Music for 12/31/19!!! Da Baby, Tyler the Creator

@@@ Da Baby: Suge (Interscope, 2019)  I listened to tracks from the second Da Baby but I may or may not have peeped this massive hip hop single for 2019.  It’s a very focused arrangement with fat fat synth bass, a tasty and light trap beat while Da Baby celebrates his lifestyle.  He’s a young CEO by the way.  It’s not my favorite track of the year but it has bounce for days and Da Baby is all over the microphone and other men’s womens.  Beat at the top of my list, minimalist arrangement after that, microphone energy after that.

@@@ Tyler the Creator: Earfquake (Columbia, 2019)  Tyler the Creator is one of the most fascinating figures in hip hop.  I’m not sure it always translates into the music but he’s a shapeshifter, musically and image-wise and possibly even sexually fluid as well but that’s not my bidness.  This is a quirky hip hop ballad that is both genuine and weird and soulful.  After an extended sung intro a rhymed section with strings comes in before it heads back into the sung hook section.  Part Prince, part trap, part Pee Wee Herman playland, I dig the track conceptually but as music it’s above average for me.  Not mind blowing.  Happy 2020 people!

YTD recordings listened to: 673
Good music, not list worthy: 408
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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 12/29/19!!! Christian aTunde Adjuah, Daisy the Great

@@@ Christian aTunde Adjuah: Ancestral Recall (Ropeadope, 2019) This New Orleans jazz musician is on Ted Gioia’s best of 2019.  It doesn’t open as straight jazz record might, it’s ambient with world music influences as well as hippie music.  The second tune switches to some pretty wicked hand drumming with Saul Williams (who I dig) doing some spoken word business.  The word sprawling might fit for this record.  Cosmic as well.  I’m feeling this second tune — the sounds, the playing, the vibe of it.  I appreciate this reimaging and merging of jazz ideas with other musics and concepts.  The drumming is especially welcome to my listening as it adds so much energy to the music.

@@@ Daisy the Great: I’m Not Getting Any Taller (Paper Moon, 2019)  A record that also appears on Ted Gioia’s best of 2019 list.  It is female driven, intimate bedroom folk indie.  In a rare turn for indie music the rhythm on the track opens up after the intro into some swinging.  The lyrics revolve around relationships and self reflection while the music continues to bounce in a way less annoying than most indie music.  It’s not really my thing but I get the appeal for sure.  Creative arrangements, nice sounds and production, and lyrics that some may like.  It’s not bedroom folk indie, that was just the intro to the first tune, it’s bouncy indie.

YTD recordings listened to: 671
Good music, not list worthy: 406
Not good music: 222

Best: 8
Honorable Mentions: 15

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 10/29/18!!! Michael Finnissy, King Princess, Sunnyside

@@@ Michael Finnissy: Back on Earth (5Against4, 2019)  I got to this classical piece (which isn’t on the streaming stores yet) via the Twatter.  I sometimes struggle saying relevant things about classical music as I’m not very bright and it tends to be a more cerebral genre, but I try bitches, I try.  Check this guy’s majestic and wise bald head, he looks mad serious.  It is starting out as a noodling thing, like they’re getting ready and then it opens up into more, but not a lot more.  Instrumentation is violin, piano, oboe and possible other instruments.  If I had it all over to do again, I probably wouldn’t choose oboe same as the first time around, but I do love the sound of the oboe.  It just looks ridiculous.  This is your small scale ensemble playing with some pages from the jazz feels playbook.  I dig it.  Percolating, it percolates and it meanders.  I’m really enjoying listening to the various small shooting up voices while the piano is most definitely the centerpiece here.  Don’t stream this introductory nugget thinking your getting Beethoven, this is modern classical business with an emphasis on textures and sonics.

@@@ King Princess: Cheap Queen (Zelig, 2019) I saw this single shouted on NBC News of all places, so that should get a peep, right?  A slightly shabby pop diva in the making if an appearance on NBC News is any indication.  You don’t get on NBC News as a musician without powerful PR connections.  The tune has a decidedly low profile pop sound to it.  It has a vocal loop in it, and it’s mainstream but it doesn’t have that soaring element often seen in Arianne Grande’s dirty dishwater music and Beyonce’s queen of everything flow.  I’m hearing this is aimed at connecting at a more emotional level.  I think the vocal hook is cool but after that it doesn’t dig very deep.  Less dank than Billie Ellish and not as regal as the divas mentioned above.

