My Picks 2015

But of course we had to wait for the new year to actually begin choosing our favourites of 2015, we’re taking this seriously! So, I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are willing to go through yet another rundown for a year that’s already over. Surprisingly, my top 2 hasn’t change over the course of the year, and while my playlists for favourite tracks is longer than ever, the album list is comparably short this year. But let’s get to it, shall we?

IMG_0673Albums:
01. Lifted – 1 (PAN)
02. John T. Gast – Excerpts (Planet Mu)
03. Hunee – Hunch Music (Rush Hour)
04. The Internet – Ego Death (Odd Future)
05. Best Available Technology – Excavated Tapes 1992-1999 Vol. 2 (Astro:Dynamics)
06. Helena Hauff – Discreet Desires (Werkdiscs)
07. Helm – Olympic Mess (PAN)
08. Floating Points – Elaenia (Pluto)
09. Laurel Halo – In Situ (Honest Jon’s)
10. Mocky – Key Change (Heavy Sheet)
Compilation:
VA – Musik for Autobahns 2 (Rush Hour)
Reissue:
Doug Hream Blunt – My name is Doug Hream Blunt (Luaka Bop)
Rodinia – Rodinia (Now-Again)
EPs:
1. Henry Wu – Negotiate (Ho_Tep)
2. Thundercat – The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (Brainfeeder)
3. Kelela – Hallucinogen (Warp)
Tracks:
01. Hunee – The World
02. Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road
03. Micachu & The Shapes – Oh Boy
04. NxWorries – Suede
05. Model 500 – Encounter
06. Pender Street Steppers – The Glass City
07. Thundercat – Them Changes
08. The Internet – Girl
09. Kelpe – Chirpsichord
10. Beat Spacek – Compact n Sleep
Label:
PAN (wait… again?)
Radio Show:
Hessle Audio w/ Ben UFO + Gerd Janson

Don’t forget, you can also listen to 365 favourite tracks for 2015 or our favourite albums of 2015 on Spotify. Enjoy!

My Picks 2014

Happy New Year! The old optimist I am, I waited until the very last day to pick my favourites of 2014. Like in the previous year, I mostly listened to new music through Spotify, since it allows me to listen to pretty much everything once it comes out. However, unlike 2013 I found it more difficult to single out the favourite of the year, so I decided not to rank the following selection.
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Let’s start with some of the more soulful music of the year:


Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser

When Taylor’s debut album came out on Brainfeeder last June, I was pretty convinced the decision for record of the year has been made. Great production, not a single bad track, soulful music made a big comeback into my life.

NinjaShop | Bleep | iTunes


Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

…and then the Flying Lotus record came out and changed everything. I’m not saying it’s better or worse, but I wasn’t so sure anymore about my first pick. Predictable choice? I don’t even think so, but it’s an amazing record start to finish! I’m going as far to say that it’s up there with Cosmogramma!

Bleep | iTunes


Fhloston Paradigm – The Phoenix

I didn’t see King Britt’s LP anybody else’s list for 2014, but I think this is a record that deserves more spotlight. Try it out for yourself and listen to all of the records mentioned so far in a row, they go really well together. Seamless.

Hyperdub | Bleep | iTunes
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Experimental and ambient music:


Lawrence English – Wilderness of Mirrors

I said it before and I’ll say it again. If you missed new music from Tim Hecker this year, there’s probably no better surrogate than “Wilderness of Mirrors” by Lawrence English. And while this might read like a second choice, it’s definitely not!

Room40 | Bleep | iTunes


Lussuria – Industriale Illuminato

One of the artists I didn’t know before this year. Some dark, dystopian music released on Vatican Shadow’s label.

Bleep | iTunes


Lee Gamble – Koch

One of the many great records released on Berlin-based PAN label, Lee Gamble’s album took me a while to get into it. If you struggled yourself, let me tell you it’s worth giving it another try.

