Music for 8/3/22!!! Ami Dang, Reuben James

@@@ Ami Dang: Raiments (Leaving Records, 2022) I got to these two listens today via the boozhy club National Sawdust in Brooklyn, they send out a weekly email blah blah blah. This is the opening track and it’s a mashup of world music and electronic music. The question with these mashups is how many New Age feels are we going to get and the answer here is medium. Here it’s centered mostly in the arpeggiated synths that are panned out to the side while a traditional stringed instrument takes the melodic lead in the center. I like this more than I expected as boozhy New Age electro can often annoy me. Often as in almost always. I even kept the Apple Music player rolling into the second track and there’s a rolling dark sound here that I’m actually into. Well kiddies, that’s why you always listen for yourself despite what you might expect or read in a marketing tidbit. Not my favorite shit ever, but this is pretty good.

@@@ Reuben James: All I Wanna Do (Rufio, 2022) I don’t usually go for what I consider to be enlightened boom bap but with this first track Vegan Butter I think they took hooked it up pretty stylishly. You gotta remember normies gonna norm and while this music is pretty straight in its own way, it’s focused and well executed. I’m on the third track and I can confirm this is normie music — big beats, big as in high in volume in the mix which I love, lots of friendly smooth vocals (I like that less) and solid arrangements. Highbrow loverboy r&b, that’s what we got here.

Music for 7/19/22!!! Tyshawn Sorey, Stimulator Jones

@@@ Tyshawn Sorey: Mesmerism (Yeros7, 2022) This is a piano trio jazz record, pretty straight with Mr. Sorey who is a monster drummer/percussionist as well as a drummer heavily into composition. Instrumentation here is piano, drums and bass and regardless of how you feel about the tunes chosen or how the musicians do in covering them these guys can all play and Mr. Sorey makes the session much much more interesting with his quick witted playing and overall musicianship at the drum kit. This should work big time for straight jazz folks.

@@@ Stimulator Jones: Soon Never Comes (Stones Throw, 2022) I got to this alternative r&b record via the notable release email from All Music from a coupla weeks back. The first tune is heavy on both ’70s loverboy vibes and thwacky boom bap. The contrast between that snare sound and the hot fudge sundae sweetness of the rest of the tune is pleasant. If Earth Wind and Fire popped a handful of Oxycontin it would sound like the vocalist and the instrumentalists on this record. The pumped up snare is present on this second tune so maybe that’s the formula for the whole record. The third tune, and my last for this listen chooses a higher tempo drum machine but it retains that friendly ass sonic top end. The soft rock/funk here is quite extreme in its softness.

Music for 12/7/21!!! John Depew, Milan Ring

@@@ John Depew: Self-titled (Self-released, 2021) I got to this old school midwestern man and his stringed instrument record via Ted Gioia’s end of year list which I usually check out but it’s behind a paywall this year and he’s just giving out crumbs. Hath he no shame! Mr. Depew sure can play and he gets into on the second track Hog Killing. He can also sing really well — I’m not a huge fan of the reverb they put on his voice but it’s not enough to sink my liking of the record. He switches from mandolin to acoustic guitar on the third track Indian Blanket Flower and I’m really feeling this track more than the second after really liking the first. I think he might be a tad too literate for me at certain points. There are some quite beautiful passages at points here and a few places where it gets a bit lyrically clogged. I see he’s trying to update some very established sounds and I appreciate that effort, it’s quite difficult. I prefer his playing to his singing but that’s just me.

@@@ Milan Ring: Hide with You (Astral People, 2021) I got to this track via this week’s Line of Best fit email. Here we have a young female Australian musician and this is the opening track off a just released record. It’s a chill r&b track with singing and rhyming and a lot of vocal tracks. I don’t know if there should be a maximum number of vocal tracks to a song but it’s an idea worth considering. The arrangement here is chill pop with funky but not trap beats, nice thick basslines without menace and the aforementioned lots of vocal tracks. Surprisingly to me the outro comes together to chug out on a funky wave. Overall, it’s all right and whoever did the basslines here did a very good job.

Music for 5/3/2021!!! Burial and Blackdown, BackRoad Gee, cktrl

@@@ Burial + Blackdown: Shock Power of Love EP (Keysound, 2021) Three listens today off this month’s free Crack monthly mag out of the UK. I’ve been turned on to a lot of music via Crack Magazine. I thought this was going to be rock (don’t know why I thought that) but it’s an EP of electronic music with a lot of chainsaw synths and hip hop flavorings. I’m sampling the third tune after the first two and they are all rhythmic variants on classic techno beats. This third one is going full R2D2/StarWars ‘blurpy beep and laser tag’ with some fully reverbed cracked syllables; it’s sonically rich. Two 9 minute bangers and two 4+ minute bangers. I think this is above average in energy and texturing but it’s not making me jump and down. Other folks might feel differently.

