There were a few things that made the air of 2010 seem stranger than usual. While it was great to see our lil’ bass-movement grow both locally & regionally, the complete lack of a purist house/techno presence in Victoria was genuinely bizarre. Any nights purporting “house” were still really just jamming out-dated electro bangers & formulaic remixes. As bro-step continues its dominance on North American soil, it’s likely that any house/techno along the lines of “deep”, “smooth” or “soulful” will have a hard time finding willing dancefloors in our city.
Well, not if Eames has anything to say about it. It seems backwards that what made him stand out in 2010 is that fact that he played a lot of housey music. From smooth Wolf + Lamb post-disco to the polyrhythmic flex of UKFunky, Eames pushed underdog music with a sensual bent this past year. Working his MPD32, Eames’ quick-mix style came leaps & bounds through 2010 & inspired the rest of the sub⎹div team immensely.
Back in January, Eames kicked off our podcast series with a mix that foreshadowed underground dance trends – in terms of North American dance floors, it’s still ahead of the game 12 months later. Plus, he’s about to unleash his production talents in 2011, teaming up with Sean Evans to make all types of groove as Soft Wear. Eames will cap off our first year with a headlining spot at sub⎹division’s first birthday party on Friday Dec. 17. Holla atcha boy, he got soul.Drake & The-Dream - Shut It Down
Eames: “It’s difficult for me to officially name a “track of the year”. As I see it, 2010 was more about the end of genres as we knew them, not one specific track. There were so many amazing permutations that occurred in techno & bass music (and everything in between) – there was always a new release that people were buzzing about. I think it’s safe to say we all listened to A LOT of good music this year. I’ll offer up my choices for artist and album of 2010.”
Artist Of The Year: Ramadanman
“Ramadanman came with everything in 2010: originals, remixes, collaborations and general mystique. He helped inform my taste for the UK future sound and shaped the evolution of bass music this year in general. There is a distinctive sound in his drum programming – it’s definitely a big influence for me, building through percussion first. The 12″s with Midland and Appleblim were two of my favourite this year, and his Pearson Sound alias was equally exciting. I don’t see how it can slow down in 2011.”
Honorable Mentions: Azari & III, Roska, Falty DL, Eddie C, the Night Slugs crew, the Wolf & Lamb crew
Album Of The Year: Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
“The album as a format still matters, to me at least. Digital 12″s and EPs tend to eventually get lost in the shuffle, aside from my DJ lists. I always come back to the LP for front-to-back listens, especially techno, be it for commuting, traveling, reading, etc. I’m a massive Pantha Du Prince fan; his music has been the soundtrack to a lot of “life stuff” for me. Black Noise is a real move forward for the PdP sound and the trajectory of his three albums is truly impressive. Also, seeing him live this year was a huge satisfaction…. likely my top show of 2010.”
Honorable Mentions: DJ Nate Da Trak Genious, John Roberts Glass Eights, Scuba Triangulations, Actress Splazsh, Hot Toddy Late Night Boogie