Helioscope’s 2017 Essentials

In anticipation of the Helioscope Yearmix 2017, here are my 15 favourite tracks of 2017 from all formats on the Helioscope (main) channel combined. This ranges from deep house (Golden Age) over progressive house (Idolatry / HR) to balearic trance (WBU). Planetarium is excluded, but you will find another list of this style solely for Planetarium with the release of the third Best of 2017 mix in about two weeks from now.

#15 : Petar Dundov & Henry Saiz – Infinite Promises [Balance]

#14 : Way Out West feat. Liu Bei – Oceans [Anjunadeep]

#13 : Movement Machina – The Flame [Silk]

#12 : Tontario feat. Sarah de Warren – Northern Confessions

#11 : Hosini – Laomedeia [Anjunadeep]

#10 : Movement Machina – Soul Muse (Gai Barone Remix) [Mango Alley]

#09 : Suren Unka – 030

#08 : Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – I Found You [Crosstown Rebels]

#07 : Kiasmos – Shed [Erased Tapes]

#06 : eleven.five & Dan Sieg – Found [Silk]

#05 : Way Out West – Tuesday Maybe (Guy J Remix) [Anjunadeep]

#04 : Ken Hayakawa – War Drums (Hiroshi Watanabe Remix) [Upon You]

#03 : Grum – Price of Love [Anjunabeats]

#02 : Guy J – West on Mars [Bedrock]

#01 : Fairchild – The Light in You [Anjunadeep]

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Helioscope Awards 2016 : Progressive / Trance

Presenting you the final award category of 2016: Progressive and Trance.
This is quite possibly the clearest victory for a label and its artists:
Across all nominees and winners, Silk Music dominated it with quality output all year long.

Best Track

Movement Machina – Face Yourself [Anjunabeats]
Dan Sieg – Horizons (Stendahl Remix) [Silk]
Boom Jinx & Soundprank feat. Katrine Stenbekk – We Know (Vintage & Morelli Remix) [Anjunabeats]
Our Stolen Theory – Warmest Day (Talamanca Remix) [Silk]
Eskai – Tides [Silk]
Jallen – Venture (LTN Remix) [Elliptical Sun Melodies]
Andre Sobota – Jump [Kyubu]
Clameres – Nova [Colorize]
Yglo – Fridays [*back home]
Movement Machina – No for an Answer (Andre Sobota Remix) [Mango Alley]
Vintage & Morelli – Afterglow (Mizar B Remix) [Silk]
Sam Davies – Sunbound [Silk]

Best Artist

Vintage & Morelli
Andre Sobota
Matt Fax
We Are All Astronauts
Mizar B

Most Promising Newcomer

Movement Machina
Sam Davies
Jesse Bullitt

Best Release

Vintage & Morelli – My Rose Enchanted Destiny [Silk]
Various Artists – The Routes Are Infinite / The Light Trails Lead Us [Mango Alley]
Various Artists – Silk Remixed 06 [Silk]
Gregory Esayan – Pilgrim’s Diary [Silk]
Various Artists – Coastal Selections 001 [Emergent Shores]

Best Label

Silk Music
Mango Alley
Emergent Shores
Perplexity Music

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Helioscope Awards 2016 : Deep / Tech

Best Track

Dusky – Ingrid Is A Hybrid [Polydor]
Way Out West – Tuesday Maybe [Anjunadeep]
Dusky feat. Pedestrian – Spruce [Polydor]
Lindstrøm – Closing Shot [Feedelity]
Pacifica – Memory Man [Drumpoet Community]
Way Out West – Set My Mind [Anjunadeep]
Quivver – Call [Sudbeat]
Bonobo – Kerala [Ninja Tune]
Croquet Club – Andante [Anjunadeep]
Robert Babicz – Where Are You? (Aparde Remix) [Traum]
E&P feat. Jinadu – Sundroina (Olderic Remix) [Moodmusic]
Sahar Z & Navar – A Prelude To [Lost & Found]
Hosini – Lucid Dreams (GHIZ Retouch) [Shanti Radio Moscow]
Subconscious Tales – Helligkeit [Balkan Connection]
port-royal – Whispering in the Dark (John Tejada Remix) [n5MD]
CamelPhat – Raabta [Suara]
Agoria – Up All Night [Sapiens]
Jeremy Olander – Roots (Henry Saiz Remix) [Vivrant]
Cornucopia – The Day You Got Older and Stronger [Shanti Radio Moscow]
Timelapse – System (Kiani & His Legion Remix) [Akbal]

Best Artist

Jody Wisternoff (Way Out West)
Guy J (Cornucopia)
Gai Barone
Jamie Stevens

Most Promising Newcomer

Subconscious Tales
Stereo Underground
Kiani & His Legion

Best Release

Dusky – Outer [17 Steps / Polydor]
Patrice Bäumel – Balance [Balance]
DJ Koze – Pampa Vol. 1 [Pampa]
Various Artists – Anjunadeep:08 [Anjunadeep]
Gorje Hewek & Izhevski – Whelm [Shanti Radio Moscow]
Cornucopia – Cornucopia [Shanti Radio Moscow]
Sahar Z & Navar – Breathe Deep / A Prelude To [Lost & Found]
Matthias Vogt – Through This Madness / Heavens Gate [Anjunadeep]
Dave DK – Val Maira Remixe [Kompakt]

Best Label

Aus Music
Lost & Found
Sudbeat Music
Proton Music
Bedrock Records
Shanti Radio Moscow
All Day I Dream

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Five modern pop / ‘chillwave’ tracks you might have missed from 2016

In anticipation of the Helioscope Yearmix 2016 release – my god, so early? – here are five personal favourites from last year which I couldn’t really place in either of the three big rewinds (Helioscope, Planetarium, Distant).

