2015 wrap-up: Part One
This is Terminal 313’s musical alphabet to sum up the year 2015. Many of the entries have been covered in the blog posts and some of the mentions are about my long-time favourites who had a strong year.
PART ONE: FROM A TO L
Ancient Methods. The year of industrial techno’s genre-defining artist culminated with the new moniker Room 506 and “Red Embers”, my favourite track of the year.
Bernardi, Marco. Climbing to the consciousness of a wider audience, the UK producer excelled in 2015 with electro roughness on Brokntoys and dancing clowns on Berceuse Heroique.
Clarence G. After recent Drexciya reissues, the kind crew over at Clone went for some encores in the Aqualung series. Along with “Black Sea”, the EP “Hyperspace Sound Lab” from James Stinson’s young years was reissued to enjoy also “Turbine”, an early version of “The Countdown Has Begun”.
D’Marc Cantu. Mostly associated with jakbeat, the Ann Arbor producer showed versatility in 2015, coming with great tunes in the EPs “Car Type” (Run Out Run and) and “That Love You Feel” (THEMA).
Entr’acte. The label operating since 2004 is an example how experimental music can be sustainable. Joachim Nordwall’s and Jean-Louis Huhta’s intense “Soul Music 2” rounded up another busy year for the UK label.
Further Records. The Seattle imprint was very much in the game, with Donato Dozzy’s mouth harp excursions, Jonas Reinhardt’s crisp electronics and great EPs by Spiral and Mosam Howieson.
“Gödelian Argument”. In February Ekman’s gritty electro-acid EP opened the year of Bedouin Records, a label with a great run of releases.
Hawtin, Richie. After being constantly mocked for ‘sellout’ Ibiza DJ sets and EDMization, the Windsor innovator took a sweet revenge with “From My Mind To Yours”, a monumental two-hour collection of new material dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Plus 8.
“Ixam”. After eight years of silence, Mono Junk’s DUM Records called again with the acid track of the year from Coopers’ “Maximal Fun EP”.
Jamal Moss. Either under his own name, as Hieroglyphic Being, I.B.M. or The Sun God, his track record is impressive. A compilation on lost tapes came out on Interdimensional Transmissions, a label keeping up great quality for years.
Konstrukt. A strong contender for the label debut of the year with beautiful deep textures by SHLTR.
Lower Parts. The label from Greece is building an impressive artist roster and offered with Stingray 313’s EP a highlight of the year. Next up is the second release by the Thessaloniki collective Anopolis.