Music for 10/10/17!!! Como Asesinar A Felipes, Sam Smith, Bottin, HoodRich Pablo Juan

@@@  Como Asesinar A Felipes: Elipse (Koolarrow, 2017)  I got to this concept record by Latin American musicians via a music publicist email.  It consists of two pieces named interior, one named medio, and three with the word exterior in the title.  It is listed as hip hop/rap in the Apple Music slotting system but the intro of the first tune features a long sax blast and some Spanish vocalizing.  When the band comes in it has a slightly rough prog vibe rather than hip hop.  I like the bass tune and the band energy.  I’m peeping the third track and I like the varied instrumentation and the instrumentation and the more exploratory rock stylings.

@@@ Sam Smith: Pray (Capitol, 2017)  Sam Smith returns with a second slice of romantic ballad cheese for the masses!  He’s got the resounding piano chords and the slightly hip skittering high hat.  He’s in a bad way visa vis love and maybe he’s gonna have to pray.  And right on time comes the church choir.  It is building in energy and its cheesy flavors become more pronounced as he becomes more passionate.  This is blue/bleu cheese!  Part of me prays for this to be over soon as it is the sort of cliche serious tune that turns my stomach more than a bit.  My prayers have come true and I survived.  Check it out, it’s awesome!  This album is not out for another month so there’s plenty of time to get some boots for the tsunami of marketing that will commence in the name of sensitive fella Sam Smith.  I pray you all survive.

@@@ Bottin: I Have What I Gave (2MR, 2017)  An indie electronic record inspired by late ’70s Italian disco/funk.  The opening of the first tune does not evoke that era but I will be patient.  I heard the funk on the second half of the first tune but the second tune goes right into it, though it adds a little krautrock vibe, accidentally or not.  The singing is indie style, no divas or funky black folks on the mic here.  No offense to the effort here but I think I prefer the old school disco that inspired this.

@@@ HoodRich Pablo Juan: Do What I Want to Do (Empire, 2017) A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  The lyrics are pretty raw towards the women folk while the arrangement sports a weird kinda good/kinda annoying guitar/harp sample.  There are multiple MCs in various states of stoned.  This may be one of the lowest, flabbiest and fartiest hip hop basses I’ve heard.  The vocals crowd the track and I’m not sure it’s great to have the vocal hook be ‘I do whatever I want do’.  I know that’s what drives Trump’s toilet tweets, but remember the children!  It’s an all right track, C+.

YTD recordings listened to: 656
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 352
Not good music: 278

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

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Music for 10/2/17!!! Elida Almeida, Otis Reed, LADAMA

@@@ Elida Almeida: Forti Dor (Lusafrica, 2017)  A mellow African pre-release single off an upcoming full length.  Nylon guitars, piano, string swells, and light beats are featured.  Almeida has a really nice voice, not soaring but sweet with a little gravel.  I have no preference for soaring voices.  Almeida sings in Portuguese so it pushes the vibe more into a world music neighborhood rather than an African one.  The tempo is medium, the energy is mellow and it’s a super pretty tune.

@@@ Otis Reed: Why Would I (Palmtree, 2017)  Somebody who started to follow this here blog does a fortnightly playlist and as it’s multi-genre and I’m super into the multi-genre I thought I would check it out.  This is a hip hop tune and it’s neither left field nor mainstream.  The beat is mid tempo and lighter rather than heavier with mellow keyboard vamps.  Lyrics are conscious and two MCs take turns on the mic and there is a female background singer.  It’s all right thought it doesn’t really stand out in my mind.

@@@ LADAMA: Compared to What (Six Degrees, 2017)  Some world music/funk I got to via the same fortnightly playlist.  Stream of consciousness lyrics with political flavors, uptempo conga, a tight repeating bass line, a horn section and a periodic guitar figure.  It’s a brisk tune and self-righteous.  Check it out you may dig it.

YTD recordings listened to: 639
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 343
Not good music: 270

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 9/29/17!!! The Aces, Deep State, Kasha, Primus

@@@ The Aces: Stuck (N/A, 2017)  I got to this all female indie band single from a publicist email.  So far this falls much more — oh wow it segues out of the intro to a super sweet ’80s synth pop explosion.  Extensive but not excessive vocal harmonies in the verse and then it slips right into that synth groove which is catchy but a bit low IQ.  The plinky guitars and the pong synthesizers are the bubbles in this ginger ale.  And they use the word ‘babe’ a ton, like my mother in law.  Not a bad association for others, but not great for me.

