#nowplaying A Sagittariun and Perc (Best podcast mixes of 2012)


It’s my final post for 2012 so it’s appropriate that I hit you with my favourite chunks of electronic music of this year, both of which are available for FREE download.

Regular readers will know of my penchant for great sounding electronica. Keeping up with new cuts is a full-time job – especially with so much great rock music also on the exponential up – I keep abreast of things by regularly feasting on Resident Advisor and Boiler Room podcasts.  From which, I have two picks for the best electronic mixes of 2012.

sagittariunOctober’s ambient-to-ambulance RA podcast from A Sagittariun was a slow bullet from nowhere. Not much is known about this Bristol-based producer but the track list speaks volumes: newer stuff (Monolake, Robert Hood) next to older stuff (Biosphere, Eno, Can), all stitched together with snippets of dialogue from old radio and TV broadcasts. If you’re a newcomer to electronica music, this is as good a place as any to begin your journey. Make no mistake, this mix is incredible.



(First Level)

K.A.T.O. – Zephyrus (The Porthole) – Zephyrus Music
Biosphere – Microgravity – Apollo
Can – Oh Yeah – United Artists

David Morley – Symmetry – Apollo

Richard H Kirk – Reality Net – Warp
Thomas Fehlmann – Berliner Luftikuss (Move D Remix) – Kompakt

John Carpenter – The President Is Gone – TER

Monolake – Bicom – Monolake

Brian Eno – Under Stars – Virgin
(Second Level)

Drexciya – Under Sea Disturbances – Tresor

Robert Hood – Station Rider E – M-Plant

Marcelus – Shape – Deeply Rooted
A Sagittariun – Wind Tunnel – Elastic Dreams
Hans Berg – Machines (Ed Davenport Fixation) – Fullbar
Planetary Assault Systems – Forms – Peacefrog
(Third Level)

BFC – Sleep – Planet E

3MB feat. Juan Atkins – Jazz Is the Teacher – Tresor
F.U.S.E. – Dimensions – Plus 8
(Fourth Level)
Killing Joke – Requiem (A Floating Leaf Always Reaches the Sea Dub Mix) – EG Records
Colourbox feat. Lorita Grahame – Baby I Love You So – 4AD

Dub Syndicate – 2001 Love Part 1 – On-U Sound

Resident Advisor have now “archived” the mix so you can no longer grab it from them. Instead, dig in deep at A Sagittariun’s own Soundcloud page.

Further information:  Resident Advisor RA 332 / A Sagittariun on Twitter


dystopiaI only stumbled upon Perc’s podcast/mix for Dystopia a few weeks ago (if that). This one hits hard and right between the eyes. Relentless, metallic slabs of techno drive this mix forward and there’s a killer acid-infused middle section.  This has little to associate it with [what the Americans like to call] EDM or the favourite city of lazy revisionists: Detroit. If anything, it’s very London. At other times, teutonic. The second half recalls Richie Hawtin’s legendary Decks, FX and 909 release. One for an intense New Years Eve.



01. Genesis P-Orridge & Stan Bingo – What’s History Pt.2 [Dais Records]
02. Mick Finesse – Mettle Debris (Tengui Mettle Steel Mix) [Broken20]
03. Silent Servant – A Path Eternal [Hospital Productions]
04. Mick Finesse – The Ebb Of Crime (Cassegrain Remix) [Broken20]
05. Secluded – Binded (Sigha Remix) [Enemy]
06. Liss C – LR6 (Attemporal Remix) [LCR Records]
07. Darqwan – Said The Spider (Surgeon Remix) [Texture Ltd.]
08. Damien Schneider – Female (Tadeo Remix) [Micropunto Schallplannen]
09. The Exaltics – Ten Days [Cultivated Electronics]
10. Ghosts On Tape – No Go [Icee Hot]
11. Cleric – Unknown Depths V2 [Sonntag Morgen]
12. Paul Mac – Undoubted [EPM]
13. Alex Cortex – R-Byte [Killekill]
14. Paul Mac – Acid Jam [Balkan Vinyl]
15. Delta Funktionen – Work [Field Records]
16. Planetary Assault Systems – Funtion 4 (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [Mote Evolver]
17. Phuture Pfantasy Club – Spank Spank [Low Fat Vinyl]
18. Joey Beltram – Voyager [Vex/Trax]
19. Motor – The Knife (Peter Van Hoesen Remix) [CLR]
20. Regis – Death Head Said [Downwards]
21. ER & TR – UC [Brothers]
22. Pinion – Grid [Perc Trax]
23. Mick Finesse – Meltdown [Perc Trax]

Grab/play from Dystopia’s Soundcloud page. If you dig it, I heartily recommend Perc’s Wicker & Steel album (available from the Perc Bandcamp page).

Further information:  PercTrax on Twitter

Written by John H. Darko

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  1. Definitely gonna check that Perc mix; my favorites from RA were Michael Mayer, Floating Points, Robert Hood, & Danny Daze. The mnmlssgs blog had some great cutting edge techno mixes before they called it quits as well.