PAN | Bleep | iTunes
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House and techno:


Hashman Deejay – Sandopolis

Bleep | iTunes


Call Super – Suzi Ecto

Houndstooth | Bleep | iTunes


Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19

Hard Wax | Bleep | iTunes
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Compilation of the year:


Various – Hyperdub 10.2

There’s no doubt about my favourite compilation of the year, Hyperdub’s vision of RnB from the future won my all over. Killer tracks from Terror Danjah, Morgan Zarate, Jessy Lanza, Ikonika & Dam Funk, Scratcha DVA and more!

Hyperdub | Bleep | iTunes

And lastly, a couple of noteworthy records I enjoyed in 2014:

patten – ESTOILE NAIANT
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
Clark – Clark
Mica Levi – Under The Skin
HTRK – Psychic 9-5 Club
FaltyDL – Into The Wild
Lord RAJA – Constant Moth
HOLOVR – Holo Earth
Afrikan Sciences – Circuitous

You can also listen to nutriot loves 2014, a Spotify playlist with nearly 19 hours of music!
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Labels of the year

PAN
The Trilogy Tapes

Video of the year? Oh, wow

My 2013 Picks

Alright, it’s the end of the year and it’s that time when hipster bloggers (and journalists) start mocking the phenomenon of the “end of the year list”–just to come up with their own version of it a second later. Or the musician/DJ who points fingers until he finds himself in a top spot of one of those lists. Let’s not pretend, I’ve been there myself, but this year I’ve decided I’m going to do a list! Screw the hipsters, screw the hypocrisy. If there’s one soul out there who discovers just one track through all this, it’s been worth it.

Oh yeah, before we kick off, let me say this. I’m listening to Spotify on a weekly basis. I know that David Byrne, Thom Yorke or Four Tet think it’s bad and I guess they have a point. For me though, bored to death by perhaps 95% of the promo material I get, and who buys records on a regular basis, Spotify has become the best way to discover new music. My workflow goes a bit like this: I wait for the record shop newsletters to get delivered, queue most of the releases that could remotely interest me and then it’s three or four days of dedicated listening. To me it’s a great improvement over getting music from illegal sources to make a buying decision, not to mention listening to snippets.

Albums of the year


1. Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain

Very diverse electronic album from an artist who I wasn’t really into prior to this record. Reminiscent of early Autechre and everything that the UK responded with to Detroit techno.

Hyperdub | Bleep | iTunes
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2. Huerco S. – Colonial Patterns

Yes, 2013 was a throwback to more experimental music for me, and the Huerco S. record is one of the prime examples. An unsettling techno record with a industrial feel, like in the days when electronic music was inseparable from visions of a dystopian future. Or: Actress album that we all missed in 2013.

Software Records | Bleep | iTunes
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3. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back

What can I say, another Hyperdub release in my top 3 and possibly my most listened to record of the year and as close to pop music as I might get. I think someone called it future RnB, whatever that is. Anyway, can’t go wrong with Hyperdub, can you?

Hyperdub | Bleep | iTunes

runners-up in no particular order:
Onepointoh Trix Never – R Plus Seven
Hav Lyfe – Hav Lyfe
Julia Holter – Loud City Song
Dean Blunt – The Redeemer
Special Request – Soul Music
DJ Rashad – Double Cup
Thundercat – Apocalypse
Logos – Cold Mission
Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind
Walton – Beyond

Compilations of the year


I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America
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Light In The Attic | Bleep


SMM: Opiate

Ghostly | Bleep | iTunes

Reissues of the year


1. William Onyeabor – Who Is William Onyeabor?

Luaka Bop | iTunes
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2. (any of those Popol Vuh reissues on Wah Wah)
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3. Laraaji – Celestial Music 1978-2011

Bleep | iTunes

noteworthy:
Marcos Valle – Vento Sul
Vangelis – Blade Runner
Cybotron – Enter
Cliff Martinez – Solaris
J Dilla – Donuts (45 Box Set)
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feel free to post your favourite reissues in the comments below, always interested in that!)

Video of the year:

And lastly, here is what our readers found most interesting on our little website here:
1. Dis|cover 2012… with Optigram
2. Volume 17 – mixed by Ahu
3. Joy Orbison – Donell
4. Astronautica – Replay Last Night
5. Los Angeles: The Artwork

Alright, I guess that’s it for this year. On behalf of the entire staff, I’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year!