The Best of 2012

Well here we are in true Bizzies fashion, a couple of weeks into the new year and we’re just now posting about our favorite tracks of the last. For the past five years, this Best of post has easily been the most strenuous part of sharing music with you and I think this year, above all, was the hardest. The sheer number of producers and new tracks cropping up every day has made this task almost overwhelming. In any case, I was able to shrink my favorites from well over two pages down to 45, while Markus’ clocks in at a solid 30.

If you’ve got any gas left in the tank after checking this year’s Best of, check out our previous favorites here. Also, keep an eye out for a couple of guest contributions from a few close friends; dropping next week.

Lastly, as always, thanks for tuning in and have a wonderful 2013.

Kyle’s Favorites of 2012
♫ – Stream (SoundCloud or YouTube)
Underscored Track – Mp3 (Direct link)

Tracks
| 1. Merveille & Crosson – DRM

This tune is just perfect. The perfect blend of minimal and darkness with a hint of that “live band” color. A slow-cooker for sure, but definitely worth the lengthy build.

| 2. Pearson Sound – Untitled

One of the most fun events of last year was our Signal residency at Smart Bar when Pearson came through. “Untitled” sounded absolutely beautiful on the Funktion One.

| 3. Telefon Tel Aviv – The Birds (Ellen Allien Remix)

“The Birds” came out really early in the year and I made a point to remember it for this list. Ellen Allien, as per usual, adds her amazing production with a hint of Acid.

| 4. Blawan – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?

When Blawan played this during his last Boiler Room set, I think we all knew it was going to be charted like crazy. This was essentially a lesson in how to sample, by the way.

| 5. Toro Y Moi – So Many Details

Really an amazing departure for Toro Y Moi, just an overall beautiful song.

| 6. Paranoid London – Paris Dub 1

A dark and chunky bass line with spoken work vocals? Yes, please.

| 7. Matthew Dear – Fighting Is Futile (Seth Troxler Remix)

These two have hooked up in the past and produced one of my favorite songs of all time: “Hurt”. This sort-of-collab is right up there, gotta love that bass line under Matthew’s haunting vocals.

| 8. Koreless – Lost In Tokyo

Many a bus rides to work have been soundtracked by this lovely number.

| 9. Joy O – Ellipsis

The pianos. Done.

| 10. Maceo Plex – Under The Sheets

Although this was officially released late December of 2011, this was one of my favorites of the year. I first heard it at Smart Bar, as played by Honeyball, and was blown away by the vibe.

| 11. Chaos In The CBD – Girl Like You / Rolling 84’s
| 12. Justin Martin, PillowTalk – The Gurner (Tanner Ross Remix)
| 13. Beni – Last Night (Oliver $ Remix)
| 14. Para One, Irfane, Teki Latex – Every Little Thing
| 15. Jacques Greene – These Days
| 16. Kahn – Margeaux (Part 2)
| 17. Ifan Dafydd – Treehouse
| 18. Soul Clap, Greg Paulus – Islands Pt. 2 (Slow Hands & Tanner Ross Remix)
| 19. Kid Color – Time
♫ | 20. How to Dress Well – & It Was U (Doss Remix)
| 21. EL-B – Desire (2step Mix)
| 22. Addison Groove – I Go Boom (Doc Daneeka Remix)
| 23. Rommek – Broken Drums
| 24. Darq E Freaker, Danny Brown – Blueberry (Pelican Fly All Stars Remix)
| 25. Joe – MB
| 26. Olin – Tomorrow’s News (Savile Remix)
| 27. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru
| 28. Bambounou – Mass
| 29. Quam – Iz
| 30. Jim-E Stack – Bubble Boy
| 31. M. Constant – Cycles
♫ | 32. Douglas Greed – When A Man Sings On A Track
| 33. LOL Boys – Changes (Todd Edwards Remix)
| 34. Symphony Hall, Jay Norton – One Night Stand
| 35. TNGHT – Higher Ground

