Soulwax are the first artists to ever submit an entire hour's worth of original material for a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. "It felt like a challenge," the band explain, "and something no-one had done. We loved the challenge of releasing a full record live on a radio show without people having any advance notice, and we always wanted to release it on DEEWEE after it was aired on Radio 1." Comprised of 12 tracks, each song on the album is based around the word ‘essential'. The album's first single, "Essential 4" features vocals from Belgian vocalist Charlotte Adigéry. Recorded in just under two weeks at Soulwax's DEEWEE studio in Gent, Essential was created using the gear they didn't use for their celebrated 2017 LP From Deewee, which was recorded live with the band in one take.