I had my eyes on Arkist ever since his brilliant Apple Pips release came into my life. Rendezvous ended up being my most played track that year, it’s flipside was recently unveiled in a new vocal version.
Anyway, I’m excited about his new track. Seems to be the first in a while that has the potential to end of on 12-inch. There’s no sign of that though, so for now just enjoy the stream.
Happy New Year to all of my readers, I hope 2012 will be a good one. It should easily be better than last year, at least when it comes to my private life: in 2011 I was robbed and later I suffered an ear stroke, possibly as a late reaction to the robbery. But well, we’re not talking about my private life so much, let’s talk about music!
In the first year of this blog, I wrote an article on best-of lists and I still think they’re kinda ridiculous. However, I also think it can be of benefit for those who only read this blog every now and then and wonder what good music they might have missed. I tried to limit each list to 5 items, because otherwise I wouldn’t know where to stop as 2011 was another year of rich releases. So without further ado, here are my personal top releases.
Thundercat – The Golden Age of the Apocalypse
Dimlite – Grimm Reality
Zomby – Dedication
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Hyetal – Broadcast
Floating Points – Shadows EP
Arkist – Rendezvous
Ossie – Set The Tone
Actress – Harrier ATTK
Mr Beatnick – Synthetes
Kutmah – The New Error 2
Jamie xx – Essential Mix
Jamie xx – Guestmix for Benji B
Dauwd – Clashmusic Podcast
FaltyDL – Fader/MoMA PS1 mix
Apparat – Groove Podcast
An honorable mention to Elzhi’s Elmatic, as it’s a more than worthy tribute to the classic debut album by Nas – and it was available for free throughout the year.
Judging from the number of plays on iTunes, Rendezous by Bristol’s Arkist is already my tune of the year – with nothing else coming close. Needless to say how excited I was to see his guestmix for the Hotflush podcast.
01. Arkist – The Half Moon Bay
02. Mosca – House5
03. Hackman – Untitled
04. Arkist & KidKut – One Year Later
05. Mosca – House 14
06. Arkist – Rendezvous (SCB Edit)
07. Sonarpilot – Radar (Trevino Remix)
08. Lokiboi X Hackman
09. Tim Xavier – Stepping Into the Unknown
010. XXXXXXX – XXXXXXXXX
011. Dutty Dan – Streefighter Riddim
012. Al Tourettes – Badger
013. Komonazmuk – Underground
014. Hackman – Agree To Disagree
015. XXXXXXX – XXXXXXXXXX
016. Dutty Dan & MTB – Maximum Battery Boost
017. Blawan – What You Do With What You Have
018. King – Animal Calypso
019. Arkist & KidKut – Vanilla Imitate
020. Arkist – Rendezvous
021. Addison Groove – This Is It
022. Arkist – Rephlex Blast
023. Al Tourettes – She Shimmers
024. Arkist – Fill Your Coffee
Tracklist has finally been posted, hence my delayed post. Go ahead and download this!
For the last three years, I have been calling Apple Pips my favourite label, as they manage not only maintaining a roster of highest standards, but also use a strong visual language on their releases.
Their 15th release is a 12-inch by Bristol man Arkist, who delivers a super deep title track alongside a slowed down funkster on the flip.
PIPS015 is out this week on vinyl and as digital, secure your copies on Bleep, Rush Hour or Boomkat.