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Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2012

by James Glazebrook

Music Montag Best of Berlin 2012

What have Roxy MusicDepeche Mode and Thom Yorke all got in common? They’re all in our epic “Best of Berlin 2012″ playlist, a collection of (most of) the tracks I’ve posted on every Music Montag for a year. But what have they got to do with Berlin? Well, you’re going to have to read the original posts to find out, which you can get to via the epic list of tags at the bottom of this post.

Or you could just listen to the playlist, which features more obviously Berlin acts like Alec Empire, Bodi BillPan-Pot and Modeselektor, plus local expat stars Emika, IAMX and Phia. You’ll notice that some of the more underground artists I covered haven’t yet made it to Spotify (sorry!), but otherwise this is a pretty well-rounded, surprisingly danceable mix, interrupted by the odd short, sharp metallic shock ;) One for Silvester, maybe? Enjoy…

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Music Montag: Jean Jacques

by James Glazebrook

Jean Jacques by Mick Morley

Mick Morley

Anyone who’s got drunk with me knows that I don’t care about politics/activism/issues/anything. But when it comes to Jean Jacques, I’m totally drinking his sweet sweet Kool Aid. The Berlin-based singer, songwriter and producer seems to have a “what have you got?” attitude to the causes he backs – describing himself as “an activist for Greenpeace, other environmental groups, human rights, animal rights issues” – and his unique brand of electro-punk has me reaching for my petition pen.

Combining the bug-eyed dogma of Jello Biafra, the schizophrenic pop of Sebastien Tellier, an ickly bitty dubstep and… something a little more measured (Apparat? Radiohead?), the Fuck That Shit EP is out now on Jazzsteppa. Listen to it below, and get it on iTunes.

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