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2020 – The Numbers

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2020 – The Numbers

By: Trevor Wilkes / bleep@isoprax.com

Hey folks! I usually don’t get this out until the first week of January, but considering that is only a few days away AND I declined a New Year’s Eve stream to just spend time with my family, I figured it was a safe bet that I won’t be playing in the next few days. I do owe two podcasts, but they’re already recorded and their info is included.

It’s time once again for my end of year wrap-up. This is the 4th year I have carefully recorded the info for each record mixed. I can once again say that this year was another flawless year. I missed no track-lists! Although that may be because of the global pandemic which drastically reduced them. Kind of puts a damper on things doesn’t it? At least my last gig before shut-down was a fun one with The Lick crew in Scotland (Hi Lee!). I almost got stuck over there as travel restrictions were starting to roll out at that time (Ze Mig L was supposed to play that night too and didn’t make it due to such restrictions), but none of that is record statistics talk and if I know anything its that you’re all a bunch of nerds like me and want the numbers!

For those who may not have caught this previous years, here is the summary.

I dislike top 10 lists. I don’t believe they’re more than what you remember at the time. Memory sucks, bias exists, take a hike and all that. It occurred to me though (the 1st year I did this) that I write track-lists out for every mix I record. I could analyse them and see what popped out from the actual data. I really enjoyed doing that (I like playing with data, it’s a bit like my day-job which I like) and from that point forward I didn’t just write out track-lists for recorded mixes, but every mix. I am careful to put records back in my bag at gigs in the order I played them so I can type them up the next day, or if it’s a long night I’d pull out my tablet right then and there.

The only other piece of info to add is the cut-off points. The full data table is over 1500 lines and while there is plenty of repetition in it there are also plenty of artists, labels and the like who only got 1-2 plays. Just like last year I’ve adopted a 5 play minimum. Entities only make the year end top list if they got at least 5 plays during 2020. I think that’s fair and makes this post more likely to be finished by me and read by you.

That’s the gist. Now let’s get into it… I break it down into relevant sections each year. They are as follows: Year of Release, Top Artists, Top Labels, Top Tracks and Top Releases. There are usually other bits that fall out as I’m moving the data around and find little quirks and generally have a wrap up section at the end which could be considered a sixth and final section.

2020 Numbers Misc.
# of mixes: 77
Tracks recorded: 1551
Average # of tracks per mix: 20
# of artists played: 176
# of labels played: 486
Average year of release: 2009
Mix every n days: 4.64

Year of Release

Diving right in, we’re talking year of release. The numbers don’t add up to the same number of rows of total data here, just to get ahead of the keeners, but that’s because not everything has been released. For my own projects (like Bleep 500) where I’ve played a few prior release I inserted a year because I’ve already paid for the pressing and am pretty confident it’ll be out in time for 2021 (which explains the future numbers….). Others I played are not released and may never be released. Until the information is known, I could only leave that column in those rows as “N/A”. At least for now. Considering it totals 10 rows affected. I think you’ll be fine.

Last year was my first year doing the year of release distribution like this and I noticed the peaks in the mid to late 90’s (duh – golden years amiright?) and the dip in the late aughts which surprised me. There is always going to be a huge spike for the 2-3 most recent years as new releases always get a lot of play. Aside from that I’m not gaining any new insights here. Same as last year in terms of information gleaned, just with a different sample set of data. It just may be accurate.

Chart showing count of releases played by year of release

Chart: Year of Release

Top Artists

Each year there is some finagling of the artist numbers. Some folks go by multiple names and some folks work with others. To keep things transparent here is what was done in each case.

