Music for 2/21/20!!! David Walters, Shine I Dub, Macka B

DAVID WALTERS | Soleil Kreyol | (Heavenly Sweetness, 2019) All three of today’s listens are off WRIR’s weekly playlist email.  Let me get a little info on this artist but to my ears I’m thinking he’s got some connection with Haiti.  His label is in Paris and the description for his record says he aims for a global music that namechecks the Caribbean.  The bandcamp page for his record has Marseilles France as his location.  The beats here don’t sound particularly Jamaican or Trinidadian so I’m going with Haiti feels.  It’s a smooth first tune that would fall easily into a world/lounge/electro category.  Plenty of vocal chanting, laidback keyboard work and plenty of percussion to go around.  It’s a tad too smooth for my taste but I’m just one human up in here.  Seun Kuti is on the third track and it’s a party track but not distinctly Afrobeat while having some really nice single line guitar playing and a pumping shuffle beat.  I can see this record working for folks who like a very polished world music experience.

Shine I Dub: Militant| (Shine I Dub, 2020)  Some updated dancehall with roots reggae feels I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  There’s a guest toaster named G Whizz and the sounds are by these guys Shine I Dub.  Out of Italy I think.  It’s mostly electronic sounds, including prominent synth action.  I like the beats, they’re pretty standard with a slight march tinge to them, the synth bass is a little lower than what you would expect from a reggae track.  G. Whizz is all right — high energy and bounce on the microphone.

@@@ Macka B: Cucumba to di World (Peckings, 2020) What I thought was a penis reference is in actuality a vegan reference.  It’s all about the fruits and vegetables in this old school bouncy reggae number.  Fun as it is, Macka B. can work the microphone with the skills of a veteran.  This is a great combination of a modern theme done with old school style.  It’s mad dancehall party activism.

YTD recordings listened to: 125
Good music, not list worthy: 74
Not good music: 51

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge, Wiki, Mick Jenkins, Jeremiah Jae, Fera

Music for 2/4/20!!! Wuta Mayi, Dallas, Farafi

@@@ WUTA MAYI: La Face Cachee (Sterns, 2019) Uptown African music out of the Congo.  It’s borderline inspirational for this level of joy to come out of such a troubled place.  Beautiful singing and long African single line guitar playing — there are a lot of similarities here with Haitian music.  Check the flow on this in this video below.  I tend to gravitate to the rougher music out there but I’m happy to spread these feels around.

@@@ Dallas | “Love From A Distance” | Rain Tree  An interesting blend of electro rhythms and concious reggae sounds.  Off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  It’s very close to being a Peter Tosh tune but with a drum machine.  Bubblin’, bubblin’ bubblin’ organ wise with concious singing.  Not Peter Tosh but worthy of a peep.

@@@ Farafi | Calico Soul | Piranha  All of today’s listens are off this week’s WRIR playlist email.  Imma google this outfit to see where they’re from as the first tune is not clearly indicating a place.  I’m guessing Brazil.  Wrong.  It’s two women, one from India and a white woman from somewhere in a whitelandia.  I would describe this as hopeful world music, uptempo.  The production is lush and there are New Age vibes to be found up in here.  There a lot of influences here — a little blues rock, a little U2, a lot of world musics including African and Caribbean.  I like it all right while not being a fan of the production.

YTD recordings listened to: 92
Good music, not list worthy: 52
Not good music: 40

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao, Luge

Music for 1/23/20!!! Fireboy DML, Shae Jacobs, Efe, Yung L, Igorr, Myrkur

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Fireboy DML &  Oxlade: Sing — some Disney ass piano balladry with an African singer.  I made it to 1:58 before I clicked away.

Shae Jacobs: Joko — Nice beat, very clean production.  It’s a midtempo dancefloor banger with hype synth sounds celebrating the international booty call anthem.

Efe: Your Body — same formula, midtempo dancefloor banger with smooth smooth sounds.