Hip-Hop/ R&B
| 1. Frank Ocean – Thinkin About You
| 2. Evil Nine, Danny Brown – Black Brad Pitt
♫ | 3. Supreme Cuts, Haleek Maul – The Dummy
| 4. Action Bronson, Riff Raff – Bird On A Wire
| 5. French Montana, 2Chainz, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne – Marble Floors
♫ | 6. Jeremih – 773 Love
♫ | 7. Omarion – Admire
♫ | 8. Freddie Gibbs – Bout It, Bout It
♫ | 9. Kwony Cash, Future – Numbers
| 10. Mykki Blanco – Haze.Boogie.Life

Best Lyric
“And Juuuuuuuuuuust” – Drake, “Fuckin’ Problem

Full Lengths
1. Para One – Passion
2. The Presets – Pacifica
3. Sinkane – Mars
4. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
5. Astrid Engberg – Life Goes On
6. Fort Romeau – Kingdoms
7. Jonti – Sine & Moon
8. Breakbot – By Your Side

Mixes
1. Monsoon Season – You Better Listen Naked
2. Author – Live @ Outlook vs. Reconstrvct
3. Levon Vincent – Fabric 63
4. Dim.Ad & Jaymod – Live @ Elvis Bar
5. Kid Color – Mix for 5 Magazine
6. Heartbeat(s) – Mix for SSENSE
7. Ben UFO – LWE Podcast
8. Kurtz & Bomber – Berlin Breeze Vol. 1

Markus’ Favorites of 2012
♫ – Stream (SoundCloud or YouTube)
Underscored Track – Mp3 (Direct link)

Tracks
| 1. Andy Stott – Numb
| 2. John Talabot – So Will Be Now
| 3. Cashmere Cat – Mirror Maru
| 4. Joy O, Boddika, Pearson Sound – Faint
| 5. Jam City – The Courts
| 6. Kindness – House
| 7. Basic Soul Unit – Black Ice
| 8. Bad News – Real Bad News
| 9. Joy O – Ellipsis
| 10. Kahn & Neek – Percy

Remixes
| 1. Ry & Frank Wiedemann – Howling (Ame Remix)
| 2. Audiojack – Stay Glued (Fcl Weemix)
| 3. Waka Flocka Flame – Rooster In My Rari (Two Inch Punch Remix)
| 4. Falty DL – Straight And Arrow (Four Tet Remix)
| 5. Omar S, L’renee – S.E.X. (Aol Remix)
♫ | 6. Usher – Climax (Jr Blender Reggae Remix)
♫ | 7. Korallreven – Sa Sa Soma (Elite Gymnastics Remix)
| 8. Duke Dumont – The Giver (Locked Groove Remix)
| 9. Disclosure – Latch (Jamie Jones Remix)
| 10. LOL Boys – Changes (Shlohmo Remix)

Hip-Hop/ R&B
♫ | 1. Jeremih – 773 Love
| 2. Bei Maejor, Waka Flocka Flame – Lights Down Low
| 3. Juicy J – Bandz A Make Her Dance
| 4. Chief Keef, Lil Reese – Don’t Like
| 5. Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F Outro
♫ | 6. King L, Jeremih – Val Venis (Remix)
| 7. ASAP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar – Fuckin’ Problem
| 8. Dom Kennedy, Tyga, Juicy J – My Type Of Party (Remix)
| 9. Future – Turn On The Lights
| 10. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools

Full Lengths
1. Actress – Rip
2. Legowelt – Paranormal Soul
3. Vessel – Order Of Noise
4. Claro Intelecto – Reform Club
5. Para One – Passion
6. Sigha – Living With Ghosts
7. Pangea – Release
8. Bambounou – Orbiting
9. Jeremih – Late Nights
10. Waka Flocka Flame – Triple F Life

Best Producer
Mike Will Made It