House Cult Staff Picks 2014 # 2: Michel Mees

Photographer and regular House Cult contributor Michel Mees has been scavenging dancefloors and festivals looking for photogenic moments and making portraits of the electronic scene’s frontrunners since the nineties, while also working in other disciplines.

These are some of his favorite albums of 2014:

1. Slam – Reverse Proceed (Soma)
´A fantastic electronic trip from ambient to banging heaviness.´

 

2. Steffi – Power Of Anonymity (Ostgut Ton)
´Very atmospheric album, love it!

 

3. Recondite – Iffy (Innervisions)
´Dark and moody. Techno as it should be.`

 

4. Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp)
´The master is back, hurray!

 

5. Plaid- Reachy Prints (Warp)
´Adventurous and inventive.´

 

6. Grouper – Ruins (Kranky)
`Simply beautiful.´

 

7. Kobana – The Riddle (Proton Music)
´Great danceflooir stuff by this excellent producer from Poland.´

 

8. Gidge – Autumn Bells (Atomnation)
´Lost in the woods.´

 

9. A winged victory for the Sullen – Atomos (Erased Tapes)
´A neoclassical pearl. Minimal and rich at the same time.´

 

10. Heiko Laux – Fernweh (Kanzleramt)
‘It simply doesn’t get any better than this.’

 

What’s your favorite track of 2014?
´Fink – Pilgrim. I played the album ´Hard Believer´ a lot. ´Pilgrim´ has it all, from restrained tension to a big eruption. Really looking forward to seeing him playing live again.´

The Best DJ performance you saw this year?
´Must be Laurent Garnier at Trouw in December.´

Best live performance of 2014?
The band Monomyth. The have a very Techno-esque sound. It’s like a big trip. I saw them a few times this year.

What was the best movie you saw this year?
I saw ´Interstellar´ and ´Under the Skin´ and they both blew me away. Amazing images and soundtracks.´

Your lowpoint of 2014?
´There was a lot of tragedy in the world last year. But I think its effectless to hope for a better 2015.´

Picture by Robert Henke.

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