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The playlist: the best electronic of 2015 – Holly Herndon, DJ Richard and more | Musique Non Stop

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Monday, December 21, 2015

The playlist: the best electronic of 2015 – Holly Herndon, DJ Richard and more

We kick off a series in which we look at some of the best tracks in different genres with the pick of the year’s electronica

This is the highlight of the excellent LP Grind, on which the co-founder of the punk-ish techno clan White Material, DJ Richard, started going deeper and more ambient but with attitude. Bane is its most emo moment, but this agonised track shows everything that techno is capable of: lighting up life by the microsecond as it scythes forward. It’s deceptively simple, with a steady kick, a ticking snare, and a synth line spiking and falling within a single key. The claps though, offbeat and untamed, maintain a crucial edge of mania. It’s so beautiful I can hardly bear it, and scrunch up my face in a kind of pain when it’s on – the kind of embarrassingly keen feeling that age will hopefully never wither.

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by Ben Beaumont-Thomas via Electronic music | The Guardian