My Top 40 Singles & EP's of 2014
- Body Shape
- Amsterdam 808
- Sugar Square
A solid 3 track EP from Beesmunt Soundsystem. At a push I'd say that Amsterdam was my stand out tune, however Sugar Square is definitely a great change of pace.
9. Aquarian: Aquarian (UNO)
- Before I Forget
- Event Horizon
- SOMA (Throwing Snowing Remix)
- Artifact (Nautiluss Remix)
A great EP from Aquarian with elements of drum n bass and techno. SOMA is a stand out tune, but for me Artifact steals the show, a growl of dark, acid tinged drum n bass, contrasted with soft, light uplifting chords.
- You And Me
The object of Hyperdub's 10.2 compilation was to emphasize the groundbreaking label's song based back catalogue. I got this specifically for Jessy Lanza's You And Me who is one of the few artists out there who has managed to bridge the divide of R&B without compromising an electronic underground musical edge.
- Hex Factor
- It's A Love Thing (The XX Mono Mix)
- Megatrap (Real Mix)
- Megatrap (4F Mix)
- Hex Pad
- Megatrap (Mix Mix)
- Power Seat
- Think It
- The Higher (V2014)
Megatrap was released back in June and was the timely return of Rene Pawlowitz (AKA Shed) There's an assortment of mixes on Megatrap, my favourite is Hex Factor, an old school breakbeat banger which wouldn't have gone amiss in an early 90's rave set.
- Mountain Divide
- Math Fall
An amazing EP here from Dara Smith and Ian McConnell. Mountain Divide is a builder of glistening, caustic-elevated distortion. My standout track is Math Fall, which is just an eerie bass-driven, acid-spiked megalith of a track.
- Shaka Zulu
I've always been a fan of the drum n bass artist Steve Carr, and his excellent back catalogue under his Digital moniker, and this release on Ingredients Records is another worthy addition. My stand out track is archive, which is an absolutely pulsating, bass fueled drum n bass journey.
- Acid Bath
This is another fine release from 50Weapons. My standout track is Up, which is a stunning tranced out techno builder.
- To The Core
One of my favourite tracks by Trevino is Forged (released on Ben Klock's Klockworks label) Birdie#01 is released on Marcus Kaye's own Birdie label and is another adept showcase of his range and versatility. Birdie 01 is a 4 tracker of high quality techno, It's difficult to pick a favourite, however I'd say that To The Core is my standout track.
For me, Odeon EP is nothing short of stunning. It consists of two amazingly diverse tracks executed with deft precision by David Sumner and Ed Davenport. Odeon is an unfurling banner of winding synth lines and pulsating effects, which is based around a sample of "Under The Palms" by Photek, Rhyl is hauntingly beautiful, it starts with an assortment of reverberating chords that are punctuated by a series of breakbeats, with dark swirling synths and an undulating bass. Odeon is nothing short of outstanding.
1. Dopplereffekt // Objekt: Hynagogia (Leisure System)
- Dopplereffekt: Delta Wave
- Objekt: Ganzfeld
Hypnagogia was released in September, and features two separate tracks by Dopplereffekt and Objekt.
Delta Wave, by Dopplereffekt is very much in the same electro techno crossover vein as Drexciya, with unsettling chords mixed with dreamy vocals, evocative strings and discordant breaks.
However I think the standout track and my single of the year is Ganzfeld by Objekt.
Ganzfeld is an intricate swirling mist of atmospheric funky electro techno which is centred around well worked breaks, throughout the track is filled with all kinds of bleeps, grooves and sound effects that will amaze every time you listen to this tune. TJ Hertz' attention to detail is nothing short of astounding, Ganzfeld is nothing short of mesmerizing, and is a very worthy winner of my tune of the year.
My Top 30 Singles & EP's of 2014
40. Hidden Turn: Big Dirty EP (31 Recordings)