  1. If an artist uses more than one name, only one is used, but the count from each alias is added to the one used. In the Release section you’ll see aliases so you don’t lose out on any info, it just helps to do the artist counts.
  2. If there is more than one artist credited to a song or release then for the purpose of the artist count they are split up. Again, they will be properly attributed in the Release section as they are on the release so the vital information isn’t lost.
  3. If there is a song that has been remixed, it’s handled similarly to when two artists co-produce a song (bullet 2). I was tempted to not even point that out as I think it stands to reason, but I did notice that there are several artists on the Top Artists list who I’ve never played an original song by. If you see a surprising name this may be why. The remixer will get those play counts beside their name of course, but I couldn’t bring myself to remove those who made the originals only because I didn’t play one of their originals. They should still get credit. 

In the below chart you’ll find an ordered list of 2020’s Top Artists. You’ll find the name(s) followed by several columns to the right. The columns are: 

"Plays" which are the total number of times that artist was played in 2020,
"2020%" which shows the percentage of total plays this artist received,
"2019%" same as above, but with 2019 stats to show if there was an overall increase/decrease,
"2018%" same as above.... you'll figure it out from this point.

The columns for each year shows the increase/decrease, but it also shows if an artist is a new addition to the Top Artist section as previous years will show 0%. This does not mean they didn’t get played before, just that they didn’t get the number of plays required to be in the Top Artist section.

Artist Plays 2020% 2019% 2018%
Neil Landstrumm 73 4.71% 4.83% 7.25%
Jerome Hill / Hornsey Hardcore 71 4.58% 2.91% 4.53%
JoeFarr 53 3.42% 3.22% 4.08%
TSR / Tommy T & Bobbylicious 27 1.74% 0.93% 1.58%
Michael Forshaw 26 1.68% 1.18% 0.60%
Cari Lekebusch 26 1.68% 0.80% 1.51%
Ben Pest / OverworX 25 1.61% 0.99% 0.68%
Paul Birken 22 1.42% 1.49% 1.43%
Lag 19 1.23% 0.43% 0.83%
Luke’s Anger 16 1.03% 0.93% 0.91%
Kink 16 1.03% 1.24% 1.58%
Norman 15 0.97% 1.11% 0.53%
Dexter 15 0.97% 0.00% 0.00%
Clouds 15 0.97% 1.80% 0.00%
Cristian Vogel 14 0.90% 0.31% 1.06%
Mark Hawkins 14 0.90% 0.80% 1.96%
Another Alias 13 0.84% 0.56% 0.53%
Dawl 13 0.84% 1.24% 0.00%
Ansome 13 0.84% 1.18% 1.13%
Tobias Schmidt 11 0.71% 1.86% 1.81%
Martyn Hare 10 0.64% 0.00% 0.00%
Zeta Reticula 9 0.58% 0.37% 0.00%
Dj Hyperactive 9 0.58% 0.00% 0.00%
Scalameriya 9 0.58% 1.55% 1.89%
Dj Sneak 9 0.58% 0.87% 0.68%
Cuften 8 0.52% 0.00% 0.00%
Subhead 8 0.52% 0.80% 0.53%
Dibu-Z 7 0.45% 0.43% 0.00%
Otto Von Schirach 7 0.45% 0.00% 0.00%
Don Froth 7 0.45% 0.00% 0.00%
MasCon 7 0.45% 0.31% 0.53%
Alan Parley 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Mark Archer 6 0.39% 0.68% 0.00%
Aeox 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Humate 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Oli Furness 6 0.39% 0.43% 0.53%
Borai & Denham Audio 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
S-Max 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Dj Dijital 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Kamikaze Space Programme 6 0.39% 0.80% 0.68%
Herbert 6 0.39% 0.99% 0.53%
London Modular Alliance 6 0.39% 0.00% 0.00%
Sane 5 0.32% 0.56% 0.00%
Si Begg 5 0.32% 0.62% 0.60%
NDNM 5 0.32% 0.00% 0.00%
Kikoman 5 0.32% 0.00% 0.00%
Kim Ann Foxman 5 0.32% 0.00% 0.00%
Aux 88 5 0.32% 0.00% 0.00%
Joey Beltram 5 0.32% 0.50% 0.00%
Scanty Sandwich 5 0.32% 0.00% 0.00%
Esther Ofei 5 0.32% 0.00% 0.00%

