2015 ROUNDUP: A Bunch Of Tunes
Let’s talk about some tunes now. (The previous 2015 Roundup post can be found here – it’s about crossover albums.)
Bear in mind that this is a selection based on MEMEMEANDONLYME. Okay? Cool.
Another thing to bear in mind is that I’ve been less in the loop in the last year so the list is short. Feel free to share your knowledge – I’m very open to learning new old things.
K, let’s do it.
KORNÉL KOVÁCS – PANTALÓN
Now that I take a second look, half of the tracks I’ve chosen for this post have to do with Jackmaster in some way. The guy has a good ear for tunes, you know. Like, he might become big in the future or something.
‘Pantalón’ was featured in Jack’s 2014 Mastermix and I had the moment at which the song started in the mix on cue and loop. Boy, did I look for that track! And I wasn’t the only one – the internet was awash with inquiries about the red pants, which upon closer Spanish inspection turned out to be ripped and not red.
The tracklist was finally shared by Jack on Facebook and people flocked to Kornél Kovács’s Soundcloud where the track, called ‘Ivan’ at the time, got played and replayed time and time again.
And then… the release! Numbers released Kornél’s ‘Radio Koko’ EP where ‘Pantalón’ is a B-side and where it has almost nothing musically in common with the rest of the tracks. I love that. I love the rest of the EP too but I’d already grown so attached to ‘Pantalón’ that finally having it kinda overshadowed everything else.
FATIMA YAMAHA – WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO
The next two tracks are reissues but nevertheless, crucial to the feel of 2015. ‘What’s a Girl To Do’ was originally released in 2004 and has apparently been huge in Ireland ever since. Well, it’s out again on Dekmantel this year and it’s as relevant as ever.
The track has been a staple in Jackmaster’s sets for a long time and the ‘Lost In Translation’ sample has been a staple in people’s private thoughts since the Big Bang.
‘I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be… I’m stuck… Does it get easier?’
I’m inclined to say no, it doesn’t. But feel free to correct me if you feel differently.
DJ DEEEON – FREAK LIKE ME
Ghetto house classic reissued on Numbers this year and a banger of highest banging ranks!
Apparently, it’s been very big in Ibiza this season but unfortunately I don’t care about Ibiza so this means nothing to me.
It has also been played in sets by pretty much everyone in 2015 to which I can only raise a glass because what a goddamn tune that is, seriously!
BAWRUT – CIQUITA
Last stop on the Jackmaster train. This track was played by Mr Master on Radio 1 in December 2014 and I and other people on the Internet had a similar to reaction to ‘Pantalón’ – rip, replay, ask everywhere how to get the track, etc.
Cue to about a month ago when The Ransom Note premiered ‘Ciquita’ officially and the track was released on Bandcamp accompanied by a killer dub or Ciquidub.
I just noticed the Spanish connection with ‘Pantalón’and ‘Ciquita’. Mind – blown.
Okay, it’s not a ‘2015 track’ in the sense of most of the other choices on here but its release was very important to me and I really hope it gets a lot of love in the future.
When I become a DJ in twothousandandnever, I’ll play it a lot.
ELI ESCOBAR – UP ALL NIGHT
THE WHOLE ALBUM
ALL OF IT
AND THE DELANCEY MUSIC SERVICE RADIO SHOW
Eli Escobar has been on the New York club scene for 20 years now but 2015 will be remembered as The Year Raya Developed An Obsession and, as this is a list entirely based on me, there he is with the whole of ‘Up All Night’.
Eli’s album ‘Up All Night’ was originally issued on vinyl in 2014 but got its worldwide digital release, followed by my discovery of it, this year on Night People NYC – the label run by Blu Jemz and Escobar himself. I’d like to take a moment to thank my wife for telling me about it – I only learn the best from you, babe :*
I’ve played ‘Up All Night’ so many times this year, it’s slightly embarrassing. When I’m on a break from it, I listen to Delancey Music Service – a most excellent radio show hosted by Blu Jemz and Escobar that soundtracks my tube and train commutes, after-lunch work hours, long showers and anything in between.
To top it all off, I went to the Juan Atkins Mixmag Lab a couple of weeks ago and The King played ‘Up All Night’, the title album track, in his set. That’s the kind of stuff I live for, basically.
JOZEF K x WINTER SON FEAT. FLORA CRUZ – TRIBAL RHYTHM
Give me tribal rhythms and I’m sold really. I’m from the Balkans. It does something to me and my womanly hips.
‘Tribal Rhythm’ came out on Kim Ann Foxman’s Firehouse label in partnership with The Vinyl Factory and has been slaying dancefloors all year. The track is a nod to Jozef K’s DJing home – his Tribal Sessions residency and has all the right components of a pure banger.
My personal memory highlight of ‘Tribal Rhythm’ is from Annie Mac playing it at The Port stage at Bestival and everyone losing their shit. Perfect setting!
MELÉ – AMBIENCE
Staying on the tribal wave, ‘Ambience’ has been rocking my world in 2015.
I specifically like how the track is the exact opposite of ambient in any way possible. But also, it grabs you like a… like a… like something that grabs hard, guys!
EATS EVERYTHING FEAT TIGA VS AUDION – DANCING (AGAIN!)
To be honest with you, I’ve gotten quite sick of this tune by now but credit where credit is due.
‘Dancing (Again!)’ is a tech-y smasher that ruled so hard this summer, it was genuinely surprising that it didn’t get a release well until October. And then it smashed some more.
Enough for now. Be back with some other topic. Scandals maybe. Everybody loves a scandal.
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