Headphone Commute’s Best of 2012 : Music For Crawling Through Abandoned Cities

04Jan13

Abandoned places and desolate spaces, covered with rain, snow and ash, wrapped in a blanket of white noise and pulsating bass, somewhat metallic, chilly and wet. These are the images for these sounds for these places of my mind. Something is trembling with the beat of my heart. Tick-tock. Time rewinds to the mid nineties, and I’m back in Berlin, and Moritz Von Oswald is cutting the wax with his Basic Channel imprint. Fast forward, and I’m immersed in the DeepChord sounds of Rod Modell and Mike Schommer. Flip to the present, and I am crawling among the empty streets of Detroit, which is slowly receding into the concrete cobwebs. These events may come and go, in an endless cycle of oceanic waves. But the music stays with us. Always.

NOTE: ALL ENTRIES ARE LISTED IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY ARTIST

Cristian Vogel - The Inertials
Cristian Vogel
The Inertials
Shitkatapult
DeepChord Presents Echospace - Silent World
DeepChord Presents Echospace
Silent World (OST)
echospace [detroit]
John Talabot - Fin
John Talabot
ƒIN
Permanent Vacation
Lindstrom - Smalhans
Lindstrøm
Smalhans
Smalltown Supersound
Mark Fell - Sentielle Objectif Actualité
Mark Fell
Sentielle Objectif Actualité
Editions Mego
Monolake - Ghosts
Monolake
Ghosts
Imbalance Computer Music
Redshape - Square
Redshape
Square
Running Back
Robert Hood - Motor Nighttime World 3
Robert Hood
Motor: Nighttime World 3
Music Man
Shed - The Killer
Shed
The Killer
50Weapons
Sigha - Living With Ghosts
Sigha
Living With Ghosts
Hotflush


6 Responses to “Headphone Commute’s Best of 2012 : Music For Crawling Through Abandoned Cities”

  1. 1 aliensfromouterspace

    I don’t think Redshape’s, Sigha’s, or Monolake’s lives up to the quality of the rest of the albums on this list.

    • Feel free to recommend others that I may have missed

  2. 3 Tyler Chamberlain

    just got voices from the lake the other day, really good. just noticed it was resident advisor’s AOTY.

  3. 4 eduardo

    Voices from the lake ???

    • Hmm.. I haven’t heard of that one. Thanks for the recommendation – will check out!

      • 6 Iceblink

        Yes, Voices From The Lake (self titled) is one of my faves of 2012 too. It’s a Donato Dozzy and Neel collaboration and [IMO] is one of the finest ambient/techno albums I’ve heard in a long while.
        It’s very fluid, organic, warm and deep with each track melting into the next. Insprired by the mountains of Japan – apparently. Well worth a listen.


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