It’s been way way waaaaay too long since Özgür Can has released anything. Here’s something big enough to awaken even this dormant blog 😉
Back in 2007 I tried to make an impact on the club scene. I had been part of the Scandinavian circuit for a while, getting to know some fantastic people like Özgür Can, Daniel Lindeberg (Dumb Dan), Stian Klo and a bunch of other cool people. I created Audioholics Anonymous Recordings in the Spring of 2007 and I signed this as the first single. Deeburn who has a stellar carreer in the Techno/Minimal/Deep House scene today helped me start things up. He and Sonorone did this amazing piece. Özze did an edit that’s actually more of a remix of it, and I still love it loads. I defunct the label in 2009. My mom died, I got married, bought a house and my daytime job kinda took over what I had devoted to music. I never made a nickel on music. I spend more than I should on music. But I believe that music should be free. Hence I give you this splendid release:
So, bros and hos. This is pretty much it for 2012. A year full of uppers and downers, flyers and drowners. Yesterday I posted the 25 tracks that rocked my boat the most, but there’s always a couple of tracks that you either miss or forget. I for one never seem to take notes or make lists before the year’s over. I’ll finish this year’s bloggin’ business with one of the fantastic tracks I missed out on. Browsing Özgür’s Sprider Kärlek over on Spotify I stumbled across a track by Berlin based Session Victim called ‘Flying Visit’ which was released on Delusions Of Grandeur out of London. Not only is this an utterly unique and sophisticated song, it would probably have been in the top 5 of my favorite tracks of 2012.
Some stats for this blog: Since I blogged the very first post back in Spring 2011 almost a hundred thousand people found their way to audioavalon in search of good sounds. I hope I have succeeded modestly in purveying you with something different, some other tastes than you would necessarily have tried on your own.
The radio show, Hot To The Touch has been getting some excellent feedback from the listeners on Pure.fm’s NuDisco channel. Previously you could find links to download the current and earlier episodes of the show here on this very blog via a dedicated page. I removed that in order to direct people in search of the tracklists and download/streaming of the show to the dedicated facebook page.
I’m currently working on more interviews for the blog, and securing some kick ass artists as guests for the radio show. So keep hanging out here in 2013!
Thank you for reading my humble blog. Have a happy, blissful and an absatively delightful 2013! Happy New Year!
Top 25 of 2012
01 Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie – You Don’t Know (Alin Dimitriu remix)
This one just blew my mind completely. The vocals really shine in Alin’s heartfelt orchestration. Foreverlove!
02 Moon Boots – Sugar
Summer anthem of 2012. Brilliant hook and cunning use of the Janet factor!
03 Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
Another anthem from the Menergetic king of disco-swag Todd Terje himself!
04 Özgür Can feat. Rasmus Kellerman – The Kings
Finally the blip blop master of the Öz released his debut album! Huuuuuge track!
05 Jonas Rathsman – Since I Don’t Have You
French Express kept on dominating all through 2012. World domination imminent with this stomper!
06 Perseus – Seychelles
Yet more French Express. The head honcho himself with this Balearic track full of sun and juices!
07 Isaac Tichauer – Every Word
Isaac blew my mind with his remix for Tony Betties, but this is in a completely different league!
08 The Supermen Lovers – Say No More (Jupiter Remix)
Those frenchies know how to create energetic hooks!
09 Speech Debelle – I’m With It (Louis La Roche Remix)
Quite unique take on how to remix a hip hoppy rap track. Supremely executed by the Roche himself!
10 Jakwob – Electrify (Sega Bodega remix)
We don’t like dub-step. So it’s something rather special when a dub-step track ends up on our top of the year list!
11 Jupiter – One O Six (A.N.D.Y. Remix)
A.N.D.Y.’s really got his thing down over the course of 2012. This one marked a highpoint!
12 Van She – Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)
The producer of the year 2012 has got to be Plastic Plates. The way he just kept topping himself is UNCANNY!
13 Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (End The Noise Remix)
This one was quite a find I still feel. How lucky that End The Noise let audioavalon.com have the exclusives for this before anybody else.
14 Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (Todd Terje remix)
The Terjelator at his thing again. This time he took the Ferry.
15 Drop Out Orchestra ft. Christopher Norman – In The Dark
What can I say? I Love D O O, and I love Chris! So when they team up magic happens!
16 Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Klar & PF Remix)
The most played song of 2012 in the only remix that didn’t get played nowhere near enough. Klar & PF are a duo to watch!
17 Goldroom – Fifteen
Goldroom didn’t release his remix for Alpine’s ‘Hands’. I’m still a bit cross about that. But this one’s a nice band aid on that unhealing wound.
18 Munk & Peaches – You Can’t Run From My Love (Classixx Remix)
Classixx have been favorites of mine for years. They have a great way of reinventing themselves and their sound.
19 Ben Browning – Feels Like
Sing-a-long of the year. Happy time!
20 Perseus – Love In Zanzibar
Deep and delicious chords served with a slice of lemon.
21 ColeCo – Ricky Smiley
This one was everywhere this summer. Respect!
22 Collage – Romeo Where’s Juliet? (SYE ‘Dub Like The Romans Do’ Edit)
Quite a catch in my opinion. Great great edit!
23 Nine Lives feat Jaki Graham – 1985 (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
D O O! Do the voodoo you do!
24 Chris Malinchak – There I Was (Original Mix)
25 The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love (Poolside Remix)
It was way too hard to get this one here in Euroland. Still on my playlists!
I know it’s been way too long since I got around to posting fresh stuff. Consider this one heap of compensary goodies to get you through until the weekend.
Yazoo – Don’t Go (Kolombo edit): Kolombo rips it up and takes this one to a new pounding level. Sophisticated and punchy!
Electric Brother ft. Bouba Sylla – Ontnara (Özgür Can remix): Furry Swedish super duper tech producer aka. the wizard of Öz gets down and dirty with this melodic etno groove. We be diggin’!
Passion Pit – Take A Walk (Classixx remix): It’s been way too long since we shared some Classixx. This one’s a bit off their usual style, but truly digworthy none the less!
360 – Run Alone (Dublin Aunts Escape Theme mix): Aussie outfit Dublin Aunts deliver one hell of a remix for 360. Still on my cool list them aunts from Dublin. **WAV DOWNLOAD **
Moonlight Matters – Come For Me (Punks Jump Up Freestyle mix): As featured in HTTT18. Super fly remix! Loving it! Should’ve been out on Kitsune.
A: Mr. Can! I’ve known you since 2004. Back then you unleashed your signature deep and oriental sound on the world. Now 8 years later you’re ready to unleash your debut album. Tell us about how the album went from being a figment of your imagination to becoming digital 1’s and 0’s generating your stellar debut album:
Ö: I don’t even know how many times I’ve started making albums but then ended up releasing songs as just singles or EPs instead! Ask my friends how many times I’ve said ”I’ve started my album now” they didn’t believe me this time either until I actually got the physical cd in my hand last week!I had a few ideas laying around on my laptop and some older stuff and music I had made with other people, stuff that I made just for fun when I wasn’t making club music. At the same time I started to get a bit tired of dance music but I was still DJ´ing around a lot so I was playing during the weekends and producing alternative stuff when I was in the studio so I said to myself fuck it, I’m gonna do an album that’s not something for the dance floor! So I took the tracks I had lying around, finished them and started producing stuff without the dance floor in mind and just went with the inspiration around me and didn’t really think so much about what I was producing, it just is what it is!
I named it ”put me in a box and label” it and me might be the birth of a new concept. I’m already planning ”put me in a box and label me part 2”
A: How does your work process start when you get to work on a track?
Ö: It’s different for each track! But for me most of the time I start with programming some drums and then go from there! But sometimes I just find a cool sound or sample something and then build around that!
A: Where do you want to take the listeners to with your album?
Ö: The idea is to listen to the entire album in one take. I think of it like when you read a book and just disappear into a different world! It’s like a journey. The thought is that it’s an alternative album everyone can put on at home or in the car and dive into. I think there is something for everyone on this album music lover or not
A: Sound wise you’ve stayed true to yourself and still managed to build upon and expand an aural universe of you own. Where do you see yourself going from here?
Ö: Yeah I’ve always followed my heart and this album is proof of that but it also kind off marks the beginning of a new era for me! This is album is straight from the heart, but after this I wanna do other things as well. I might be known for my techno or my house music and I will always be involved with underground dance music producing and DJ´ing! My DJ`ing is my livelihood and I will never stop playing. It’s my biggest passion in life; it’s a part of who I am! But after all these years doing underground music I wanna try something new as well.
I already have a pop project together with 2 other guys. We are a team of 3 guys that have totally different musical backgrounds but with kind of the same vision of what we want to do! We haven’t released anything yet. We have only worked together almost 1 year now and it’s exciting as hell! Totally a new world for me. I’m used to working with no boundaries and let the imagination run free but with pop music you got so many guidelines you have to follow and it’s new to me, but also very fun at the same time.
We are still polishing our sound a bit but we will start to release stuff very soon! And I’ve also started to produce hip-hop beats for a few friends of mine that are pretty big rappers in Sweden, very very excited about that!
A: You’ve done quite a few remixes and bootlegs. Whom would you like to remix most of all, and why?
Ö: I always want to remix the stuff I listen to when I’m at home! Small indie bands or whatever, they are superstars for me!
A: Talk to us about your musical inspirations. What turns on the Can?
Ö: Oh dear! I listen to so many different kinds of music it’s hard to say! I get inspired by music that’s well made! I listen to a lot of indie rock bands, singer songwriters and stuff like that! Working with Rasmus Kellerman (Tiger Lou) was like a dream coming true! I listen to his albums all the time and similar type of music!
A: Lastly: Tell us – What’s in the water supply in Sweden, generating such a massive surge of talents in music over the past 40 years?
Ö: Haha! I don’t know really! I think Axwell said it in an interview many years ago that we have so shitty weather we just lock ourselves in the studio might have something to do with that! But I know it’s insane right now and I’m loving every minute of it! The focus on Swedish music right now has never been this big!
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