2012 was a year of fusion. Genre lines were blended more than ever as the UK influence pervaded house and techno scenes. Early ’90s garage made a comeback, lo-fi became sound du jour, and bass music further challenged the notion of a traditional DJ set. Check out LessThan3’s fifteen best garage, techno, and UK-inspired sounds of 2012.
Jon Convex - Fade (Original Mix) [Convex Industries]
Burial & Four Tet - Nova (Original Mix) [Text]
Four Tet - 128 Harps (Original Mix) [Text]
Sawlin - Datamen Working (Original Mix) [Cocoon]
Bicep - $tripper (Original Mix) [Love Fever]
Citizen - You Give Me That Something (Original Mix) [Love Fever]
Jacques Greene - Dakou (Original Mix) [3024]
Disclosure feat Sam Smith - Latch (Original Mix) [PMR]
Burial - Loner (Original Mix) [Hyperdub]
Koreless - Lost In Tokyo (Jacques Greene Remix) [Vase]
Disclosure - Flow (Original Mix) [Make Mine]
Burial - Kindred (Original Mix) [Hyperdub]
Blawan - Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Original Mix) [Hinge Finger]
Bicep - Vision Of Love (Original Mix) [Feel My Bicep]
Joy Orbison - Ellipsis (Original Mix) [Hinge Finger]
We knew techno was primal, but the gripping sounds of Blawan are like a teeth-clenching whirlwind through the depths of hell. On a tear as of late, Blawan’s His He She & She is the sophomore release on Joy Orbison’s Hinge Finger label, and his biggest since last year’s monstrous Getting Me Down. Rough, obnoxious, and driving, this is [...]
Blawan - Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Original Mix) [Hinge Finger]
Blawan - His Money (Original Mix) [Hinge Finger]
Blawan - And Both His Sons (Original Mix) [Hinge Finger]
The hinterland that separates bass music and house has provided us with some of the most instantly recognizable records of the last few years, and few have done more to map out this vital new territory than Peter O’Grady as the inimitable Joy Orbison. His knack for fusing elements plucked from all corners of the dance spectrum with vocal [...]
Joy Orbison - Ellipsis (Original Mix) [Hinge Finger]
Joy Orbison - Ellipsis (Head High Remix) [Hinge Finger]