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BEST OF 2012: LITANIC MASK

Monday, January 7th, 2013

opp_litanicmask2The final guest list in our 2012 year-end coverage comes from the Portland-based act Litanic Mask. Their eponymous debut album was released barely two months ago but it has been on heavy rotation here at No Conclusion ever since, expectedly landing high on our albums of the year list. The duo of Kenna Jean and Mark Evan Burden were kind enough to share their separate lists of some artists, tracks, albums, and mixes that marked the past year for them. Here we go, ladies first:

Kenna
> E*Rock – End of Summer Mix (Future Legend Podcast 018)
Venus X
Concrete Floor
White Rainbow: Trick Shot (Bandcamp)
Miracles ClubThe Wheel
Princess DiesIV Part Two + VICE Interview
MassacooramaanTRAINWRECK (ft DJ Rashad & RP Boo)

Mark
> Mohn: Mohn
> All Fade to Mind releases
Ritualz: Outworld Music
Carter Tutti Void: Transverse
Rosenkopf: Rosenkopf

Litanic Like.

BEST OF 2012: PALMISTRY

Friday, January 4th, 2013

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Apart from releasing his lush I Swear mixtape, last year saw the London producer Benjamin Keating, who goes by the moniker Palmistry, collaborate with Triad God on the excellent NXB mixtape, and release some cool remixes. That mix he made for our series was pretty special too. These are a few of Keating’s 2012 favorites:

My favorite artists from 2012 were Felicita and Triad God. Both people I know well and work closely with.

Felicita and I started to make beats at the same time when we lived together back in the summer of 2010. We used to work on tracks together as Felicita & Palmistry but then began releasing tracks as solo artists as time went by. In 2012 I felt he really started to find his own sound and I’m pretty excited to see what he produces in the next few years. He comes from a noise/experimental background and he doesn’t compromise his aesthetic or sound to please others which I really respect. I wouldn’t do him justice trying to describe his music: Felicita’s Soundcloud.

On Triad God – his voice is so deep from the tone, flow, melody and content. I’ll never forget the firs time we recorded together opening up my laptop and pressing record on Ableton just using the laptop mic and Vinh sang “Sun Hing J”. Was a real special moment.  Here’s the original mix for that track:

Bonus tracks:

Palmistry on Soundcloud.

BEST OF 2012: XANDER HARRIS

Friday, January 4th, 2013

opp_xanderharrisIt’s time for the longest post in this year’s guest list feature! …Which is still far from beating Ital’s last year contribution though. The resident synth wizard Xander Harris kicked the year off with a split single with Dylan Ettinger (whose criminally underrated LP gets a mention below), which was followed by the Chrysalid tape and the Snow Crash digital release. We were really happy to see him list a bunch of records that were on our shortlist but haven’t made it onto the final list.

10 Releases That Reaffirmed My Love of Electronic Music

As I look back, 2012 was an interesting year for Electronic music. A year filled with older artists and legends emerging from their past with material that is equal to their revered respective early bodies of work. In the midst of revisiting those artists that never really “lost it”, we visited with emerging young artists who found strong voices in the wild. These are the ten releases that I found to be particularly inspirational in their composition and sound throughout 2012.

Carter Tutti Void: Transverse [Mute Records]
Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti are giants of electronic composition. They continue to weave around boundaries and style, displaying their prowess as they swim to the top decades into their career. I was intrigued and mystified when I read that they would be collaborating with Nik Void from the amazing Factory Floor. I honestly didn’t know what to expect but I had hoped the end result would knock my socks off. Transverse is everything that is right about industrial music and much, much more.

Sand Circles: Motor City [Not Not Fun Records]
Martin Herterich has accomplished a feat that few artists in the field of electronic music rarely capture: taking the tools of the past and turning those sounds into lush futuristic lullabies. A beautiful release and I wait impatiently to hear future work from this project.

Ital: Hive Mind [Planet Mu]
I’ve had a difficult time choosing between the albums Hive Mind and Dream On in regards to which one I think is stronger. I love them both but the track “First Wave” is a track I return to over and over again. Both releases resonated with me passionately and I think Ital is truly breaking the rules in house composition.

