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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

Virtual record of the day

Adult Swim, the “deviant” american kiddie branch of the Cartoon Network is going post-dubstep, yeah you read it!
With the help of Scion A/V compiled 18 rare and unreleased dubstep/bass music tracks from the most exciting side of the UK niche.

This is all available here

It features music from some of the show’s current favorites such as Xxxy, Untold, Dusk & Blackdown, Actress, Boxcutter and much more (Ikonika, Burial, Geiom, Lukid, SBTRKT, Zomby, Starkey, Pinch, Kode9, Ginz, Dauwd, Babe Rainbow, Cooly G, Geeneus, etc…)

The Kode9 track is IMHO one of the highlights

It also features a coupla video interviews with Actress and Pinch!

Bertrand Delanowave

09/09/2011 Playlist

Holger CzukayOde To Perfume Part 2 – 12″ – Music Is A Miracle – Claremont 56 (2011)
Ish Faster Than A Speeding Bullet (Scotti Re-Edit) – 12″ – Faster Than A Speeding BulletIsh – Sun Sound (2011)
Interspecies MusicOrca – LP – Whalescapes – Music Gallery Editions (1977)
Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, Ed Blackwell Song For The Whales – LP – Old And New Dreams – ECM (1979)
ScenicAnother Sky – 12″ – Another Sky – Future Classic (2011)
Enchante Ego – North End EP – Greco-Roman (2011)
Marcus MixxU Blow Girl (Mouth Mix) – 12″ – Use Your Mouth 2 Love Me – Unknown To The Unknown (2011)
HGLDTKnowing You – 12″ – 2010 – Swing and Skip Records (2011)
Damu Be Free – 12″ – Ridin EP – Keysound Recordings (2011)
XxxyBody Moving – 12″ – Infra12004 EP – Infrasonics (2011)
Hud MoSomebody (Feat. Aaliyah) – 12″ – Pleasure – The Pleasure Principle (2011)

08/12/2011 Playlist

Proper HeatThe Move (Extended Remix) – 12″ – The Move EP – Nang Records (2011)
KelpeToy Castle – 12″ – Margins EP – Team Acre (2010)
Jollymusic Drago – 2XLP – Jollybar – Nature (2000)
The Gentle People Journey (Aphex Twin Care Mix) – 12″ – Journey Remixes – Rephlex (1995)
Almunia New Moon – 2XLP – New Moon – Claremont 56 (2011)
Monolake Polaroid (T++ Rmx) – 12″ – Polaroid – DIN (2000)
DomeRoos-An – LP – Dome 3 – Dome Records (1981)
Seesselberg Phönix – 1972 – LP – Synthetik 1 – Private Press (1973)
xxxy You Gotta Do You – 12″ – You Gotta Do You – Orca Recordings (2011)
Conrad SchnitzlerElectric Garden – LP – Con – Paragon Records (1978)

02/25/2011 Playlist

Chris & CoseyArcade – LP – Exotica – Conspiracy International (2011 – re)
XXXY You Only Start It – 10″ – You Only Start It/Ordinary Things – Ten Thousand Yen (2011)
Rodney BakerrCrazy Track – 12″ – Bakerr Tracks vol.1 – Rockin’ House (1993)
Lidell TownsellUnder Control – 12″ – Get The Hole – Trax Records (1988)
Ghédalia TazartesFerme Ta Gueule Zarathoustra – LP – Granny Award – Alga Marghen (2011)
The SilvermanCircle The Sun And You Become One – 2xLP – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2003)
Falty DLHip Love – 12″ – Hip Love – Ramp Recordings (2011)
Jacques GreeneThe Look – 12″ – The Look – Lucky Me Music (2010)
Andy Blake X – 12″ – Cave Paintings 2 – Cave Paintings (2010)
A Certain RatioKether The Knives – 12″ – Knife Slits Water – Mango (1982)
Umberto The Child – LP – From The Grave – Permanent Records (2010)
Volcano The BearPlanetary Bethlehem – LP – Planetary Bethlehem – Beta-Lactam Ring Records (2011)