@@@ BackRoad Gee: A Yo ( 23 Formation, 2021) UK rap, I love it! Check this flow on the microphone, oh he just asked if he could get some gray poupon. He didn’t, I made that shit up. The sounds here are off high end and manicured; some push and pull trippy synth sounds, and a bass that cuts melodically and impact wise when it pushes into the mix. Beats are funky and distinctly not American which I like. There is more than one MC here, one is doing that fake gunshot bubbling shit which I find weird. Rhyming is brisk but I have no clue what they’re on about and the accent really destabilizes my listening experience.

@@@ cktrl: robyn (Touching Bass, 2020) Opens loverboy r&b with chill keyboards and a sax with a lot of reverb or a high quality sax virtual instrument with a lot of reverb on it. Wow this is slotted as jazz on Apple Music which is weird to me. This is a r&b jam session and not jazz as I define it. I like the keyboard sound, and while this has to be a real sax to even garner the jazz label from the Apple, there’s too much reverb, the playing does not have the spontaneity of fully improvised music and I don’t know what else to say. The keyboard player and then the flute player that comes in for the last third are the best components here.

Music for 4/14/21!!! Syd, Masabumi Kikuchi,

@@@ Syd: Missing Out (Sony, 2021) I got to this via the UK music mag Crack Magazine. Major label electro so I’m expecting the full cheese explosion in the chorus. It opens with a delicious thick slice of pie of synth over which Syd does a breathy, dare I say classy horny singing performance type thing. The chorus is not kicking out the cheese, it’s goes into a ‘you’re missing out’ mantra thing. Lots of Prince feels here and I dig the sounds but I could use a little more in the arrangement. Hey that’s just me. For a major label this is quality. I don’t need a lot more, I’m not a greedy bitch but a bit more would be better for me.

@@@ Masabumi Kikuchi: Little Abi ( , ) I saw this Japanese jazz musician shouted out on the twatter. Oh typical internet bullshit. There’s a posthumous record of this musician coming out and I’m listening to the pre-release track called Little Abi but I can’t find it on the GooglePimpTube. Not that they’re obligated GooglePimpTube, lord knows they have a lot to do to destroy the world. It’s a solo piano jam and it’s pretty straight and contemplative. The playing is impressively light in touch and without putting anything perjorative into this statement it’s really nice background music. I’m more a fan of foreground music, music that grabs you and pulls you in.

Music for 9/18/20!!! Gillian Mapp, Kenny Chesney, Luba Mason, Laurence Brownlee

@@@ Gillian Mapp: Orange Bitters (Lekker Collective, 2020) I’m on this label’s mailing list and I got to this r&b track from an email from them. I don’t think the folks who made this could make it any more lush and intimate if they tried. Super chill keyboard organ patch and Ms. Mapp’s framed vocals, they are going for dessert style r&b. It’s about sensations and feeling those sensations and the lyrics are about time and space, kisses on the lips, and other slideshow, stream of conciousness lyrical images. A tasteful delay on her voice and intimate reverb feels end up making a minimal set of sounds evoke a much larger feeling.

@@@ Kenny Chesney: You Don’t Get To (Warner Nashville, 2020) I saw this track shouted on Bob Lefsetz’s music industry blog+. I haven’t been keeping up with my new country listening, I love the new country tracks. This is a ballad with those ringing piano chords you find all over today’s music. #blech. The emphasis here is on the lyrics where he just straight up tells his ex what she can’t do so he can protect himself and stay unhurt by this awful person. She doesn’t get to swing by with that look in her eye, naimsayin’? He does a good job delivering the lyrics but the lyrics are a bit dramatical. Maybe if he stripped back the sounds and didn’t have a closet arena rock sound packed in here. I’m sure duder is still hurtin’ but it’s still mad shiny and poppy sounds so that’s a bit tough to reconcile those two concepts.

@@@ Luba Mason: In Walked Bud (Blue Canoe, 2020) I seen it on the Twatter, who doesn’t love the twatter. I don’t see this record up on Apple Music so we’re stuck with GooglePimpTube. Regular readers know of my conflicted relationship with straight jazz. I dig the vibes intro, and then comes the upright bass and Ms. Mason. It’s a live track which maybe gives the performance a bit more punch as there are humans there to interact with (pre covid obviously). I’m not sure what to say here I like the vibes player a lot, then the bass player. I don’t think I’m a fan of straight jazz vocalizing, it doesn’t work for me. Check out this trio track if you’re a fan of the formula.

