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Some rant on why the biggest indie tunes of the year still manage to bore us.

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So arguably 2012’s biggest tunes were Daphni‘s Ye Ye and Todd Terje‘s Inspector Norse

For some reason, whenever I went out clubbing over this year, attended private parties or spent more than two hours on the internet, there was no avoiding those two songs. Don’t get me wrong, I remember getting the digital promo of both those tracks quite early and immediately thinking to myself those would go on becoming major underground hit tunes. Yet, as soon as I got somewhat excited with those did I also get almost instantly massively bored, or more precisely bored by the fact that those presented no challenge : both those wonderfully crafted tracks offer you everything before you even feel the need to go look for anything. Well, I like my music to fight back a little more before I bag it!

Take Wheez-ie for instance, a newly released artist from the states. His music obviously has some direct appeal, epic ravy stabs, cheesy vocal samples, manic breakbeats, yet I still need to sell it to the audience, listeners, etc, which makes it so much more rewarding to play out when you get the right timing, challenging the deep house heads of the day to a more hedonistic and back to basics style of electronic dance music.

Neud Photo‘s custom memories of the eighties presents the very same challenge with a rather different set of aesthetics but yet remains a quite obviously catchy tune, with an attitude, one that demands the listener to step aside from the current standard to get into the infectious groove.

If you take some of the entries from the previous post such as the Mickey Pearce, King Britt or Omar S ones, you will find this as well, obviously good music that just needs to be fought into the audience’s ears, hips and shoulders, a magnificent statement to the DJing art’s potential.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


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


05/25/2012 Playlist

Auntie FloLa Samaria – LP – Future Rhythm Machine – Huntleys & Palmers (2012)

Phnom Pehn ‎- Joy (Dr Dunks Mix) – 12″ – Joy – Hollie Records (2012)

Vedomir ‎- Forks, Knives And Spoons – 2XLP – Vedomir – Dekmantel (2012)

Ragrange SymphonyEnergy – 12″ – S/T – Ragrange Records (2012)

Jimmy EdgarLet Yrself  Be – 2XLP – Majenta – Hotflush Recodings (2012)

HuneeThe Lowest Animal – 12″ – V/A Dekmantel Anniversary Series Part 3 – Dekmantel (2012)

King Britt Presents Fhloston Paradigm ‎- The Chase – 12″ – Chasing Rainbows – Hyperdub (2012)

BookwormsLove Triangles – 12″ – S/T – L.I.E.S. (2012)

SND11-12 – 2XLP – Festival Electrónica En Abril – La Casa Encendida (2012)

K’ Alexi ShelbyAll For Lisa (Mix Mann rmx) – 12″ – Klassic K’ Alexi Vol 2 – Synchrophone (2012)

Photodementia ‎- Nitromersol – LP – Fig. 03 – Private Press (Rephlex?) (2012)

DJ AbsurdSahara Pink – 12″ – S/T – Kiosk (2012)

My Panda Shall Fly & Benjamin Jackson ‎- JS8 – 12″ – Let’s Vibrate Together – Five Easy Pieces (2012)

DJ Lil’Tal – Tomtom Club – 12″ – V/A Ghetto Trax *Again* – Bootleg (2012)

Seahawks ‎- Immer Shimmer 1 – LP – Tender Abyss – Ocean Moon (2012)