Open Mic: 2012 has been a fantastic year for synths, synth software and MIDI gear.
But what about for electronic music?
Do you think 2012 has been a good year for electronic music? And what’s the best new electronic music you discovered in 2012?
69 thoughts on “Open Mic: What’s The Best New Electronic Music Of 2012?”
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My personal favorite electronic album from 2012 is Hardscrabble by The Flashbulb
Harlan – Night Loop
YOUNG SMOKE … or rather, the entire Chicago footwork/juke scene
The albums I liked this year the most were:
Actress – RIP
BT – If The Stars Are Eternal Then So Are You And I
Burial – Kindred
One Thousand Lucky Cranes – One Thousand Lucky Cranes EP
Voices From The Lake – Voices From The Lake
Air – Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Asa and Stumbleine – Your Secret EP
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Kashiwa Daisuke – RE:
Grimes – Visions
Held – Holy Other
Four Tet – Pink
Holy Other: Held
Old Apparatus: Derren EP
The Field: Looping state of mind
Sakamoto & Willits: Ancient Future
This year in electronic music was shit….. everyone just trying to do what the last person did to get big.
Gotyé and Penguin Prison.
And Norway’s Donkeyboy jumped to the electronic side of the fence and made a KILLER album, my favorite record of 2012.
one dislike??? This guy did not listen this LP ^^
I listened to it and found it disappointing. I wanted so much more from Squarepusher and it just left me feeling flat. Same thing with Burial’s Truant/ Rough Sleeper. There were great moments but overall it was disappointing. Kindred was brilliant though.
I actually listened to it and did not like it at first, then I saw him live at moogfest and for some reason, I now like it.
Highly subjective, but some of my personal favourites this year:
Ital – Dream On + The Dubout/Saviour’s Love Megamix of Only for Tonight)
Burial – Kindred
Sprutbass – Sprutbass EP
Postiljonen – Satisfaction (track)
Todd Terje – Inspector Norse‘
‘Boom Bip + Charlie White – Music for Sleeping Children (especially the Isabelle track)
John Talabot – fIN
Dean Blunt – The Narcissist II
Steve Summers – Dreaming in Color
I do like Hardwell singles of 2012
Dirty Knobs- Field Recordings from the Edge of Hell.
HEDFLUX (Broken Robot Records UK) big things for him in 2013. I heard some previews of his album tracks he is working on. This guy is the god of psychadelic tech funk
I thgink it came out this year , My fave is Not Bleeding Red by Nothing but Noise
“This Year, Next Year, Sometime . . . ?” by Mirrors. Check out the lead single “Dust”
THYX – The Way Home.
slinky – slinky
especially the track Birds Flyin’ High!!!
Pulling far ahead of the crowd…
Richard Devine: RiSP
also Burial’s latest EP – Truant/Rough Sleeper
Ametsub – All is Silence LP
Minilogue – Let life dance thru you EP
Squarepusher – Ufabulum LP
DJ Food – The Search Engine
Photek – Pyramid
http://www.walkingmountains.it/ something really different.
M83 for sure
These two stood out for me:
Holly Herndon – Movement
Outer Space – Akashic Record (Events: 1986 – 1990)
Todd Terje-Inspector Norse
Holly Herndon made a very daring, beautiful record.
everything I’ve heard off of the ManMakeMusic label namely Leon Vynehall, and U’s “Eah”.
Schlomo’s Lianne La Havas remix.
I stumbled across a kid called Dream Koala from France who is making some excellent music.
I like the fm bass groove on
Beem – Race to Digital
Black Mother Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
Fort Romeau – Kingdoms
Georges Vert – An Electric Mind
Prince Rama – Top Ten Hits Of The End Of The World
Belbury Poly – Belbury Tales
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time
Iamamiwhoami – Kin
Electronic instruments are better than ever. Electronic music however is dead. All that’s left is the twitching corpse of resuscitated disco from the 70’s, moronic rap and mindless, mechanical music for robots. True electronic music died 20 years ago and few are even interested in it any more.
I kind of agree, the last really creative time for electronic music was in the 80’s. Everything sounds like its made with factory presets nowadays ;o)
Probably because it is. Seriously, which producer does sounddesign nowadays? Samples and presets are cheap.
BH is right, the gear IS better than ever. Sadly, I also agree about the Disco Factor. The Beat has taken over so much, actual complex compositions with some sweat in them have faded quite a bit. I LIKE some of it, in part because The Beat is central to out hearts, literally. I simply fret over the numbing repetition, which doesn’t really have much to say. Sure, I can cruise YouTube and find many new musicians whose labor-of-love factor is great, but its not the common direction; you have to DIG for it. For every Ozric Tentacles, there seem to be a hundred people playing 5th chords over beat #34. The small plus is that it makes me work harder to keep the human element preset in my own work. Behold the great Bryson Andres, who steps up to the peak with “just” a violin and a looper. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPYGeELPpno
Aphex Twin covers can’t touch the spirited immediacy he conveys. I ache to hear more people find that in themselves and express it. I love my machines dearly, but they sing best when I don’t play in lockstep with the gears. So Bryson is MY pick for the best ‘electronic’ find of the year.