Yung L: Eve Bounce — a more Caribbean flavored jam and probably the best tune from this quartet of tunes.  Nice guitar parts and a J. Balvin smooth/funky beat with throwaway beats.

If I were a skeptical person I might say that the choice of these African tracks as ‘hot’ would be a way to reinforce the current r&b sounds ruling the American charts.  See, everybody loves these sounds.

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Igorr: Very Noise  Off Apple Music’s hot tracks metal section and it opens up quite strangely with a ramped up drum and bass beat, a drummer, some guitar and other mismatched business.  A little proggy, a bit cheesy, but definitely an attemp to do something off kilter.  Primus shoved a techno dancefloor banger.  Wildest track of the day, close but no cigar.

Myrkur: Ella Opens up with soaring female vocals and some fiddle playing.  I’m not sure this is going to explode into any sort of skull crushing metal because I’m halfway through and it’s a Lord of the Rings soundtrack we have going here.  2/3s of the way through, i think this is going to snooze all the way through.  I guess they have a metal hating metal playlist manager over at the Apple Music.  This is tragic, somber cheese.  More vocals, more cheese.

YTD recordings listened to: 65
Good music, not list worthy: 36
Not good music: 27

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao

 

Music for 1/16/20!!! Saigon Soul Revival, El Wali, Jouwala Collective, Alefa Madagascar, Jambu E Os Miticos Sons Da Amazonia

SAIGON SOUL REVIVAL | Hoa Am Xura (INFRACom! 2019)  Today’s listens come to you from WRIR’s weekly playlist email.  Here we have a Vietnamese band doing an old school hippie blues/soul thing in their own language.  Wild!  The playing and the singing is energetic and they even rock a horn section.  I congratulate these musicians for learning a musical style they must have gotten obsessed with.  Outside of the ear catching juxtaposition that you’re listening to Blues Traveler or the Blues Brothers sing in Vietnamese I don’t love listening to it.

 

EL WALI | Tiris (Sahel Sounds, 2019) Regular readers know that I’m super into African music.  Let me peep some geographical/biographical info on these guys.  On bandcamp they describe themselves as being from Western Sahara which I guessed but I will leave it at that.  The singer sounds very devotional and passionate the playing is less desert blues and even sports a few synth flavors.  I like the way the synths change the listener’s perception of the music but it does soften the proceedings.  Ah, these are programmed drums so this is a lo fi indie African thing and is not designed to be a rocking live band record.  It doesn’t sound lo fi but it does have a programmed sound of a bedroom project.

JOUWALA COLLECTIVE | Bazaar (self-released, 2019)  A collective of musicians in Virginia doing a blend of Gnawa music (in the Morocco area) mashed up with other musical influences.  A little jam rock, a whole bunch of world music and maybe a pube of New Age business as well.  I like the upbeat tunes more than the slow jams and the fourth tune, Samawi the best of what I heard.  That’s a fat track.

ALEFA MADAGASCAR: SALEGY, SOUKOUS AND SOUL FROM THE RED ISLAND 1974-1984 | various artists (Strut, 2019)  Apple Music says this is a peek into ’70s and ’80s music on Madagascar.  To my ear they were a rocking with a funky African vibe.  I like this compilation as it’s busting out with retro rock energy.  Check it out!

JAMBU E OS MITICOS SONS DA AMAZONIA | various artists (Analog Africa, 2019) A compilation of music from Northern Brazil which has strong ties back to African culture due to the legacy of slavery.  Oh man, this first tune is hot, uptempo with outstanding singing.  I’m on the fifth tune and though I’ve thought Analog Africa has been a bit of an overrated imprint this record is hotter than two rats fucking in a wool sock.  This record looks to be going onto my list of best of year.

YTD recordings listened to: 46
Good music, not list worthy: 28
Not good music: 18

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon, Alefa Madagascar, Janjao

 

Music for 1/2/20!!! Bomba Estereo, Miramar, Dubioza Kolektiv, Los Bitchos, Jamesy P.

