Music for 5/2/22!!! Putochinomaricon, Vanum

@@@ Putochinomaricon feat. GFOTy: Tamagotchi (Elefant, 2022) I have an email address for my podcast, The Magic Organ, and I saw this group tweeted out by bandcamp via the Twatter. The leader here, Putochiomaricon is Portugese and Taiwanese so that’s a cool combo platter and this is synth pop but more rhythmic and the lyrics aren’t in English so the vocals come across as an instrument. That works for me bigly, I don’t have to flow with stupid Katy Perry style roar bullshit. The vibe is upbeat, partly sci fi, and poppy. It’s interesting culturally to see the rhythmic vocals with an MC in the middle is done differently than here in the big empire. Pop is pop and it’s international.

@@@ Vanum: Legend (Profound Lore, 2022) I got to this the same way, the email address for my music podcast. I like this label as they put out some interesting heavy music. This record is just 5 pieces with four of them between 7 and 8 minutes and the closing banger weighing in at 14 minutes. Elements of doom metal with a bit of punk and even a taste of hard rock in a few spots. The singer is more at the end of his rope than caveman not even audible. You get the full distortion guitar show here, I like it all right, I guess I like the rat in the rusty cage metal more than the epic doom stuff. I like the singer, great guitar sounds as usual with today’s metal.

Music for 4/23/22!!!! flowerovlove, Poppy Ajudha

@@@ flowerovlove: I Love This Song (Self-released, 2022) I got to this drum machine indie pop via Line of Best Fit. Nice drum machine, strummed acoustic guitar, bit cloudy synth before it opens out into the song proper. I like the singer, she’s got both a youthful flow and a slack flow while the track works an energetic path (drum machine) and a slack path (vocals). Pretty standard stuff well executed.

@@@ Poppy Ajudha: PLAYGOD (Self-released, 2022) Another line of Best Fit listen, this time an updated r&b/soul flavor. Surprisingly, and in its favor, the track goes from an understated verse to a crunched up over the top rock stance. Back to the chill, ah the classic tension/release mechanism that has taken so many to the bank. I like how the sounds get pulled from various places and work fine together, the songs aren’t blowing me away. Voice is strong, good arrangements, lyrics could use some freshening, solid B at work here.

Music for 4/3/22!!!! Ghostly Kisses, Pillow Queens

@@@ Ghostly Kisses: Heartbeat (Akira Records, 2022) Breathy female pop I got to via Line of Best Fit. Very tasty synths balance out the slightly over dramatical vocalizing. When the beat comes in (drum machine) it’s much more tasteful than I expected. By the time it fully emerges it’s a lounge-y techno-ish pop banger. More than -ish actually, the undercarriage here is pretty much techno. Neutral to slightly negative on the vocals, mostly positive on the arrangement. The player clicked through and the drama doth continue so points for consistency. Super polished, maybe a bit too much.

@@@ Pillow Queens: No Good Woman (Royal Mountain Records, 2022) Seventh song of the record and the female singer comes out spreading a melody across a few octaves in a quietly desperate style. After a guitar and vocal intro the full rock band comes in, old school guitar indie style. It builds to a pretty rocking point by the 2/3s marker. I like the drum sounds here, I think the guitar tones could use some work to be more impactful, and I’m neutral on the singer and the tune.

Music for 8/30/21!!! Halsey, Lorde

@@@ Halsey: The Tradition (Capitol/UMG, 2021). Halsey’s new record is getting quite a bit of ink out there, is it a massive artistic statement? We shall see! HIstory would say it’s more of a marketing effort rather than a true statement. The opening track of her new record, it starts up with piano and Halsey singing. It grows with more vocal tracks, an understated string part and then back to the verse. Aargh, I don’t know if I should click to the next track cuz I’m not feeling this, it’s collapsing under the weight of its own whatevs. The second track Bells in Santa Fe, starts differently, oh not really it just takes out the piano, nope it doesn’t even do that. Yikes I could use some beats to distract from all the whatevs. It’s Sunday and maybe I just suck today but I will check out one more track tomorrow and see if it fits me any better but the first two tracks are not encouraging. It’s Monday and I promised a second listen so here we are! The production signals an epicness I don’t find in the track itself. The lyrics are interesting for a mainstream track, highlighting the mistreatment of women and how that’s just a tradition. I like the segue with about 90 seconds left but I could use more anger and less drama or something more sonically. In its way it’s very conservative and traditional.

