Paris Dub 1
Paranoid London Records
Not all hardware acid jams are created equal. The vocals by Paris Brightledge (best remembered for "It's All Right," with Sterling Void) put this one over the top.
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Russian producer Vakula released a large quantity of stunning music in 2012, not least of which was his sparkling, dubbed-out version of this Fudge Fingas tune- and the Juju & Jordash remix on the flip ain't bad either.
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Ideas From The Pond
Music Man Records
A pristinely produced album fusing Dundov's melodic techno with an updated take on the sounds pioneered by the likes of Tangerine Dream.
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Dan Snaith, a.k.a. Caribou, showed us he's got an ear for more than just pretty indie-tronica, with this collection of tunes melding African music, funk, and modular synth freakouts.
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Roche's heady, smoked-out techno and deep house jams are a perfect fit for Mathematics' aesthetic. Be sure to check his release on %100 Silk, too.
Dream 2 Science
Dream 2 Science
A much sought-after and long out of print deep house EP in the style of classic Larry Heard productions finally re-issued.
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You Have Always Been The Caretaker
These three moody, spare analog experiments are a perfect soundtrack to rainy-day afternoons at home, or for early hours in the club.
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Midtempo house music rarely sounded as good this year as on this smooth, boogie-influenced four-tracker.
Panorama Bar 04
If you couldn't make it to Berlin's premier underground club this year, this expertly mixed tour through the Ostgun Ton label boss' house collection will entice you to book your flight for 2013.
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It's The ARPs
New For U
Played by nearly every DJ everywhere, few songs this year caused as much dancefloor joy as these two- Terje's with its colorfull analog synth textures and life-affiming key change, and Andres' with THOSE strings.