Today I will be listening to the top 5 singles from the world music station WRIR in Virginia.  It is a great independent world music radio station and should be supported.

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@@@ Bomba Estereo — Colombian cumbia with other influences including rock and psych.  Major label production, a big bombastic party single.  I like the guitar parts and the beat, but I find the lyrics pretty repetitive.

@@@ Miramar: Salida (Daptone, 2019) These guys went from Brooklyn label Barbes in 2016 to the wayback time machine sound of Daptone in 2019.  It is decidedly retro and the recording technology makes the tune sound like a re-issue from back in the day.  I dig the formula of romantic world/Latin music with lounge and rock flavor packs but this doesn’t have me jumping up and down.

@@@ Dubioza Kolektiv & Manu Chao: Cross the Line (Menart, 2019)  A collaborative that mashes up a lot of sounds — Eastern European Gogol Bordello flavors, reggae, Latin music, etc.  It’s about border crossings and the right to cross borders.  Like the first track very bombastic sounds, power chords, dancefloor and dancehall sounds, with a little dubwise.  I like the topic, I don’t love the beats or some of the cheesy sounds.

@@@ Los Bitchos: Pista (Self-released, 2019)  More Latin business!  5 women from London rocking tequila and cumbia feels, that’s their bio.  A pleasantly organic sound to the track with a bit of not giving a fuck to the sounds and the playing which makes it more partyistic.  Fuzzy guitars, some not, exclamatory singing, piles and piles of guitars.  Could be the highlight of the day for my ears.

@@@ Jamesy P: Soca Land (Monk/Soca Universe, 2019)  Off a compilation on Apple Music it’s a full Caribbean dancefloor monster shot.  Mr. P hits the mic with maximum energy and percussive/rhythmic background.  It’s a modern update on the soca sound with call and response vocals and synth horns.  A cup of coffee for your ears.

YTD recordings listened to: 10
Good music, not list worthy: 5
Not good music: 5

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Tarek Atoui, Saicobab, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Mariachi El Bronx, Pour Me a Grog, Sudan Archives, Lakou Mizik, Moodymann, Pharmakon

 

Music for 11/20/19!!! The Good Ones, Charles Rumback, Mono

@@@ The Good Ones: Rwanda, You Should Be Loved (Anti-, 2019) Today’s listens came to this blog post the All Music notable release email which comes out every Friday.  The song titles here are very substantive — A Long Sad Journey Watching You Die is an example.  The opening tune (clipped below) is a vocal and acoustic guitar track.  Medium energy but with a slight melancholic feel to it.  The second tune opens up with the same formula plus a simple hand percussion beat so this is looking like it’s gonna be a stripped down unplugged set.  This second one is more beautiful than the first.  There are some hipster guest appearances from Nels Cline and a member of Sleater Kinney.  I will remain open minded on that concept until I hear it.  There are two singers here and they blend and stand out from each other quite beautifully.  I get why they’re having some gringos up in their tracks to get white folks to move towards them, but it doesn’t really add anything when I hear Nels Cline drop in a wannabe African figure.  I don’t have time to check this whole record but I can’t see how this wouldn’t make my year end list.

@@@ Charles Rumback: Little Common Twist (Thrill Jockey, 2019)  I thought I saw somewhere that this was jazz and there are some jazz signifiers here but it’s also got a very strong folk vibe to it as it’s a duo record between a drummer and an acoustic guitar player.  The focus here to my ears is on the beauty of the music whereas on a great jazz record I find the give and take between the players to be the central driving feature.  It’s not for me to say that this isn’t jazz, they can call it whatever they want but I do get to say how I hear it.  Some electric guitar wash makes an appearance in the third track but the basic formula remains the same.  This could work for a lot of folks — a lot of folks want their music to be first and foremost beautiful.  I’m not in it for that but I don’t insist on my point of view.

