Music for 9/9/19!!! Jordan Christoff, Frank Turner, Post Malone

@@@ Jordan Christoff: Liminal (N/A, 2019)  Ambient music off of a best of Bandcamp ambient list from a few weeks ago.  Two just over 20 minute monster shots of ambient music!  Get your slow cloud on people.  I will be making a reasonable amount of tastings and moving on to graze elsewhere cuz that’s how I roll.  This first piece entitled Iron Goddess is a slow roller with metallic flavoring.  I’m listening around the halfway point and we have some slight rain like sounds, a lit over top blurp (very slight), and a wave of what sounds like a stretched metallic sound — maybe a string sound stretched a whole bunch and it’s coming in waves.  The second piece Valentine is sounds more synth and cloudy and I know these are very abstract words people, but ambient music is very abstract and the focus on texture and the combination of textures seems not crazy.  A second wave combines and pushes against the initial layer of sound and whole impressions is one of slow moving tectonic changes.

@@@ Frank Turner: No Man’s Land (Polydor, 2019)  A British dude writing 13 tunes about historically significant women.  Odds of it being cool around 20% but I’ll give him a shot.  It is punk folk and I’m a bit surprised this is a major label release as it is pretty amped up.  However, the second tune kicks in and it’s more in line with Hootie and Blowfish rather than Billy Bragg.  Ah, we have a situation where the record flattens out in energy and song styles as it unfolds.  I like Turner’s voice and a lot of his lyrics and his ambition but it doesn’t thread the needle for me personally.  As always listen for yourself.

@@@ Post Malone: Hollywood’s Bleeding (UMG, 2019)  I’m just checking this first tune and I guess if you want to trumpet this gent it’s his voice in a hip hop/r&b musical setting but I find it to be emotionally tiresome cheese.  As with a lot of these major label releases it’s the lyrics that really drive my negative feelings.  It’s just a big bucket of cliche cheese.  I will check a few more of these tracks but the overwroughtness of the opener is not a big sell for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 462
Good music, not list worthy: 282
Not good music: 154

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

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Music for 9/3/19!!! Alexander Tucker, Pusha T, Ceremony

@@@ Alexander Tucker: Guild of the Asbestos… (Thrill Jockey, 2019)  While this review is at the top of the post it is my last listen of the day so it is natural to compare it to the Ceremony record down the bottom.  Here we have more of an ambient opening tune, heavier on cloud synths and lighter on rhythms.  The growling bass sound is quite nice.  It’s got that large arena rock album vibe of a classic U2 without that blowhard Bono.  The quasi-Brith affect of the singer lends a highbrow signifier to the track.  Go Brexit!  Fucking do it, slit your own throats it’s totally punk rock.  Slight non-sequitur there.  These are all larger tunes from 5+ minutes up to 10.  The second tune unwinds more slowly as you would expect from a 9 minute monster shot so it does appear to work within popular song structures but in an engorged fashion.  I really like the bass sound, the singer not so much.  The bowed sounds of the third tune work for me, but I tipped!

@@@ Pusha T: Coming Home (featuring Lauryn Hill) (UMG, 2019)  When I saw this single listed in the Apple Music hot tracks I thought Pusha T and Lauryn Hill was an interesting combination.  And sonically she does provide contrast to Pusha T’s tough street rhymes.  I’m not sure what the tune is about but it’s more uplifting and melodic than usual Pusha T business.  Towards the end of the track the title ‘Coming Home’ appears – it’s a black rebirth anthem and it’s pretty interesting.  There’s a line about black people being past their due date, that line caught my ear.  I’m listening to the track for the second time and it’s hard to connect his rhymes to her sung lyrics.  The sounds are pretty hot and atypical for what I’ve heard from Pusha T before.

@@@ Ceremony: In the Spirit World Now (Relapse, 2019)  I find it fascinating that heavy music label Relapse has started trafficking in other genres.  My guess is they’re feeling economically pinched and looking to get any loot they can from other genres.  The first tune, Turn Away the Bad Thing, is an angular old school art school thing from the first half of the ’80s balanced pretty equally between guitars and synths.  The singing duties are mostly handled by a gent with a brusque barking manner.  That tune, clipped below, is picked as the main single for a reason as it is both melodic and muscular.  These guys do a good job of making synths sound aggressive and rocking, an above average example of synth rock so check it out if you roll in this way.

