2014 Playlist Review and the TBC Favourite

February Selection:

Dj Kicks – Brandt Brauer Frick 

BBC Essential Mix – Kolsch * 

BBC Essential Mix – MK 

FabricLive Vol.73 – Pangaea 

Watergate vol.15 – Kerri Chandler 

Live @ Output, Brooklyn NYE 2013 – DJ Tennis 

June Selection:

Decay – Efdemin 

It’s Album Time – Todd Terje 

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann *

Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn 

Fabric #75 – Maya Jane Coles 

September Selection:

Fabric #77 by Marcel Dettmann – Various Artists 

Too Slow to Disco – DJ Supermarkt 

Global Underground #40 by Solomun – Various Artists 

Defected Pres. Nic Fanciulli in the House – Various Artists *

Essential Mix of the Year Selection:

BBC Essential Mix – Bicep 

BBC Essential Mix – Caribou 

BBC Essential Mix – Jon Hopkins 

BBC Essential Mix – Joy Orbison *

BBC Essential Mix – Ten Walls 

December Selection:

Balance Vol.25 – Danny Tenaglia 

Watergate Vol.17 – Pan Pot 

Balance Pres. – Kolsch 

Verbalizer – Anthony Rother *

Sankeys 20th Anniversary – Darius Syrossian 

 

Introduction

This is probably the latest edition of any music website’s ‘best of 2014’ article but at TBC we like to do things differently and are not worried to break the mould from time to time when necessary. While you may have had to wait some time for this article it will not have had its relevance diminished by the tardiness in its publishing. 2014 was a great year for electronic music and the playlist above which shows the shortlist from each of our playlist’s last year and is a clear indication that we were graced with some great production albums, compilation CDs and live mixes/radio shows. If you were to have a listen through the best of selection above you would be spoiled by some of the best producers; Dettmann, Rother, Efdemin, CD series; Fabric, DJ Kicks, Balance, Watergate and the best (TBC’s favourite anyways) radio show the BBC Essential Mix. While the music industry life cycle process seems to shorten each year with individual tracks coming and going at an ever increasing pace these mixes and albums have captured and exhibited a key milestone in electronic music. Their ability to deliver such range and diversity in electronic musical genres while exhibiting such quality throughout the mixes and albums is something to be proud of as a music fan and a great indication of a buoyant and healthy industry.

In order to select our favourite of the year we have reviewed our previous favourites shortlists, taken heed of our own advice in the previous  favourite choices and had a listen through them again. Are our previous favourites still at the top of our list, are some still in our CD player or on our iPods, have we forgotten about some of our previous selections?! The review and selection process isn’t easy when trying to select your favourite from a whole year however in 2014 TBC can remember some mixes very vividly and these are the ones which we have homed in on in order to select our favourite of 2014.

Verbalizer – Anthony Rother (2014)*

Defected Pres. Nic Fanciulli in the House – Various Artists (2014)*

Fabric #77 by Marcel Dettmann – Various Artists (2014)

Too Slow to Disco – DJ Supermarkt (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann (2014)*

BBC Essential Mix – Jon Hopkins (2014)

We are pleased to see a balance across our 2014 shortlist in both genres and format; electro, techno, house, electronics and disco are represented via production albums, compilations and radio shows. We always like to keep our options open and ensure that we capture as many formats as possible when we compile our playlists and review our favourites and this is nice to see.

Pete Tong always represents with his legendary and consistent Essential Mix show on BBC Radio One, our previous feature on the 2014 best mix highlighted his ability to maintain his curating excellence with such a wealth of talent on show. Our previous selection Joy Orbison we felt was the best of the year but for our enjoyment factor we only included Marcel Dettmann and Jon Hopkins as we are still listening to them into 2015 which is testament to their quality as they can still compete with the new shows which air every week!

Fabric continue to rollout their series which ties in with their Saturday night event along the lines of techno and house, they haven’t been that consistent over the last few years but continue to provide a few gems each year and Mr.Dettmann’s offering not only shows off Fabric’s techno heritage but also himself as he has two places in our shortlist for 2014 which is an amazing feat.

Our most recent playlist and review brought Anthony Rother back into the limelight, he is one our all time favourite DJ’s who has helped introduce TBC to so many of our favourite DJs and music styles, Bodzin, Huntemann, Gigolo style electro house, haunting/scary electro, techno and bleepy/freaky minimal techno. We were so pleased to see his new album Verbalizer bring back his signature sound with a 2014 twist and freshness.

Nic Fanciuli is a DJ who I have personally seen DJ since he began as a resident back in Club Class in Maidstone around the early 2000’s. He has provided so many good sets over the years and continues to represent all things Maidstone while taking over the DJ world with his club nights and also providing some of the best mix compilations we have ever heard; Renaissance, Mixmag CD’s, back to back compilation with James Zabiela etc. His new mix on Defected is another superb addition to his discography and another superb release on the Defect label which has been on a role in recent years with their In The House and Masters series. This two disc compilation lead to complaints in a hotel in Manchester when celebrating my birthday in July 2014, we listened to it on repeat the whole weekend while dancing around like wollies and it remains one of our first choices for any pre/after party.

