Sleeper Cells

'Sleepy Head' by Sophie Blackall

ALTHOUGH HEAVY ON rotation, a few releases fell through the cracks over the course of the year and missed getting the attention they deserved from this site.

As 2011 comes to an end, jazner attempts to make amends, offering his year end lists of albums, comps and EPs overlooked or underrated.

Here, in no particular order, is the Best Of 2011: Dark Horse Edition –

Braille – Braille EP (Hotflush)


Praveen Sharma, the Percussion Lab founder representing Machinedrum’s foil as one-half of Sepalcure, produced incredible house anthems under his solo guise of Braille in 2011. “Riverbed” is a favorite, but other heaters include “Breakup“, featured on Scuba’s DJ-Kicks, as well as “The Year 3000”, released as a single back in May.

Julio Bashmore – Everyone Needs A Theme Tune EP (PMR Records)

“Ask Yourself”

No one can deny the ferocity of “Battle For Middle You“, the leading track on Julio Bashmore’s Everyone Needs A Theme Tune EP and one of 2011’s hardest jams. Don’t overlook “Ask Yourself“, though, a sexy heater that can hold its own on the dance-floor. Stay tuned for more Bashmore, his upcoming release, Riff Wrath, scheduled to drop later this month on Future Boogie.

Pearson Sound / Ramadanman – Fabriclive 56 (Fabric)

Joy Orbison – GR Etiquette (NTS Radio Rip)

Addison Groove – Fuk Tha 101

One of the best compilations / mixes of 2011, Pearson Sound / Ramadanman’s contribution to Fabric’s long running series is packed with gems. Above, you can hear two of the best, Joy Orbison’s “GR Etiquette”, which features a prominent sample from a certain star from the movie Ray that has prevented it from getting a proper release, as well as Addison Groove’s creepy juke fueled “Fuk Tha 101”. The mix showcases everything from Shangaan (Tiyiselani Vomaseve’s “Vanghoma”), to Night Slugs off-kilter wailers (Jam City’s “Night Mode” & Girl Unit’s “IRL”) to raucous bass bangers (D1’s “Subzero” & SX vs Ramadanman “Woo Glut”). A real rager record to let play out.

Suzanne Kraft – Green Flash EP (Running Back)

“Morning Come”

Suzanne Kraft first popped up on the radar with the track “Turning“, available on the Green Flash EP, which starts off the Young Adults mix featured a few months ago. A dublab labrat and contributor to Pharaoh’s live sets, Suzanne Kraft churns out some of the foofiest, funnest house / disco tracks on this EP for the much celebrated Running Back imprint. Rumors swirl about SK in 2012, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, let Green Flash power your late-night adventures.

Rustie – Glass Swords (Warp)


Like most albums that eventually become a favorite and absolute must have, Rustie’s Glass Swords was a complete turn-off, and jazner wanted nothing to do with it. But after a few more listens, the LP blossomed into an intricate, unusual, stunning, and progressive piece that proved to be a game changer in the electronic music discourse. Glass Swords is the perfect title for this album, which features a glassy, crystalline, kaleidoscope framework. Bombastic synths, wild bass lines and ADD melodies reign supreme. “Surph” is aurally amazing, the finale synth phrase does it for jazner every time. Other keepers include “Ultra Thizz”, “All Nite”, and “City Star”. GET THIS ALBUM.

DJ Diamond – Flight Muzik (Planet Mu)

“Pop The Trunk”


A super sleeper, DJ Diamond’s Flight Muzik got way lost in the shuffle, but nonetheless was busted out in the numerous footwork battles jazner found himself in… 2011 was  major year for footwork and juke, and no one got more behind it than Planet Mu. DJ Diamond, who found himself on Bangs & Works Vol. 1, busts out his solo arsenal and drops mad heat with tracks like “Snare Fanfare”, “Rep Yo Clique” and “Go Hard”. Worth coppin if you’re a fan of the footwork.

Bonus Track

Osunlade – “Envision” (Âme Remix)

Just cuz…

Kevin Saunderson dropped it when jazner saw him live in late 2011, and Sepalcure rocks it in their mix for Self-Titled. It’s so good.


One Response to “Sleeper Cells”

  1. Killer compile! Really appreciate this effort. ❤

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