@@@ Sunnyside: Stretch (Mind Detergent, 2019) I got to this Melbourne band’s groovy single via Happy Mag, an Australian music mag.  It is slotted as jazz on Apple Music but I hear more chill lounge and jam band music than jazz.  It’s got a lot of small plinky guitar parts to it and a pop funk beat.  It also has a pile of vocal tracks exhorting the listener to ‘stretch’ and ‘kick back’ which isn’t quite doing it for me.  I’m not unwinding.  I guess I’m not super feeling this track.  It does make me wonder if this music would actually work to get folks to kick back and unwind.  Maybe mentally as there’s not much going on to really grab you so you can space out.  I left when the MC showed up, I couldn’t deal with that.

YTD recordings listened to: 563
Good music, not list worthy: 332
Not good music: 192

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.

Music for 10/23/19!!! Benny Mails, clipping., Joviale

@@@ Benny Mails:  High On Stress (Self-released, 2019)  I got to this UK rapper via a Line of Best Fit email.  I’m addicted to UK hip hop, I can’t stop listening!  Trappish beats, fat bass, and then Mails hits the mic and it sounds like Boris Johnson tryin’ to rub one out in the bus station!  #nonsense Is it possible the British accent can not work within the aesthetic framework of hip hop?  Further complicating matters is that I don’t understand the vocal hook, he gets high on stress, he’s so vexed.  I guess he might be saying that he’s got so much going on and he up in it that he’s high on the stress.  Or it may not make sense, but as he said that he’s vexed that makes two of us.  Peep it, it’s fabolos in a way.

@@@ Clipping.:  There Existed an Addiction to Blood (Sub Pop, 2019) Also from Line of Best Fit.  With a title like this I thunk it was a metal or a noise record, but it’s not, it’s a hip hop record.  After a spitfire intro rhyme bomb Mr. clippin. heads into a track with what might almost pass as a Laurie Anderson sonic arrangement.  The MC is like a razor, he’s extremely sharp in his pronunciation and he’s working overtime.  He gets a lot of words and verbal energy out into the listener’s ears.  Halfway through the track the tune explodes into its full self with a complete beat, super fat bass and a giant synth serving as a wall for the chorus.  The fifth track, La Mala Ordena, will be my last peep for this record.  I dig this track a whole bunch, fresh sounds and above average rhyming.  The roughness of this records exists at a more conceptual level — these aren’t stories of gangsta adventures it’s more meta than that.  About two thirds of the way through this song the whole song just turns to abstract distorted noise and they run out the track with that shit.  This outfit is fresh.

@@@ Joviale: The Crisis EP (Blue Flowers, 2019) Also from Line of Best fit.  Last listen of the day and it’s gonna be lighter than the clipping. record above.  This is British mainstream electro pop so it’s not quite as gaudy and Hollywood while it does push out a distinctly upbeat musical vibe.  The singer is smooth and sweet but no panting and breathless nonsense.  The sounds have an ’80s feel to them and the second tune Ride Away even has a wee Prince feel.  I don’t love the guitar sounds and I find her voice to be front and center as the deserved main attraction.  If folks want a different take on singer/songwriter pop check this out.

YTD recordings listened to: 551
Good music, not list worthy: 325
Not good music: 187

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.

Music for 9/12/19!!! Bug Martin, Ciel

@@@ Bug Martin: Dharma Blues (Pyrrhic Victory, 2019)  I got to this via a music publicist email.  I”m listening to this first review after starting below.  My Apple Music or something associated with it is still quite fucked and I can’t hear the first two songs.  I’m starting with Diamond in the Coal and it’s a lonesome country track with some electric guitar splashes in the rear.  Martin himself has a pretty classic country voice and this tune has similarities to old school Rolling Stones country rock blues except there’s nothing more than a tambourine here.  The fourth tune dispenses with the electric guitar chord washes and goes for a more old school vibe.  I like Martin’s voice, a bit nasal but nowhere near Dylan levels of craziness.  The fifth tune, Jim Rodgers’ Blues (my third tune due to the fuckedness of the interwebz) is a stunner to my ears.  He adds some falsetto and the blend of sadness and beauty is super enjoyable.  Imma stop here cuz he went out on a high note.

@@@ Ciel: Why Me? (Ghostly Intl, 2019)  I got to this edm record via a shout on the Twatter.  My Apple Music shit is all fucked up so I can’t listen to the first track of this 34 minute EP and the release above where I would usually start.  The second tune Go Fish is a playful dancefloor banger with some high bell, some robot blip action, some vibe like sounds and a whipping staticky thing.  As I said it’s not dark and it funks along in a non techno manner.  Let’s peep more as I like this but I don’t need to hear the whole sandwich.  This third tune, called Hipwrecked, gets back into more familiar techno with a vaariation on the classic kick hat business.  After a brief warmup it gets into pretty hard hitting techno funk.  Hence the title Hipwrecked, you’ll dance your ass off.  If you’re up for some techno with some mustard on it this will work for you.  Brisk beats, stripped arrangements, driving sections, it’s happening.