@@@ Lawrence Brownlee: Barbieri di Saviglia (Warner, 2020) I got to this piece via the email from National Sawdust in Brooklyn. I’ve gotten a bit into classical music via my cello playing son but my most notable connection to the Barber of Seville is the Looney Tunes classic the Rabbit of Seville where Bugs Bunny prepares a salad on Elmer Fudd’s bald head. Good times! Let’s not go down the Looney Tunes rabbit hole (no pun!) To say these motherfuckers can sing is a tad simplistic. Are they more skilled than a talented MC? Well classical music is an established form and hip hop allows for more variation. This is an incredibly rich recording and a lush headphone listen and while most folks aren’t rocking this old school Italian opera style they should check it out to see how many different ways there are to victimize a microphone. Also check out the rabbit of seville. When Bugs is cranking the barber chair up into the theater higher and higher and elmer fudd has shaving foam on his head, oh that’s good times.

YTD recordings listened to: 720
Good music, not list worthy: 384
Not good music: 314

Best: 2
Honorable Mentions: 4

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, Alexander Hawkins/Tomeka Reid, Chezidek, Shy One, Protomartyr, Nnamdi, Ekiti Sound, Awa Fall

Music for 7/1/20!!! Nick Norton, Adam Tendler, Michael Mendez, Santrofi

@@@ Nick Norton: Mirror Smasher Zero (N/A, 2020)  I got to this duo piano plus electronics almost 9 minute piece via a music publicist email.  It’s a brisk tempo with a plethora of cascading short piano melodies spiced with some tasteful glitch processing.  I like a well done glitch and these accent the playing and don’t detract from it.  It does have a small bit of ol’ school Who keyboard counterpoint vibe to it, just a bit.  The amount of glitch increases as the track continues but I’m not convinced I need 9 minutes of this.  I appreciate the spirit of this.  At around 5:30 the tune somewhat explodes with the appearance of a distorted chainsawy synth patch and video game shoot ’em up sounds.  This I like, it’s a total shitshow smashing together two things you don’t hear often — a classical influenced arrangement with rampaging electro sci fi sounds.  I was just about click away from tipping out and am glad I didn’t.

@@@ Adam Tendler: Toccata Ostinato (Anthology of Recorded Music, 2019) These solo piano pieces are from compositions by Robert Palmer, an American composer who lived from 1915 til 2010.  This is the opening piece of the record and it’s played energetically.  I know just enough about classical music to make an ass of myself.  To my mostly uninformed ears it’s got a bit of Stravinsky wildness while trying to be more traditionally classical.  Tendler’s playing is great I’m enjoying it bigly.  Palmer’s wikipedia entry notes ‘a lively rhythmic language’ (I agree) and some shouts to vernacular jazz.  I was going to describe it as polite Looney Tunes music but I thought that would be ignant.

 

@@@ Michael Mendez: Love Tko (Derrick Taylor, 2020)  If modern roots and smooth, quiet storm r&b had a music lovebaby it would sound like this.  I don’t love how soft these sounds are but it’s somewhat offset by the thick rhythm section.  He’s gonna just let it go, it’s a love TKO.  It’s the full monty here — female background singers, a rock guitar solo and a roots guitar rhythm part, some organ and shit.  If you have a nice set of headphones (and I recommend that) this meticulously constructed mix will fill your earholes to the very brim.  Somebody labored over these sounds.

 

@@@  SANTROFI: Alewa (Out Here, 2020) I got to this via last week’s WRIR playlist email.  I had to look on the interwebz to see these guys hail from Ghana.  I’m hopeful as the drumming in the first track is tasty and there’s an awesome wheezing sound I can’t even identify.  There is some large chorus singing that sounds familiar to me from listening to South African music — very sweet and soulful.  I’m waiting for the whole band to kick in, if there’s a band in addition to the singing and the drumming.  Yes a complete band kicks in for the second tune, Alewa (the title track) — a wicked kit drummer, a full horn section, a tasteful organ player and at least two guitar players.  It’s not hyper masculine Fela style Afrobeat, it’s a bit more spacious and laidback which gives the playing plenty of space to breathe.  Oh man, what a nice mash of sounds.  I’m pretty sure this will end up on my end of year list as the quality of the playing is quite high — funky and energetic.  The guitar player is off the hook.

YTD recordings listened to: 504
Good music, not list worthy: 252
Not good music: 223

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

Music for 5/1/17!!! Nef the Pharoah, Feist, Lord Echo

@@@ Nef the Pharaoh: The Chang Project (Empire, 2017)  A mash of r&b and hip hop that I got to via the Apple Music new music section.  A female in this first tune keeps singing ‘you can keep running the streets with your bitches’.  Okay then.  The sounds in the arrangement are kinda retro and synth centered.  There are guest rappers and singers on every tune but I won’t be sticking around to peep it.  As much as I find some gangsta rap offensive I prefer the funk to this.

