Year in Review | Top Five Mixes + Comps of 2012

Year in Review | Top 5 Mixes + Compilations of 2012

Without further ado, another session of  year-end wrap-ups is upon us. These past 12 months were interesting ones for electronic music, DJs and the club scene—not to mention the exciting things that we'll feature in the more guitar-driven part of the world later in the month. Easing into things, we begin with our top DJ mixes and compilations of this year. Admittedly, reflecting on this segment of our year of listening, we didn't cover as much ground as we would have liked, but that may have just made it easier to single out our favorites, which are:

5) Various Artists Modeselektion Vol. 02 — Monkeytown Records
"With fingers in this many pies, Modeselektion Vol. 02 really shouldn't have come across as a cohesive statement, yet it does. Not every track is an out-and-out winner, but the depth and breadth of artists, scenes, locales, and musical movements showcased here is not only impressive, it also serves as a pristine snapshot of what a credible tastemaking unit Modeselektor is." 
— From Joshua P. Ferguson's XLR8R review

4) Guy Gerber Fabric 64 Fabric
"Imagine, I had to come up with the context, what would be the theme? I’m trying to tell a story within one hour. So I had to come up with this, I had to compose, I had to mix and also choose. I do a lot of music, not everything makes it to the album. For an artist, one of the most important things is to give up certain things. I stayed in the basement or the garage. I usually work in big studios, so this was really fun. I would just open the garage door, have a lot of light and yeah, I think musically it’s great." 
— From Joshua P. Ferguson's Guy Gerber interview about making his Fabric mix

3) Various Artists IFEEL024 - A Compilation — International Feel
"Ibiza has come to represent a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but for Mark Barrott and the stable of [Balearic-leaning] artists he's built up over the past three years, it doesn't seem to be about the mega clubs and foam parties. Laidback, organic sounds and moving at a leisurely pace are at the core of the International Feel mantra. This applies to both the physical music on display and the personality that's been injected into it."
— From Joshua P. Ferguson's XLR8R review

2) Ben Klock Fabric 66 — Fabric
Berghain, Panorama Bar and the Ostgut Ton label have come to occupy the epicenter of Berlin's techno world—some might argue the techno world—and none from that camp is better equipped to translate its vision and its sound for Fabric then Ben Klock. While his contribution shouldn't be viewed as an exact replica of one of his marathon sets, it should be considered a document that breathes renewed life into all the genre and this sublime talent have to offer.
Joshua P. Ferguson

1) Photek DJ-KiCKS — !K7
"In just over an hour Photek touches on spacey disco (Hot Toddy remixed by Morgan Geist), eerie techno (reaching back into the '90s with Baby Ford), and the murky realm of today's bass music scene with shuffling groovers from Sepalcure and DJG. Then there's his own personal contributions. Oh, how we can't neglect to mention those. These are a large part of the reason respected culture houses like XLR8R have been salivating over this release since the second it was announced back in January."
— Joshua P. Ferguson's review



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