@@@ Lorde: Solar Power (UMG New Zealand, 2021). It’s mainstream female musician day! I saw somebody on the Twatter taking down Lorde for her condescending to normal people. Oy, I can’t believe listen to this mainstream shit as real music, the vibe here is quite manipulative and so shallow as to trigger a depression. On the surface (and that’s about how deep it all goes) it’s a breezy ode to going to the beach. It’s 2/3s done by the time the drums kick in and at that point I want to drive my car into the ocean. The outro consists of stacks of vocals singing the word ‘solar’ over a rockin’ beat and a little melody at the end. It’s hard to convey how something put together in such a manner, so exquisitely manicured and groomed before release can still be trash but that’s the view from here. This is straight pop music trash. I’m not sure if Lorde is guilty of any condescending to normal people but she sure as shit took that three minutes and I’ll never get that back. Beware the zombie pop!

Music for 3/15/21!!! Valerie June, Unravel, Lake Street Dive

@@@ Valerie June: Call Me a Fool (Fantasy, 2021) Concord seems to be interested in releasing a lot of retro soul and r&b around strong women doing their thing and whatnot. I think I got to this track via Line of Best Fit. Most notable here is Ms. June’s voice — it’s got a slightly offkilter cadence and a sharpness to it. Sharpness isn’t bad or good, it’s just what I’m hearing. When they bring in the lush strings her voice really stands out in contrast to those buttery strings, that’s interesting listening and shit. I appreciate that she’s not rocking a classic, soaring r&b powerhouse voice, it’s a gravelly thing. She does go high into some woo hoo action and that’s more contrast. I like contrast, I find it closer to real life. The band is cool life, nothing that particularly stands out to my ear. Clasic swelling organ. This lands somewhere between late ’60s mellowed out Janis Joplin and mid ’70s Rolling Stones faded blues.

@@@ The Anchoress: Unravel (Snapper, 2021) This record is slotted as rock on Apple Music and whether it rocks or not is one issue but I can tell you this music aspires to be unabashedly meaningful and emotional. This idea comes out of the vocal tones, the lyrics, the heavy tom tom sound and just the general feels of it. I’m not one for the performative seriousness in my art, I like it presented in a different way. If you don’t want me, then I don’t want me and we unravel from here — I think that’s the vocal hook. That resides in middle territory, not the worst I’ve heard and not one I think is just awesome sauce. Our love is dangerous, now that’s the kind of sentiment I’m not a huge fan of. Not really my cup of tea but as always don’t take my dumbass word, check it for yourself.

@@@Lake Street Dive: Hypotheticals (Nonesuch, 2021) Speaking of meaningful music, Nonesuch! Yowsa, Nonesuch. I guess they’re taking a break for setting standards in perfomative serious art to participate in this bouncing, 1980’s feel good woo hoo stuff. She’s playing out a lot of hypotheticals in her mind, and I’ve been pondering the question what if I stopped listening at this point? How’s that for a hypothetical? It’s a bit cute for my taste, there’s no weirdness — I could picture a Prince tune that embraces these sounds but he was either horny as fuck or he was talking about God. I’m a white person by birth but not by culture at this point in my life, so I feel more than qualified to say this is white business. If you like white music business then good on you, I’m out of the white music game. I like me some white black metal and some freak show punk but I punched my ticket out of the bounce house a long time ago.

Music for 1/6/21!!! Jazmine Sullivan, Taylor Swft

@@@ Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales (RCA, 2021) When you click on Apple Music at the top right corner is a record by a young African American and it’s called Heaux Tales. How can you not listen to a record or a tune called Heaux Tales? It’s just too hilarious and sad to pass on. I’m guessing this is part stripper pole music swirled up with female empowerment and the whole pre release track, Pick Up Your Feelings, will barely make sense. It’s not stripper music, it’s a slow jam and that cheatin’ ass motherfucker stepped out on this lady. So instead of coming over to pick up his shit he’s gotta swing by and pick up his feelings. It’s a pretty clever hook and Sullivan owns some Prince records. The rest of the lyrics revolve around how she has no use for her feelings and memories of their relationship so he’s free to take her feelings. I tend to think I’m a bit of a hardass about lyrics and how much sense they make but I say it’s quite refreshing to listen to something that makes sense. The sounds here are pretty standard slightly retro r&b with guitar and piano included in the mix.

@@@ Taylor Swift: willow (Taylor Swift, 2020) I guess Tay Tay is an adult now and she’s in love and she’s responsible. I’m listening to the opening track of her second universally lauded record and she’s working with some of my least favorite musicians. I get why she collaborated with the gents from the National, cuz they’re artists (ha!) and she’s one of America’s youngest artists (ha!) but I don’t have to like it! Ha. I will say four things here: one, the hook in the chorus is solid, the image of the willow. Two, the arrangements are solid, not particularly fresh or interesting but solid. Three, the lyrics in the verses are still pretty teened out and not very interesting. Lastly, outside of the chorus which probably came first in the creative process, I don’t like how Taylor Swift sings. I don’t like her delivery, it’s clunky and doesn’t sit well with my ears. I’ve never heard of the woman in the first pocket review but her flow rhythmically is a factor of 5 better than Tay Tay. She needs a coach, she needs to loosen up in the verse so I can enjoy it. It’s not just the chorus that’s supposed to be enjoyable. 46 million views on the GooglePimp in three weeks you young white girls gotta listen to a wider variety of music!!