# of Top (+5 plays) Artists: 51
Total Artists: 176
Top Artist Plays: 698
Top Artist % of Total: 45%
New to Top Artists in 2020: 19
This year saw a lot of new artists making the Top Artist section. 19 compared to last year’s 6. That’s pretty evenly split between people whom I’ve just started playing and those who have long been in my box, but had some of their releases pulled out for a while during the year. Either way, always fun.

Top Labels

The label listing worried me a bit at first. It looks like I’ve consolidated down to playing fewer labels; like I’ve not found new ones, or worse, ignored new ones. However, I think it’s just a result of the Pandemic biting into people’s willingness to start new projects. I’ve record shopped this year the way I always have. Sure I have certain artists and labels I look for first, but I really do listening to everything when shopping. I did have some pandemic related down-time due to Pandemic, in terms of record buying that is. When things first kicked off I ceased buying for 3 months. I still browsed and looked for new things, but instead of adding them to my cart I compiled a spreadsheet of things to buy when income was a little more reliable. In the beginning none of us knew if we’d be working, but it turns out the food industry where I work is considered essential and I ended up missing nothing. I proceeded to catch up on my missed list ASAP.

Label Name 2020 Plays % of Total Plays Discogs
Don’t 38 2.45% Discogs Link 
Mindcut 29 1.87% Discogs Link
Tresor 27 1.74% Discogs Link
Riot Radio 25 1.61% Discogs Link
Not On Label 24 1.55% N/A
Super Rhythm Trax 23 1.48% Discogs Link
Dext 17 1.10% Discogs Link
Mosquito 16 1.03% Discogs Link
Running Back 15 0.97% Discogs Link
Djax 15 0.97% Discogs Link
Direct Beat 13 0.84% Discogs Link
Neue Heimat 13 0.84% Discogs Link
Mord 13 0.84% Discogs Link
Snork 13 0.84% Discogs Link
Varvet 13 0.84% Discogs Link
Cocoon 13 0.84% Discogs Link
Accidental Jnr 13 0.84% Discogs Link
H. Productions 12 0.77% Discogs Link
Shed 12 0.77% Discogs Link
Fun in the Murky 11 0.71% Discogs Link
Headstrong 11 0.71% Discogs Link
SLAM 11 0.71% Discogs Link
Feinwerk 11 0.71% Discogs Link
Perc Trax 10 0.64% Discogs Link
Mutter 10 0.64% Discogs Link
Turbo 10 0.64% Discogs Link
Defected 10 0.64% Discogs Link
Schematic 10 0.64% Discogs Link
Overworx 10 0.64% Discogs Link
Killekill 9 0.58% Discogs Link
Sneaker Social Club 9 0.58% Discogs Link
WNCL 9 0.58% Discogs Link
HorSpielMUsik 9 0.58% Discogs Link
Missile 9 0.58% Discogs Link
Power Vacuum 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Peacefrog 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Subvoice 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Klakson 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Frendzone! 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Klangnet 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Hornsey Hardcore 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Emetic 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Upperberry 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Null 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Plus 8 8 0.52% Discogs Link
Novamute 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Hypercolour 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Clone 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Mental.Ind.Records 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Rauschwaren 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Art-Aud 7 0.45% Discogs Link
DABJ 7 0.45% Discogs Link
541 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Leisure System 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Victim 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Pocket 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Contact 7 0.45% Discogs Link
Unknown To The Unknown 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Superstition 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Monotone 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Coin Op 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Hybrid 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Sonic Groove 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Cannibal Cooking Club 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Southern Fried 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Sm:)e Communications 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Earwiggle 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Pro-Jex 6 0.39% Discogs Link
Input-Output 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Schmob 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Hot Creations 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Horror Boogie 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Higher Level 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Kosmo 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Synewave 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Bleeper 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Hand On The Plow 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Subhead 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Downfall 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Music Man 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Nasty Colour 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Aus 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Beef Records 5 0.32% Discogs Link
Scandinavia 5 0.32% Discogs Link

