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:


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


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.


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)


The Beatnuts- Watch Out Now

circa 1993.