TOTD // 26/12 // Mitchell (Family)

Published: December 26, 2016, words by Mitchell Green

Part of the 2016 Round-Up takeover


2016, what an eventful year. It feels like so much has happened since January made itself known, with the headlines pushing grim, worrying news down our throats what seemed like each and every week. Clubs have been shut in our faces across the globe and we lost some of the greatest musicians to ever exist. In amongst all of the darkness and political frenzy however, 2016 was a sublime year for electronic music. We have seen artists such as Helena Hauff reach extreme prominence, earning her place amongst the best of the best, and we have watched artists like Lena Willikens and Minor Science rise through the ranks alongside a whole host of other talent, releasing EP after EP of unique, distinguishable material. News that Aphex Twin will be making a live comeback has surfaced recently and as it goes, the festival circuit feels more alive than it ever has. Dekmantel launched its Selectors festival in Croatia this year and Sunfall graced London for the first time. Larry Heard was booked to play his first live set in years at Dimensions Festival and DJ Stingray blew Dekmantel Festival to smithereens, predictably.

Personally, 2016 has provided me with some of my fondest memories, whether it be witnessing Call Super play one of the best sets I have ever seen to a dreary-eyed Sunday evening crowd at Dekmantel Festival’s esteemed Selectors Stage, or seeing Ben UFO unleash a string of mind-boggling jungle records on separate occasions in Leeds and Bristol. I finally got to see Objekt play on more than one occasion and I got to have a chat with Helena Hauff thanks to these guys at Watch the Hype. 2016 has been a year that has consisted of myself pushing boundaries and broadening my horizons within the field of music, and I have genuinely had a blast. I’d like to think that 2017 will blow 2016 out of the water and I’m not going to end this paragraph by being overtly pessimistic, so for now, I am going to keep believing that the following 365 days will exceed all preconceived expectations. I’ve got my fingers crossed anyway.

One of the proudest moments for Watch the Hype this year was the creation and success of our Tracks of the Day series. The very existence of this series has opened many doors for each of us and we are overwhelmed with the calibre of artists who have agreed to contribute. To celebrate the success of the series, we have decided to dedicate a week to our family of writers and directors, allowing each of us to select our personal highlights from the series. Find below four of my favourites, chosen initially by the likes of A Made Up Sound, Charles Drakeford, Andrea and 45 ACP. Each of these tracks left a lasting impression on myself, have a listen, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Oh yeah also, ignore the photo. As you can probably tell, the tent I was in had reached sweatbox standards, hence the shiny nose and cheeks.

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Elicoide

Mitochondria

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“To me, this intricate piece by Elicoide has stood alone as one of the more memorable Tracks of the Day selections from 2016. After leaving Holland earlier this year following a particularly notable blow-out at Dekmantel Festival, I thought to look back through the past days of our Tracks of the Day series to see which tracks had been chosen. This fifteen minute extravaganza by Elicoide took me by surprise as I listened in awe throughout its entirety. Big up Charles Drakeford for this one, it has soundtracked many a bus journey since. Originally selected by: Charles Drakeford”
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Legowelt

Techno Madchen

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Everything from the distorted kick drum to the remarkably melancholic splutters of acid make this track a highlight amongst this year’s selections for me. It really showcases Legowelt’s extraordinary talent for creating his own brand of highly melodic rhythms. Andrea got it spot on when he said that despite this track’s old school tendencies, it somehow sounds brand new and refined. This is now a firm favourite amongst the sea of productions that Danny Wolfers has released under his many aliases, which is a bold statement to say the least. Originally selected by: Andrea”
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Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek

Vague, Yet

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I have spent countless hours with my laptop an inch away from my nose attempting to find material this immersive. Both Jan Jelinek and Masayoshi Fujita both hit the nail on the head with this track. It has the ability to take my mind to another place each and every time I decide to press play. I have to thank A Made Up Sound for recommending the album that this track features on as well. It’s titled ‘Schaum’ and if you’re a fan of this, I too urge you to buy it ASAP. Originally selected by: A Made Up Sound”
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Nu Era

Aerials On Saturn

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This track exists as a perfect example of a moment where I have genuinely been taken aback by the selections that an artist has provided us. I remember listening to 45 ACP’s sublime mix for Solid Steel one morning and being completely blown away by his flawless selection. I had never heard any of the tracks before and they all shared a stripped-back quality that seems to resonate with certain strands of 90s house and electro. Needless to say I spent a while scanning through labels on Discogs to find more of this stuff. Off the back of this I thought it would be fitting to ask 45 ACP for a submission and he kindly agreed. This track by Nu Era immediately resonated with me, with its soothing pads and pulsing, broken kick drum breathing life into me each time I decide to whack it on. Definitely a highlight. Out to 45 ACP, his record on L.I.E.S. earlier this year was fantastic. Originally selected by: 45 ACP”

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