YTD recordings listened to: 451
Good music, not list worthy: 274
Not good music: 152

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

Music for 8/28/19!!! Empath, ShittyBoyz BabyTron, Icewear Vezzo

@@@ Empath: Night On Earth (Get Better, 2019) A sexually fluid experimental punk band out of Philadelphia — I think I seen ’em namechecked on the Twatter.  Those of you out there thinking this is gonna be some crusty, guitar punk record, well think again you close minded bitches as this is ’80s synth punk.  It does have a punky edge as well as a Cure-y edge and this first tune is all right.  The second tune, Pure Intent, does ramp up tempo and the rough section cuts and it does indeed have a wild punk stench to it.  I like that the singer who sounds mostly freakish takes the roughest moment to pop out some sweetness, it’s an engaging contrast and they do whip quite a shitty and a unique one at that.  I should amend the review to state that there are some guitar freakouts/noise to be had here, it’s not as extensive as a traditional punk record but it’s up in there.  This is not the kind of record where you talk a lot about the song structures or this sound, it’s an explosion of a certain kind of freak energy that you’re either gonna like or not.  I like it, they’re just losing their shit.

@@@ ShittyBoyz BabyTron: Punch God 2 (N/A, 2019)  This track is featured on the same Pitchfork Detroit hip hop full length.  Thus far these two Detroit tunes share a pleasant roughness that a lot of trap avoids.  Mr. ShittyBoyz pulls a sample from an ’80s tune I can’t put my finger on and he just runs his mouth bigly.  Lots of rhymes about the ladies and how they do him wrong and how they want to marry him but it’s more the energy here that matters.  Using the word street to describe hip hop is a big problem but to say that this lacks a certain corporate shine in favor of big energy and lots of words is an accurate statement.  They said something in Pitchfork about some connection to video games with this artist.  I didn’t hear that but maybe I missed it or maybe Pitchfork is making shit up, it happens yo.

@@@ Icewear Vezzo & Babyface Ray: Champions (Iced Up/Wavy Gang, 2019)  A Detroit hip hop track I got to via the mighty indie sword called Pitchfork.  Recently purchased by Conde Nasty, a huge publishing company, but indie nonetheless and details my neezies, details!  They take a Queen piano and Freddie Mercury from that cheese ass anthem We are the Champions and throw some booty bass under it and hit the rhymes.  It is a boast track mostly about money and ghetto business but the juxtaposition of that and the Freddie Mercury sample is pretty creative.

YTD recordings listened to: 442
Good music, not list worthy: 268
Not good music: 149

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

Music for 8/27/19!!! Nardeydey, Ohtis, Squid

@@@ Nardeydey: Speedial (Lucky Number, 2019)  I got to this genre mashing single via the Line of Best Fit.  A bit of indie, a little No Wave, and some old school rock.  I was gonna denounce the singer as low energy when she went high and clear in an above average manner.  The bass player is laying down some pretty serious low end but it kinda drags the tune down at the same time it provides nice contrast with the singer when she goes high.  It’s got a Talking Heads disguised polyrhythmic feel to it, but I’m not sure I really love this tune and I’m not sure why.  Seems a bit in its own head but check for yourself.  Yeah, as I get to the end I feel it’s overly stuffed with all these different sounds that end up just there.

@@@ Ohtis: Runnin (Full Time Hobby, 2019)  A genre consistent flat alt-country tune from an about to blow up feature in Line of Best Fit.  Reminiscent of a lot of alt-country bands that have been huge in the past 15-20 years (sad whiny Wilco and such) though I’m really feeling the slide guitar here.  It provides such a sweet contrast with the singer’s baritone.  I guess I’m a bit fatigued with what I consider under-rhythmed indie music that is gushing into the ears of the public.  Outside of the slide guitar it’s just too straight an arrangement for me to get down with.  Am I wrong or a bitch to ask for a bit more?  I guess so.

@@@ Squid: The Dial (Manata, 2018)  Some angular, retro rock a la Devo from that same Line of Best Fit.  Oops, it switches out of that into a quasi-aggro rock thing with a disgruntled singer on about quite mundane matters.  It grows in energy with a guitar solo and some flavorful synth playing.  I don’t usually typed the words flavorful synth playing but it’s the singer who’s putting this tune over the top with his schtick.  I don’t mean schtick in negative way.  Just shy of three minutes the rock falls away to a more dreamy space rock kind of thing so maybe the whole thing has been some sort of prog joke/symphony as it hasn’t stayed in one particular place for very long.  He goes back to his hook/rant about the dial doesn’t change, the dial stays the same which is fine and good to see he’s committed to sounding like a mental patient for the whole tune.  This is the best of what I heard today.

YTD recordings listened to: 439
Good music, not list worthy: 265
Not good music: 149

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

 

Music for 8/22/19!!! Noiseshaper, Desi Sub Culture, Mauro

@@@ Noiseshaper – King Sized Dub Special (Echo Beach) I got to all these recordings via the CFUV weekly playlist email.   Not strictly old school dub, more modern dancefloor dub with dubwise echo effects thought the singer in this first tune sounds genuine dread.  The second tune, Evil E, is more dubbed out with a piece of a dancefloor beat (hi hat) and some thick ass bass dubbing out.  In addition to the echoes which are well done, the use of some EDM filtering techniques and other production flourishes makes the combination of dub and dancefloor techniques mesh well.  It’s not making me jump up and down but a few passages do and it’s a well put together, funky record.

