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It’s been an amazing 2013 for fans of electronica. We’ve been treated to Boards of Canada’s first album in twelve years, Jon Hopkins has remained true to form and produced one of his best yet, and n5MD well… this mix could consist of nothing but n5MD music: Ocoeur, Preghost, Ghost, bvdub, and Arovane have all presented us with some magical albums - the latter two I couldn’t even include in the mix.
Warp have had a good year too - not just with Tomorrow’s Harvest, but the BoC re-issues have pleased many die-hard fans, along with Bibio’s early 2013 release and Oneohtrix Point Never’s most celebrated album to date.
Ghostly have well-and-truly established themselves as one of the most forward-thinking labels in electronic music; Shigeto’s coming of age and Lusine’s welcome return. The biggest Ghostly release for me though, the more recent Recondite, may fly under the ‘best of’ radar for many given it’s late release in the year. The Ghostly International showcase at Decibel was one of my favourite performances of the year and summarised the depth of talent on the roster.
And then there’s Erased Tapes. Nils Frahm’s ‘Spaces’ is certainly my favourite album of the year - coupled with an amazing performance at Decibel it’s hard to overlook the innovative beauty of this young mastermind. Even though Ólafur Arnalds signed with a new label for his 2013 release, his performance at the Erased Tapes showcase is also on par with Nils, and ‘For Now I Am Winter’ is another absolutely gorgeous gem that shouldn’t be forgotten. Rival Consoles has also turned many ears this year - Ryan’s ‘Odyssey EP’ representing the more electronic side of Erased Tapes, which also looks set for a big 2014 with the news of a new Kiasmos album.
Don’t forget Max Cooper either. With consistently innovative remixes for the likes of Nils Frahm, several stand-out releases of his own and some of my favourite DJ mixes of the year, it’s been a landmark year for the Londoner.
The world of ambient in 2013 is hard to summarise in a mix, or even a ‘best-of’ list, it’s been such a good year. My bandcamp profile is probably a good place to start for the more independent/ambient releases i’ve enjoyed this year and in all honestly, this mix doesn’t represent that side of ASIP to its fullest. I’ve missed out so many including: 36, Grouper, Eluvium, How To Disappear Completely, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Segue, several Ultimae releases to name just a few… But, it’s been a great year for labels such as Dewtone with Alveol starting their 2013 perfectly, and Silent Season who unleashed an absolute beast in the form of the ASC double CD ‘Time Heals All’.
I’ve done my best to not be biased by including ASIP music or artists. Between them, there’s been so many good releases on other labels this year, namely Markus Guentner’s Moodgadget release, enh’s debut album, Park’s ‘Snowblind’ on Entropy, Audioglider’s debut on Section Records, Herbstlaub’s ‘Our Love Was Only Half Forgotten’, Kit’s stunning EP, and Stray Theories beautiful ‘Those Who Remain’.
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01. Boards of Canada - Everything You Do Is A Balloon (Warmth remix)
02. Boards of Canada - Reach For The Dead
03. Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
04. Ocoeur - Astral Projection
05. Recondite - Riant
06. Bonobo - Cirrus
07. Oneohtrix Point Never - Zebra
08. Lawrence - In Patagonia
09. Daniel Avery - Naive Response
10. Rival Consoles - Odyssey
11. Nils Frahm - For (Max Cooper remix)
12. Need A Name - Road To Berlin
13. Olafur Arnalds - Only The Winds
14. Nils Frahm - Said and Done
15. Max Cooper - Fragments of Self (Petrels remix)
16. Rhian Sheehan - Thoughts on Nature
17. Hammock - Then The Quiet Explosion
18. Stareaway - The Loss Of Breath
19. Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters - Das Volk Hat Kleine Seele
20. Luke Howard - August
21. dalot - Night Owl
22. Lights Dim with Gallery Six - Echoes of The Ongoing Riot
23. Bjorn Rohde - I Began To Float
24. Alveol - Empty Heart
25. Preghost - Cliff Edge Ghost
26. ASC - I Share My Secrets With You
27. Nils Frahm - Over There It’s Raining