YTD recordings listened to: 469
Good music, not list worthy: 286
Not good music: 156

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

 

Music for 9/5/19!!! Ezra Furman, Toko Telo, Kadr Laviansky

@@@ Ezra Furman: Twelve Nudes (Bella Union, 2019)  I’ve heard Furman’s music before (I think) but he/she (he/she won’t clarify just sayin’) was mentioned in the Line of Best Fit weekly email with a new release so there ya go and I will hit it with another listen.  In the first tune I remember why I returned to Furman’s music.  He’s not wishy washy.  You can like or not like what he does but you have to appreciate his big energy, he airs his shit out and doesn’t play it safe.  He sings his ass off here and I appreciate that.  Ragged, falsetto, angry, rock star and sometimes not and whichever way he wants to roll.  Musically I appreciate some fairly hard rocking as it’s not in vogue and he rocks in a somewhat different manner.  A bit classic rock, some punk, and even some Devo like action (in the 4th tune Rated R Crusaders).

@@@ Toko Telo: Diavola (Daniel Sprant SPRL, 2018)  I saw this supergroup from Mali mentioned in a gig announcement email in upstate New York.  I love African music, it’s the shit.  This first tune is a percussionist, an acoustic guitar player, and an electric guitar with a female singer.  The blend of acoustic and electric playing and the circular style makes for an intoxicating effect.  Dizzying if you try to listen closely.  If these were white dudes this would be prog but this is African people and the emphasis is secondarily on virtuousity.  I tend to gravitate to the hard rocking African music but the interplay between the two guitars here is hype.  If you’re down for straight up beautiful melodic playing and aren’t craving a drumkit hop all over this.

@@@ Kader Livansky: Your Need (2MR, 2019)  I saw this Russian underground electronic artist profiled in an Australian music mag.  It’s a bit of a tripped out vibe to the cover and the video below but we check all flavors on this here blog.  It’s a tripped out disco dance thing on this first tune with a repetitive vocal loop and some big ass cheesy synth patches arpeggiating.  The drums are more retro while I’m used to hearing hip hop drum machines which try to funk you right into the ground.  Livansky gets into some weird electronic music here — equal parts groovy and trippy and an unusual audio trippiness.  I wouldn’t call these lo fi sounds but they’re not typical dancefloor bangin’.  I can see folks splitting both ways on this, I think it’s fresh while others might find it too weird.

YTD recordings listened to: 457
Good music, not list worthy: 279
Not good music: 153

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 7/26/19!!! Indian Summer, The Oh Sees, Them Coulee Boys

@@@ Indian Summer: Woolworm (Numero Group, 2019) This is a 7 minute single I got to via a msuic publicist.  It opens with an old black female singer and they layer some clean indie style guitar beside her before she’s faded out and the band comes in.  There’s a nerdy dude barely audible in the mix speaking poetry, before they hit the ol’ distortion pedals and they get to rockin’!  Either I can’t appreciate the minimalist nature of this or there’s too little here to grasp onto.  Or I’m not in the mood to try to finger what the gent is saying.  I made it 5 minutes.

@@@ The Oh Sees: Smote Reverser (Castle Face, 2019)  A friend and regular reader of this here blog asked me what I thought of this record so I said I would peep it not for him but for me and for everyone out there.  The first tune comes out with a heavy tom rumble and some barely creepy/intimate vocals before they launch into a big fat rocking section.  These guys have the sound of a veteran band, they’re playing is tighter than a welldigger’s ass.  I like this first song as it rocks well, has shades of Radiohead and is not without its charms.  The second tune (clipped below) swirls in more epic classic rock including wee little pubes of Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult.  Complete with an organ solo, Deep Purple dudes!  I find this one a bit not to my taste.  I’m agnostic on the worth of classic rock at this point and that’s pretty central to listening to this record as it’s very influenced by mid-70s classic rock.  Gotta give these guys props for playing at this level and going full rock star.

@@@ Them Coulee Boys: Midnight Manifestos (Lohi, 2019)  I got to this pre-release track via a music publicist email.  I’m forced to watch this video, no I’m not as the record is up on Apple Music with the pre-release tracks.  I spelled the band name wrong, idiot!  It’s a poppy alt-country rock kinda thing with a driving bass line, a basket of sweeter guitar sounds (including mandolin).  It’s a solidly pleasant  summer track but I thought there were too many vocal tracks and I coulda used some sort of break/outro change if they’re gonna stick with the classic 4 minute track.  Nice sounds.

YTD recordings listened to: 381
Good music, not list worthy: 226
Not good music: 133

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