Following every annual Holiday guide, we at Killahbeez close out the year by listing our top tens albums. Being that yours truly is usually responsible for Mixtape Mondays, I’ve been defaulted to hand-pick my favorites of 2012. With the exception of the first listed below by Mannheim based Ray Opkara, the rest were posted on Mixtape Mondays either fairly recently or as far back as April. Anyway, here goes…
Ray Okpara for Djmag.com
Having recently discovered Ray Okpara’s latest mix in support of the recently released lp, “Good Times”, this would’ve been today’s Mixtape Mondays selections. The mix encompasses tracks that fuse afrobeat, minimal techno and deep house all in an hour and three minutes. Whats not to love?
Virgin Magnetic Material – Vol.16 Fascination St.
Tel Aviv based Shai Vardi better known as Virgin Magnetic Material took me by surprise with his midas touch rework of Fascination Street by the Cure. That of course led to listening to volume 16 of his personal reworks mix in its entirety many times, following him on Soundcloud and downloading every single rework to date. I highly recommend you all do the same.
Peggy’s Shadow – Moonrise Mix
There is such mystery behind Freiburg’s Peggy’s Shadow. No tracklist, no bio, just two infectious minimal techno mixes on his soundcloud presence. This was another gem found via Percussionlab.
Joe L on 97.3FM Richmond
I’ve known Joe L for a good seven years now. Having worked with the guy in a variety of environments, one thing remains a constant. Whether its more hoppy funky house or soulful pitched down house, homeboy has an ear for good tunes and executes it well in his sets. This guest radio mix will turn you into a believer too.
Tom Demac for XLR8R
Over this past year, my ears have also gravitated towards “bass” artists such as Jon Convex, Boddika, Disclosure, etc. Tom Demac’s XLR8R podcast is a great way to get into the loosely named genre.
Download via XLR8R
Mess Kid – Percussion Lab Mix
Mess Kid’s mix for Percussion Lab furthers my addiction to the podcast site. Not only have I fell deep into a future bass addiction, I’m officially hooked on this one track that answers the question on whether or not didgeridoo house exists. Going off a tangent, that very same track has led me to watch youtube instructional videos on how to properly play the didgeridoo and order one off amazon.
Max Cooper Live – Transitions Mix
If an edm mixtape can double as a continuous OST, then I think Max Cooper’s Transitions Mix clearly defines this territory. As mentioned in my post earlier on in September, you won’t find any nu-disco nor vocalful dance music, just instrumentals and a bunch of reworks by the producer himself. File this one as a road trip kinda mixtape.
Turntable Lab Radio 012 – Boonlorm
Boonlorm, formerly known as Pocketknife may or may not have not pioneered “piano not piano” house. Under his new moniker, the lp, “String Figures”, certainly gives it a twist thats dark, danceable and mind-blowing in the sense that it blends 20th century avant garde, Chicago house and Detroit techno all into one package. This summer sessions mix features three tracks from the lp as well a selection of tracks that complement them.
Ladycréme – No Shade
Thanks to a tip, I was able to discover 1) Percussion Lab and 2) the Brooklyn duo known as Ladycréme. While “No Shade” is a nu-disco themed mix, the duo is your typical Brooklyn dj and producer pairing that can pretty much do any genre or sub genre of electronic dance music.
Theatre of Delays August 2012 Mix
Berlin based Tommi Theatralo aka Theatre of Delays much like Virgin Magnetic Material is another producer I came across this year that utilizes both acoustic instruments such as the triangle and digital software for his reworks. The end result is a vast catalog of remixes that has received a bevy of play by his peers and plenty of blogosphere love.