Music for 2/18/20!!! Sam Smith, Migos, Ignorantes, Bad Bunny, Ingrid Andress

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Sam Smith: To Die For (Capitol/Universal, 2020) A pre-release single from Sam Smith’s new record. I’m not a big huge Sam Smith fan, it’s just too schmaltzy for me. He can sing, but it’s mad cliche. This tune features a sparse arrangement behind his voice — a filtered, somewhat funky beat, a bit of strings, some piano. Sam’s lonely, that’s the message here. Maybe if he wasn’t such a bummer? I like how the beat is eq filtered, I don’t like how there are more vocal tracks as the tune moves on though it doesn’t go over the top. Good luck out there Sam.

Migos: Give No Fxk (Motown, 2020) Migos don’t give a fuck! With two vocal guests to boot. Super fat bass, I enjoy that. The rest of the arrangement, meh, it sounds a bit disposable. I guess Migos don’t give a fuck about the lasting value of their tracks. ‘I got too many diamonds, I look awesome’. I can’t say that’s the best vocal line I’ve heard. They’re running business, they’re making a lot of money, somebody in the back of the mix keeps saying flush it, so maybe they got a clogged toilet. And I will do as that MC commands and I will flush it.

Bad Bunny & Sech: Ignorantes (Rimas, 2020) Dag, my Apple Music keeps crashing, what a pain in the ass. I gotta go ghetto with the GooglePimpTube, I hate the GooglePimpTube, it sounds like shit. Bad Bunny is a loverboy and a bit fat tongued as well. He’s a big deal fo sho. I like the arrangements more than I like his voice but it doesn’t matter what I like as this video has 20 million hits in 4 days. You go bad bunny! I like his guest vocalist more than I dig him. He’s really not a very charismatic vocalist but when you’re a hottie you get to roll like that.

Ingrid Andress: Life of the Party I’m still on the GooglePimpTube and I’ve listened to the top 8 songs from Apple Music hot tracks and fuck it’s been a sad journey and we’re gonna end this death march with this track by Ms. Andress who’s been the life of the party since he left. She’s drinking a lot and she’s lonely, maybe she should roll out on Sam Smith, he’s lonely too! I’m open to the lyrical topic but the cliche lyrics, I ask America can we not do better than this? If she’s the life of the party I don’t want to go to the party, it sounds mad boring. I’d rather drink by myself. I can’t tell if she’s an aspiring country singer or a pop star or both, I get a few country feels. When she goes high in the chorus proclaiming that she’s the life of the party….oy.

YTD recordings listened to: 122
Good music, not list worthy: 70
Not good music: 52

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

 

Music for 2/11/20!!! Best Coast, Jeremiah Jae, Black Milk, Elton John

@@@ Best Coast: Always Tomorrow (Concord, 2019) I got to this via the New York Times which has some of the worst music writing in the country, if not the world. Trashily pimped by moneyed music publicists. I was expecting some self-indulgent woe is me white people’s music but it’s early to mid ’80s rock that actually rocks. This first tune is a ramped up tune similar to something you’d hear from the Go Gos. The second tune gets marked down for biting Joan Jett’s ‘I love Rock ‘n Roll’ so hard right out of the gate. Ooh, I liked the first track but this second one stinks. I’ll check the last pre-release tune from a record out Feb 21. Oh no, a cheesy ballad, yikers! I liked the first track then two duds after that.

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@@@ Jeremiah Jae: Complicate Your Life with Violence (Mello, 2019) Off an All Music notable release email from last fall. I like this hip hop label Mello a whole bunch as they release very interesting stuff. It’s funky with old school soul and swing sounds. Thus far I’m feeling the fourth tune, Dead Battery, the best of what I’ve heard to this point. There is so much dialog from films (I assume) that this record turns into a sort of hip hop radio play. It’s a very creative idea and the more I listen the more I like it so I’ll swing back on this record when I have more time.

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@@@ Black Milk: DiVE (Mass Appeal, 2019) More hip hop from an All Music notable release email last fall when this record was released. Mr. Milk is smooth but not soft sporting a very tight snare sound and smooth background oohs and ahs. The second tune Black NAS keeps the same formula at a higher tempo and some different sounds. I like this approach — it’s super tight in focus both lyrically and arrangement wise. I hope the producer for this record got paid as this is outstanding work.

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@@@ Elton John: (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Virgin EMI, 2019) A redo or a remix of an old school Elton John track from last years biopic. It explodes with energy and it evokes classic party Motown tracks pretty well. I got to this track via big mouth music biz honcho Bob Lefsetz. It’s got big energy and a huge hook but I’m not sure why I would choose this over classic Motown tracks. I’m not a fan of Elton John but this is all right.

YTD recordings listened to: 106
Good music, not list worthy: 63
Not good music: 43

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

 

Music for 2/5/20!!! Fake Tony and Taydex, Steve Spacek, Prophet

@@@ Fake Tony and Taydex: Wake Up — let’s peep some Bandcamp records of the day and start out with today’s choice, some menacing and dark hip hop that doesn’t seem to embrace gangsta themes of violence and anti-female feels. Fat bass, a sung chorus and trappish beats on this first track. There are three pre-release highlight tunes and I like them. A little party shout out theme on this second track Magnifique and I like the beats but do prefer full trap beats. Hipster hop.

@@@ Steve Spacek: Houses (n/a, 2019) Opens up with some r&b swerved to the side with jazz keyboard influences, some electro garnish, oops there it goes into a smooth dancefloor banger. People with jobs out on the dance floor! Spacek’s falsetto vocal work and funkier arrangements put this techno into a different category. There are passages here I find really compelling and other places not so much.

