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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


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.


Bertrand Delanowave

Tech support from FaltyDL

The faithful follower of this blog and radioshow should have noticed our ongoing dedication for newyorker FaltyDL and his custom post dubstep/post garage/hardcore sound that’s currently shifting towards house, as his recent Photek remix showcased. Simon Reynolds might be borred with it all, but we’re still young and optimistic.

FaltyDL has mastered the revival of detuned/chipmunk vocal samples better than anybody we know of within dance music. He makes the over the top sound lush and sexy, going beyond the rhythmic quality of those samples.

New York’s Dubspot school of electronic music production recently had a feature between the man and Raz Mesinai (AKA Badawi, an old Helterskelter favorite), having them talk about Drew “FaltyDL” Lustman’s history as a flutist and upright bass player, as well as his use of Propellerhead’s Reason : Drew demonstrate his use of Reason’s powerful new NN-XT sampler—which now records audio, abstracting a Miles Davis sample into new dimensions, in part to sidestep legal challenges, but also to explore new creative realms. He and Raz go on to talk about the analog depth and character possible with sampling, adding a dose of production wisdom to your bedroom approach to music making, while keeping the process streamlined and simple.

Bertrand Delanowave

09/30/2011 Playlist

Photek Sleepwalking (FaltyDL Remix) – 12″ – Sleepwalking – Photek Productions (2011)
Om KalsoumHakam Aleena El Hawa – LP – Hakam Aleena El Hawa – Sono Cairo (1971)
Hokus Pokus House It Up (Track Mix) – 12″ – House It Up – West Madison Street Records (1987)
Bill FrisellTwo Arms – LP – In Line – ECM (1983)
Dieter KaufmannHerbstpathétique – LP – Herbstpathétique / Bildnis – Musikalische Jugend Österreichs (1972)
Disco Inferno Scattered Showers – 12″ – The Last Dance – Rough Trade (1993)
Lisa Perez & IllusionsIt’s Hot (Jungle Trax) – 12″ – It’s Hot – A&L Records And Productions (1987)
Vas Deferens Organization Synaptic Sabatoge En Route To Satori – 10″ – Tilt? – Beta-lactam Ring Records (2001)
François DufrêneBatteries Vocales – 10″ – Revue OU 23-24 – Revue OU (1965)
The Tone Save The Day – 12″ – Feeling Free – Bass Boy Records (1991)
Haira Ma Vénusienne – LP – Le Matin Des Magiciens – Saravah (1969)
Octo OctaI’m Trying – 12″ – Let Me See You – 100% Silk (2011)

07/01/2011 Playlist

Jamie XXBeat For – 12″ – Far Nearer – Numbers (2011)
UmbertoPut An APB On Those Bastards – 7″ – Freeze! – Not Not Fun (2011)
UmbertoCommon Street Trash – 7″ – Freeze! – Not Not Fun (2011)
Jim O’RourkePedal And Pedal – 2XLP – Old News #5 – Editions Mego (2011)
Peter Gordon & Love Of Life Orchestra Another Heartbreak – 12″ – S/T – DFA (2010)
Nurse With WoundSalt A : Music From The Horse Hospital – LP – The Vernacular Surface – United Dirter (2011)
Nurse With Wound
Salty – LP – The Vernacular Surface Bonus Ltd Album – United Dirter (2011)
FaltyDLMake It Difficult – 12″ – Make It Difficult – All City Records (2011)
Christina KubischCircles III – LP – Night Flights – ADN (1987)
LocussolusThrowdown (DJ Harvey‘s Long Dub) – 2X12″ – Locussolus – International Feel Recordings (2011)
Mark FellManitutshu… Parameter Set 2, Linn Hi Tom, JazzOrg, Vortex Study Performance Overdub, And Synthesis Reminiscent Of Duet Emmo – 2XLP – Manitutshu – Editions Mego (2011)