You must be like 187 years old.
After a snort of Nyquil and a Percoset to combat the flu, EVERYONE feels 187 years old. I slowed down so much I started a nice ambient piece before I passed O-U-T.
For me, Japanese artist Numb’s new album was most impressive,, for its song structure and sound quality.
He hasn’t released it outside of Japan yet but he really should.
Please give a try : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruB7CIKcM3M
This is not PR purpose but I really want to share his music with every electronic music listeners.
A lot of good stuff here. I noticed no one mentioned Container. Though, honestly, I much prefer his last record. Still quite good though. My favorite electronic record, or at least the one I listened to the most, was a free download on Soundcloud from Max Reiger.
Real great —->> https://soundcloud.com/diaspora-kollektiv/sets/max-rieger-war-girl
“Sensitive Disruptions” by Visions of Excess, ie from Adi Newton – Clock DVA.
Most music is electronic these days. Haven’t used my phonograph lately.
But seriously there is some serious bleed over.
this is hilarious. Electroniic music dead? it is now more alive than ever. Sorry if you don’t like whats coming out, to each it’s own. But to declare it dead? When electronic musicians are probably on the spotlight now more than ever. Also a HUGE underground scene everywhere. Dont be a moron and say its dead because you are old and don’t like what the new kids are doing. The times change and thats the way it works.
Exactly. People who couldn’t get over Glenn Miller, stale 50s jazz and showtunes said the same thing about rock n’ roll.
Yeah, get off my lawn, you noisy kids! I’m old and I don’t like what you’re doing! Nah, I can’t help but stay interested. I bought a sound set called Kitchen Sink, in which the creator simply whacked his entire kitchen and made a set of the best results. Its a great little drum option and its not tied to any one style. Its intimate and atmospheric. If I use it in a dull manner, that’s my fault. Like Religion™ and Politics™, electronic music is due for an upgrade. I’d like for it to be a bounce-back against excessive simplicity. When Jerry Harrison was asked what he thought the next big trend would be, he said “Competence.” Good start! I think I’ll try more of it myself…. ahem.
No old-style 4-piece garage band can touch the shoe-tops of one practicing dubstep. That kind of bass will loosen the bolts on a car 3 blocks over and send the neighbors scrambling for their guns. You noisy kids.
Some news stuffs on planet-mu, rephlex
Still in love with:
Schiller – sonne
Fu*k, if electronic music is dead I had better sell all my gear.
Treha Sektori – Endessiah
Yeah, I’m really feeling the future juke / footwork movement. Teklife, Chrissy murderbot, machinedrum etc…
FOIL!!! Awesome stuff out of Montreal. Check it here: http://foil.bandcamp.com/album/handsome-pixels
i think the best electronic music this year has been ” iamamiwhoami ” & would like to take this opportunity to thank all at synthtopia for keeping me up to date with all there video 🙂
Devonwho – Perfect Strangers Vol 1
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
Lucian Flur – Robots in the Garden
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
This year was the year in which I reawakened my long-dormant interest in electronic music, bought a synth and started making my own. So I’d have to say that the best new electronic music I discovered in 2012 was mine (at SoundCloud under the name RedYellowRed). I also heard some other people’s lovely stuff that I’d never have heard otherwise, so it was a year of discovery, except for electronic dance music, which I’ve never liked.
Nobody mentioned Orbital? That track Distractions was glorious.
Man lots of good finds on this one, but a couple that haven’t been mentioned:
Scuba- Personality is one of the best techno albums I’ve heard since Soulwax’s Nite Versions
Prodigy- Fat of Land Disc 2 had some super hard and nasty remixes from Noisa, M.Lazer and the Glitch Mob
Holy Other’s ‘Held”, and How to Dress Well’s “Total Loss” killed it in the broken beat and slow jamz category.
Nouveau Palais’ “Extended Play” on the Red Bull label was also pretty wicked.
Cherub’s “Mom & Dad”, was a great indie-disco album
and, Maya Jane Coles continued to kill it with her new album “Easier to Hide”.
The most anticipated albums for me is the follow-up to SBTRKT’s self titled album, and Tycho’s next effort.
the popli kids – endocranial
flying lotus – until the quiet comes
to add to some of the above (&thx for a handful of new suggestions, all):
Rene Hell’s “In 1980 I Was a Blue Square” side of the split he did with Oneohtrix Pt. Never
No love deep web, by, Death grips.
dam funk toeachizown
lapalux- when im gone
floating points -sia
My favorite album of 2012 is here: http://darrenborg.bandcamp.com/
iamamiwhoami – “Kin”
Man Without Country – “Foe”
Steve Hauschildt – “Sequitur”
Revenge of the Platypus – Subdue the Beast
New Look – New Look
Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles III
They just both happen to be Canadian 🙂
I love the sounds and production on the VCMG album but I don’t know if the music interests me allot.
The thread has made me realize there’s a new BEEM album I didn’t know about.
Kebu – To Jupiter and Back