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A busy year, therefore less posts since the summer… But 2012 still was an exceptional year, Top 20 tracks of the year

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After finding myself back to music making, writing for magazines, interviewing the likes of Mad Mike, Adisson Groove, Baris K, Actress, John Lydon, Micronauts, Scuba, Robert Hood, Débruit, Josh Wink, Lescop, Skudge, I:Cube, D’Marc Cantu, Bertrand Burgalat and many others, opening a record shop, starting a company, DJing most week ends, I still bought a shitload of records. So far, the highlights have been those :

20 – We Have Band – Still Life

Apparently, this is a cover of the band The Horrors. It sure is indie rock, and it also can pass as a stripped down white gospel house softie, very effective and beautiful.

19 – Siriusmo – Rantanplant

I usually tend to get really annoyed by Siriusmo, but he managed to pull off making annoying good!

18 – Anna Meredith – Nautilus

I don’t know what that was meant for, if it’s supposed to be modern classical or something, but is is rather intriguing enough and quite dramatic, I played it out in the mix to great effect.

17 – Mirrorring – Fell Sound

A lush ambient drone shoegazy tune, like they used to do.

16 – Bass Clef – ‘Hackney – Chicago – Jupiter’

What an album! In between some really cool experimental stuff, a coupla killer beat tracks, like if Terry Riley had made house!

15 – My Nu Leng & Majora – Hips N Thighs

An 808, breaks, jukey beats, thanks 2012 for this revival!

14 – Anstam – Inuit

The weirdo has struck again! The album was a tad disappointing to me, but that EP had two great tracks, challenging ones for the DJ, my kind of stuff!

13 – Kowton – Looking at you

Maybe the track I’ve played the most out of this list, probably because it came out quite early on this year. A really nice and tense bassey choon!

12 – Special Request – Alone

The return of breakbeat, but with a twist, courtesy of Paul Woolford.

11 – Füxa – Our lips are sealed

My love for Seefeel is eternal, and Sarah Peacock singing on this is only the cherry on the cake. I’ve played this out pitched up on 45, and it’s weird, but really cool too, like shoegaze chipmunks!

10 – Samoyed – Klondike Rush

This also was a perplexing combination, but I played the shit out of this, warehouse/rave style!

9 – Hackman – Agree To Disagree

Bass, Africa, Beyonce, pop, a really sweet uplifting one.

8 – Mutant Beat Dance – Let Me Go

I’ve had this in my ears for almost two years now, and it changed a little since the first version I heard, but it’s still an amazing track from Traxx & Co, check the melodic details, the small variations, amazing!

7 – Clicks & Whistles – Hundred Mil 

Almost a silly one, but really efficient and weird footworkish choon, challenging.

6 – Svengalisghost – Mars Out Of Range

Almost in the top five, but still, an amazing EP from Marky on the acclaimed L.I.E.S. label. Chicago jams with great attention to musicality and rawness.

5 – King Britt presents Fhloston Paradigm – The Chase

The most unexpected release of the year, new King Britt, and it’s on Hyperdub, and it is Acid (he said quite recently he wasn’t interested in that anymore), and it’s breakbeat!!! Stelar new combination of the most unexpected nature.

4 – Liars – Octagon

When the Liars finally become what I hoped from the begining. Dance music played live with unusal sounds.

3 – Mickey Pearce – Don’t Ask, Don’t Get

The other track I played the most in 2012. It is a little crazy, it goes in all directions, it ends in the strangest way, but still, one of the most striking drum patterns of the year.

2 – Omar S & Ob Ignitt – Wayne County Hill Cop’s (Original Mix)

That is such a cool and clever take on the mid-eighties synthetic music, one that I was surprised to not hear copied more throughout the rest of the year.

And probably my fave of all year :

1 – The Parking Attendant – Mask Of A Thousand Faces

Marco Bernardi‘s new alias, with great rmxs on the EP, but the B-side is the shit IMHO…. Classic in all the good ways.

