To mark both the end of a great year for UK music (plus music in general) and, of course, Christmas, we give you 13 tracks from artists and labels we’ve been supporting this year.
Much like our website, there’s something for everyone – warehouse techno, a vocal grime concoction, instrumental hip-hop, a 2005 dub track, house, garage and those bits in between that we’ve spent the last year having fun trying to describe.
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Hypercolour have been easily one of our favorite labels of the last 12 months. They, and their sub-labels Losing Suki and Hype LTDhyp, have released some of the year’s best house music, and importantly, have stuck to their ethos of unearthing new gems. Last Magpie has been one of the success stories, and we have a track from his ‘No More Stories’ EP on Losing Suki, ‘U See’.
We’ve had a close eye on ClekClekBoom too. The label head, Ministre X, and a key member of the roster, French Fries, went head-to-head in a vs. interview recently, shedding light on some of the ideas behind the label that’s given rise to releases from the likes of Chaos In The CBD, Jean Nipon, Coni and Manare. It is The Town that features in the compilation though; a deep, bassy cut that mirrors so much of the labels recent output.
If we’d done a list of favourite singles, My Nu Leng & Majora‘s ‘Hips N’ Thighs’/’The Grid’ would definitely have featured. On the back of that release, and also My Nu Leng‘s no-nonsense Hyp mix, we’re tipping a big 2013 for the duo, and offer up Boxwork‘s ‘Deep In Those Thighs’ remix to boot.
Electronic Explorations‘ 60-track compilation was released for just £5, to help fund their excellent mix series, and featuring names such as DJrum, Kahn, Neil Landstrumm, Emika and Trevino, is well worth a purchase. We were given Al Tourettes‘ contribution, ‘Mind Over Scatter’.
The pulverising warehouse techno comes from impressive Scottish duo Clouds. ‘Gang 49′ was released in Turbo Recordings’ ‘New Jack Techno’ compilation back in June and was an exciting precursor for the ‘Tannhauser Acid Works’ series that has since arisen on the aforementioned imprint. We chatted to Calum Macleod and Liam Robertson not long ago – read all about it here.
Keen Hyponik readers will know we’re big fans of Deft. He took the reigns on a recent YouTube Session, which displayed the breadth of influences that shape his intriguing production. His contribution here is further evidence: an elegant hiphop beat entitled ‘Only When I’m Dreaming’.
Slackk is another firm favourite. He played (under his Patrice & Friends alias) at our party with Wavey Tones back in April and shortly after gave a revealing insight on his ‘Raw Missions’ EP, his early days listening to grime, production techniques and more. The track in the compilation is ‘Pub Crawl’, released as part of his ‘She’s A Vector’ EP on the – in our opinion – underrated Diskotopia label.
From techno to reggae… Altered Natives supplied us with ‘Musty’s Dub’; a sparse, freaky beat he made in Tobago back in ’05. His unique Hyponik mixtape and ‘Tenement Yard’ series have been notably enjoyable listens of recent months, and ‘Musty’s Dub’ is no different.
We excusively streamed long-time dubstep producer D1’s debut EP as Oscar Luweez, ‘Metempsychosis’. He returns with an exclusive ‘Tru Calling’, straight out the same warped house mould as heard previously.
Unknown To The Unknown dipped into their relatively vast back catalog and kindly offered us New-Yorker Dubbel Dutch‘s rave bazooka ‘B Leave’; a perfect example of the YouTube channel-turned- record label’s unpretentious and high-energy style of club music.
Brighton’s Manni Dee comes correct with his misty-eyed ‘Night Vision’. Deep and dark hip-hop rhythms meeting soaring synth work and pounding 808 bass, always a winning cocktail.
Keysound co-founder Martin ‘Blackdown’ Clark supplied us one of the years most illuminating YouTube Sessions, picking through Digital Mystikz, Skream, Dizzee Rascal, Ikonika, Dizzee Rascal and more in a look back over his highlights of the past decade. ‘Mashed Concrete’ features on the compilation, a ‘mashup’ production, featuring Durrty Goodz, that never saw the light of day.
Last but not least, a previously vinyl-only Mella Dee track, entitled ‘In The Bits’. Taken from his Forefront Recordings ‘Ruff Cut’ record, it’s a slo-mo house/garage crossover, complete with a sampled vocal, that shows off the softer side to one-half-of-Mista Men’s production.
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Hyponik Christmas Compilation 2012:
01. Al Tourettes – Mind Over Scatter [Electronic Explorations]
02. Altered Natives – Musty’s Dub [Unreleased]
03. Blackdown ft. Durrty Goodz – Mashed Concrete [Unreleased]
04. Clouds – Gang 49 [Turbo Recordings]
05. Deft – Only When I’m Dreaming [Unreleased]
06. Dubbel Dutch – B Leave [Unknown To The Unknown]
07. Last Magpie – U See (Losing Suki)
08. Manni Dee – Night Vision [Unreleased]
09. Mella Dee – In The Bits [Forefront Recordings]
10. My Nu Leng & Majora – Hips n’ Thighs (Boxwork Remix) [Unreleased]
11. Oscar Luweez – Tru Calling [Unreleased]
12. Slackk – Pub Crawl [Diskotopia]
13. The Town – Corners [Unreleased]