Axel Willner aka The Field is one of my favorite electronic artists of late. He is a minimalist like many of his Kompakt label-mates but is unique in the way he is able to create interpretative sounds using endless looping beats. Reminds me of a masterful painter who uses blank space really well and let’s the viewer fill it in with their own thoughts.
1. Jamie xx – “Touch Me”
The kid is untouchable. A legend. Every over-exaggerated superlative rolled into one. Young Turks debuted this track during their set on Rinse FM. It’s insane. He’s got to be the best producer in the world right now.
2. Battles – Sweetie & Shag (The Field remix)
Quite frankly, this cover art is better than the song and this song will be hard to top for the 2012 year-end list. It’s not very “accessible” but I’m on an ambient/minimalist tip right now so I don’t give a fuck if you think Katy Perry has a better beat.