@@@ Feist: Pleasure (Polydor France, 2017)  Off this week’s All Music notable release email.  This first tune sounds a lot like a PJ Harvey tune — stripped down female with a guitar but we will see how this develops.  It doesn’t explode in female fury the way a good PJ Harvey jam does but let’s peep more.  I appreciate the unvarnished production but the songs aren’t grabbing me.   Oh wait this third tune, Get Not High Get Not Low is super stylish and engaging.  I’ve clipped it below for your earhole pleasure.  Ooh and in the middle of the tune the whole sound morphs into an intimate full band thing and that’s very creative.  Oy, that’s why you have to listen because even within a record things can move around quite a bit.

@@@ Lord Echo: Harmonies (Soundway, 2017)  Off the new arrivals at WRIR in Virginia.  This first tune is a chill, updated dub sound with some nice delayed organ and now a loverboy voice.  The second tune, Life On Earth, keeps the same combination of vintage sounds and American quiet storm r&b.  Lord Echo’s voice is crazy smooth, he is chilled like champagne.  The third tune gets into some smooth disco feeling so no matter where Lord Echo goes, it’s gonna be smooth shit.

YTD recordings listened to: 262
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 155
Not good music: 101

Buys: 5
Honorable Mentions: 2

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, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark

Music for 4/9/17!!! The Chainsmokers, Mack Wilds

@@@ The Chainsmokers: Memories…Don’t Open (Disruptor/Columbia, 2017)  On the Apple Music store it describes this mainstream electro record as the sound of domination in 2017.  That’s quite a bold statement and as it’s seder season that is a helluva matzoh ball hanging out there.  This first tune is a cheesy electro piano ballad — it’s not quite a bleu cheese that’s been left outside on a table on a summer day, it’s more of a mozzarella at an underfunded pizza place.  Cheese with some other chemical shit in it.  Oooh, robot sounds and gingersnaps, there’s nothing I like more!  This second tune, Break Up Every Night, has more of a rock feel with a pulsing synth bass and some Bon Jovi arena background vocals.  This third is hitting now and we’re back on the piano, yikes.  No good.  I certainly hope this is not the sound of world domination because these are some punkass cliche sounds.  No freshness fellas, no funk, just a boatload of cheap pizza toppings.  These guys should re-christen themselves the cheesemakers.  Christ.

@@@ Mack Wilds: After Hours (Empire, 2017)  Some r&b/soul off the new music section of Apple Music.  The most interesting aspect of this first tune is the doo wop vocal loop he’s got going.  Wilds has a loverboy approach on the microphone with the arrangements dominated by multiple vocal tracks and synths.  I like this third tune Senses far more than anything in the first two tunes, he shoulda opened the record with that tune.

YTD recordings listened to: 233
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 126
Not good music: 87

Buys: 1
Honorable Mentions: 1

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, 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, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Power Trip, Reverend Payton, J.I.D., Oddisee, Feral Ohms, Orquestra Baobab

Music for 2/15/17!!! Egyptrixx, Priests, Gabriel Garzon Montano

@@@ Egyptrixx: Pure, Beyond Reproach (Halocline, 2017)  Experimental techno off of last week’s All Music notable release email.  It opens up big and percussive.  There is a low synth drone that sneaks behind these crashes but it’s a lot of metal and bashing spasms.  I skipped forward as that was annoying and on this second tune We Can Be Concrete it’s another storm of percussion this time more wooden sticks than crashing cars.  Outside of the tremendous energy put out rhythmically there’s not a lot going on.  I’m going to move on to another record.

@@@ Priests: Nothing Feels Natural (Sister Polygon, 2017)  Some noise/punk off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s not exceptionally dirty or manic, like say the Dead Kennedys, but there’s a wailing woman ala Sleater Kinney on the mic.  The second tune kicks it off surfer style.  I’m on the fifth tune and while there is a lot of energy here there is nothing going on that really catches my ear or makes this record stand apart though the singer has her moments.

@@@ Gabriel Garson Montano: Jardin (Stones Throw, 2017)  Also off last week’s All Music notable release email.  It’s open a little slack and a little highbrow orchestral.  No beats yet.  The second tune, clipped below, gets on some beats and I dig the tune somewhat.  Apple Music has him blurbed as breathy and jazzy but I would blurb him as baroque and a tad fancy.  And maybe a bit nerdy.  He’s definitely a skilled arranger but I didn’t love a few of the synth sounds and I would have liked some more hard hitting sounds contrasting with the high end ones.

YTD recordings listened to: 108
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 57
Not good music: 35

Buys: 0
Honorable Mentions: 0

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Aethenor, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Tinariwen