Top 100 Releases of 2016: 100-51

Let’s do those introduction pieces people love so much. Look, 2016 was a wild ride folks, and everyone seems to have a different opinion on the quality of music this year has brought us. For me, I think this year has possibly brought out the most quality in content I’ve ever had the pleasure of sifting through. My list is an amalgamation of different genres and levels of exposure, so everything is fair game from the least recognizable to the most famous of names. Whether that makes my list confusing to decipher, it only really matters to me what the order or reasoning is, so take that with a grain of salt. Because of demand, however, I felt generous enough to write not just 50 of my favorite releases this year, but a whopping 100! Thank you everyone, artist and fan alike, who have created music out of the most eclectic and controversial year. I can only hope next year is just as great. Continue reading “Top 100 Releases of 2016: 100-51”

Label Watch: Prevue Guide

The anonymous folks over at the Prevue Guide have really recreated the purity of a late night lo-fi and vaporwave label something special to behold. Founded this year, their sound is incredibly diverse. From hypnagogic pop/drift to television and transmission music collage, here are two releases that should make this a label to keep an eye on! Continue reading “Label Watch: Prevue Guide”

Album Discussion: High-Loops & Higher-Loops by Iman Omari

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Whether this can be called underrated or overlooked or whatever, I want to talk about an excellent beat tape today from Iman Omari. Produced by him and mixed by Doc Adam, this album was two previously lost EPs come to light to form one beautiful release. You may not even realize they’re two different releases, but that speaks for the wonderful cohesion in the production and mixing presented. Continue reading “Album Discussion: High-Loops & Higher-Loops by Iman Omari”

Album Discussion: The Disintegration Loops by William Basinski

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William Basinski is an experienced avant-garde musician in New York City from the late 90’s. While I’d urge to check out the rest of his discography, when someone mentions Basinski, The Disintegration Loops comes to mind. Read on to find out why this series of albums still affects listener to this day.
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Interview: A Time with Lukepi

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Our next short text interview today is with Lukepi, a friendly and massively experimental artist from the U.S. Most known for label releases from UK’s Question Records, California’s Neetspeak label, and Ireland’s Smirk Sounds, Lukepi’s music is an artistic collage between sampling, beat instrumentals, and electronic rhythms that will take anyone on a wild journey. Continue reading “Interview: A Time with Lukepi”

Album Discussion: Klaus Nomi – Klaus Nomi

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Nomi’s landing on Earth and on his music career was at New York’s East Village music scene, where his first recorded performance at the New Wave Vaudeville variety show landed. It’s positively one of the most beautiful and heavenly introductions for Klaus Nomi. Most popular in the east coast and France, he did pick up a record deal after extensive touring, which would later become the seminal introduction to Klaus Nomi to a wider audience. Continue reading “Album Discussion: Klaus Nomi – Klaus Nomi”

Album Discussion: Problems by DJ CAMGIRL

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I think there’s no right way to start a music blog in a landscape that forever updates itself with new releases everyday, but let’s go take a stab at a release that’s been in my mind lately. Continue reading “Album Discussion: Problems by DJ CAMGIRL”