 

Top Tracks

The top spot this year was a track/record I had never heard of until Jerome Hill shared it on IG. It was right up my alley and I found a copy for sale. I yoinked it without a second thought. It’s the oddball sort of Wonk I love and there isn’t enough of in the world. joeFarr’s “Hanger 1” makes it onto the list again. This is a digital only song which I had pressed by https://vinylart.co/  so I could play it.  The same applies to Jerome’s remix of Destruction by Cuften. It was shared by Jerome on Bandcamp (link below) as it was intended for release, but it fell through. I needed to play it. I pressed it.

Artist Track Name Label Plays Discogs
Unknown Artist Untitled The Singles Network 9 Discogs Link
joeFarr Hanger 1 SLAM 8 Discogs Link
Neil Landstrumm Sun Universe Cocoon 8 Discogs Link
Cuften Destruction (Jerome Hill Remix) Unreleased 8 Bandcamp Link
Clouds Sharp Like A Razor Headstrong 8 Discogs Link
Another Alias The Rottenest Botanist Mindcut 7 Discogs Link
OverworX Y OverworX 7 Discogs Link
Lag Time, Blood, and Ego Upperberry 7 Discogs Link
Jerome Hill Bombing With Imase Super Rhythm Trax 7 Unreleased
Ben Pest Sliderman (Michael Forshaw Remix) RIOT Radio Records 6 Discogs Link
Humate Sound (Cari Lekesbuch Remix) Superstition 6 Discogs Link
Martyn Hare Forever Empty (JoeFarr Remix) Emetic 6 Discogs Link
Neil Landstrumm Missing You(Lag Remix) Mord 6 Discogs Link
Mark Archer What’s The Name Frendzone! 5 Discogs Link
Scanty Sandwich Because Of You Southern Fried 5 Discogs Link
Hornsey Hardcore Floorburn Hornsey Hardcore 5 Discogs Link
Another Alias Blind Spot Don’t 5 Discogs Link
Kink Raw Running Back 5 Discogs Link
Kim Ann Foxman Blood Moon (Dawl and Sween’s Tone Drop Out Mix) [Emotional] Especial 5 Discogs Link
Jerome Hill RZ Thing Accidental Jnr 5 Discogs Link
Dexter I Program Clone 5 Discogs Link
Cannibal Cooking Club Longpigchef Cannibal Cooking Club 5 Discogs Link

 

Top Releases

Finally we get to the full release section. I was tempted to dig all of these up and do an end of year mix featuring all the year’s most played releases. But that…is for someone else. I don’t even want to guess how long it would take me to find them all and even if I got them all in a bag and ready to go – would the info from that set go into the stats for the year? It makes things cloudy.

