Mike Louth
26Dec/13Off

Mike Louth – Best of 2013

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As 2013 draws to a close, I wanted to put together some tracks that inspired me throughout the year. Click the snowy tree above to go directly to the chart on Beatport or read on for a breakdown of each track.

#1. George Vala - Let Me Tell You feat. Tunde Olaniran (Original Mix) [KD Music]

This EP was quitely put out out on Kaiserdisco's imprint shortly after the Ibiza season started and I feel that made it lose out on being the 2013 anthem in Ibiza this year instead of Ninetoes - Finder on Kling Klong. For me however, this was without a doubt my favourite track in 2013 providing a soundtrack to my travels in Denver and being a lyrical ear worm for several months. It does the original fantastic justice and the deeply soulful voice of Tunde is perfectly matched with George's sublime production.

#2. Darko Kustura - Times Ahead (Original Mix) [What's In The Box]

I received this track as a promo in early February and fell in love with it immediately. The slo-mo, nu-disco vibe and low slung bassline sounded spectacular when I closed out Beta Nightclub with it in September, winding it down to 105 BPM and wrapping up the night.

#3. Guti & Luca Bacchetti - Loneliness (Original Mix) [Endless]

I was introduced to this track from a good friend this summer, the result of the first collaboration between Guti & Luca Bacchetti in over two years. Perfect Ibizan percussion and a melancholy vocal from the late Chilean artist Jorge Selaron (whom Luca had the chance to meet in Rio de Janeiro) representing artists that live away from the fold yet still manage to touch the lives of many - much like many producers in this digital age.

#4. Dusky - Mr Man (Original Mix) [Anjunadeep]

A lot of people would probably point towards Dusky's colossal hit 'Careless' on Aus Music as their best release this year, however I'd have to disagree. This track on the July Anjunadeep sampler put them back on home turf where Alfie and Nick established their production moniker as one with deeply intellectual influences. They prove it again with the Clair de Lune inspired piano riff that adds an ethereal, dream-like presence to Mr Man that I will never get tired of.

#5. Thomas Schumacher - Is Your Kettle On feat. Chelonis R. Jones (Club Mix) [Electric Ballroom]

Another promo I received as part of the second Album from Thomas Schumacher. The original mix is a downtempo, 808 driven piece with a haunting vocal piercing through the sparse electronica. It's only when the label boss himself remixes the track that you hear his love for melodic techno, as he described on his first radio show on my own Digitally Imported Tech House radio channel. He likens the sound to the James Holden remix of Nathan Fake's 'The Sky Was Pink' which is one of my all time favourite tracks and one of the first I ever mixed.

#6. A.W.O.L. - The Ramp (Original Mix) [Suol]

The Ramp was part of Suol's first summer compilation, 'Summer Daze' which makes sense as it's a straight up summer jam, I can't help but get cheery when I listen to this track. I'm looking forward to see what they have in store for their 'Winter Daze' collection.

#7. Peter Bailey - Brooklyn Bound (Original Mix) [Deeperfect Records]

Starting to get in to the heavier side of things with this B side from Peter Bailey's Dustcloud EP on Deeperfect Records. I first discovered Peter in 2011 with his track 'Together', sampling the venerable Madonna, and have made sure to check out his releases for that signature deep, grubby Techno sound.

#8. Coyu - Vertigo (Original Mix) [Suara]

Suara is without doubt one of my favourite labels, catering to my two passions "music... and cats!" - this track was included in the third volume of 'Party Groovers' and I heard it originally at Sankeys Ibiza. A definite groover but not in the generic four to the floor sense as chief cat/label boss uses lots of call and response in the track keep people on their toes.

#9. Rhythm Operator - In Your Eyes (Original Mix) [Glasgow Underground]

Glasgow Underground's Winter Collection certainly warms the cockles with a weighty, darker sound. Previously in 2013 GU re-released the classic 'Hold On' - a fitting tribute to the late Romanthony on the day Pete Tong enrolled him into his Hall of Fame. In Your Eyes has been the soundtrack to my Christmas Holidays, very much stuck on repeat.

#10. Literon - Freak Funktion (Original Mix) [Clone Basement Series]

This track was played by the warehouse connoisseur Lo Shea, label head of Seaghdha Records and general Techno futurist, at the launch party of Ghetec in Newcastle. Taking over a disused shop on the top floor of a very upmarket and affluent street in the centre of the city, Lo Shea tore the remaining brickwork and bust up light fittings to the ground playing the most mental Techno on Funktion-One's in a room you couldn't swing a cat in. Very much looking to see what Ghetec gets up to in 2014.

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