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Jacques Greene & Tinashe - Songs from Scratch

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Ten Walls - Walking With Elephants

In our first year of existence we came across an immense amount of music. Artists were discovered who had previously been unknown and new sounds were heard for the first time. In light of the sheer quality that surfaced in the last 12 months, this list is far from exhaustive. That being said, genres and sub-genres aside, here is a collection of songs that we simply felt were the best in 2012.

Room516 Songs Of The Year:

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20. Black Atlass- Castles

19. Captain Murphy - The Killing Joke

18. S O H N- The Wheel

17. Kendrick Lamar- Swimming Pools (Drank) 

16. The xx- Angels

15. Andy Stott- Numb

14. Blawan- Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?

13. A$AP Rocky- Goldie

12. Nosaj Thing- Eclipse/Blue

11. Ejeca- Horizon

10. Koreless- Lost In Tokyo

9. Burial + Four Tet- Nova

8. Flume- Holdin On

7. Disclosure ft. Sam Smith- Latch

6. Matthew Dekay & Lee Burridge- Für Die Liebe

5. How To Dress Well- Cold Nites

4. Bondax- All Inside

3. Ben Pearce- What I Might Do

2. Jai Paul- Jasmine

1. Frank Ocean- Pink Matter

Making these selections was incredibly difficult. We passed up on many excellent albums in the process and the list easily could have been much, much longer. At the same time, we felt that narrowing it down to just 10 would be a good way to showcase only the best of the best in 2012.

Room516 Albums Of The Year:

 

10. Flying Lotus- Until The Quiet Comes [Warp]

9. XXYYXX-XXYYXX [Relief In Abstract]

8. The Alchemist- Russian Roulette [Decon]

7. Recondite- On Acid  [Acid Test]

6. Andy Stott- Luxury Problems [Modern Love]

5. Crystal Castles- (III)  [Fiction]

4. Paul Kaklbrenner- Guten Tag [Paul Kalkbrenner Musik]

3. How To Dress Well- Total Loss (Acephale)

2. Frank Ocean- Channel Orange [Def Jam]

1. Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid, M.A.A.D City [Top Dawg] 

Room516 Q&A: Whitesquare

For the second installment of our Q&A series we flew across the Atlantic and sat down with Whitesquare at a busy café in Rome (none of that happened). All jokes aside, Whitesquare is easily one of the most consistent producers we’ve come across. The Italian beatmaker has set the bar particularly high for himself and he still pumps out jams on an astounding basis. Through remixes of such acts as Disclosure, Kendrick Lamar and Joy Orbison, he’s gotten some serious attention from numerous labels. It really comes as no surprise that after just one year he’s already coming off debut releases on Troupe Records and Noir Music. In this rapid top secret interview, Whitesquare exposes his musical preferences and a surprise dream collaboration. Read on.

Who are you?

Whitesquare

What do you sound like?

You tell me!

The track you are most proud of?

Didn’t get to produce it yet :)

*Modesty is a virtue but this guy can make some serious music so here are our favorites:

Whitesquare - Only

Whitesquare - Bigger Than

One instrument (hardware/software) you can’t live without?

Ableton

Best part of making music?

That special feeling when your track is finished

Worst part of making music?

Arranging!

One track you wish you had made?

Dj Rolando - Knights of the Jaguar

One track you’re glad you didn’t make?

Avicii - Levels

The track that gets you in the mood?

The Pharcyde - Runnin’

The track that can save a party?

Depends… changes every time… At the moment I’d say: Ill Blu - Tik Tok (out on Madtech Records)

The best after-party jam?

Junior Boys - Like A Child (Carl Craig Remix)

The best gig you ever played?

Too many to mention ;)

The worst gig you ever played?

Too many to mention…

Producing or playing live?

Producing

Dream collaboration?

Swizz Beatz

Any final thoughts?

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Room516’s Remixes of the Year

We’re finally done piling through the best reworks, refixes and remixes from the past year. After much deliberation we’ve settled on ten tracks that represent the cream of the crop for 2013. The list below is comprised of remixes that we constantly kept on coming back to throughout the last twelve months. We are confident that these select few speak for themselves and also for the great year in music that was 2013. Without further ado, we present Room516’s Remixes of the Year. Enjoy.

Our list for mixes of the year is compiled of live sets as well as exclusive mixes from various magazines, websites and even fashion boutiques. Each mix brings something different to the table and the end result is a truly special collection that covers a wide spectrum of artists and music.  Whether you listen to these at work, while studying or while partying, you will undeniably enjoy every single one of these mixes. Once again, the best of 2012.

Room516 Mixes Of The Year

10. D/R/U/G/S Dummy Mix

9. Apparat Boiler Room Berlin DJ Set

8. LOL Boys Fader Mix

7. Jacques Greene- Oscillate (for oki-ni)

6. Flying Lotus & The Gaslamp Killer Mix for Diplo and Friends

5. Solomun Essential Mix

4. Maya Jane Coles live @ ENTER, Space Ibiza

3. Rrose E.P 153 (electronique.it)

2. Max Cooper- Moments Through Self Contained Space

1. Nicolas Jaar Essential Mix (No BBC Edit)

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Jamie xx Boiler Room Set

Recorded at the Young Turks showcase on Dec 5.

Room516 Mix 001 - NT89

The beginning of something new is always a time for looking ahead, which is why we inaugurate the Room516 Mix Series with a forward-thinking artist we’ve invariably held in high regard. In the span of a few years NT89 has managed to establish himself as one of the most dynamic producers in electronic music. Boasting successful releases on Fool’s Good, Southern Fried and Turbo Recordings as well as remixes for the likes of Tiga, Fatboy Slim, Proxy & Junkie XL, the 23 year old has offered up more than his fair share of quality music.

Over the course of the next 60 minutes you will find the Italian-born, Dutch-based producer doing what he does best: playing quality techno music. What you will hear will be propulsive, straight to the point and most importantly highly enjoyable. This mix is not for the faint of heart but it’s only fitting that we’ve enlisted an artist this bold to kick things off here at Room516. We welcome NT89 with open arms to the decks for the debut of our Mix Series.

TRACKLIST:

Tale of Us - Another Earth
NT89 - Goa
Omar S - I Just Want (Mixed by Luke Hess)
Mark Broom - Acid Dik (Beat mix)
Guy Andrews - Fixture
Marco Carola - Bloody Cash
NT89 - To Love
Kabale Und Liebe & Daniel Sanch - Mumbling Yeah
Talbot Wood - Analepsis
NT89 - D.C.
Head High - Burning (Keep Calm mix)
NT89 - Tom’s Chinos
Marcel Dettmann - Push
NT89 - Undercure
Borderline - Make Me Crazy
Uffe - I’ll Leave Soon (Catz ‘N Dogz Talking remix)
Patrick Bateman - Everglades (Massi Dl’s Acid Tears mix)
Maetrik - Walk Alone (Maceo Plex revenge)

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