Demdike Stare: Elemental [Modern Love]
This latest transcendental record grooves on swelling fat melodies to create meditations on love while furthering the exploratory theme of sonic darkness.

VCMG: SSSS [Mute Records]
Martin Gore and Vince Clark get together to make modular techno madness. The fulfillment of the dreams of all Depeche Mode fans around the world to see these two legends finally team back up to create stunning music.

X-TG: Desertshore/The Final Report [Industrial Records]
I met this release with a little bit of sadness when I realized this will probably be the last release with new compositions from Sleazy. Throbbing Gristle, and related projects, is the reason why I create and make music. They have never let me down and they certainly exceeded my expectations on this release.

Dylan Ettinger: Lifetime of Romance [Not Not Fun Records]
A vastly underrated release that should have received more attention than it did. Natural progressions splayed out in “Metamatic” landscapes to create a strange dystopian ride.

Laurel Halo: Quarantine [Hyperdub]
This is absolutely futuristic music to me and I absolutely love the vocals. I had the pleasure of seeing her perform once and it left a very positive impression.

Mushy: Breathless [Mannequin]
This release is a beautiful late night stunner for those waiting for an expansive take on the more electronic side of 4AD. I suspect that 2013 will be a very good year for this artist.

Survive: Survive [Mannequin]
These Austin, TX slow burners command their analog alchemy into a prophetic, obsessive post-apocalyptic frenzy. Whatever you do, don’t miss seeing these guys perform live if they come anywhere close to where you live.

Xander Harris on FB.

BEST OF 2012: BRUXA

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

opp_bruxaBruxa‘s Victimeyez was easily one of the most exciting full-lengths to have dropped this year, which would probably explain why it made it onto our albums of the year list. Here, the Portland trio lists their favorite tracks of the past year. And although a lot of these have been on heavy rotation with us as well, we have managed to come across a couple of discoveries (that Daniel Savio track, for example). Voilà – Bruxa’s top ten tracks of 2012, in no particular order:

> Zebra KatzIma Read
> GrimesGenesis
> 100sMy Activator
> RL GrimeGrapes Alla Vodka
> Purity RingBelispeak
> Freddie GibbsThuggin’
> TNGHTHigher Ground
> Daniel SavioRevolt
> Mykki BlancoWavvy
> Sticky KPersian Algebra

Like BRUXA.

BEST OF 2012: ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

opp_ensemble2Brian Pyle a.k.a. Ensemble Economique sure likes to keep himself busy. In the past twelve months, he released the sublime Motion Forever split album with Lee Noble, and another interesting split release with Dubai, a record with his other project Starving Weirdos, a couple of CD-Rs… And, of course, a number of tracks posted to his regularly updated Soundcloud page – the last one, “Hey Baby”, turned up just the other day. Check out Pyle’s top 8 list of favorite things in music in 2012:

1. The Tashaki Miyaki Soundcloud page. I LOVE this band so much, some sorta timeless, wild magic in their sound, classic, rad, heart-melting. Especially their covers, man, so cool. I’m really in love with their renditions of the INXS track, “Never Tear Us Apart” and the Father John Misty track, “Hollywood Forever Sings”, “Jeeeeeesus Chriiiiiist girl”.

2. Boy Friend: ”Egyptian Wrinkle”. This duo is breathtaking, all of their songs I think are great, but “Egyptian Wrinkle” is something very special. “The Space Between You And I”, I try to envision what’s happening in this song and I can almost see it, but it’s blurry and confused and intense, like the best of POP, this is the best of POP music. Everything is there and it rips your heart out. And then you press play again.

3. King Dude live. I had the profound pleasure of playing a couple shows with the King this year and each show was pure fucking magic. His records are great and live he is fucking next-level. He’s combining elements in such a cool, completely singular way, a true visionary, one of the great artists in music today, no doubt. Mesmerizing performer, in-complete-control yet with this wild sorta feeling, very cool, the coolest.

