calling
The Prodigy – Nasty (Spor Remix)
Corbu – Neon Hallway TC Remix
Jack U – Take U There (Netsky Remix)
Andy C – Heartbeat Loud VIP
Netsky – Running Low
Oliver Heldens x Becky Hill – Gecko (Matrix & Futurebound remix)
Clean Bandit – Extraordinary (Sigma Remix)
Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Shy FX remix)
Skrillex & Kill The Noise – Recess (Flux Pavilion Remix)
Secondcity – I Wanna Feel (Brookes Brothers Remix)
Route 94 – My Love (Sigma Remix)
Wilkinson – Too Close (Frankee Remix)
TC – Get Down Low
Chase & Status – Machine Gun (Live)
Wilkinson – Afterglow
Example – All The Wrong Places (Calyx & TeeBee Remix)
Brookes Brothers – Carry Me On
John Newman – Love Me Again (Kove Remix)
Knife Party – EDM Death Machine
Sub Focus – Tidal Wave (KillSonik Remix)
Jakwob – Blinding (Bcee Remix)
Chase & Status – Lost & Not Found (Kove Remix)
Wilkinson – Heartbeat (Calyx & TeeBee Remix)
Rudimental – Feel The Love (Fred V & Grafix Remix)
Nero – Won’t You (Be There) (Baauer Remix)
Netsky – Love Has Gone (Enei Remix)
Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You (Loadstar Remix)
Sub Focus – Out Of The Blue
Caspa – War (Subscape Remix)