@@@ Deep State: Time Unrivaled (N/A, 2017)  Another music publicist single.  I’m peeping it because they have the Minutemen as one of their sonic references in their spieling email.  I don’t want to be a dick (sometimes) but I hear more of the Go Gos than the Minutemen.  It’s more sweet guitar bounce than the fried punk weirdness of the Minutemen.  And crunchier too, in the guitars.  That’s supposed to be a little poetic there.  And crunchier too (pause, nod your head meaningfully, stroke your soul patch), in the guitars.  Yeah right on.

@@@ Kashaka : Tropa Da Jogador (Subterranean, 2017)  I saw some Afrique music festival in the BK this weekend and these guys are listed.  But if my ears are correct this is a Brazilian outfit.  Let me consult with the interwebz, ah the webs.  Ah, it’s a collaboration between artists in Brazil, Brooklyn and Africa.  It’s a true mash with elements of hip hop, Brazilian music, and weird ass keyboards that sound cool.  There’s a lot going on but it holds together rhythmically and it works for me.

@@@ Primus: The Desaturating Seven (ATO, 2017)  Primus is back with their original lineup.  The first tune sports a spoken word opening section that is part Lord of the Rings and part Wizard of Oz.  When the music starts it’s more theater show than Primus punky weird ass funk.  Maybe that will commence.  Ah the weirdness is slowly trickling in.  Ah, the second tune gets into the ol’ school Primus — weird Al freakshow vocals and chopped up funk.  I like it pretty good yo.  This is a concept record based on a children’s book which I think works because the singer works that childlike, anti-social vocal tip well.  The tunes have a slow unfolding quality which you have to be in the mood for.  I respect the ambition of what they’re trying to do here. This third tune is the best of what I heard.

YTD recordings listened to: 636
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 341
Not good music: 269

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 9/27/17!!! Roger Harvey, l’rain, Big Brave, A Boogie wit da Hoodie

@@@ A Boogie wit da Hoodie:  Say A’ (N/A, 2017)  A hip hop single off the Apple Music hot tracks section.  It’s rocking an upbeat flow while rhyming about being stopped by the police.  It’s a cousin to DRAM’s tune Broccoli from last summer.  The tune turns itself over both musically and lyrically and I find that pleasing and creative.  The piano hook is mad catchy but the slideshow of beats and the arrangement gives the tune body.  This is a fat track so it goes to the top of the reviews.

@@@ Roger Harvey: When the Lights Come Up (Chunksaah, 2017)  A pre-release single that I got to via a music publicist.  It’s a ’70s soft rock inspired tune with a straight rock beat and a plethora of guitars.  The main vibe here is one of fatigue and longing tinged with sadness.  I’m giving this tune a second listen and it’s a slack version of something you might hear from that Roy Orbison/Tom Petty project from back in the day.  Straight rock with some literate lyrics.

@@@ l’rain: l’rain (Astro Nautico, 2017)  An electronic record this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This first tune is a lush New Age r&b kinda jam with lots of ooh/ah vocals, pillowy synths.  Other notable musical components include the clean guitar playing focusing on single line melodies and the female singer with her attendant background vocals.  Of which there is a plethora.  The drummer pumps some funk but not George Clinton over the top.  It’s not really an electronic record, I got that wrong.  It’s a band record with some synths and a high minded r&b approach.

@@@ Big Brave: Ardor (Southern Lord, 2017)  I go out of my way to check out Southern Lord releases as they’ve put many records in my ‘collection’.   I saw this record in the loud section on the CFUV playlist email.  The record consists of three long ass jams that total 40 minutes so that tells me the pace will be slow.  The first tune comes out with the guitar squall mingled with a slow riff and lots of drum toms.  And up jumps the female singer — that’s unexpected and a welcome unpredictable move.  She’s not shrieking like a stuck pig, it’s actual singing as if it were not such a metallic backdrop.  Let’s peep some more.  The second tune includes a slowly bowed cello and it almost comes off as a lovelorn tune, something the metal genre does not dabble in much.  Points for mashing shit up!  Excellent bass tone, feedback guitars, bashy drums and a singer.