@@@ Desi Sub Culture – Donkey Kong (Snakes x Ladders) Another mash of world music and electronic dancefloor business, this time from South Asia.  It comes out of the gate firing hard with the track Con Man, and we’re looking right at you Orange Hitler!  It’s a four track EP and while you get some really nice Indian melodic phrases on various instruments they bring the rhythms bigly and with variety.  Hand drums, drum machines, they give not a fuck.  Really good shit.  Whichever way they go with the melodic bits you know it’s gonna pump a lot of rhythm.

@@@ Mauno – Really Well (Tin Angel, 2019)  Quirky indie guitar rock with some nice guitar playing and a dreamy female on the microphone.  It’s not my favorite type of rock but they have some interesting stuff going on in the arrangements that brings it up a few notches.  You’ve heard a lot of records like this before from Yo La Tengo to older ’70s weird classic rock records, especially Brit ones.  I guess you could say there are a few bits of prog sprinkled through here and that explains the more sophisto arrangements and weird spots here and there.  Check it for yourself.

YTD recordings listened to: 430
Good music, not list worthy: 260
Not good music: 145

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

Music for 8/14/19!!! Black Mountain, Khruangbin, Jeezy

@@@ Black Mountain: Destroyer (Jagjaguwar, 2019)  I remember these dudes from a while back.  In this first tune they take their ’70s riffmongering and swirl in some ’80s influences — a synth melody here and there and a little bit of Styx Kool Aid.  Not a great sign but I skipped to the second tune which has more riffs but has a robot voice.  I don’t dislike it greatly but the addition of prog pretension and synths isn’t welcome to my ears.  Of course I have the ears of an ignoramus so if this sounds like your cup of stank get up on it!

@@@ Khruangbin: Hasta El Cielo (Dead Oceans) These guys took one of their record from 2018 and dubbed it.  A nice and creative move and this first tune works pretty well as a dub.  The basslines aren’t traditional dubwise but the spirit is there and I dig it.  The second tune sports a funkier bass line and some occasional pieces of guitar come floating through.  However the bass remains the driver here.  The uptempo third tune Mary Always (clipped below for your earhole convenience) is the best of what I heard.

@@@ Jeezy ft. Meek Mill: MLK BLVD (Def Jam/UMG, 2019)  You claim you’re real but you’re rollin’ fake!  That’s how this trap bomb opens up with the skitter and the fat dude bass.  Oh, he’s talking smack to everyone.  They want him dead like Malcolm X and he namechecks Rosa Parks in this gangster tune.  I can’t say I totally get what he’s on about — I went to Genius and took a look at the lyrics and I can’t say I’ve made much progress.  He’s mixing his old school references to MLK and Malcolm X with put downs of Kanye West and Rick Ross and making money and motherfuckers wearing fake Rolex watches.  I don’t have time to decipher what might well be nonsense.

YTD recordings listened to: 413
Good music, not list worthy: 249
Not good music: 140

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

Music for 8/12/19!!! OSHUN, The Warp/The Weft, Megan Thee Stallion

@@@ OSHUN: Stuck (OSHUN, 2019)  An Afrofuturist single I got to via an email from an upstate New York media collective.  I thought this was a small group as this collective is into underground business but this video has 1.4 million views on the GooglePimp.  It opens up with a laidback vibe and a retro sounding beat.  It’s a double female operation with lyrics revolving around being stuck and trying to get out of that state of mind.  It’s reminiscent of the Fugees and is more of a stream of conciousness vibe than a structured tune.  Good for summer.

@@@ The Warp/The Weft: Dead Reckoning (Self-released, 2019)  I got to this self released expansive rock record via an email from the group themselves.  This first tune is an interesting blend of sounds with a rocking band and pretty retro hippie/prog singer.  Oooh, they get into some mathy business halway through the tune.  There’s also some prog and pastoral Jethro Tull type rock to be had here.  Whether you dig this record depends on how you feel about the singer.  He’s super literate and works an uncommon vibe on the microphone.  Myself I like it but I’m an open minded listener.  The band is tight and they’ve spent some time arranging these tunes.  The tones are very nice as well.  If you’re up for some slightly to the side rock music check these guys out, they have a lot of sounds packed in here.

@@@ Megan Thee Stallion: Hot Girl Summer (300 Entertainment, 2019)  A late entry into the jam of the summer entry.  It’s a smooth ass singer with Nikki Minaj and another female rapper who I assume is Megan Thee Stallion.  The tune has a slapdash feel to it with some generic keyboard vamps and a few different hip hop appearances thrown over it.  My favorite part of the tune is how they keep using a sample of Nikki Minaj saying she’s a ‘real ass bitch’.  She’s a got a lot of options cuz she’s got a lot popping.  I think this is a weak entry into tune of the summer.  Not the weakest but it’s not super catchy, except the ‘real ass bitch’ sample.

YTD recordings listened to: 407
Good music, not list worthy: 244
Not good music: 139

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