Starting off as a hardcore DJ, it all began for Carl Cox in the 1980s at the early age of 15, and he has since then has pretty much dominated the world of house and techno.

The last two decades have seen Cox grow to be the biggest underground DJ in the world, from serving as a monthly DJ for BBC 1’s Essential Mix to holding down his ‘Music Is Revolution’ residency in Space Ibiza for 15 years, from 2001 until 2016.

Yesterday it was announced that Carl Cox is set to return to play a Republic of Ireland show for the first time since 2009 on the picturesque grounds of Ballinlough Castle, as well as Ormeau Park in Belfast.

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Today we take a look at 10 of Carl Cox’s best mixes of all time.


  • Kicking things off we have his Essential Mix live from Italy in 1996, 2 hours of golden era hard techno.

  • Second is another Essential Mix from his world tour in 1996 this time coming from Birmingham. The mix starts off with tracks from the likes of Josh Wink and Slam before picking up in pace and finishing with classics from artists like Dave Angel and Cajmere.

  • The way techno was being played was changing faster faster than ever towards the end of the 90s. Carl Cox at Techno Parade in Paris during the summer of 98 begins show a more modernised touch to techno as well as plenty of tribal techno being introduced.

  • Step back to 1994 to a Carl Cox Essential that’s pretty much structured around acid techno. Classics from the likes of Thomas P. Heckmann, Laurent Garnier and Joey Beltram can be expected throughout this one.

  • The early 2000s came in the form of loopy, fast-paced and hard-driven techno while trance began to explode around around. 2001’s dance valley saw Carl Cox headline alongside the likes of Dave Clarke, Sven Vath and UMEK.

  • Carl Cox at Belgium’s I Love Techno in 2001 is as good as it gets really. Monster tracks from the likes of Speedy J and Thomas Schumacher that still are played regularly to this day can be expected out of this one.

  • Mix CDs may be a bit outdated now unfortunately, but this must have been a special one to get your hands on the time. While a trip across the Atlantic definitely changes the way Cox plays it’s not for the worse, just different. Amazing once again, Carl Cox live at Crobar Nightclub, Chicago in 2000 see’s a more American influenced setlist with the likes of DJ Funk and Aphrohead being heard in the mix.

  • Back to 1997 where Cox played at Mayday Sonic Empire for a set that is littered with big names including Jeff Mills, Dave Clarke, Ian Pooley and Laurent Garnier, and what would have been future classics at the time.

  • The more recent image of Carl Cox is that of the king of Ibiza. Carl Cox’s 2013 Boiler Room took place in no better a location than a villa on the famous island. Modern house classics to New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ make this the perfect mix for a sunny day.

  •  This one’s our favourite. It’s not for the faint-hearted. We’ve warned you.

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