What follows is an accounting of the records I played during the calendar year of 2018. This annual project started 3 years ago with me merely taking the tracklists I had put together for the few Bleep Radio episodes I had archived that year and using those. They were really only a fraction of what was played throughout the year, but still I figured it was a more accurate “Top 10” list than what anyone else is doing.
Everyone else (correct me if I’m off base here) really just compiles a list of what they remember liking throughout the year or their friends did. Or am I simply cynical for thinking that? I don’t believe people at the tail end of a year genuinely remember what they played most during the first part of that same year. So the whole year end top list idea has always bothered me.
They bothered me until I started actually using data for mine. I love data. I love making decisions based on objective information. These top lists tend to be more subjective than objective; until you use data that is. For 2016 I simply used what I had at the end of the year, which was the aforementioned tracklists for a subset of my mixes for the year. 2017 was a better year. I turned it into a project and without fail recorded the information for every record played. At home, at gigs, during live-streams. over 1600 songs played and accounted for in the data set. It was pretty hard. Not something I could every year, but very satisfying to know I managed that time.
2018 marks the 3rd year of doing this, 2nd with foresight and planning. It wasn’t quite as through in data recording as last year. It was just too much for me to keep up with. What I ended up missing was more of the away gigs. I have a habit of making it as easy on myself to tracklist after a gig by putting records back in my bag in the order they were played, but it still takes time and too many times in 2018 I had to use that bag of records again before I had a chance to write down everything played. Things got mixed up and tracklisting was missed. Not for all gigs, but I’d say 5-10 throughout the year.
What does that leave? Quite a lot actually. As most of you know I’m a frequent streamer. My Bleep Radio (www.bleepradio.ca) show airs every Friday morning and I will often fire it up between official streams too if in the mood. This year the 2018 track-list amounted to 1325 entries in total. The lists, charts and whatnot below are all break-downs of those 1325 entries. I hope you dig the project. I hope it leads you to find something new. Regardless say hi!
One of the pieces of information collected this year was the year of release for each entry. I’m not one to just play the newest so there is quite a spread in what was played with respect to year of release. Of the 1325 entries in the spreadsheet there were releases played from 34 years ranging from new releases all the way back to something from 1983 (the only years not covered between ’83 and ’18 were 1984 and 1985. Must have been bad years 😉 )
Those who know their Techno history will likely be familiar with that bump in the mid 90s. There was so much good music released then, so many releases still very playable today. The early aughts bump was the 2nd wave of the Wonky stuff coming out of the UK and Germany, again very playable still to this day.
|Release_Year||% of Plays|
2018 Top/Most Played Artists
One thing to keep note of for the artists grouping is I’ve merged aliases. Mark Hawkins is Marquis Hawkes is etc… Certainly different career trajectories and different music output, but the same person so the credit was condensed. The other obvious example of this was Neil Landstrumm who had multiple aliases and partnerships. On the topic of partnerships or groups or usually solo people I’ve given credit to each solo artist instead of the duo. So a track by Tobias Schmidt & Dave Tarrida for example would lead to a +1 for Toby in his column and a +1 for Dave in his. Again this is done for similar reasons as the alias merging.
The last thing to note is not every artist is listed here. The full list of artists played is 563 people long. So I’ve set an arbitrary cut-off point of 5 plays. An artist makes the 2018 list if I played their music 5 times or more. Even this leads to quite a list at 64 artists.
The following 64 artists account for 806 of the 1325 entries for the year. Or another way to think of it is 11% of the artists accounted for 61% of the music played.
|Mark Hawkins / Marquis Hawkes / DJ MH||26|
|Kamikaze Space Programme||9|
|Frankie Castle & Dj Ford Foster||8|
|2000 And One||5|
|Trumpet & Badman||5|
2018 Top/Most Played Labels
Similar to the cut-off for artists, I’ve done the same for labels. Any label with 5 or more plays made the list. I did not do any merging for labels though. I felt it did not make as much sense as an artist alias merge. It s worth pointing out for credit where it’s due that in the top 4 labels a full 3 of them are run by Jerome Hill. A man who also happens to be #2 in the most played artists table. If you don’t know who he is, I would recommend to you him as a good place to start.
There was music played from 410 record labels this year with 69 of them having 5 or more plays. I’ve also added a column that shows a ratio which is the result of the total labels plays divded by the number of catalog numbers from that label played. Most of the time it’s a good representation of the playability of the labels releases. I find it becomes a less accurate indicator when it was only a single catalog number from that label played. When that’s the case I think it’s more along the lines of a particular releases strength and less so the label as a whole.
|Label||Plays||Cat #’s Played||Ratio|
|Super Rhythm Trax||34||9||3.78|
|Riot Radio Records||19||5||3.80|
|Hot Haus Records||19||8||2.38|
|Unknown To The Unknown||13||3||4.33|
|Clone Basement Series||13||7||1.86|
|Jack Trax On Wax||8||1||8.00|
|Clone Jack For Daze||8||6||1.33|
|Not On Label||7||3||2.33|
|Sneaker Social Club||5||4||1.25|
2018 Top/Most Played Releases
Now we move onto the specific records that got the most play. Again, with 5 plays being the cut-off.
