Back in May, the Brit brothers better known as Disclosure set free their debut album, Settle. Since then, the LP’s been hailed as the savior of 2-step, caught on with teh mainstream and is a record-of-the-year contender for most.
But that’s all bullshit, so I’m counting down 20 new releases that blow the vanilla ice cream of Settle out of the water.
So check out the full list, hear a song from each artist and download any release by clicking its italicized title…
Death to 2012, long live A$AP…
Like John McClane, this blog just won’t die. And so, I decided to start the new year off right by crafting the best mixtape you’ve heard in 2013; I swear.
My resolutions are to blog more and learn French—I’d say this is a good start to one.
01. Chrome Sparks — Send the Pain On
02. Chrome Sparks — Marijuana
03. SWV — I’m So Into You
04. Ruddyp — Maybe
05. The Weeknd — The Party & The After Party (Kastle Remix)
06. Nicolas Jaar — Don’t Break My Love
07. Jacques Greene — Motivation
08. Crystal Castles — Pale Flesh
09. A$AP Rocky — LVL
10. Shlohmo — Rained the Whole Time
11. Rustie — After Light
12. Drake — Dreams Money Can Buy
13. TNGHT — Higher Ground
14. Ryan Hemsworth — Charly Wingate
15. TNGHT — Goooo
Like anyone else with their finger seemingly on the pulse of emerging UK producers, I first heard Airhead (née Robert McAndrews) when I tracked down his collaborative 12” with James Blake, Pembroke. That dropped back in 2010 and McAndrews’s been quiet—save a compilation contribution—until this year when he released two very fine singles, Wait and Pyramid.
Both “Wait” and “South Congress” actually share some DNA with Blake’s R&S Records releases: down-tempo, chopped, spacey. Toying with atmosphere more than anything, the 12” sits at home in a playlist cozied up next to Mount Kimbe and Shlohmo.
"Pyramid" and "Black Ink" on the other hand are pretty significant departures from dubstep’s school of minimalism. Here, McAndrews flexes some maximalist muscle, akin to Lone or Hudson Mohawke, even Ital’s experimental side.
I’m throwing a lot of comparative names around and clearly McAndrews is one small part of a larger scene; with only five officially released solo tracks to this moniker, he’s hard to dissect. That said, there’s magnetism in these singles. Put me down for more.
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