4. Keel Her Soundcloud page. Maybe the most prolific of them all. Rose has the enigmatic sorta ‘fuck you, fuck everything’ kinda radness that is undeniable, unbridled, uncompromising. More punk than anything punk, fucking RAD. She’s full-on and I’m fully with it.

5. Barn Owl, Date Palms and yours truly at the Liminal Space in Oakland back in March with live visuals from the absolute ruler, the king of super-8 film, the finest experimental filmmaker operating Paul Clipson. Just one of those nights when everything is just perfect, the air was thick with magic, the vibes so fucking cool, a perfect concert, as good as it gets. A highlight of the year for me, no doubt, for music, for art, for friendship, for everything, for LIFE, burning BRIGHT!!!

6. The insane church organ the day after easter at the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Paris. More psych, more dark, more REAL than anything I’ve heard this year.

7. Opale, formerly known as Playground, the track “Spleen”. This piece of music is so pure, so beautiful, it gives me such wild emotions, like I’m floating and I’m floating and I’m floating. It feels like love, like I’m in love.

8. Kult Country: Slowburn. It’s the time of day when the light disappears and the night wraps around you like a blanket and she whispers in your ear and you whisper yes. It’s making out for the first time, it’s walking with your eyes closed, it’s stars shooting across the sky, a million miles an hour.

Ensemble Economique on FB.

BEST OF 2012: ?AIMON

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

opp_aimonThe second guest list comes from the San Diego duo ?AIMON. 2012 saw the release of their mighty full-length FLATLINER, as well as a whole bunch of noteworthy remixes and mixes regularly posted on their Soundcloud page. And then there is the FLATLINER Remixes collection,  freshly released on Tundra Dub’s Bandcamp. Here’s the duo’s review of 2012:

This year has been extremely busy for us and unfortunately that means we’re still catching up on a lot of releases that probably deserve a spot on this list. With that in mind, our selection of the top 10 albums is composed of what we’ve listened to the most this year. Our reasons for these particular selections can be summed up as simply because they’ve each inspired us immensely.

Lorn: Ask The Dust
Trust: TRST
X-TG: Desertshore/The Final Report
Purity Ring: Shrines
Carter Tutti Void: Transverse
Swans: The Seer
Boyd Rice/NON: Back to Mono
Distorted Memory: Temple of the Black Star
The Ceremonial Dagger: Ghost Triangulations
Burial: Truant/Rough Sleeper

We would be extremely remiss not to mention a few of the many, many important releases from our friends and colleagues that have made a huge impact on us as well. In no particular order:

FUNERALS: Hypermotion B
UNISON: UNISON
Mahr: Her Embrace
I††: BSD
?NDR?S: INVINCIBLE
SKELETONKIDS: BROTHER ISLAND
Men In Burka: Men In Burka
preteen pornstar: Scared New World
V?LH?LL + M‡?c?ll?: G?øs?s of ?n??qu??? / G?øs?s of ?n??qu???Remixed
Tash Willmore: Broken Bloodline / Broken Bloodline: An Alternate View
Silent Strike: Singularity
Haujobb: New World March
C/?/T (Corvx de Timor): Rise of the Night Terror
Various Artists: Robot Elephant Records vs. Tundra Dubs

Our sincere apologies if we’ve missed anyone, we are blessed to know so many incredible artists.

?AIMON.com.

BEST OF 2012: BUTTERCLOCK

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

opp_butterclockAre you done reading all the year-end lists from your favorite websites and blogs? Good, because we have some more year-end lists for you: some of our favorite artists were kind enough to share their own impressions of 2012 in music with us. We’ll kick things off with what’s probably the shortest entry in the history of this feature.
This year, Butterclock collaborated with oOoOO on the fine Our Love Is Hurting Us EP, released Fantasy Music Mixtape #1 with o F F Love, and dropped a cool mix for yours truly, among other things. We asked Laura Clock what she loved in music in the past twelve months. Turns out – not much? These are her favorite releases of the year:

> Rihanna: Unapologetic
> o F F Love: Probably Love
> Any mixtapes that Soulja Boy released on Internet

Butterlike.