Also very much enjoyed the Actress B-side rmx of Shangaan Electro at 33RPM, the Shangaan Electro rmx of Nacho Patrol, Isotonik‘s rmx of XXXY, FaltyDL‘s first EP on Ninja Tune, the rawness of Fabio Monesi‘s It’s My Beat, Emotion II Emotion‘s sax rmx of Purple Green, most releases from Citizen (the band), October‘s Tanstafel label, Skudge, I:Cube,  the Acid Mercenaries EPs, and Riffs‘ Pots n Pans EP. I was also very happy to have my tracks with Samo DJ out on Versatile‘s Golem offshoot under the Bernadott moniker as well as anohter track out these days on Macadam Mambo. I already have more music lined up for release in 2013, so it’s already exciting!

Hopefully this coming year will be filled with more posts over here, but maybe elsewhere as well. I’ll keep you tuned.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave

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Track of the day #45 – Jason Noble’s passing.

Quite a sad one this time. I was recently having a discussion with fellow friends about the hay days of US punk rock, and Shipping News‘ first LP was voiced many times. And now, out of the blue, I just learn that its founding member passed away yesterday.  Jason Noble was also a leading voice in the careers of bands such as Rachels and Rodan, but Shipping News’ initial effort was back then one of the few remaining reasons many of us didn’t totally give up on current rock music in favor of Aphex, Autechre and co. Sure, Noble was already interested in electronics and filling his various recordings with field recordings and noises (his Per Mission project), but he was still loyal to a rock idiom that is now long washed out.

This is very sad news indeed, no puns intended, and the only good thing that could come out of it is if more people get introduced to this wonderful piece of rock that Save Everything is.

(if you don’t like the punk aspect of this, just fast forward to 3:00 or something and enjoy the tripy journey that is offered to you)

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Today’s guest (& Track of the Day #40.1)

 

Happy to announce that today’s guest in the radio show will be our fellow expat’ HGLDT from Montreal, Canada.

He graced us last year with a sublime EP of bass music featuring the likes of Damu, Resketch and himself. We covered Damu quite extensively last year, but it’s time to let HGLDT’s custom mix of bass, house, juke and electronica shine by itself! Catch you at 18:30 local time. Live streaming there, or on the air at 93.1 FM.

 

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


07/20/2012 Playlist

Steve MasonAm I Just A Man (Studio rmx) – 12″ – Am I Just A  Man – Double Six Recordings (2010)

Noask LévrierOn Oublie La Peinture – LP – Les Hauts De Plafond – Satie Chapo (2012)

FemminielliChauffeur – 7″ – Split with Araignée ‎- Fixture Records (2011)

GrimesInfinite ❤ Without Fulfillment – LP – Visions – 4AD (2012)

GrimesGenesis – LP – Visions – 4AD (2012)

SBTRKTHold On (Sisi Bakbak rmx) – 12″ – Hold On – Young Turks (2012)

Kowton ‎- Never Liked Dancing – 12″ – S/T – Idle Hands (2012)

BarntGeffen – 12″ – The Power Of Now – Cómeme (2012)

Mario & VidisRyyk – 12″ – Staar Wars EP – Best Kept Secret (2011)

Marco BernardiKill The Worm – 12″ – Stratagalastico – Abstract Forms (2012)

J.T.CThe Controller (Mick Wills Remix) – 12″ – The Controller – MinimalRome (2012)

Heinrich Dressel ‎- The Black Radiant Sky – LP – Sighing Melodies Thru The Graves – Mannequin (2012)

Infiniti (AKA Juan Atkins) ‎- Flash Flood (Function Remix) – 12″ – The Remixes Part 2 – Tresor (2012)


Back in action

For some pleasant reason, I feel like trying to go back to a steadier rhythm with the blog, so you might see an increased activity in the coming weeks over here. It’s been such a wonderful musical year so far, with yet too many great tracks remaining in the shadows. Let’s try to adress that!