@@@ Prophet: Don’t Forget It (Stones Throw, 2019) A record by a bedroom funk producer out of the Bay Area. Prince feels (without the guitars), some nice keyboard playing and good singing. It does indeed make me appreciate Prince more than it makes me want to listen to this record. I like this a bunch and I like Prince more.

YTD recordings listened to: 95
Good music, not list worthy: 55
Not good music: 40

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

 

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.

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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.

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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 1/22/20!!! Phoebe Green, Algiers, Pearl Jam, Eminem

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@@@ Phoebe Greene: Easy Peeler (Chess club, 2019) Straight beat, nice modulating synth sounds, decent bass sound and ‘dark’ singing. Quiet in the verse, blasting off in the chorus. A version of mainstream rock from back in the day.

@@@ Algiers: There is No Year (Matador, 2019) I’ve seen quite a bit of buzz around this album and I peeped a few songs last week while I loaded illegal software onto my computer. It wasn’t as good as I thought it might be — that’s obviously my opinion but I felt it rocked in a decidedly non rocking way. But I will repeep. The singer is over the top with the energy but the music doesn’t match his energy and it seems more interested in telegraphing to listeners its own importance rather than the music itself. This is no call for classic rock sounds, electronic sounds can kick ass but there’s a holding back on the energy of the music which leaves the singer with too big of a weight to carry.

@@@ Pearl Jam: Dance of the Clairvoyants (Sony, 2020) I will say upfront that I have always loathed Pearl Jam — I find them insufferable. They’ve altered the formula to bring in a bit of electronic sound and some ’80s guitar sounds. There are a lot of words here and I will try to focus — aargh I’m having a tough time caring. God I hate Eddie Vedder’s voice. I’m sure he’s a fantastic person but I don’t want to listen to him sing. It sounds like they want to be Pearl Jam in all their epicness while trying to be relevant in a drastically changed sonic world. Dancy Pearl Jam is still Pearl Jam which will be good for diehard fans, but not for me.

@@@ Eminem: Darkness (Interscope, 2019) Ah, it’s Eminem back with his own special vision of hatred and dystopia. I don’t protest the concept but sometimes he does go over the line into some sort of hip hop cartoon vibe. He’s just a bit too ready to blow it’s a bit silly to my ears. I listen to a fair amount of hip hop and there’s just a ton of pill popping lyrics happening these days. Ease up on those pills yo, that shit will kill you. Oh shit, there’s a mass shooting up in this biatch. Fictionalized of course, hopefully. I guess part of this tune is a critique of the media which is cool but I’m not sure a tune is gonna do much more than cash in on the idea of mass shootings. Finally, as with Beyonce’s fuzzy ass politics I can’t tell if Eminem is protesting mass shootings or just re-enacting them.

YTD recordings listened to: 59
Good music, not list worthy: 34
Not good music: 23

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 1/9/20!!! Maz, Dave

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Artist of the Week over at Line of Best Fit. Yikes, a white MC from Luxembourg, whaddya think? I’ll peep it as I have an open mind but hmmmmm. Errr, I’m not sure I’ll be here for long as Maz rhyme delivery is how shall I say, not for me. He gets a good head of steam up on the first track but it’s to crackalacka, it’s way too square. Head over and get some high end Open Mike Eagle or D.R.A.M. if you want some hip hop.

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Off Line of Best Fit’s best 50 of 2019. British MC with some nice retro sounds on the first track, Psycho. I’m on the third tune and I continue to listen more to the production than I do the rhymes. I peeped this before and remember the third tune, Black, as the big hitter. I like the lyrics here and the music less. I clip it again for a shout out. This is very good but not a bullseye listen for me.

YTD recordings listened to: 28
Good music, not list worthy: 17
Not good music: 13

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

 

Music for 1/8/20!!! Asagraum, Alyona Alyona, Lynkks Afrika, Moneybagg Yo

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How can you not check out an all female satanic black metal band from Holland??? Fuck yeah. The come out of the gate thrashy and blasting, an orc-y singer wheezing quite madly on the microphone. There’s no doom or sludge in these first two songs, it’s full on uptempo, double kick drum madness. I’m on the third tune, Abomination’s Altar, and these folks are ovaries to the wall and I really respect the massive amount of energy they’re putting out. Check this out if you didn’t last year (I didn’t!) for a shot of early 2020 metal. Big ups to the drummer, she’s working hard.

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Russian hip hop, could be a good thing or could be a PR gimmick. If there’s one group of white people that could approach the ghetto African American mentality it would be the Ukrainians/Russians. I’m on this first tune and Alyona Alyona is pretty rough and rhythmic over a well done arrangement. I don’t know if she’s on about drinking vodka and eating tomatoes with it cuz the whole thing is in Russian. There is a description of the topics she raps about above but really? From the blurb above we see she raps in both Ukrainian and Russian. I dig her microphone work and the arrangements, this is some wild ass shit.

Lynks Afrikka

I’m looking at four singles for Lynks Afrikka, I will be checking out two of the singles here. The first tune is called On Trend and it’s about climate change and social collapse all done with a tongue in cheek style to the lyrics. It’s a dancefloor/hip hop send up as he pops his lyrics over some disco beats and oddly funky electro sounds. Afrikka has a new track called I Don’t Know what I Want and I like the On Trend tune better. This one is more of a post modern Devo type track about modern life as an individual.

Moneybagg Yo

Kicking off the New Year with some tripped out trap off the Apple Music hot tracks. #2 actually. It’s a bit of anti-woman thing as he keeps rhyming ‘bitch u played’. Standard beats, very fat and satisfying bassness and rapping all right but I don’t dig the lyrics.

YTD recordings listened to: 26
Good music, not list worthy: 15
Not good music: 11

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