Sure, podcasts were everywhere this year. And sure, many folks say the dance-music world is a singles game. But to our ears, very little beats a proper DJ mix or compilation, especially when they’re curated and crafted by the world’s finest selectors, clubs, and labels. There were dozens upon dozens of mixes and comps that got our attention this year, and we’re happy to finally bring you the cream of our crop—10 must-hear compilations for 2012. Enjoy!
10. Various – Project Mooncircle 10th Anniversary Compilation [Project Mooncircle]
As odd as it is beautiful, this 10th-anniversary comp marks one incredibly label’s well-worked and much-deserved decade of existence.
9. Various – KMS 25th Anniversary Classic: 2.5 Decades [KMS Records]
Kevin Saunderson reminds us why his classic Detroit techno label has stuck around for the last 25 years.
8. Pinch – Fabric 61 [Fabric]
The dubstep don works his magic for one of the most esteemed mix series that electronic music has ever known.
7. Maya Jane Coles – DJ-Kicks [K7]
Last year’s Beatport Artist of the Year for 2011 just wouldn’t stop—turning in one of our favorite mixes for 2012.
6. Ben Klock – Fabric 66 [Fabric]
Berghain mainstay Ben Klock had a hell of a year, and his Fabric mix was just the cherry on top.
5. DJ Shadow – Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From the MPC Era, 1992-1996 [DJShadow.com]
The uncompromising master of instrumental hip-hop treated us to a longtime fantasy—unheard cuts from the Endtroducing… sessions and more.
4. Nick Hoppner – Panorama Bar 04 [Ostgut Ton]
Panorama Bar/Berghain manager and head of the in-house Ostgut Ton label Nick Hoppner certainly had his hands full this year, fending off the GEMA disputes, but that didn’t stop him from lacing us with this gem of a mix.
3. Photek – DJ-Kicks [K7]
Photek made a triumphant return this year with a new LP and this stellar mix for K7’s DJ-Kicks series.
2. Various – InFine Exclusive [InFine]
The label founded by Agoria, Alexandre Cazac, and Yannick Matray back in 2006 has been growing by leaps and bounds over the year, and this comp represents some of the company’s finest tracks to date.
1. Andrew Weatherall – Masterpiece [Ministry of Sound]
A whopper of a compilation and in true Weatherall style, Masterpiece traverses time and space with immense musical perspective and all-around class.