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


02/17/2012 Playlist

Jef Gilson was born Jean-François Quiévreux in 1926. He was the great father figure of franch modern and avant jazz, which is quite surprising since he had qute conservative views on life. Well… At least compared to his peers, as you couldn’t say Bernard Vitet, Michel Portal or Jac Berrocal (all past guests of this show) were the most balanced beings back then, those were a furious bunch set to revolutionize jazz and more. Jef was probably the best channel to that fury. Having started his professional career in the Boris Vian Big Band, he was used to handeling bands, big ones. A true inovator of the piano, he wasn’t shy with new technology and fashions, embraced the studio and it’s pasting techniques, embraced the electronic keyboards, and first and foremost, he embraced his time! His own Palm label is the only true historical competitor with the great Futura label, and he helped launch musicians such as Byard Lancaster or Khan Jamal into new heights. But his greater contribution is to have set the standard of french avant jazz at its highest, while still reconizing its musical roots. His meeting with Madagascar and its musicians is also of high interest, as when stuck there  in may 1968, he discovered the musical scene and collaborated with many local musicians, brought them back to Paris and set a new tradition. He

Jef wasmostly retired from the music scene years ago, and he died February the 5th.  We’ve often played his music over the years in this show, but it’s sad that he’s still not recognised as he should be, so let’s hope this very show helps people finding their way into the world of one of the most versatile and innovative musician of the 20th century.

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave

Jef GilsonThree Four One – LP – Enfin! – Le Club De L’Echéquier (1963)

Jef GilsonCurious – LP – Enfin! – Le Club De L’Echéquier (1963)

GilsonSalegy Jef – LP – Malagasy At Newport-Paris – Palm (1973)

The Jef Gilson Nonet feat. Jean Louis ChautempsA Free Call – LP – New Call From France – Polydor -1966)

GilsonSodina – LP – Malagasy – Palm/Lumen (1972)

Jef Gilson / Jean-Charles Capon / Gilbert Rovere / Jean-Luc Ponty / Lionel MagalChromatisme – LP – Concert À La M.J.C. Colombes – Palm (1972)

Jef Gilson – L’Imagination Au Pouvoir – LP – Le Massacre Du Printemps – Futura (1971)

EuropamericaChromatisme – LP – Europamerica – Palm (1977)

Jef Gilson / Jean-Luc Ponty / Jean-Louis Chautemps Chant Inca – LP – Œil Vision – Club De l’Echiquier (1963)


01/13/2012 Happy New Year

Sorry for the lack of show last week, but we took a coupla weeks off, preparing some good stuff for the few next months.

Anyways, back with the latest show filled with nuggets :

 

ExcepterCastle : Morro – LP – Black Beach – Paw Tracks (2010)

Milano The Fall (Untold Remix) – 12″  – The Fall – Turbo (2011)

Sweet ExorcistTestone – 12″ – Testone – Warp (1990)

Virgo FourLites Go Out (Capracara & Scott Frasser‘s Re-Amped Mix) – 12″ – S/T – Rush Hour (2011)

Crazy PBeatbox ( Breach Mix) – 12″ – Beatbox Remixes – 2020 Vision (2011)

Zed BiasReminisce About The Phuture – 2X12″ – S/T – Swamp 81 (2011)

Akira KiteshiTransmission – 12″ – S/T  – Afterglo (2011)

ZhouI Remain – 12″ – I Remain – Punch Drunk (2012)

Vas Deferens OrganizationDefenestration At The Gravity Pit – LP – Eye Peels & Brain Picks – Puer Gravy (2011)

Sapphire SlowsYou Got True Breath – LP – True Breath – Not Not Fun (2011)

Machinedrum$$ Life – 7″ – S/T – TLM (2011)

SSPSRaggamuFFin – 7″ – V/A The Modern Electronic Element Serie 2 – Nation (2011)