Music for 7/15/20!!! Kate Bollinger, Wesley Joseph, NZCA Lines, Eaves Wilder

@@@ Kate Bollinger: Grey Skies (House Arrest, 2020) All of today’s listen’s come from last week’s Line of Best fit weekly email.  My first impression is that this song is a white lady bit of classic black newer r&b sounds.  Watercolor smeared keyboard sounds, fat amorphous bass synth, some intimate guitar sounds, a chill beat with a tight snare sound.  Bollinger’s voice is framed well within the mix but I find her stylings to be of the neither hate nor love variety.  I’m guessing some white listeners who don’t peep the original version of this style might like this track.  Is it a full bite or an homage?  That’s up to others to decide.

@@@ Wesley Joseph: Martyrs (Eeviltwin, 2020) Alternative hip hop!  Very silky and intimate sounds with Mr. Joseph coming on British MC style.  Thick, sinuous bass with r&b influences.  These sounds are delicious in my headphones.  A few intergalactic spaceship sounds quickly flit across the stereo field providing some transient energy and while I don’t get a distinct idea of what’s going on from the lyrics, the sounds are headphone-tastic!  Lock me in your ivory tower, take me to the top and show me pure luxury — that’s the vocal hook.  That’s pretty good.  The idea of restraint and less is more is not at play here.  I don’t find it completely objectionable, I dig the bass and there’s a nice guitar solo in here but I would let it sit out for a bit to decarbonate.

@@@ NZCA LINES: Pure Luxury (Memphis Industries, 2020) Super uptempo, 80’s influenced pop with a few black music feels sprinkled throughout.  Falsetto vocals and a funky bass most notable in that area of black music.  This feels a bit like what I imagine a hot ginger ale enema would feel like.  Aggressively bubbly, maybe a bit too carbonated.  It’s not a reach to say that there may be too many vocal tracks up in here.

@@@ Eaves Wilder: Won’t You Be Happy (Little Cousin, 2020) Brit pop to end the day.  Every track comes with a side of chips!  Oh that’s racist, right?  Wilder’s voice sounds mad girlish, not that it’s bad but it does effect your listening experience.  As far as I can tell Brit pop is notable for the fact that you might get some rock elements up in yer British pop — a distorted guitar here, some rock drums but still mad pop flavors there. And that is the case here as you get a good dose of manicured power chords to go with danceable rock drumming.  It’s well done, unmessy rocking and pleasant contrast betwixt the female singing and the crunchy guitars.

YTD recordings listened to: 544
Good music, not list worthy: 275
Not good music: 240

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, Gambian Griot Kora Duets, Drama, Beatrice Dillon, Mass Worship, mmmonika, Les Deuxluxes, Tony Allen, Fra Fra, Nihiloxica, Hailu Mergia, Pokey LaFarge, Nico Gomez, Nohe and Sus Santos, schroothoop, Tiny Bit of Giant’s Blood, Pole, Naeem, Mekons, Santrofi, DJ Nigga Fox, Flor do Toloache

Music for 1/24/20!!! Africa Express, Kool Keith, K. Flay, Four Tet

Africa Express

This record is off an All Music notable release email from last fall.  I save them and check them out a bit after release date.  Africa Express is a UK non profit bringing African and Western musicians.  Great, but thus far I’m not into the tunes.  The second tune, The City, is a world music electro with an emphasis on South African flavors.  There are a lot of musicians up in this record and I find that a bit disorienting.  I like some of the sounds but overall it’s not really my thing.

Kool Keith

I’m a fan of Mello Music Group and I try to check out their releases if I have the time.  Kool Keith is super old school and these tracks are decidedly and proudly retro.  Track Two, Foot Locker is a refreshing change in attitude and sound from today’s menacing trap.  Oh no, quite pornographic, get ready for that level of detail as he gets quite intimate with a female employee at Foot Locker.  Kool Keith is a nut with titles such as Graceland and Holy Water and he seems quite interested in tight pants in his vicinity.

K Flay

I don’t know how Apple Music has this slotted as alternative and All Music has it as Alternative Rap.  It’s pop and the deception is noted what a load of shit business that can’t describe its own product accurately.  I’m guessing it is the justified sense of shame in trafficking in this sort of shopping mall shit that leads music execs to relabel pop cheese as alternative rap.  Dirtballs.

