Melbourne Deepcast's Myles Mac presents his yearly review with an extended mix of stand out records for both the home and the club.
Lnrdcroy – Freedom For Antboy II // Unthank
A spine tingling ambient work of art with a strangely peaceful mechanical noise throughout, described by one youtube uploader as sounding like a snoring transformer.
Sven Atterton – The Cove // Omega Supreme
The stand out cut from Sven Atterton’s modern funk EP of the same name for Omega Supreme, which later came out via PPU as a two track white label. Thanks to its super crisp production and combination of dreamy guitars, Juno chords and live slap bass, it sounds more like an early 80s record than something made in 2015.
Jonny Nash – Phantom Actors // Melody As Truth
Jonny Nash’s debut solo EP on his own label Melody As Truth is simply incredible. In a similar vein to his equally amazing Clouds LP as Gaussian Curve alongside Gigi Masin and Young Marco last year, his talents for creating sun-soaked, hypnotic ambient music is on full display once again.
Mark Barrott – Cirrus & Cumulus // International Feel
International Feel label boss Mark Barrott returned to his Sketches From An Island series with yet another quality slice of breezy downtempo goodness.
Golden Teacher – No Hemos Vivido // Golden Teacher
Glasgow’s Golden Teacher continue to be one of the most interesting live electronic outfits around. With a bunch of band members, including singers and live percussionists, they create twisted rhythms in unpredictable time signatures. “No Hemos Vivido” is my pick from their latest self released EP, a tribal hypnotic jam that moves you.
Japan Blues – Beak // Berceuse Heroique
Honest Jon’s regular Howard Williams is known for creating crafty edits of obscure old Japanese records, and while this particular edit was somewhat controversial for its similarity to the original, it’s a trippy, booming percussive track fully deserving of the Japan Blues chop.
Patrick Cowley – Somebody To Love Tonight // Dark Entries
As part of the Muscle Up compilation, Dark Entries have released a collection of material recorded by early electronic music pioneer Patrick Cowley for a number of different porn films in the 70s. The pick for me being this previously unreleased, early demo recording for Sylvester’s 79′ record “I Need Somebody To Love Tonight”.
Ausländer – First Contact // Voyage
Melberliners Andy Hart, Mic Newman and Tom Lally combine forces to create an incredibly spaced out melodic jam complemented by some equally cosmic artwork by Melbourne designer Sprinkles.
Michal Turtle – Astral Decoy // Music From Memory
Another crazy release out of the Music From Memory camp who are yet to put out a record that isn’t incredible, with the previously unreleased “Astral Decoy” apparently recorded in Michal Turtle’s loungeroom back in 1984 a year after the release of his only LP Music From The Living Room. To quote a guy on Discogs, “Dreaming keys and synths coming out from another dimension will put you directly in the middle of the 80’s…prepare yourself to navigate in a spacial Amazon Rainforest”.
Voilaaa – Le Disco Des Capitales // Favorite
Another record produced in 2015 that sounds as though it may have been made 30 something years ago. This time by the French producer Voilaa and a band of vocalists and brass players, creating a Caribbean influenced Afro-Disco EP as catchy and authentic as any of the modern disco recordings you’re likely to hear. Both sides are top shelf. Cheers to Jimmy Caution for the tip!
A clever edit by Russian producer Lipelis based around a percussive Thai hit from 1990 featuring a young boy on lead vocals. This certainly is some weird shit.
Ajukaja & Andrevski – Mesilind // Levels
Another gem from the Estonian duo Ajukaja & Andrevski to follow up their insane debut EP for Levels last year. Quirky, spacey house that grows on you more with each listen.
St. Julien – Evenbud (feat. Budgie) // Apron
God Damn! The funky boy put out some killer stuff again this year. This one featuring Budgie was particularly bad ass.
Dego & Kaidi – Black Is Key // Eglo
2015 has been one of Dego and Kaidi’s biggest years to date, the long time collaborating broken beat pioneers managed to put out EPs on Sound Signature, their own 2000 Black label and this instantly catchy number for Eglo, which was my pick of the lot, and up there with their absolute best.
St. Germain – Sittin’ Here // Warner Music France
Earlier in the year I was excited to find out that one of my all time favourite artists had recorded a new album. Over the years I can remember searching the net for any scrap of info about what Ludovic Navarre was up to since his complete departure from the scene in the early 2000s, to no avail, so this came as a shock as much as anything. While it somewhat surprisingly received a few unfavourable reviews for not being exactly what people might have expected, it was easily my favourite album of the year, with this housey cut up there with the best on the record.
OD – Sol Baize At The Chinga // No Label (Rush Hour)
Stumbling across this one thanks to a Hunee mix (always a great way to find new music), the relatively unknown Dublin based producer Olmo Devin has created what is in my opinion one of the best percussive house tracks of the year, complete with a beautiful harmonica solo and super dreamy background vocals echoing throughout.
Zenker Brothers – Phing // Ilian Tape
Dario and Marco Zenker under their Zenker Brothers alias combine with some steamy breakbeat techno, one of the clear highlights from their impressive debut LP Immersion.
Anthony Naples – Zitronen // Proibito
Naples is back to his best on his latest EP for his own Proibito label, I couldn’t really decide which one was the pick but this packs some serious punch.
Luis CL – Bang // Superconscious
Big ups to Luis CL and Superconscious Records for putting out such a killer EP that it’s still consistently doing the rounds after being released back in April. With Luis’ MPC skills on full display, it’s one of those records that offers something for everyone, with this booming number sounding particularly fresh on larger systems.
Dan White – The Hammer (Think Mix) // Butter Sessions
Debuted in his live set at Inner Varnika, and his podcast for us back in April, “The Hammer” is probably Dan White’s finest work to date. A truly epic, 11 minute 90s inspired jungle-house weapon inducing ultimate dance floor euphoria.
Sleep D – Velvet Vortex (Sleep D Bud Dub Version) // Butter Sessions
Sleep D are the best live electronic act in Australia at the moment in my opinion, and this dubbed out version of their combined effort with DJ Fett Burger and Jayda G is another example of just how far their talents reach. Ben UFO seems to agree.
GE-OLOGY feat. Mark De Clive-Lowe – Moon Circuitry // Sound Signature
I first heard this in Sassy J’s RA podcast back in August, and was scratching my head for a few months as to just who might have been behind it. Turns out it is the work of the prolific 90s hip-hop turned house producer GE-OLOGY and boy is it a tune. A modern take on early Galaxy 2 Galaxy future jazz might be the best way to describe it. Track of the year for me.
Jacques Renault – Untitled A2 // Let’s Get Lost (Vol.26)
Jacques Renault returned with his consistently awesome Let’s Get Lost edits series again this year, with volume 26 providing dance floor fire with each of its four cuts. The Untitled A2 track, an edit of a mind-melting Jump Street Records classic from 87′ featuring the one and only Marshall Jefferson on keys making for the perfect closer.
Leon Vynehall – Midnight on Rainbow Road // Rush Hour
I was blown away after listening to this addition to Gerd Jansons Musik For Autobahns 2 (Ambient Race Car Music) compilation. The clear standout on the comp, it really is a genius piece of ambient electronic music by Leon Vynehall, reminding me a bit of the classic Tangerine Dream track Love On A Real Train. Hopefully its not the last ambient work we hear from him, a full album would be nice!