Artist Release Title Label Cat # Tracks Played From Total Plays % of Total Discogs
Neil Landstumm Sun Universe Cocoon 12167 2 12 0.80% Discogs Link
Jerome Hill Eat The Evidence EP Dext 13 4 11 0.73% Discogs Link
Clouds Sharp Like A Razor Headstrong 3 3 10 0.66% Discogs Link
Luke’s Anger Varvet 014 Varvet 14 3 10 0.66% Discogs Link
Ben Pest Sourge EP RIOT Radio Records 15 3 10 0.66% Discogs Link
Cuften/Jerome Hill Destruction Unreleased 0 1 9 0.60% Bandcamp Link
Tommy T & Bobbylicious Cursor EP Shed Records 4 3 9 0.60% Discogs Link
Overworx Overworx 003 Overworx 3 3 9 0.60% Discogs Link
JoeFarr Hanger 1 South London Analogue Material Digital 2 1 8 0.53% Discogs Link
Various Eternal Darkness Of The Spotless Mindcut Mindcut 14 3 8 0.53% Discogs Link
Mark Archer, Luke Vibert Frndzne 04 Frendzone! 4 2 8 0.53% Discogs Link
Lag The New Social Norm Upperberry 1 2 8 0.53% Discogs Link
Jerome Hill The Pob Routine Accidental Jnr 131 3 8 0.53% Discogs Link
Various We Still Kill The Old Way Clone 22 2 7 0.46% Discogs Link
Tobias Schmidt / Sugar Experiment Station Scandinavia Sessions 2 EP Pocket 6 3 7 0.46% Discogs Link
Jerome Hill Snake Fight Vol. 1 Don’t 41 3 7 0.46% Discogs Link
Various Secret Rave 05 Art-Aud 5 4 7 0.46% Discogs Link
Various Evident Ware (Pt. 02) Sneaker Social Club LP005 3 7 0.46% Discogs Link
Various Children Of The Atom Mindcut 18 1 7 0.46% Discogs Link
Various Fresh As You Fucking Like Mosquito 5 3 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Humate Sound (The Remixes) Superstition 2051 1 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Cari Lekebusch For Those Who Know H. Productions 003X 3 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Norman Yellow Dummyprotector EP Feinwerk 8 4 6 0.40% Discogs Link
JoeFarr Longanimity EP Leisure System 14 4 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Ansome British Steel Perc Trax 75 3 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Another Alias Brain Exchange EP Don’t 37 2 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Neil Landstumm 1000 Snork 1000 3 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Hornsey Hardcore Fourth Chapter Hornsey Hardcore 17.5 2 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Martyn Hare Swollen Sounds Remixes Emetic LP01R 1 6 0.40% Discogs Link
Si Begg Meets Neil Landstrumm Restoration EP Mosquito 17 2 5 0.33% Discogs Link
Scanty Sandwich Because Of You Southern Fried Records 18 1 5 0.33% Discogs Link
Cannibal Cooking Club Urin Gagarin EP Cannibal Cooking Club 2 1 5 0.33% Discogs Link
Kink Piano Power Running Back 81 1 5 0.33% Discogs Link
Kim Ann Foxman Blood Moon [Emotional] Especial 36 1 5 0.33% Discogs Link
Various Songs That Changed The World Don’t 40 4 5 0.33% Discogs Link
NDNM 606 Love Chip Beef Records 2 3 5 0.33% Discogs Link
Borai & Denham Audio Make Me/No Good Higher Level Records 2 2 5 0.33% Discogs Link
TSR Terror Shit RIOT Radio Records 10 2 5 0.33% Discogs Link

 

Wrap-up…

So there you go. The year 2020 boiled down to the Techno, House, Electro, and Acid played by some guy from Canada to ears and feet around the world. I know some people out there hide their selections. I think that’s criminal. We all need to support those who create what we listen to. We don’t all buy records of course, but digital versions purchased are almost always an option. If none of us shared the music we listen to/play, then the artists and labels wouldn’t get enough exposure to continue doing what they do. Support them by sharing their info when you dig what they’re doing. Buy their music, attend a show, or for now just watch a stream.

I’ll keep doing what I do. Bleeping as it were. Each Friday at 11;45 am EST via Mixcloud. Or if you’d rather just listen to the archived version via Soundcloud, be my guest. Also keep your eyes peeled for Bleep Radio show #500 and the associated vinyl release going hand in hand with it. It’s a 4×12″ Boxed Set full of artists from these very Top Lists 😉

Finally, here is a Discogs list made that contains all of the Top Releases and Top Tracks.

https://www.discogs.com/lists/Bleep-Radio-Top-Tracks-2020/645846

See you in the streams. See you in person. Eventually.

 

Trevor Wilkes

 

 

 

 

 

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