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At a time when podcasts are available for every day of the week it seems even harder for the commercially released mix album to remain a viable entity. The majority who still see reason in the endeavour are doing themselves little favours in endlessly commissioning triple CD mixes put together on Ableton with little ingenuity when there are similarly accomplished, if soulless, efforts available for free for the nuisance of subscribing via iTunes?

Equally, the art of a finely curated compilation with a central concept that intrigues and a tracklist that excites becomes ever more difficult to pull off in age where the New Boring permeates deep into all reaches of electronic music. Aside from the more thought out label showcases, perhaps the most interesting compilations to surface this year have been those that take their cue from reissue culture. In an age where retro-futurism has become a standard term, it's perhaps labels taking the time and patience in acquainting new ears with sounds from days gone by that helps provides the necessary context.

Thus this list draws together some of those releases over the past twelve months whose approach has side stepped the aforementioned problems facing the two mainstays of electronic music, and perhaps provide an insight into how others could follow suit.

Four Tet
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Fabric
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The Fabric mix series seems to be one of the final few that approach the art form with any real ingenuity and the Farringdon club probably enjoyed its finest year with regards to the artists it chose for the long running CDs. Excellent contributions surfaced from Jackmaster, Pearson Sound, Derrick Carter and Dave Clarke across the double pronged series and even the Jamie Jones effort was surprisingly good (bonus points for the inclusion of Oppenheimer Analysis Jamie) Towering above these however was the fascinating Four Tet mix which offered a concept that was matched by execution, essentially mapping out the soundtrack to the producer's early days as a clubber in London and presenting it as if you were traversing the behemoth of a club as it played out.

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Sweet Exorcist
RetroActivity
Warp
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Although largely forgotten, bleep techno remains one of Britain's most thrilling and eccentric musical developments. Arguably the first distinctly home-grown brand of house or techno, it emerged from a glorious fusion of black and white musical cultures in a handful of bleak Yorkshire cities at the tail end of the 1980s.

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Various Artists
Sofrito Presents Tropical Discotheque
Strut
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Upon release back in January of this year, we were moved to state we'd be surprised if another compilation grabbed our attention as much as the Tropical Discotheque release East London collective Sofrito put together for Strut Records. Fast forward eleven months and this statement still rings true, with Tropical Discotheque offering a delightfully diverse insight into how Sofrito have grown far beyond their roots from sweaty parties at various East London locations including the legendary Passing Clouds to essentially becoming the tropical variant of Horse Meat Disco.

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Various Artists
116 & Rising
Hessle Audio
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Of all the label showcase releases that surfaced this year few could match the imperious 116 & Rising compilation from Hessle Audio. It was a wonderfully presented and curated document of the label's progression since it was founded in 2007, arriving in typically beautiful artwork courtesy of Trilogy Tapes designer Will Bankhead. Looking back, 116 & Rising can be viewed as a true centrepiece release from Hessle, with only a few key twelve inches released this year; the compilation allowed the people behind the label to spread their reputations away from the everyday label hassles. David Kennedy's multiple alias endeavours were fully explored, Pangaea further established himself as a producer and Ben UFO quietly slipped into his role as one of the UK's most revered selectors.

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Harald Grosskopf
Synthesist/Resynthesist
RVNG Intl
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By now we've come to expect a certain standard of quality from RVNG Intl, but that doesn't stop them constantly trying to surpass these expectations. Alongside the increasingly ambitious FRKWYS series, the New York based label took on the task of selecting Harald Grosskopf's Synthesist as their first ever reissue, allowing us the chance to bask in an enigmatic producer's debut album that has been unavailable largely since its release in 1980 just as the time celebrate it's 30th anniversary came around. Upon listening, Synthesist revealed itself to be a masterpiece of expansive synth driven cosmiche, veering between the close brushes with pop music such as the title track and "Transcendental Overdrive", more cosmically charged explorations such as "B Aldrian" and the woozy, all encompassing hypnosis of "Emphasis" and "1847 – Earth".

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Various Artists
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Permanent Vacation
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Munich label Permanent Vacation's second dollop of the brashly titled If This Is House I Want My Money Back compilation was perhaps the perfect antidote to the overly polished and far too ubiquitous shallow house endeavours of the irrepressible Hottown clique. A much more refined selection than the inaugural 2009 compilation, it saw some familiar Permanent Vacationers line up alongside label debutants whose stock has risen of late.

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Various Artists
Vibe 2
Future Times
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Sometimes a record comes along that perfectly captures the mood and sound of a particular corner of the music world. Vibe 2 from Washington DC imprint Future Times was our favourite example of that sort of release this year, joining the dots on an international network of underground house artists spanning both coasts of the US and mainland Europe. Presented as a heavyweight vinyl double pack, Vibe 2 came across as the grubby, lo fi transatlantic brother to Permanent Vacation's own doctrine on contemporary house listed elsewhere here.

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