YTD recordings listened to: 632
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 339
Not good music: 267

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 9/27/17!!! Miley Cyrus, Light, Kevin Gates, David Crosby

@@@ Miley Cyrus: Week without You (RCA, 2017)  The rehabilitation of mainstream Nice Cyrus continues with this third pre-release single.  Oh no more pasties, bending over, dancing little people and stripper poles for Cyrus as she reaches back to the late ’50s/early ’60s for some vintage girl soul (including outfit — see below!)  Lyrics that can be played at family dinner.  It’s more than a bit like an Elvis track.  Let’s all move to Cali, put on the radio and kick back to the vintage pre rock ‘n roll stylings of shapeshifter Cyrus (who needs to make some payments on her Lamborghini).  Oh I kid, I kid.  It’s not a high bar to beat but she sings better than Taylor Swift.

@@@ Kevin Gates: By Any Means 2 (Bread Winner’s Association, 2017) A hip hop record occupying primo front page real estate on Apple Music’s front page.  This first tune is super Dirty South with some eerie vocal delays, super deep trunk bass, and some cough syrup skitter beats.  After a little intro it goes full gangsta with the gunplay and the dealing of the drugs and the fight to survive.  Whoever did the bass on this track deserves a medal for funk.  It’s just nasty and blobby and extremely satisfying.  Gates’ rhyming style is middle of the road — he’s not super quick but he’s crisp and rhythmic.  He also takes some turns at singing but it’s not extensive.  Where a lot of hip hop records are a loop and a little arrangement and then some blunted dude rhymin’ and rhymin’ these tracks are more fully fleshed out and focused so big points for that.

@@@ Lights: Skin & Earth (Warner, 2017)  Blurbed on the All Music notable release email as ‘a sweepingly romantic, post-apocalyptic, comic book concept album rife with sophisticated pop hooks.’  Oy, that’s a mouthful!!  I predict super slick production and a medium sized tidal wave of cheese.   Oh she’s got the finger snaps working in the verse of this opening track and then there’s a cheesy multi-tracked vocal explosion in the chorus.  She can sing, I’ll give her that but the pimped out production detracts from her performance.  On this third tune she’s doing that breathy near-orgasm shit that drives me insane.  If you need to go rub one out in the bathroom, fine go do it, this is America, but I don’t need to hear you get really close to your peak and sing at the same time.  She’s got a gentle dancehall sway to this tune Until the Light.  Some folks spent a lot of time on this record but it comes up more than a bit short on soul.

@@@ David Crosby: Curved Air (BMG Rights, 2017)  A pre-release single off the Apple Music hot tracks.  You gotta give Crosby credit for not making a CSN single as here he takes Joni Mitchell’s jazz fusion period and takes it for himself.  It’s most notable in the rhythm section where the bass player is very active and the drummer is also not straight hippie rocking it.  He also has a keyboard player and a flutist to round out the ensemble as previously described.  Crosby’s singing is straightforward and it’s not featured with a lot of vocal harmonies as it has been heard for decades.  I did not follow the lyrics closely but it appears they are serious and contemplative.  There ya go!

YTD recordings listened to: 628
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 336
Not good music: 266

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker

Music for 9/25/17!!! Clientele, Joey La Soldat, Baraka Moon, The Expanders

@@@ The Expanders: Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2 (Easy Star, 2017)  I saw this record on the WRIR playlist this week and noticed from gathering this video from the GooglePimpTube that this appears to be a re-issue from 2012 as there are videos from this record from that time.  Oh fuck off this is Volume 2 and that was volume 1 — damn you short attention span!  There are three pre-release tunes up on the Apple Music and while I don’t dig the title of the first tune Life is a Funny Thing, it’s a pretty sticky roots reggae vibe with a sweet and though vibe side by side.  These guys are skilled at every position with a great singer, solid rhythm section and a spot on guitar player.  I will most definitely check more of this record out when it comes out and it will most likely be on my best of the year list.

@@@ The Clientele: Music for the Age of Miracles (Merge, 2017)  The All Music blurb says this record has a hefty dose of autumnal grace and warmth.  That is some high end PR diarrhea for sure.  The first tune sounds like a slacker Byrds tune — shiny, chiming guitars and an engaging singer.  The second tune opens up with a piano and you know pianos are a meaningful instrument with a lot of emotions attached to it.  I predict a cheese sandwich here ah no, just an interlude.  The tambourine has made its appearance on this third tune and the orchestral slack vibe has continued.  I like this record all right — it’s a bit of a recycling job as this is very familiar in melody and arrangement but people have the memory of goldfish so it will be huge!

@@@ Joey la Soldat: Burkin Ba (Akwaaba, 2017)  I’m going to have to Duck Duck Go this musician as he opens up the record in French and he’s obviously African but I can’t grok much besides that.  Ah, Burkina Faso.  He does a credible gangster trip on this second tune, Microphone.  I’m on the third tune and I like it.  It is African hip hop but it is not so far from American hip hop with synth based arrangements and tight rhymes with call and response vocals.  He is rapping in French so that’s a big difference there.

@@@ Baraka Moon: Bismillah (Baraka Moon, 2017)  A New Age-y world music mash I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  The pre-release single is called Bismillah and I”m having a tough time tying it to a place.  Let me consult the fantastic interwebz.  Ah, they’re from San Francisco and I hear South Asian influences as well as Australian didgeridoo, guitar and percussion.  So this is truly a mash of world music influences and is going for a Qawwali trance vibe.  I like it all right

YTD recordings listened to: 620
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 332
Not good music: 263

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders

Music for 9/14/17!!!! The National, Holy Fuck, Get the Shot, Tee Grizzley

@@@ The National: The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness (4AD, 2017)  This was the first single and I’m back on it for our micro examination of the National’s new ‘opus’. This is such a mainstream tune it makes my teeth hurt.  They should lose their indie cred cards — from the smooth background vocals to the guitar riff, the singer’s posturing and the production of the tune.  I’m reminded once again that their drummer isn’t very good or maybe he’s awesome but he needs a Red Bull.  If there is rock that could be more pretentious and ‘earnest’ than Bono’s blathering, this might be it.  Not straight up boo hiss, maybe just a  boo.  I’d rather listen to Kelly Clarkson talk about her coochie, oh I mean her ‘soft love’.  2.2 million views for this video, yikes, what a waste of bandwidth!

@@@ Holy Fuck: Bird Brains EP (Innovative Leisure, 2017)  I saw this EP on this week’s CFUV playlist email.   This first tune is a crunchy rock track with some electronic garnish.  – some synth pongs, and either weird ass vocals or glitched up vocals.  It’s a pleasantly trashy tune but it’s not moving along as a tune but more of a vibe.  Let’s peep some more.   They’re going ambient in this second tune with a slowed down tempo, some echoed guitar and a thumb piano, and long bass tones.  That was the third tune, Raymond, damn you interwebz and your difficult to use music players.  Back to the second tune and it’s got a sort of industrial menace and chugging feel to it.  I sense an impending sonic explosion.  It has opted for the Nine Inch Nails manly dance groove.  These guys have some cool sounds going but these should be eaten as grooves more than tunes that move and step out and resolve.

@@@ Get the Shot: Infinite Punishment (New Damage, 2017)  Also off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  Some mainstream hard rockin’ metal with big guitars, arena drums, and an extremely pissed singer.  Very pissed and then backed up with huge hardcore chants.  These guys bring high energy while I find the background vocals a tad cheesy they’re a solid outfit.  The drummer in this band should switch over and drive the National around for a bit and show ’em how you muscle up a tune.  The National drummer probably needs a nap anyway.

@@@ Tee Grizzley (feat. Meek Mill): Beef (300 Entertainment, 2017)  Mr. Grizzley don’t sleep on no beef he’s on top of everything.  This is not an anti-vegetarian song, it’s a tune about conflict in the hood and how Mr. Grizzley don’t play.  There are firearms references everywhere and it’s a lot of revenge and aggression fantasies.  I’m not super into it.  The bass is fat and the beats are low, dominated by Grizzley and his beefs.  The tune should be called beefs, plural, as he has many.

YTD recordings listened to: 596
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 316
Not good music: 254

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, 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, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny