Best of 2012 Download playlist
Thieves Like Us – Shyness
Thieves Like Us is a five-piece band based in Berlin, Germany and Paris, France. With a true charm, they developed a fresh, romantic aesthetic between a pop, funky, naïve universe à la Hot Chip and the German krautrock scene. As all parties seemed to be mainly soundtracked by electro and techno, they began to DJ, playing old Krautrock, italo disco, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Factory Records stuff, and even new hip-hop. Later on they discovered French filter house and added this to their repertoire. Their first album titled “Play Music” was recorded in Berlin, London, New York City and Stockholm and released in 2008.
Citizens! – True Romance
Citizens! is a new band freshly signed to Kitsuné. Five London boys who pen songs with a panoramic view, and produced by Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand.
Composed by Martyn, Thom, Mike, Lawrence and Tom, Citizens! is a call to arms, a statement, a mark in the sand. Their bold statement is that they reclaim pop cause “Pop is not a dirty word. It’s a holy one.” (Mike)
A$aP Rocky – Wassup
Clams Casino – I’m God (Instrumental)
Clams Casino is the memorable pseudonym of New Jersey resident Mike Volpe, who in the last few months has shot from relative obscurity to production sensation thanks to a handful of blistering tracks. Edging into the limelight after passing tunes to Soulja Boy and Bay Area superstar Lil B, his originality has resonated with more than just rap fans. You see, Clams hasn’t confined his songwriting to rap music alone, and listening to his productions you can hear a keen sense of harmony, a pop sensibility and a willingness to let sounds dissolve into an uncharacteristic dream-like haze.
Rakim Mayers (born October 3, 1987 in Harlem, New York NY, United States), better known by his stage name ASAP Rocky (often stylized A$AP Rocky), is an American rapper and director. ASAP Rocky gained recognition among the hip hop community in 2011 after the release of his 2010 mixtape Deep Purple. In 2011 he followed up with the release of LiveLoveA$AP
Hercules And Love Affair – You Belong
Hercules and Love Affair is a musical project from New York formed in 2007 by DJ Andy Butler. From 2007 through 2010, members included Nomi Ruiz, Kim Ann Foxman and guest singer Antony Hegarty from the band Antony and the Johnsons. They are signed to DFA Records. Their single “Blind” was released on March 3rd, 2008, and their debut self-titled album (produced by Butler and Tim Goldsworthy) was released on March 10th, 2008. The album has been critically well-received and charted in the top 40 in several countries.
Azealia Banks – 212 (feat. Lazy Jay)
Azealia Banks is a 20-year-old lyricist from Harlem, New York City. Since her first steps as a child in off-broadway theatre productions to her training at La Guardia High School of Performing Arts -a breeding ground for stars- she’s been steadily perfecting her craft and making a name for herself.
Sly & Robbie may well be the most prolific recording artists ever. One staggering estimate is that they have played on or produced some 200,000 songs. Sly & Robbie are reggae’s longest lasting production team. The rhythm section of drummer Lowell Dunbar (nicknamed Sly after Sly Stone, one of his favorite musicians) and bass guitarist Robert Shakespeare started working together in the mid 1970s, after having established themselves separately on the Jamaican music scene.
One of the most respected electronic composers of the ’90s, Howie B is a sonic polymath whose production work with U2, Bjork, Tricky, Brian Eno, Sinead O’Connor, Sly And Robbie and Everything But The Girl has made him an ace hired gun often called upon to give pop stars credit in the dance world.
Depeche Mode – Peace (Ben Klock Remix)
Ben Klock is a German techno DJ and producer who runs his own label Klockworks. He is one of the local residents at Berlin’s Berghain.
DJ Jus-Ed & Move-D — It’s a struggle
A voyage into the world of DJ Jus-Ed reveals an adventurous, energetic and spiritual style of playing quality house music. Since reappearing on the scene in 2001 after a brief retirement, DJ Jus-Ed’s underground smooth sets have captured & educated audiences all the way from his home base in Connecticut to Miami’s South Beach,Germany , London, New York , Russia , London e.t.c.
Oliver Schories – Archipel
It must have been sometime between the years 1996 and 1997 when Oliver found out that there was more to discover than Green Day, The Offspring and Nirvana. Starting off with his first own cheapish Turntables and some commercial house tunes, he rapidly worked himself trough a lot of different electronic music styles. Having huge enthusiasm for vocal house in the first place, he more and more came over to techno and in those times the so called “Schranz”-sound which was mainly influenced by Artists like Chris Liebing, Cari Lekebusch and Adam Beyer.