Finally one of favourite DJ’s at the moment not just because of his great DJing ability, his excellent website promoting all things disco and electro pop; ‘How Do You Are’, but also because he is genuinely one of the nicest DJ’s out there. After some twitter correspondence with the disco king from Germany, he even invited us to one of his parties in Berlin when we visited this Easter (2015) to finally meet one of our heroes. His mixes are legendary and are well worth checking out via his Soundcloud page, his previous guise as Le Hammond Inferno is one of legend if you are into certain musical circles and his recent Too Slow Disco series (which is soon to be added to with volume two in summer 2015) is pure excellence. The track selection, the album art, the introductions to the tracks and the album itself are genius. Reviving leftfield classic disco from the 60’s and 70’s when others look to the standard classics from that era is both brave and highly commendable as it exudes that geeky side of music where he trudges through old vinyl and classics to find those forgotten gems. DJ Supermarkt always seems to strike gold and his brave selections are so exciting to listen to at home and in the club when you see him live. We can only recommend seeing him live and because of his musical history knowledge you could probably take your Mum and your Gran and they would have a ball too!

The Verdict

As ever the final decision isn’t easy but we won’t bore you with the small talk at this stage, this time round anyways! Based on both being selected as one of our favourite previously back in September and continuing to entertain us at TBC it has to be Nic Fanciulli’s edition of Defected In the House. We don’t think this release got enough attention when it was released back in July, it doesn’t seem to have many publicised reviews on any of the big music websites but this compilation is exceptional. It represents the Nic Fanculli sound, his attention to detail when selecting the tracks is simply a masterclass in set structure and this is just a mix CD! The way each CD builds and flows between house and techno is just like seeing him live when playing a long set where he has time to take you on a Fanciulli musical journey. Congrats to Nic and Defected for the best release according to TBC in 2014. Great to see Maidstone representing at the top of the electronic music industry. We expect Nic to continue his domination of the World in 2015, he already has a world tour planned and the Social festival later in the year, we hope he has a great year and TBC followers and fans get a chance to see him.

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We would like to commend both DJ Supermarkt for providing us with such entertainment with those Too Slow To Disco gems and Marcel Dettmann for featuring twice in our 2014 shortlist, you only just missed out on being selected our 2014 favourite.

Bonus Treat

We haven’t included a favourite track of the year before and its always hard to pick a favourite across genres and the whole year but 2014 belong to a track from I Break Horses called Faith which featured in the Jon Hopkins Essential Mix in one of the greatest mixes ever between the Gary Beck Alogoreal track and the Fields remix of Faith. Jon Hopkins is to thank for bringing this track to my attention and ever since at TBC it has been on repeat. It has featured on our recent TBC playlists that we create every so often, it has been played loud at TBC HQ, in the car on our travels, in Berlin on holiday, the list is endless. This track is perfect electro, moody, progressive, catchy, an amazing vocal, great bassline and simple but perfect track structure. The original version is our favourite and its 3 minutes and 48 seconds of perfection, have a listen using the link below, we challenge you to not dance around like a lunatic and avoid a massive smile on your face. The Fields version is also linked below to see the alternative version that Jon Hopkins used, it is an 11 minute techno stormer! We would recommend you also check out their album Chiaroscuro for an alternative listen.

 

Many thanks for all the support in 2014, we hope to see you all later in the year at our next TBC event and keep coming back to read our latest articles.

TBC

TBC Playlist June 2014

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BBC Essential Mix – Magda (2014)

Decay – Efdemin (2014)

Love Letters – Metronomy (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Jackmaster (2014)

Future Disco Vol.7 ‘Til The Lights Come Up’ – Various (2014)

It’s Album Time – Todd Terje (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Daniel Avery (2014)

FAZEmag in the mix 26 – Ray Okpara & Anja Schneider (2014)

Eskimo Recordings pres. The Blue Collection – Various (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Bonobo (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann (2014) *

Netzwerk der Zunkuft – Anthony Rother (2014)

Intensity – Eric Sneo (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Jimmy Edgar (2014)

Bleep 10 – Various (2014)

White Woman – Chromeo (2014)

Future Disco pres. Poolside Sounds Vol.3 – Various (2014)

I Am Ok – Oliver Koletzki (2014)

Live in Miami – John Digweed (2014)

Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn (2014)

Bizarro World – Dj Overdose (2013)

Resident Advisor #417 – Downliners Sekt (2014)

Solens Arc – Kangding Ray (2014)

Smell the DA.I.S.Y. – De La Soul (2014)

