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TROPIC OF CANCER

Wake the Night

TROPIC OF CANCER

Wake the Night

Goth-pop or film noir soundtrack? Either way a highlight of our year...

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Wolfgang Voigt

Rückverzauberung 6.3

Wolfgang Voigt

Rückverzauberung 6.3

Breathtaking, stygian doom techno in the vein of his Gas classics

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UGANDAN METHODS

imperium

UGANDAN METHODS

imperium

In the year that techno went harder, 4/4, UM tech-stepped all over its face

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Thought Broadcast

Mad Tea Party

Thought Broadcast

Mad Tea Party

Unswervingly rotten no wave, rooted in steadfast underground principles

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Void Vision

Everything Is Fine

Void Vision

Everything Is Fine

Rushing electro magick taken off the superb Flexi-Wave compilation

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Human Teenager

Permanent Skin

Human Teenager

Permanent Skin

Easily one of the year's oddest, most endearing electro-pop songs

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Bee Mask

Pink Drinq

Bee Mask

Pink Drinq

Brilliantly surreal, super efficient, modern concrète composition by Chris Madak.

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FAY

Talk With My Body

FAY

Talk With My Body

Kinky, crafty, pop-sure curio outta the L.A. leftfield

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SHACKLETON

Test Tubes

SHACKLETON

Test Tubes

Soundsystem science and ritual aerobic mysticism from an amazing album

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DEAN BLUNT

Are you as good as I remember

DEAN BLUNT

Are you as good as I remember

Haunting H-pop psychedelia sourced off the Hype Williams dude's awesome solo debut

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RICHARD YOUNGS

The Healing Of Everyone

RICHARD YOUNGS

The Healing Of Everyone

Enchanting, elegiac avant-folk noise from a singular artist at his best

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ALICE COHEN

Cascading Keys

ALICE COHEN

Cascading Keys

OESB returned in style with this spine-tingling gem by an underground pop veteran

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Pye Corner Audio

Palais Spectres

Pye Corner Audio

Palais Spectres

Eerie, labyrinthine techno radiophonica

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Demdike Stare

Falling Of The Edge (Alternate Version)

Demdike Stare

Falling Of The Edge (Alternate Version)

A modern classic on the cusp of analog/digital dimensions

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This time on 14tracks:

“The Best of 2012: Part Four”

We finish 2012 at a juncture of pop, techno and avant-garde with 14 tracks that stuck in our heads all year. Respect is due to the masters, with Richard Youngs offering 'The Healing Of Everyone' on his stunning 'Core To The Brave' LP for Root Strata, Alice Cohen making '80s magic on OESB and Wolfgang Voigt at his Gas-like best with the 'Rückverzauberung' for Magazine. The dancefloor was taken to extremes by both Shackleton, with his debut album proper, plus Demdike Stare's modern classic, 'Falling Off The Edge' from the 'Elemental' LP, and the peerless tech-step rollige of 'Imperium' by Regis and Ancient Methods aka Ugandan Methods (exclusively available here). Pop zones were blurred by the near-cinematic efforts of Tropic Of Cancer and Dean Blunt, or the rhythm driven oddities of FAY and Gary War's Human Teenager, while the underground wave oscillated between Thought Broadcast's ultra-blunted 'Mad Tea Party', Pye Corner Audio's 'Palais Spectres' and the incredible electro-acoustic disciplines of Bee Mask. It's both unnecessary and fruitless to draw a line between all these artists, other than inferring a sense the future is to be found somewhere between the analog and digital realms, and that genre boundaries are increasingly pointless, built to be broken down however you see fit. Just make yourself acquainted and enjoy the holidays!

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