Before we begin the process of dishing out the accolades, we want to highlight for a moment a handful of artist who won’t be appearing on the lists this year.
As soon as I started to think about 2012’s Awards, I knew I couldn’t include acts we’d worked with this year. That would be all kinds of bias, but we would like to make mention of a group of musicians we are extremely proud to have worked with and what am amazing year it’s been for electronic rumors in general.
We were already working on electronic rumors Volume 1 at the start of 2012, released Ninthwave Records in the US we curated what we felt was a snapshot of music featured on the site, and a compilation of some of the most talented artists around. When the CD and Digital release happened, with a huge launch party in London with the Human Error crew that featured Fear Of Tigers, Queen Of Hearts, Ronika, Substatic, Kid Kasio, Echoes and myself, the response was phenomenal and spurned us to to start a record label of our own (something, in retrospect, I had been putting off for a decade or so).
♫ electronic rumors Volume 1 Minimix (Mixed By Ride The Universe)
Our first release took a while to get off the ground. It was always going to be a She’s The Queen record, they are the quintessential ElectroPop bad, flawless production and the voice of a soulful angel. As a songwriting duo they could easily be penning hits for any of the worlds major artists, and we are massively honoured to be their label. Also, we’ll be ever grateful to them for taking a chance on us in our infancy. It was a slow process, we were learning the business ropes, but we collected some amazing reMixes from Lightwaves, digitalfoxglove, Silenx and ODahl, had a video directed by the talented Aaron Alexis, and it single Talk To Me, débuted to a great deal of interest.
Next up came A Little Better from Ride The Universe. A track, Indeed a band, we had our eyes on since electronic rumors volume 1. Ride The universe are easily four of the best Dreamwave/Nu-Disco producers around, team them up with the voice of Kids At Midnight, Jane Elizabeth Hanley, and the result is one of the biggest pool-party starting tunes of the year. With a massive reMix package featuring the stellar line-up of Frankmusik, Pat Lok, Dublin Aunts, Auxiliary Tha Masterfader and Melee, Disco fans went crazy for this release. Again, we am humbled and forever grateful to Ride The Universe for having faith in us to carry such an amazing record.
♫ Ride The Universe (Feat. Jane Elizabeth Hanley) – A Little Better
Out third release of 2012 was definitely something special. We’d been talking to Californian retro ElectroPop outfit Let Em Riot for a few months about releasing something, but when we first heard the SlashWave EP we were pretty blown away and it has, more or less, soundtracked the rest of our year. Beautiful, emotional, electronic Pop music, Let Em Riot secret weapon is some of the best, cleverest, songwriting we have heard in years. With a voice and a collection of synths to pull it off, Let Em Riot was the complete package for us and makes us grin with pride when we think that we got to be part of it.
♫ Let Em Riot – Lovers & Losers
So, the label side of electronic rumors has been taking up much of our time, but the webzine is still going strong. Over 2012 out readership went up and up and everyday it is a pleasure to bring you lot the latest and greatest electronic music. A couple of features in The Guardian and much online debate later and we’re still going strong.
What humbles us most though, it you lot. Which I know sounds cheesy, but to all of you who read electronic rumors regularly, and who buy electronic rumors releases, we are so grateful. More than we could put into words, but seriously, without you none of this would be happening. I hope we can live up to the loyalty you’ve shown us in 2012 going into the future.
We’ve got some amazing stuff lined up for 2013, both for the website and most of all for the label, some stuff we can’t talk about now, but you can be sure, we’ve only just begun with this shit!
Thank you all so much!
As always, you should definitely pick up some of this music, it all comes highly recommended and most can be purchased here: