It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2017 rapidly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a crazy year of highs and lows it’s the releases that have pulled a lot of people through the year. Now in it’s 7th year, Circuit Sweet will be hosting takeovers from the featured artists/musicians/labels and promoters of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
Continuing our annual end of year tradition we let our favourites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favourite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next take-over comes from one half of our favourite’s Quadrupède and an artist who released his debut solo record under the moniker of S T Ø J earlier this year. Musician Joseph Smalley has mixed his year with both QDRPD appearances and the work surrounding his debut EP release in October. Joseph has focussed his efforts on sublime synth waves fused with daring electronics and in our opinion has released one of the best records of 2017 (and you can pick up your copy in our online shop). We chat to Joseph to find out more about what records he has adored this year…
- Top 5 releases of the year
Colleen “A flame my love, a frequency”
Sounds like living underwater, not worrying about whatever happens on earth anymore.
Princess Nokia “1992 Deluxe”
Such a refreshing hip hop release, female fronted, bold as fuck, “old school hoe with an new school flow” as she says. Timeless.
Fis and Rob Thorne “Clear Stones”
Sounds like the hot magma core of the earth whispering to humanity’s ear : “you’ve gone too far, the end is near”.
Kyo “I Musik”
Beautiful ambient soundscapes, slightly cheesy 80’s synth work, minimalistic piano inserts and some other weird stuff thrown in the bag. All of that blended together in a perfectly balanced mix. Yet another great Posh Isolation release.
Ben Frost “Threshold of faith EP”
Squeeling, overdriven, rumbling electronics played in very melancholic scales. It sounds like an over-exagerated feeling of how things seemed to be better before.
Roméo Poirier “Plage Arrière”
The perfect soundtrack for loosing track of time and self-awareness, sitting in the blazing summer sun, on a beach or near the sea at least, preferably no one around except the very closest loved ones.
- The best show you have played this year and why
QDRPD – festival Teriaki 2017
I was so happy to play some new QDRPD material. We’d worked very hard to be able to play these pieces in time for this event. Teriaki festival is very special to us and has largely contributed to the evolution of our music.
- The best gig you have attended and why
Humbros @ Uto’pitre (13/04/17)
This gig was one of those you attend to without any expectation, but end up blown away from start to finish.
Their set was a blend of very textured powerful drones, feedback loops and oversampled ethnic rythmes. Played along by a metronomic drummer whose efforts to stick to the beat and gradually make the pieces evolve was a beautiful thing to watch.
- Highlights of your year
Finally releasing the first EP of my project S T Ø J !
- Artist/Band to watch for 2018
- Plans for the New Year
Finishing and recording the new QDRPD record. Playing some more gigs with S T Ø J / QDRPD.
Getting into producing some hip hop beats maybe.