Mike Whyte


Chvrches: “The Bones of What You Believe” Spotify
One of my favourite albums of the year, and very much lived up to the rather large hype. Top of a year when the genre I love showed it was in rude health.

Clark: “Feast/Beast” Spotify
A worthy album of rarities from the man formerly known as Chris, earned his place at the top of the Warp Xmas tree.

Jon Hopkins: “Immunity” Spotify
Another artist worthy of the attention he is receiving – a producer par excellence.

Moderat: “II” Spotify
A rare album in the fact that it was actually better than the previous effort. One of the best of a vintage year.

Boards of Canada: “Tomorrow’s Harvest” Spotify
Returned to show the rest of the pack just who was boss – a classic.

James Blake: “Overgrown” Spotify
Consistently brilliant, and blasted the difficult second album myth with ease.

Deptford Goth: “Life after Defo” Spotify
Cracking introspective electronica, showing electronic music has a heart.

Mount Kimbie: “Cold Spring Fault Less Youth” Spotify
One of the most diverse albums I’ve heard this year, good stuff.

Tim Hecker: “Virgins” Spotify
I like this because it is an album. There are no stand-out tracks, but it works as an album on the whole – one to sit and play from beginning to end.



James Blake: “Digital Lion” Spotify
A collaboration between James Blake and Brian Eno? No brainer…

Chvrches: “Lies (Ikonika Remix)” Spotify
Only recently come onto the scene, but lets face it if you’ve heard it, you’ll know why…

Daft Punk feat. Pharrell and Nile Rodgers: “Get Lucky” Spotify
Sorry – but there could be no dispute – Daft Punk took us back to the 70:s and we loved it (not the album though).

Lorde: “Royals” Spotify
I tried to resist… I tried to resist… but it was too good. Quirky pop rules.

TNGHT: “Acrylics” Spotify
Another absolutely bonkers track from Lunice and Hudson Mohawke – cuts like this keep me young.


Live Artists

I saw Kraftwerk live in 3D. I can die a happy man now.

Major Lazer
An unexpected surprise at Sonar – they brought the carnival to Barcelona and I couldn’t tear myself away.



A great debut album, and a band that take some classic English musical roots and bring them bang up to date.

Dinos Chapman
In a year of amazing surprises, this for me had to be the biggest – a British artist making his name as the new saviour of IDM.



James Blake
He won the Mercury Music Prize in the UK, which is normally a bad sign – yet you feel this could actually just make him more credible. A great year for a great talent.

Another brilliant year from the boys who can do no wrong – please refer to their Moderat collaboration “Mark II” for confirmation of this.