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.
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.
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?
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?
Best part of making music?
That special feeling when your track is finished
Worst part of making music?
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)
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.
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.
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)