@@@ Mono: Before the Past (Temporary Residence, 2019) 3 songs recorded live at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio in Chicago.  I’m expecting some combination of rock, indie, noise and maybe some metal flavors in this first 16 minute track.  Gloom-ish, Tool-ey.  It is as it signalled at the beginning of the tune and it sounds great.  I’m not sure if I’m not in the mood for it or if I don’t like it so I will chill some more and see where it goes.  The sounds are absolutely huge rocks sounds and I like the playing but it doesn’t grab me.  Once again with the disclaimers, that’s just me, check it out for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 607
Good music, not list worthy: 362
Not good music: 204

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog, Loscil,

Music for 11/13/19!!! Los Shain’s, Rachid Taha, Oumar Konate

@@@ LOS SHAIN’S: El Ritmo De Los Shain’s (Munster, 2019) All of today’s listens are off this week’s WRIR playlist email. WRIR is a most excellent world music radio station in Virginia. This is a re-issue from 1966 Peru and while the music is somewhat dated (early mid American rock ‘n roll) it sure is entertaining to hear these guys tuck some Latin flavors into these uber white tunes. I’m a white person, just so you know and don’t get all tighty whitey. The energy here is super high and old school rock ‘n roll partyistic. I would recommend to young, indie rock loving listeners to check this out if they don’t know this flavor and if you’re just up for some energy have at it.

@@@ RACHID TAHA: Je Suis Africain (Believe, 2019) I listened to the third record first so this is my second listen of the day. This is more African music, this time influenced by many different musics and sung in French. In the first tune there are strings and it’s more of a mash of African and southern European musics. Taha was Algerian (he passed in 2018) and this is quite interesting both culturally and sonically. Je suis Africain is his 16th and final solo record. I’ve heard his music before but I haven’t checked out a full recording. He was comfortable borrowing from whatever sounded good and useful to him and that’s what makes it interesting. It’s not borrowing as in trying to calculate something; it’s more of a stew and he’s throwing all manner of ideas into his stew while retaining ownership as the chef. I don’t hear the Clash vibe in the music as much as the Guardian review did but the mashing of all manner of sounds is certainly a branch of punk rock.

@@@ OUMAR KONATE: I Love You Inna (Clermont, 2019) A guitar player from Mali that I got to via the WRIR email. The record opens with a tune called Houndia and it is sweet with multiple guitars. I hear three and there may be another tucked in there. The tune ends with a violin solo over a hand drum which I hope to hear more of. The second tune, Oumar Bakoi, gets more into a rocking space, still multiple guitars but a bit of wah wah guitar and a firmer overall feel. I like Konate’s voice (I’m assuming Konate is singing which may not be the case) and I will end my listen with the third track, the title track. It lopes along with a slightly funky rock beat. This track is the most guitar hero-ish which is understandable as the folks who are trying to get non-African U.S./European folks to listen to African music arena rock is a good touchstone. I think this above average though I have a slight preference for Noura Mint Seymali’s debut as it cooks a bit more. I think if you’re going to rock you should really rip it.

YTD recordings listened to: 595
Good music, not list worthy: 355
Not good music: 202

Best: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Noname, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Portal, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Barro, Daniel Khan, Tallawit Timbouctou, Sumac, Tropical Fuck Storm, Harriet Tubman, Ammar 808, Anais Maviel, Chaka Khan, Pom Poko, Fried Egg, Horndal, Wyxz, Tarek Atoui, Hawktail, Saicobab, Shannon and the Clams, General Purv, Shipping News, Big Thief, Emma Louise, Andre Bratten, Nathan Corder/Tom Weeks, Oli XL, Buzzherd, Logistic Slaughter, The Muslims, Tobe Nwigwe, Saint Abdullah, Bug Martin, Kaleta and the Super Yamba Band, Toko Telo, Brittany Howard, The Garifuna Collective, Mariachi El Bronx, Bonnie Baxter, Danny Brown, clipping., Deafkids, Michael Kiwanuka, Kelly Moran, Canalon de Timbiqui, Pour Me a Grog