It’s the end of the year, the time when we take stock in some of the movers and shakers in the world of underground and experimental dance music. Here at UF we generally tend to feature music that belongs in a hinterland between club orientated electronic music and more experimental fare. It’s by no means an exhaustive list of artists that made waves this year, but it is in our minds a group of artists that define the sound of our blog/podcast/radio show.

It’s been a tumultuous time lately for some of the writers here, so we apologize for the recent lack of posts. Hopefully this list will make up for some of that absence and give people something to peruse between Christmas and New Years.

So here it is, our favourites of 2013, in no particular order:

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Joey Anderson:

First and foremost he’s a dancer, but Joey Anderson has been putting that mind of his to good use on making some seriously twisted house music in 2013. Releases on Dekmantel, Syncrophone, and is own imprint Inimeg, really demonstrate a grasp on his own form of experimental and idiosyncratic house music. Also worth mentioning was the on point mix he did for Resident Advisor which you can check out below:



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Lee Gamble:

Lee Gamble set the precedent at the end of last year with both his releases Dutch Tvashar Plumes and Diversions 1994-1996. Since then there has been a countless number of releases in this area of music, but few can pull it off which such aplomb and modesty as Lee does. Whilst not fearing to delve into the ether of sound and noise based productions and audio collaging, he also has the humility to admit that even the most ostentatious of the avant-garde should be able to enjoy ‘something you can dance to.’ Here’s our favourite mix from Lee this year, which falls into the latter category of avant-dance:



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Vakula:

None of us have been to Konotop, that is until Vakula brought us there. A singlular producer whose sound encompasses many different forms of electronic music, but to generalise a bit, we’ll call it psychedelic deep house. Releasing his seminal collection of works this year entitled, You’ve Never Been To Konotop as well as other releases and remixes on several labels, the man from the East shows no signs of stopping and we look forward to seeing what he comes up with next year. Please enjoy Vakulas’ mix for the Boiler Room at this years Dekmantel festival below:


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Palms Trax:

Although having worked at Phonica Records, Palms Trax is a relative new-comer to the world of underground house production and vinyl-only imprints. This year marks his first release for Lobster Theremin, where he demonstrates his ability to create some potent club material. Also, its worthy of noting that he’s done some stellar online mixes, you can stream/download his Six Axle podcast here:

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Call Super:

Since releasing the Staircase EP in 2011 we’ve known that Call Super was someone to watch, and for good reason. This year saw him release music for the new Fabric curated Houndstooth label, of said releases you can read about one of them here. Also worth noting is his Fact mix from earlier in the year which you can stream below:

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Traumprinz/Prince of Denmark:

One of this producers aliases represents a child, and the other a man. Releasing a full length this year for the well respected Giegling label called Mothercave, this producer is certainly picking up steam and should continue to do so in the following year. Also in perhaps one of our favourite podcasts of the past year, Traumprinz delivers an hour of the best in murky house music for RA with a few surprises which you can listen to below:


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A Sagittariun:

Releasing a debut LP entitled Dream Ritual, as well as several other Eps, meant 2013 was a busy year for A Sagittariun. While the artist seems to revel his ‘under-the-radar’ status, it shouldn’t be long before he starts making some serious waves. Head on over to the Crack Magazine website to hear our favourite mix by A Sagittariun of 2013.


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Kassem Mosse:

Without so much as a word of recognition from many of the major sites, Kassem Mosse actually released his self titled debut LP this year under the alias ‘The Siege of Troy.’ The full album was released on cassette only, while only a 7″ sampler was offered up otherwise. The album was not for the faint of heart, but we won’t argue with the man, as he is clearly on a level of his own with both his productions and his live performances. Check him out along with the rest of the excellent Workshop records label crew, from their Boiler Room set earlier in the year below:


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Huerco S:

Hailing from Kansas City, this experimentalist house producer set the bar high, and shattered the traditional avant-garde mold with his debut LP Colonial Patterns. Also worth noting was the excellent Aphelia’s Theme EP, which was featured not only on our radio show but several other places throughout the net. We’ll recommend that you check out his Decibel mix for XLR8R which you can do below:


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Laurel Halo:

While starting out in the more esoteric realm of soundscapes and other ambient electronics, 2013 saw Laurel Halo dive deep into the world of experimental techno. This year saw both the fantastic Behind the Green Door EP as well as a full length entitled Chance of Rain emerge from this producers studio. Check out a noteworthy mix she did for XLR8R earlier in the year below:


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Willie Burns AKA DJ Speculator:

Having had a productive year with releases on Creme Organization, Beyond the Speaker, as well as even more releases under his Black Deer alias, there is certainly good reason to keep an eye on William Burnett. Also be sure to check out his excellent radio show broadcast from Newtown Radio in Brooklyn, WTBS. Check out his podcast for the L.I.E.S. record label below to get an idea of his sound:


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Fred P:

Perhaps one of the humblest men in dance music, Fred P simply comes across as a master of his craft. ‘The Don of Deep’ and even more so, an incredibly versatile artist releasing music as Black Jazz Consortium, as well as under his own name. Highlights from the year included his full length Codes and Metaphors as well as the BQE EP for Anthony Parasoles’ label ‘The Corner.’ Below you can check out our favorite mix of the year from Fred which was recorded at AYLI @ Public Works in San Francisco last April:


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Magic Mountain High:

The live improvisational house group consisting of Move D and Juju and Jordash had an amazing year with several performances including one at Dekmantel, and another at the highly esteemed Un-sound festival in Poland. Since all of their music is improvised the releases are few and far between, but some did make it onto wax such as their Live from Freerotation EP which was released on Workshop earlier in the year. We’ll leave you with one of their sets from last May, recorded at AYLI in San Francisco: