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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


Anthony Ausgang in my record collection

The prominent artist of the Low Brow school, Ausgang came to my attention in the mid-90ies thanks to my unofficial musical guru Pete Kember. After the Spacemen 3 disbanded, the former art student went on an even further psychedelic journey with his new ventures Spectrum and Experimental Audio Research (E.A.R.). Re-introducing our minds to the likes of Delia Derbyshire or La Monte Young a good decade before The Wire magazine decided these musicians were noteworthy, Sonic Boom (Kember’s alias) hid his references behind a truckload of cryptic imagery, the most striking being the odd Anthony Ausgang cover art perplexing the candid music enthusiast furthermore. Throughout the years, I began to understand Sonic Boom’s antics in a deeper way, and along the way Ausgang’s as well.

Sure most people now know him for his MGMT cover art for the Congratulation LP (produced by Sonic Boom!), and he’s now well accepted by the fine art people, but every now and then, some new music manages to get into my hands (and ears!) thanks to some delicious Ausgang art.

Here’s a sample of those records that have proven mystically beautiful, for the most part

E.A.R. :

Füxa :
Boredoms :
Apollo 440 :
MGMT :
Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave

Track of the day #34

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Füxa have been around for quite some time now. I remember buying their first split single with Azuza Plane back in the early days at the parisian Rough Trade shop when they started out as a proto post rock band, fuzzy and shit. They were kind of ahead of their time but never managed to fully achieve what aimed for, or so I thought. I would never have imagined they would still be around 17 years later, but they are, and with their latest album, they invited one of my favorite singer to perform on their Our Lips Are Sealed single, namely Sarah Peacock of Seefeel fame.

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Now even if Seefeel is probably one of my all time fave band, I remain neutral when judging their later body of work, but this is just one of the lushest song I heard in a long time. Hope you’ll enjoy this.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave

PS : Oh, and if you buy either the LP or the 7″, you’ll get beautiful Anthony Ausgang artwork as well 😉


06/07/2012 Playlist

FüxaOur Lips Are Sealed (feat. Sarah Peacock from Seefeel) – LP – Electric Sound Of Summer – Rocket Girl (2012)

Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras & The CongosJungle – LP – FRKWYS Vol. 9 – Rvng Intl. (2012)

Totally Enormous Extinct DinosaursTapes & Money (MJ Cole rmx) – 12″ – S/T – White Label (2012)

Philipp BostonSerious Disco – 12″ – S/T – White (2012)

Kasper BjørkeDeep Is The Breath (Hannulelauri Male mix) – 12″ – S/T – HFN Music (2012)

We Have Band – Still Life – 7″ -S/T – Record Store Day (2012)

Charlemagne Palestine & Janek Schafer Raga De L’Après Midi Pour Aude – LP – Day Of Demons – Desire Path (2012)

Disgu!se Listen To Me (L-ow remix) – 12″ – Remixes Volume 1 – Heartfelt (2012)

Nacho Patrol (AKA Legowelt) ‎- Lineas Angola (Nozjina‘s Shangaan Electro ‘Sansana’ Remix) – 12″ – S/T – Kindred Spirits (2012)

AzymuthTa Nessa Ainda Bicho? (Maddslinky ‘Heavy Up’ Remix) – 12″ – S/T – Far Out Recordings (2012)

SiriusmoRantanplant – 12″ – Dr. Beak’s Rantanplant – Monkeytown (2012)

Special Request Lolita (Warehouse Mix)  – 12″ – S/T – Special Request (2012)

Clatterbox Semi-Automatic (Creepy Autograph rmx) – 12″ – Trust (2012)