Four Tet: Baby (Text, 2020)  Four Tet up on the Apple Tracks in near the top!  It’s a stripped down/chopped up techno dancefloor banger with a little glitter sauce up on there.  The song title and the vocals center around a vocal phrase that gets chewed up in the middle and then served over lush keyboard sounds.  It’s all right, not jump up and down material but it’s well put together and focused.  It segues to bird chirps and a babbling stream which is a bit odd before it goes back to the core.  Let’s call that a tinkle break!

YTD recordings listened to: 69
Good music, not list worthy: 38
Not good music: 29

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 9/27/19!!! Yungblud, Hailee Steinfeld, Da Baby

@@@ Yungblud: Parents (Geffen, 2019)  A pre release mainstream single I got to via a music publicist email outfit I usually ignore.  It’s a blend of bad boy rock lyrics, Imagine Dragons style music and while it may end up being huge as this sort of manufactured rebellion is quite popular to my ears it’s high end shiny trash.  Lots of lyrics about taking drugs and banging girls and how old parents have no clue.  Parents ain’t always right, that’s the best you could do, youngblood?  I get the part about the greatness of being young but with this low level IQ it can’t be that much fun.  It makes yesterday’s listen to Maroon 5 sound like a feat of artistry and taste, that’s how cheesy it is.  Boo hiss.

@@@ Hailee Steinfeld: Afterlife (UMG, 2019) We switch from a cheesy youthful rebellion track to a little less cheesy love tune.  It doesn’t have the grayness and depressing air that Arianna Grande’s music has which is nice.  I like that they took the vocal melody and parallel processed it into a vocals synth with an organ so it sounds vocoded.  That doesn’t happen through the whole tune but it’s noticeable and a creative sonic idea.  She does wear that vocal hook out, we might have used a few more sentiments in the lyric department.  The sounds are good, pretty standard for today’s electro pop.  About the best thing I can say about this tune is that it could have been much worse.

@@@ DaBaby: Intro (Interscope, 2019)  #1 on the Apple Music hot tracks.  It’s a biographical hip hop track about DaBaby’s life, the death of his father, his daughter, his rising up to #1 record track.  While I don’t really identify with the lyrics he’s got an interesting flow and his sounds are pretty fresh on this tune.  He’s got a nice chattering beat but most notably he’s got a short vocal sample that repeats and really works.  It’s much more of a song than a lot of hip hop which is a groove with MC sauce on it.  This is by far the best thing I heard today, I would check out more of DaBaby fo sho.  I think I might have heard him as a guest MC but you know the world is full of MCs and the names are confusing.

YTD recordings listened to: 499
Good music, not list worthy: 301
Not good music: 166

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

Music for 8/23/19!!! J.T.C., SAMMUS, Taylor Swift

@@@ J.T.C.: Indigo, Flesh and Fire (Spectral/Ghostly, 2019)  I got to this dance EP via a twat on the Twatter.  It opens up briskly with drum machine hi hats slicing over that four on the floor kick drum.  It drops out for a bit then comes back ginsu knife style.  A very small piece of chopped up sample vocal sits underneath the drums.  Lots of filtering eq thickening and sharpening the groove.  I like the energy, I could use a bit more and call me a slut I don’t care.  The second tune, Varastride, mixes in a high action (and delayed) keyboard part that drives and enhances the rhythm.  This tune I feel a lot more, it’s pumpin’!  If you’re looking for some high octane, quietly trippy techno this EP will mess with your head and get yer feets movin’.

@@@ Sammus: Pieces in Space (Don Giovanni, 2016) I got to this hip hop record via a gig announcement email from an upstate NY media collective.  Put out by an independent label, I give props to them for putting out an indie hip hop label.  It’s headed by an Afro-American female MC and she’s working with somewhat retro beats and sounds.  Lyrics are concious and uplifting with moderate levels of verbal jousting.  This second tune, Comments Disabled, has some really sweet spaced out sounds to go with her rhymes about gamergate where male gamers were threatening and harassing female video game players.  It’s a cool topic for a track.  I like the sounds, the beats are okay (could be a bit funkier if you ask me and nobody is), and she’s good MC.  I would think old school hip hop fans could really groove on this.

@@@ Taylor Swift: Lover (UMG, 2019)  Oh boy, the day is upon us as Tay Tay drops another full length biscuit on the masses.  This is a pre-release single, though it’s pre release only by a few days.  It’s a lush ballad with very little, if any, original elements in the composition.  Sorry little Tay Tay lovers it’s just true.  It’s clear that Swift is much more comfortable with this cheesed out balladry than she was on her last outing which I found cringe worthy club music trying way too hard.  A sophisticated listener would have to find these lyrics somehow interesting as the music is high end cliche.  Swift’s core skill remains, in my humble opinion, her ability to remain bonded with her fans.  Her music, well that’s not nearly as sophisticated as her star-fan relationship skills.  The same could be said for Beyonce.

YTD recordings listened to: 433
Good music, not list worthy: 262
Not good music: 146

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