For LWE’s fourth year-end column, staff writer Michael C. Walsh collects ten essential downloads from the second half of 2012.
LWE got in touch with Maxmillion to find out more about his home town, how the Beautiful Swimmers work their magic in the studio and how making beats took over from writing rhymes. He also gave us our 130th exclusive podcast, a wonderfully eclectic and brand new-retro journey into sound and space.
01. Burial, “Kindred” [Hyperdub]
02. Blondes, “Business” (John Roberts Remix) [Rvng Intl.]
03. Huxley, “Let It Go” [Hypercolour]
04. Sanys, “Ice VII” [Downfall Theory]
05. Rivet, “Sleepwalker” [Kontra-Musik]
06. Obsolete Music Technology, “Mmmmmusic” [Emphasis Recordings]
07. Maxmillion Dunbar, “Polo” (Extended Version) [Live At Robert Johnson]
08. Demdike Stare, “Ishmael’s Intent” [Modern Love]
09. Objekt, “Cactus” [Hessle Audio]
10. Ital, “Privacy Settings” [Planet Mu]
Live At Robert Johnson makes its first American signing in the form of Maxmillion Dunbar, giving his “Polo” a victory lap backed by a Lauer remix.
Like A Made Up Sound’s “Shortcuts” reimagined in tree-lined summertime suburbia by a hammock-dwelling weedhead, Maxmillion Dunbar’s material is unpredictable in structure, working in a dreamy realm between wonky hip-hop and slow house.