|Plays||Artist(s)||Release Title||Label||Cat #||Info|
|13||FTP UP||Stillicone Night Shift||Unintelligent Trax||8||Discogs URL|
|12||Jerome Hill||Cley Hill Transmissions||Super Rhythm Trax||20||Discogs URL|
|11||Cursor Miner||Vampire Acid||Bleeper||2||Discogs URL|
|10||Joe Farr||Hanger 1||SLAM||2||Discogs URL|
|10||Radio Slave||Children Of The E Remixes||Running Back||13.3||Discogs URL|
|10||Various||Eternal Darkness Of The Spotless Mindcut||Mindcut||14||Discogs URL|
|8||Frankie Castle & Dj Ford Foster||Bounce That||Bleeper||1||Discogs URL|
|8||Various||Forecast (Part 2)||Them||8||Discogs URL|
|8||Ansome||British Steel||Perc Trax||75||Discogs URL|
|7||TSR & Joseph Garber||Shall I Call You Bobby?||Jack Trax On Wax||2||Discogs URL|
|7||Various||Moog Your Body Vol.4||Polybius Trax||4||Discogs URL|
|7||Various||Stay Tuned Sampler – Vol. 1||Riot Radio Records||5||Discogs URL|
|7||Neil Landstrumm||Untitled||Elektron Grammofon||6||Discogs URL|
|7||Joe Farr||Sentry||Power Vacuum||9||Discogs URL|
|7||Jerome Hill||RZ Episodes Volume 1||Super Rhythm Trax||13||Discogs URL|
|7||Various||Killekill Megahits 3||Killekill||20||Discogs URL|
|7||Don Froth||D.O.C.E.P.||WNCL||29||Discogs URL|
|7||Dj Haus||Thug Houz Anthems Vol. 4||Hot Haus Records||HOTSHITTHUGLOVEXXX||Discogs URL|
|7||Another Alias||Brain Exchange||Don’t||37||Discogs URL|
|7||Fatboy Slim||Star 69||Skint||38777||Discogs URL|
|6||Various||Eel Behaviour: Sniper||Earwiggle||22||Discogs URL|
|6||Robert Armani||Lumberyard Disco Trax||Don’t||33||Discogs URL|
|5||Various||Hydrochloric Substance||Downfall Recordings||2||Discogs URL|
|5||Sugar Experiment Station||Swap Vinegar For Mango||Varvet||7||Discogs URL|
|5||The Horrorist||When I Raise My Hand||Riot Radio Records||7||Discogs URL|
|5||Neil Landstrumm||Mockba||Sativae||10||Discogs URL|
|5||TSR||Terror Shit||Riot Radio Records||10||Discogs URL|
|5||Green Velvet||Flash (The Remixes)||Open||17||Discogs URL|
|5||Si Begg Meets Neil Landstrumm||Restoration||Mosquito||17||Discogs URL|
|5||Randomer & Cadans||Angry Fiddle||Clone: Basement Series||19||Discogs URL|
|5||Various||Compiler One||Jakpot||8||Discogs URL|
|5||Various||Swirling Particles Pt. 2||Genesa||8||Discogs URL|
2018 Top/Most Played Songs
Finally we come to the songs that got the most plays throughout the year. Oddly enough the #1 spot is held by a Digital release. And I only play vinyl! What what? I used http://vinylart.co/ to press Joe and I copies. I refuse to let a good song be wasted as digital only 😉
As a side note, I think the only reason Star 69 made it back onto to any lists was because it was hauled out as a request for a local event. It ended up staying out a few weeks before it was sealed away in the vault again.
Jerome Hill and Joe Farr – thanks guys. You two and Neil Landstrumm will continue on I trust? You better or half my list goes away!
|Joe Farr||Hanger 1||10||Discogs URL|
|Ansome||British Steel||7||Discogs URL|
|Cursor Miner||Vampire Acid||7||Discogs URL|
|Fatboy Slim||Star 69||7||Discogs URL|
|Jerome Hill||Close Encounters||6||Discogs URL|
|Nomad||The Sultan’s Shoe Shop||6||Discogs URL|
|Poison Green||Diamond Butane||6||Discogs URL|
|Jerome Hill||Wormface||5||Discogs URL|
|Joe Farr||Furrl||5||Discogs URL|
|FTP UP||Louder Than a Motherfucker||5||Discogs URL|
|FTP UP||Golf II||5||Discogs URL|
|Another Alias||Blind Spot||5||Discogs URL|
|The Horrorist||Riot (Neil Landstrumm Remix)||5||Discogs URL|
And with that, a wrap. It’s New Year’s day. I’ve had 3 hours of sleep from the local NYE event and I’ve written enough. I go out for the year saying thanks again to all who have made the music that fuels all I do. Special mentions to those who are on the lists above, those who were played slightly less frequently and those I’ve played with. To the rest… Maybe 2019?
See you all the in the live stream chat.