Fabric #75 – Maya Jane Coles (2014)

Mi Senti – Roisin Murphy (2014)

The Feast of the Broken Heart – Hercules & Love Affair (2014)

Reality Testing – Lone (2014)

Code – Answer Code Request (2014)

 

Classics

Elaste Vol.1-3 – Slow Motion Disco (2006), Space Disco (2008) & Super Motion Disco (2010)

Bugged Out Pres. Suck my Deck – Friendly Fires (2010)

BBC Essential Mix  Live at Pacha, Ibiza- Frankie Knuckles (2000)

Piece Works – Ewan Pearson (2007)

The Trip created by Saint Etienne – Various (2004)

We Are Punks Vol1-3 – Anthony Rother (2007-2008)

The Future Will Come – The Juan Maclean (2009)

Heartbeats – Grum (2010)

Choice pres. A collection of Classics by Frankie Knuckles – Various (2000)

Bedrock – John Creamer & Stephane K (2002)

Blackmusick 10 Years of Tiefschwarz – Tiefschwarz (2007)

The TBC playlist has finally returned for only its second instalment of 2014, apologies for all those who have missed our regular instalment of music appreciation. Since February (when we last published our playlist selection) its been a busy time and as you know time flies when you are having fun! TBC has been on tour to the Big Apple to see what’s going on the other side of the pond, we partied for a lot of May with the bookended Bank Holiday’s and generally been busy little bunnies. This has meant however that we have been listening to a lot of music, and I mean a lot. If absence makes the heart grow fonder then my absence from my regular playlist blog has made the music selection grow stronger and my need to bring a wealth of music appreciation for the TBC followers enjoyment.

First things first, the slow start to the year on the music front has ceased and we have had the pleasure of enjoying a great selection of artist albums, mix compilations and podcast & internet/radio shows. The long playlist above has been split to give you the current gems that we have been listening to at TBC HQ along with some of the classics we have dusted down over the last few months. If you already own some of the playlist above then I am sure you have enjoyed them however if you don’t I would highly recommend a good hunt for some new music as there is some serious aural enjoyment to be had. In order to summarise the playlist we have Techno, Electro, House, Disco, Electro-Pop, Progressive and Hip Hop, of which predominately Techno and House feature heavily as ever but I would highly recommend the alternative treats offered by the Disco and Electro.

We have followed the typical playlist structure; there is the best selection of music from the last few months in 2014 (with the aforementioned classics separated below), the best picks have been highlighted in bold as these have best entertained TBC HQ and will remain on the stereo for the near future and the ‘best of the best’ will have its own TBC star treatment with the * award.

Decay – Efdemin (2014)

Efdemin has been a favourite at TBC ever since we discovered his self titled first album Efdemin (2007) and the follow up Chicago (2010). His sound has always hovered around quirky minimal techno with a raft of haunting and unusual sounds thrown in to create an interesting production style however this latest album has seen him going off at a tangent towards to the harder bass heavy sound of techno which has left us very excited. The ever influential sounds of Berghain in Berlin seems to have transformed the amazing production style of Efdemin to new levels and there are some dark and heavy tracks on this new album, our favourite being ‘Some Kind of Up and down Yes’. Since its release in March this year we have been unable to stop listening to this LP and we would highly recommend a listen.

It’s Album Time – Todd Terje (2014)

First we had the Swedish House Mafia and then we had the Norwegian Disco Mafia; Prins Thomas, Lindstrom and Todd Terje. The latter has been the most illustrious of the trio, only playing exclusive parties and gigs, releasing EP’s and singles along with two mixes; Resident Advisor Podcast #98 (2008) and Remaster of the Universe (2010 – this is a superb collection of disco which is also highly recommended). Todd Terje has now released his first LP ‘It’s Album Time’ and also announced his status as King of Norwegian disco. It has been a long time coming since his first release in 2004 but its worth the wait and he seems to elude to this with the simple album title, even though it should be more like ‘It’s about bloody time for my first album’ but that doesn’t quite have the same ring or marketable value. From the intro track to the final classic song Inspector Norse this is one epic album, ranging from the traditional disco sound to electro-house tinged classics and the more eclectic Jonny & Mary (which features Bryan Ferry and covers a Robert Palmer track). Our favourites are Delorean Dynamite and Oh Joy however it is hard to not love every track. This album has been well worth the wait and will feature in the top albums of 2014, Mr.Terje will struggle to better this next time round but what a great challenge to set yourself.