Middle Kids – Edge of Town

Hammock – Unspoken

Stumbleine – Bowery

FM-84 feat. Ollie Wride – Don’t Wanna Change Your Mind

Brett – California Nights

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Helioscope Awards 2016 : Ambient / Modern Classical

Awarding my personal favourites from the genre spectrum of ambient, modern classical, drone and chillout (mostly covered by Planetarium) in five categories.
Highlighted in bold is the winner, the remaining ones are ranked by their importance to me personally.

> Best Track

In comparison to the other genres, the list for this award became incredibly long, but I felt this was the essential selection of tracks which should not be missed by any fan of this music.

Alexander Arnold – Lake Bell
Arovane & Hior Chronik – After Tomorrow (AMX) [astrangelyisolatedplace]
Twincities – Good Black Spring [dauw]
Lav & Purl – The Present Moment (Still Version) [Eternell]
Strie – 87 Billion Suns [Serein]
drombeg – Tumulus [Futuresequence]
Slow Clinic – I Miss Everyone [Archives]
Petrels – A Little Dust [denovali]
Jóhann Jóhannsson – Kangaru [Deutsche Grammophon]
nonkeen – re:turn! [R&S]
Eluvium – Strangeworks [Temporary Residence]
AEONN – Initiate
SineRider – To Care When No One Else Does [Silk]
Jason van Wyk – Coherence [eilean]
Purl – Sagan (Warmth’s Place of Peace) [Eternell]
Ruhe – Heritage
Porya Hatami & Arovane – uun [Time Released Sound]
Glacis – 23 March [Facture]
Otto A Totland – Storfjord [Serein]
Nil Ciuró – Magnetic [1631]
i.yugen – Light a Lamp [Dewtone]
The Green Kingdom – Haze Layers [dronarivm]
Hotel Neon – Chains [Facture]
Jason van Wyk – Stay [eilean]
Wil Bolton – Dot to Dot [eilean]
Solo Andata – Porcelain Blue [12k]
Robert Farrugia – Encoder [Archives]
Slow Meadow – Some Familiar… [Hammock]
Ólafur Arnalds – Öldurót [Mercury Classics]
Marihiko Hara & Polar M – On the Silent Way [mü-nest]
Kirill Nikolai – Reconstructions, For Lack of Anything Else [Facture]
Willamette – Four Films (Films Four) [Scissor Tail]
Lav & Purl – Gateway to Ecstasy [AMONE]
Nomad – Autumn Warmth

> Best Artist

Olan Mill
Slow Meadow
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Wil Bolton
Jason van Wyk
Chihei Hatakeyama

> Most Promising Newcomer

Nil Ciuró
Marihiko Hara & Polar M

> Best Release

Jason van Wyk – Attachment [eilean]
Dead Light – Dead Light [Village Green]
Marihiko Hara & Polar M – Dance [mü-nest]
Hotel Neon – Remnants [Facture]
SineRider – Twilight [Silk]
drombeg – Earthworks [Futuresequence]
Ed Carlsen – The Journey Tapes [Moderna]
Wil Bolton – February Dawn [eilean]
Danny Clay – Stills [IIKKI]
Will Samson – Lua [12k]
Twincities – …plays the brown mountain lights [dauw]
Alex Smalley – JAN SBR 15 [Rural Colours]
Tim Linghaus – Vhoir [Moderna]

> Best Label

eilean Rec.
Rural Colours
Erased Tapes
Hawk Moon Records

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Third support by Henry Saiz of the Turbobache mixtapes

This past weekend marked a hattrick-like milestone in Helioscope history: My collaboration mixtape themed around 80s music, synthwave and nu disco together with Maxthor has been played in full now by Spanish maestro Henry Saiz. A few weeks ago, his radio show El Laberinto featured the first hour of the 5 Years of Helioscope : Maxthor mix. Now even the second part was broadcast to the RTVE radio station.
You can get the full show on the radio station’s official page:

El Laberinto – Mixtapes: Maxthor (Parte 2)
01 Den Harrow – Catch The Fox (Caccia Alla Volpe) [Baby]
02 Maxthor – Here
03 Pylot – Flashbacks [Monstercat]
04 Survivor – Eye of the Tiger [Scotti Bros.]
05 Raydar – Dream With Me [NewRetroWave]
06 Big Data – Dangerous (Oliver Remix) [Warner Bros.]
07 Foreign Boy – Devon Sands [Nude Disco]
08 Savage – Only You [Carrere]
09 Oscillian – L’infini
10 Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight (Anzo Remix)
11 Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield [Chrysalis]
12 M83 – Moon Crystal [Mute]

Exclusive bonus by Maxthor:
13 Digikid84 – Anything [Folistar]
14 Luke Million – Transylvania Disco [etcetc]
15 Oliver – Light Years Away [Fool’s Gold]
16 Maxthor – Buried Deep Inside