The Best of 2012: Guidry

Kicking off our Best of 2012 guest series is my good friend and Brasstax partner in crime, Jake Guidry. For those of you who don’t know Jake, he’s a DJ and writer living here in Chicago who’s contributed to the late Signal residency at Smart Bar, publications like Chicagoist and XLR8R and even our very own Mix Series. Along with his top “lean” tracks of 2012, he offers some insight as to how much a musicians musical state of mind can shift throughout the year.

Jake Guidry on 2012
For me, the first half of 2012 was a lot different than the second. Signal, a monthly bass night I helped run at Chicago’s Smart Bar, got canned in May. Since a lot of my listening habits revolve around what I think I might want to play out when I DJ, the first part of my year involved a lot of listening to your quintessential bass producers: Pearson Sound, Addison Groove, Bok Bok, Joy O, etc. Shortly after Signal was laid to rest, Kyle and I began our Brasstax monthly at The Whistler, a cocktail bar in Chicago with a vastly different crowd than Smart Bar’s. Not worse, not better—just different.

The Brasstax monthly really forced me to change my approach and genre selection while DJing; the stuff that worked at the club just wasn’t going to work in a bar setting where the music is often an afterthought for the patrons. What resulted was me getting into chiller, deep, Hip-Hop inspired production, stuff you will hear me play before or after peak time. I’d been into the style for years, but in 2012 I really sought it out. It’s the sort of music that has a particular “lean” to it.

Jake’s “Leaners” of 2012
♫ – Stream (SoundCloud or YouTube)
Underscored Track – Mp3 (Direct link)

 | 1. MORRI$ – Faded Off (not officially released but too good to dismiss)
♫ | 2. Cape Cod – Put U Down (Koloah Remix)
 | 3. Synkro – Memories of Love
♫ | 4. David Lynch – Good Day Today (Vlsonn Remix)
♫ | 5. Parisian – Parasite
 | 6. Sango – 269 (his Trust Me EP is my favorite of 2012)
 | 7. Mr. Mitch – Badman Wheel
 | 8. Chaos In The CBD – Trunk Music
 | 9. OL – Yes Lie
♫ | 10. Pedro 123 – Oh (Prince Jean Remix)