bleep club tracks - best of 2012
BLEEP'S CLUB TRACKS - BEST OF 2012
The 20 Most Essential Tips for the Dancefloor
Transpiration, which translates to 'Perspiration' in english, no doubt made many sweat in 2012. Stabbing synths and huge raw beats killed dancefloors from Berlin to Buenos Aires.
Raw and unadulterated techno.
Infectious, poised house from the Wolverhampton duo Letherette, holding down some exuberant cut-up boogie.
Out and out dance music with a capital D. There is no mistaking that Night Slugs' Jam City is making a statement that some dance music is more about getting lost than being guided to a destination. "Now We Relate" drives this point home with several minutes of vamping before letting loose in anthemic, classic house style.
Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum join forces as Jets. 'Sin with Love' blending Stewart's vocal splicing brilliance with Edgar's electro-funk synth work.
Set to ignite the seasonal dancefloors everywhere, this inaugural release for his own Broadwalk label is a huge house anthem by Julio Bashmore. Driven by stinging hi-hats, 'Au Seve' promises to be one of the tunes of the year; its warping bassline and catchy vocal hook puts it up there with the likes of Mosca's 'Bax'. Essential.
Immense hands-in-the-lazers gear.
‘A 100’ is a tough piece of material unequivocally aimed at the floor, melodic synth lines bringing in just the right levels of hypnotism.
‘Vessel’ showcases Skudge's eclectic skills with its knack for distilled layers of jacking sophistication.
'House Of Dolls' is downright decadent, a nubile teaser full of dramatic bouts of crashing percussion and anomalous lasers.
‘I Want You You You’ is a no-nonsense garage/funky house workout that is, essentially, the sound of right this very minute.
Raw, jackin and full of punch.
The Norwich-based producer of dainty and inward electronica channels sunny analogue sounds on this one.
The wait is over… Mike Huckaby returns on Synth with a limited vinyl reissue of two long out of print late 90s classics. We see Roland King’s ‘Flashback From the M1 (the Ferox Treatment)’ – a super sub-shaking stomper.
Straight-up jacking house tip.
Raw, jacking house remix from Gerd made for the warehouse.
Taken from Redshape's latest album 'Square' on Running Back, 'It's In Rain' is typical Redshape House, subtle bass shifts with minimal groove.
Sharp high hats and madly arranged horns from LuckyMe's newest addition to the family.
A darker side of Dirty Bird, Bristol's Eats Everything lays down some extreme shuffling groove and deep painful synths.
Taken from Michael Mayer's new LP, 'Mantasy', 'Good Times' features the vocals of WhoMdeWho front man, Jeppe Kjellberg. A seamless string section and no lack of dancefloor pulse throughout.
‘Witch Hunt’ is a lavish rhythmic roller pairing clipped rave stabs alongside deep, swaggering bass.
Featuring huge synth-lines, punchy drums, chopped vocal samples and a particularly incredible Roger Troutman-esque vocal feature from Livin' Proof's Budgie.
Randomer indulges in a serious acid frenzy for his new one on Hemlock Recordings; 'Freak Dub' is sparse and unnerving.
A thundering rough and ready approach to the original track, twisting it into something which would resemble Kraftwerk had they spent their formative years overdosing on jungle.
Detroit’s finest, the legendary minimal master Robert Hood presents ‘Motor: Nighttime World 3’, arguably some of his best material in a long while. Returning to the project he first started with Austria’s Cheap label back in 1995 and subsequently continued in 2000 on M-Plant
Destined to be the post-summer comedown anthem of 2012 - following the likes of CFCF, Les Sins sees Toro Y Moi shake off his 'chillwave' tag for a more skipping house groove in the near-perfect 'Fetch'.
With its motorised, chugging bassline, ‘Kane’ has a dancefloor-destined driving power behind it.
Fake employs frenetic, Aphex-like composition on 'Glow Hole'.
Mysterious tech-disco from Michael Amato aka The Hacker - ‘Satori’ wears its influences on its sleeve, a powerful, driving, 80s inspired industrial/disco workout.
Shrouded in mystery, Actress’ rework hears a dreamier take on the original: wistful chords and chopped-up vocals thrown loosely over a stunted 80's-edged beat.
Following swiftly on from the modern classic slow jam that was 'Never Thought You Would Go' on Eglo Records, comes the next installment from Manchester's Krystal Klear, this time debuting his wares with Dublin's All City imprint. The new label sees a new direction with a bubbling piece of piano-led house and another dance floor friendly piece of filtered house. Deeply infectious stuff.
Taken from Flying Lotus' fourth full length 'Until The Quiet Comes', brilliant from start to finish.
'X' continues Mark Fell's fascination with rolling garage grooves and chopped-up future-facing house.
Rinse fans may have already caught a glimpse of the much anticipated new release from T J Hertz AKA Objekt after Ben UFO's choice inclusion of the track on his recent Rinse mix CD, and now it's here in all its glory for the rest of us to enjoy. The gut wrenching wobbles may sound like dubstep, it has all the sub-bass swelling and swaggering hallmarks of the genre, yet Hertz' elevated levels of production reach for something else - a mutant hybrid with slick sound design more akin to techno. Complex, propulsive and cleverly structured, this is why Objekt is the man-of-the-moment.
Heavily washed with lush and beautiful textures, Lapalux again composes hazy beat-scapes.
Pure DC10 vibes.
So hip it can barely see over its pelvis.
R&B sheen and underpinned by bold tribalism. 'DDD' is our tip for some real swung-out house.
Turbo Recordings continue to explore their taste for all things beat and bass related with a new one from Sei A, backed up by a much welcomed remix from Martyn.
Blawan makes his debut on Dutch imprint Clone and even in the face of a recent slew of unbelievably on-point releases, marks perhaps his most accomplished work to date.
Hudson Mohawke steps things up a gear with this hyped and ridiculously anticipated collaboration with fellow beats alchemist, Lunice - both representing their respective corners, Warp and LuckyMe. Their live shows and snippets of their tracks that have been found online have fuelled the excitement around this release and now it's finally here in all it's glory. Straight to the point, simple and hard as you like beats that could set alight underground dancefloors as well as soundtrack the largest commercial rap and R'n'B stars on the planet. Beware, TNGHT are planning to kick up a storm, and they mean business...
DJ Harvey returns to his Locussolus production project – ‘Berghain’ is an ode to the Berlin powerhouse with deep, bubbling bass mutations, soaring synths and a rippling vibe of sexed-up narcotic energy. Berghain down to a t then.
Formerly only available on wax, Daphni's Ye Ye hits the digisphere for those unlucky enough to have missed out last time.
A melodic and groovy vocal led slow-hour groover...
Shed delivers IDM-inspired broken beats, quasi-hardcore breaks, moments of isolating ambience and shifting, poly-rhythmical machine music.
‘Sketches Pt. 1’ begins with some instant addictive swing and soon settles in to the kind of funk-driven techno that the Planet E boss does like no other.
'At Birth' is a mysterious house groover, suppressed and subtly bubbling along waiting for its peak that never arrives.
Heartbreakingly gorgeous deep house flavours from Brooklyn duo Zev Eisenberg, Gadi Mizrahi aka Wolf + Lamb.
Kieran Hebden exhibits a masterful ability to fuse techno, jazz and electronica in an uncluttered sonic model. Playful and evocative sounds.
"Tape Hiss" starts innocently with a radio-filtered beat that opens up over the first couple minutes of the track before an undulating bassline sneaks into the mix with little pomp, but to knee-weakening effect.