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He's dug his records out of the loft...

BBC presenter Ros Atkins has crafted a super drum 'n' bass mix for 6Music.

The mix was crafted for Steve Lamacq, who hosted a special Desert Island Disco all-dayer edition of his show.

Journalist Ros Atkins dusted down his record, lining up a drum 'n' bass mix that blended the old with the new.

As it turns out, Ros Atkins grew up around soundsystem culture, and DJ'd across the the south of England.

Writing on social media, he recalled: "Back in the 90s, along with lots of teenagers in Cornwall, I started going to raves and listening to hardcore and drum & bass."

He added: "I started to buy a lot of D&B and, through my 20s, in a very amateur fashion, I DJed a range of music in London, Cornwall and Cambridge."

Even DJing in South Africa, Ros Atkins switched off his mixer following the birth of his first child, choosing to focus on family and career first.

Mentioning his youthful love of breaks in a recent Observer piece, 6Music then decided to tap up the presenter for a potential mix.

Inspired by pre-COVID nights at Brixton Electric - formerly drum 'n' bass haven the Fridge, in its 90s incarnation - it moves from influential breaks classic to a modern KOFFEE redub.

Introducing the mix, Ros Atkins comments: "Starting off back in the 90s and working my way through to right now. I hope you enjoy it - I've been totally taken aback by the reaction. I'm not so secretly hoping they might have me back."

Tune in HERE.

Read Ros Atkins' introduction (including the tracklist!) in this Twitter thread.

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