2019 Top 3 – Readers List

2019 is coming to the end so it’s that time of the year when we look back and see what caught our attention the most. As the tradition is on our side, we look first at the preferences of our readers and this is a top 3 of the most appreciated albums, compilations, mixes and other stuff.

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2019 Top 3 – Readers List

Khidja – In The Middle Of The Night [DFA2635]

Romanian production duo Khidja present their first EP for DFA. With four tracks of inner city insomnia, The Middle Of The Night soundtracks the realm between being half awake and asleep. With jagged and pulsating synths and dubbed out howling vocals, we are left disorientated in the underground tunnels that connect the clubs of Bucharest, London, and Berlin. Summoning the spirits of Kraftwerk and John Carpenter, they cast a spell on the dancefloor that is a perfect addition to the ever-evolving DFA roster.

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Khidja – In The Middle Of The Night [DFA2635]

Essaie Pas – Demain Est Une Autre Nuit [DFA2481]

Montreal-based electronic duo Essaie Pas is comprised of Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau. Both are respected musicians in their own right – Marie having released two acclaimed solo records, with Pierre being best known for production work on underground Canadian musicians such as Dirty Beaches and Femminielli. Essaie pas was born on a hot summer night in 2010, releasing some ultra-limited singles which culminated in their debut LP, Nuit de noce (Teenage Menopause Records) in 2013. The mix of drawling guitars, français mumbles, and minimal electronics caught the ear of DFA Records, who booked the pair to open for Factory Floor on their first North American tour.

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Essaie Pas – Demain Est Une Autre Nuit [DFA2481]

Factory Floor – Factory Floor [DFA2392]

The band drop their highly anticipated album debut on NYC post-punk stalwart DFA. Tracks from both of their singles appear alongside a slew previously unheard synth-wave / EBM gems. A vivid snapshot of a progressive band, still in the ascendant, smashing through yet another ceiling.

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Factory Floor – Factory Floor [DFA2392]

Surahn – Watching The World [DFA2353]

Surahn is the newest signing to DFA Records and he made his debut with his self titled EP.  The single “Watching The World” was rearranged by the Norwegian disco legend Prins Thomas. Mr. Thomas takes the song and flips it into one of the best, most delightful arpeggiated disco-pop 12″ singles DFA has had the privilege of releasing.

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Surahn – Watching The World [DFA2353]

Factory Floor – Fall Back [DFA2369]

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“Fall Back” is the first single from the forthcoming debut LP on DFA Records. The track is 8 minutes 30 seconds long. The B-sides are exclusive to vinyl and feature 3 separate loops taken from the single, created each by Dom, Gabe & Nik.

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Factory Floor – Fall Back [DFA2369]

Factory Floor – Two Different Ways (Remixes) [DFA2341]

Factory Floor offer up a substantial distraction while the band put the finishing touches on their debut album, due out on DFA Records in early 2013. Their last single “Two Different Ways” is remixed by two different electronic music leaders. Richard H Kirk, co-founder of both Cabaret Voltaire and Sweet Exorcist, puts his own warped spin on the single, while Perc aka Ali Wells, takes the original and piles on his signature throbbing bass for the main remix. Perc also offers up a ‘Noisy Mix’ taking avant waves of feedback and noise and shaping into something unexpectedly beautiful.

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Factory Floor – Two Different Ways (Remixes) [DFA2341]

The Crystal Ark – We Came To [DFA2339]

“We Came To” is the 4th single by The Crystal Ark, the developing collaboration between Gavin Russom & Viva Ruiz. The song is a dance music rally cry – profound in its bare bones and raw production,  and equally for the spanish/english lyrics –  which praise ancestors and call out for liberation. The “House” and “Dub” versions featured on the single were mixed alongside the album version, which will be released later this year as part of the self titled debut LP by The Crystal Ark on DFA Records

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The Crystal Ark – We Came To [DFA2339]

Fall On Your Sword – The First Time I Saw Jupiter [DFA2305]

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Brooklyn band Fall On Your Sword release on DFA Records. “The First Time I Saw Jupiter” creates an atmosphere of eerie, icy desolation; sounds emit outward in what feels like the loneliness and desertion of space. “Rhoda’s Theme” feels slightly more hopeful and less lonely. The song begins with a soft, repeating keyboard line, and then opens up onto beatific synths. There are slight shifts of shape across its nine-minute duration, as it moves from moments of driven beats and rhythms to sections of gorgeous, nearly orchestral streams of sound.

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Fall On Your Sword – The First Time I Saw Jupiter [DFA2305]

Gavin Russom – Night Sky [DFA2289]

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DFA Records presents “Night Sky”, a track that grows and grown into an 13 minutes odyssey. The buzzy bottom end enters and expands before Russom’s vocals – alleyway dark and mysterious – make their way in. The song dips and dives, going from barebones synthesizers resting on organic percussion to explosive vocal choruses. The end reunites nearly every sound that made a previous appearance in an ensemble of ecstatic rhythms and noise. Mutant Beat Dance aka Beau Wanzer & Melvin Oliphant III, undo the original and transform it. There are so many new elements to be found here – a thick bassline, shuffling beat, wiry electro etchings, eerie washes of synths that swell unexpectedly and unannounced – it all makes for a collection of sounds that, thankfully, are head swimming in their unique and wonderful unpredictability.

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Gavin Russom – Night Sky [DFA2289]