Audio Report: null+void’s 20 Best Tracks Of 2014
This year has definitely been rich with stand out music on our radar. To nod to the year just gone and re-live some of the best moments here’s our run down of the favourite tracks from the year pulling out radio playlists, DJ sets, blog posts and some we missed from the year just passed. In no particular order…
1. Gesloten Cirkel – Zombie Machine (Acid)
This album featured heavily on numerous end of year lists but this track in particular stands out for its acidic and relentless thwomp of a groove.
2. Falty DL – New Haven [Give The Drummer Some] Luke Vibert RMX
This is a kind of match in heaven between two producers who push the limits of sound creation both with a penchant for jungle. Vibert has seen a healthy amount of releases this year thanks for a new relationship with Bristol imprint Hypercolour which is super welcome and His first Amen Andrews release in 10 years actually came on Falty DL’s own Blueberry imprint. This remix works off Falty’s pensive and Utopia envoking original which is then launched into a whole new junglist world thanks to a lick of Vibert’s slick drum programming.
3. Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid [Super Rhythm Trax]
Jerome Hill’s had a great year. He’s launched a THIRD record label, Super Rhythm Trax, delivering some pretty on point acid while maintaining the output of his hip hop focussed Fat Hop imprint and production under his Itsu Uno moniker, Laid down the rave with his Hornsey Hardcore EP’s while also keeping up his true techno label and night Don’t. This track for us is the highlight of it all. Oh and he was also named one of the scene’s most underrated DJ’s by Fact Magazine which is a sentiment that we can very much get behind.
4. Dead Sound – limafx1 [Labrynth]
This is an industrial burner powered by a machinic groove that really pushes things along. Dead Sound seems to be able to get the balance between industrial but funk perfectly.
5. Tinfoil – Foil 5 [Tinfoil]
The collab between Defekt and Sunil Sharpe that this year has brought something pretty intense out of these two Dublin producers. Out of the two EP’s this year this is our favourite.
6. Ben Pest – Massive Flounce [Fun In The Murky]
Ben Pest has been pretty on it this year in general and has been featuring heavily in our DJ sets but if we have to pick one favourite of the year Massive Flounce wins in uplifting glory.
7. Objekt – Ganzfeld [Leisure System]
Another artist with an incredible year of releases behind him especially considering that TJ Hertz has kept the output of his studio close to his chest with only a handful of releases behind him. Everything he delivers conforms to his self-set-high-production-spec and this track sits king on his history to date.
8. Pip Williams – Pleasure Deficiency Syndrome [Brokntoys]
Pip’s EP for Brokntoys was as dark as ever and this track does it the best.
9. Clark – Superscope [Warp]
There’s a freight train coming…
10. 214 – Yellow Jackets [Unreleased]
You’ll have to jump to the end of this rinse show to earball this… Look forward to a null+void podcast from its maker in the coming year.
11. Morphology – Magnetospheric (Sync 24 Remix)
This track reeks of Detroit which is probably what makes it great, plus it kind of feels a bit insane.
12. Scrase – Movon [Love Love Records]
Big up the Scrase! He’s had a great year with some killer sets going down, we’re very excited to hear what 2015 brings…
13. Datasette – Salad [Unreleased]
I know it’s kind of not fair to include tracks not released BUT this is another one we had the privilege of airing on our Rinse FM show’s this year. While the year saw Datassette release on Apollo this just does it for us that bit more.
14. Stormfield – Rebuild [Combat Recordings]
There’s actually a load of remixes that accompany the Combat Recordings boss’s EP but this is our favourite from the release. It has a life of its own, sparking acid into a continually building heat of intensity.
15. Ingen & Boris Noize – Root & Stem [Fausten Remix]
Another from camp Combat and also from the hand of Stormfield but this time in collaboration with Monster X reworking Boris Noize & Ingen’s EP. The thing about this one is it contains all the terror that is Fausten; evoking the sounds of a crazed animal zoo at its peak. Sometimes it’s good to be scared by a track.
16. Hape – 130103
This is by Estonian producer who goes by Taavi Tulev on Soundcloud who got in touch with us this year and kind of have a lot of love for his music. As well as this 150bmp weirdo electro monster there’s a lot of truly engaging drone that we recommend people check out here.
17. Luke’s Anger – Eat Em Up
This is taken off the Bonus Round boss’s longplayer this year and is just a bit of funky fun really.
18. Function / Inland – Rhyll
This release heralded in a new chapter for Function and also presented some particularly beautiful brain food.
19. Beatwife – Dwistico [Love Love Records]
An welcome acidic outing for the at times challenging producer released by our friends at Love Love that we had the pleasure of premièring earlier in the year.
20. DJ Skurge & Juan Atkins – Turn The Knob
This was premièred on Benji B’s Radio 1 show this year but still can’t be found on wax! Still we can enjoy the master and creator at work alongside DJ Skurge via You Tube.
A big thank you to everyone who has supported this blog this year.