Best of 2012 Mix by Michelle Manetti
So If you’ve been tuning in to us here at Lipstick Disco, you’ll notice there’s been a shortage of posts for a while, a drought in fact, well we took a short sabbatical, call it Winter hibernation, but we’re back and what better way to start with a wee round up from last year, which seems a million miles away now, despite us only been a mere three weeks into 2013.
I thought the best first post of 2012 should be a mixtape by us (me) here at Lipstick Disco playing homage to some of our favourite tracks and artists from last year. So here it is, in all it’s glory, all 1 hour and 10 mins worth, free for you to download and enjoy to your ears delights.
But I think each track deserves its own little introduction as to why it made it onto our ‘best of mix’. A lot of the tracks and artists I’ve selected also won some awards from DJ mag, that’s not why I chose them (though its assuring to know my selection is also favoured by others) but I’ll give them a mention anyway. So I’ll start at the beginning.
A great way to ease you gently into the mix I thought and what a cracking track this is. First time I heard it I fell in love and played in on many an occasion, the sweet vocals, deep bass, everything about it fills me with joy.
Those haunting opening vocals seemed to follow me everywhere last year, as infectious as ‘million voices’ only a million times better, that skipping syncopated bassline, and such a simple track, but simply beautiful.
This was huge for me last year, Deep bass, perfect percussion, synth stabs and infectious vocals which sound bee-gee’s esq in some parts, which brings me to pay tribute to the late Robin Gibb who sadly passed away last year.
‘What I might do’ was Ben’s first full length EP and catapulted him into a the forefront of the deep house scene last year, hitting the deep house charts and being supported by all the major DJ’s, this track was everywhere and deservedly so. The Original is amazing, but for me the Bonar remix just gives that little extra something.
I love Doctor Dru, and I love this track, which was initially introduced to me by a DJ who I met last year, she’s continually inspired me both musically and personally so deserves a mention in her own right – Chloe Martinez. This track holds a special place in my 2012 so deserves to be part of the mix.
Another Bonar production, only this time with Maxxi Soundsystem on the remix, which in my opinion is quite a delicious combo. This track just builds and builds and just keeps getting better everytime you hear it. Maxii’s been on my radar a while, but his production was credited highly this year, by being nominated for ‘best breakthrough producer’ in DJ mags the best of british.
I didn’t know much about Jonas until French Express released this little beauty this year, initially keeping the artist behind the track a surprise until it’s release. I love this track, that’s all there is to it.
Bicep have been bang on point for some time now, carving out and paving the way to the distinctive ‘piano house’ sound, which has become increasingly popular for London based house producers / clubnights and ravers. This is my personal favourite track of 2012, it was a vinyl only release which marked the first from their own record label ‘Feel My Bicep Records’ all three tracks on the EP are stompers and I’m a proud owner, even though I don’t play vinyl these days, this was a must-have purchase and if the music didn’t sell me, the painfully 90’s video trailer got me hook, line and sinker.
The Bicep boys were voted ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’s’ in this years DJ Mag’s best of British awards and deservedly so, I say.
So Benediction was arguably one of the biggest Deep House tracks of last year, certainly on a commercial level, it’s appearance in the UK top 40 solidify’s that and there’s no denying it’s a cracking track, but for me the B-Side forward motion is just that little bit more gutsy.
Waze & Odyssey started hitting us with their piano house bangers very early 2012, under a mysterious guise, later revealing their identities as Firas Waze and good friend of mine Serge Santiago, but this pair have literally been churning out quality banging tune after banging tune and thankfully show no signs of slowing the pace. Following the footsteps of their mates Bicep, this was also their first release on their vinyl only label W&O street tracks, which also came with a cracking B-Side ‘Ma Body’ and this little 10 incher also now sits proudly in my vinyl collection. It’s a tough call for me between this and ‘Vision of Love’ for the topspot of 2012, but I think Bicep just pips W&O simply for the video trailer. Like Maxxii SS, W&O’s production was credited with a nomination this year for ‘Best Breakthrough producers’ in DJ mags Best Of British.
Bashmore did it again, last year he nailed the track of the year with ‘Battle for Middle You’ and this year ‘Au Seve’ was the fave of DJ’s, clubbers and once again earning himself the ‘Best Single’ crown in DJ Mag’s best of British. It’s addictive and It deserves it’s title, but can Bashmore make it a hat-trick, what will his magic track of 2013 be?
Jessie Ware humbly burst onto the scene last year, her phenomenal and haunting vocal track ‘running’ got the remix treatment from new boys ‘Disclosure’ who also exploded in 2012. Despite the original being beautiful in its own right, it’s a slower-paced track to chill to, the remix made it dance-floor worthy and was literally enormous. I couldn’t stop playing it when I first heard it and I wasn’t alone. Disclosure hit the big time with their slightly (and probably deliberately) more commercial track ‘Latch’ but this is still the one for me. Not only did the boys deservedly win best breakthrough producers, but this remix also bagged them ‘Best Remix’ in the DJ Best of british awards, another well-deserved title.
Back in early November we got a little message from Miguel from Brussels introducing us here at Lipstick Disco to his production duo Jetlag, with their first release which was a track made using the vocals of ‘Whitney Houston – Every Woman’ I fell in love with the track instantly and indeed with Jetlag who have continued to send us some amazing productions (which I’ll be bringing to you soon) It seemed perfect to wind the mix down with this track and end on the 13th track to pave the way for 2013. It also seemed a fitting track to pay tribute to one of my all-time favourite singers who also sadly died last year.
So that’s the round-up of 2012 from me and from us here at Lipstick Disco. I hope you enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. Now on to 2013….