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann (2014)

Pete Tong continues to provide a ceaseless roster of high-end DJ’s for this years BBC Essential Mix show and this mix from Marcel Dettmann is superb. It is always difficult when one of your favourite live DJ’s provides an instalment of a mix series; Essential Mix, Fabric, Resident Advisor podcast etc. however Marcel Dettmann has delivered time and time again. His Conducted mix CD (2011) is simply brilliant, his Groove podcast from this year is an excellent eclectic mix and the older FACT (2010) and RA (2008) podcasts are both top draw. The ability to bring your live sound to CD or podcast is always difficult but Dettmann consistently delivers and this Essential Mix continues in this vein. The track selection is immense, the names you would want to feature, that you would have heard booming on the dance floor in Berghain, are all apparent. The mix starts with a few atmospheric tracks as you would expect from his famous live residency sets in Berlin, really picking up pace from around the twenty minute mark with a great tune from Tobias called Fast Null. At the 45 minute mark there is a creepy, atmospheric, industrial, electro-techno track Eurovision by Laibach (Dettmann remix) which is excellent, a great inclusion in this mix albeit a white label that we may never get our hands on! LB Dub Corps (A.K.A Luke Slater) has a couple of tracks featured, there is an amazing Stephan Linzetti track View From The Collapsing Centre which is a crazy, haunting techno number and there are countless other techno stormers.  I can only say that you must listen to this mix, it is perfect TBC music and a great party mix. The Soundcloud link is below:

https://soundcloud.com/everybodywantstobethedj/marcel-dettmann-essential-mix

Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn (2014)

This EP from Robyn and Royksopp was one of my personally most anticipated records of 2014. Both artists have been favourites of the TBC crew for years, Royskopp have provided some of the most progressive and blissed out electronica and house that Scandinavia/Sweden  has had to offer and Robyn (similar to another of my favourite female artists Annie) brings her own quirky Swedish electro pop in her two most popular artist albums; Robyn (2005) and Body Talk (2010) even though she has been around since the mid 90’s even delivering some classic dance tracks like Show Me Love (1997). When we heard that they would be combining to perform as a super group in 2014 and saw the teaser trailers we were jumping around like lunatics, check out the video for yourself:

Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again Tour 2014

Their EP Do it Again only contains 5 tracks but it does show off their new awesome electro techno sound which is reminiscent of Justice a few years ago now, pulsating electro bass music with Robyn’s lyrics and vocoder samples. The first two tracks ‘Monument’ and ‘Say it’ will be amazing live performance tracks, the remaining three could be new releases for Robyn and Royskopp on their own and represent each of their familiar styles. The EP lives up to the hype and we cannot wait to see them at Melt in Germany in July.

Fabric #75 – Maya Jane Coles (2014)

As with my previous comments concerning great live DJ’s and their transformation onto a famous mix CD series or podcast/radio show it is always a risky affair but, as with Marcel Dettmann, Maya Jane Coles (MJC) has consistently performed with a wealth of mixes; DJ Kicks (2012), two BBC Essential Mixes (2011, 2013), RApodcast #241 (2011) and a couple of Mixmag CDs (2011, 2013) and a great production album Comfort (2013). Fabric has been a hit and miss CD series for a few years now, delivering some excellent instalments but following them with bland and mundane mixes, TBC remains a subscriber to the long running series and our loyalty was repaid with the MJC #75 Fabric mix. This is a darker side than previously experienced with MJC mixes and it doesn’t take long to move into a techno grove which captivates you for 74 minutes. The opening, dark techno track called ‘Somebody’ by Trus’me is a superb introduction to the new darker MJC sound. There is a great track from the ever trusty Mathew Jonson called ‘Level &’ (Dixon remix) and ‘No One Gets Left Behind’ by DJ Yellow & Flowers And Sea Creatures is just epic. The mix flutters between techno and tech-house with a great remix of an old Paul Woolford classic ‘Erotic Discourse’ by one of our favourite artists Dense & Pika, to a dirty, grimy, bass track by Yenk called ‘Basement’, ending on an eclectic vocal track by Fran Von Vie feat. Cio May called ‘Lonely Nights’. Once finished you feel like you have been on a journey courtesy of MJC, one which you would have loved to experience in a club with a monstrous sound system but just turn it up, start from track 1 again and you can enjoy in all its glory. A classic in the Fabric CD series.

 

As ever, it is so difficult having shortlisted our favourite albums and mixes to select a favourite. Each selection has been listened to multiple times over the recent months and enjoyed at TBC HQ parties, chill sessions and while researching and trawling through the multitude of music releases and internet mixes. We managed to narrow it down to Todd Terje’s super disco debut album and the immense Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann’s BBC Essential Mix but the winner has to to be the latter. Dettmann managed to harness all the best parts of one of his epic 6 hour plus Berghain mixes into this essential mix for everyone to experience the true brilliance of his tune selection, set structure and pounding, pounding bass laden techno music. This mix is TBC down to a tee and therefore is our star selection for this edition of our playlist. Enjoy.

Thanks for reading, hopefully you made it this far and can enjoy some of, if not a lot of, the playlist we have provided this month covering the last 4 months music plus some great classics from years past.

TBC