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OUT TO LUNCH
Andrew Sinclair's Top 10 Albums
1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
2. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – The Messiah
3. Principe Discos
4. DJ Sotofett – Dripping for a Trip
5. Robert Aiki, Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma – We Know Each Other Somehow
6. Erasers – Stem Together
7. Maxmillion Dunbar
8. Kamasi Washington – The Epic
9. The Internet – Ego Death
10. Suzanne Kraft – Talk From Home
Stream Andrew Sinclair’s and the rest of the Out to Lunch presenters’ full shows at the Out to Lunch page and check back throughout the week for more countdowns.
Philly Blunt's Top 10 Tracks
1. Baskerville – Times
2. Castro – Ring Ring ft. Zanillya
3. RL Grime – Kingpin ft. Big Sean (Wuki remix)
4. Swick – R6 Wheel [Dub]
5. The Geek x Vrv – All Around
6. Mike Cervello & Stoltenhoff – Guerilla
7. I AM ROBOT – Hit ‘Em With The Funk
8. Madeaux – New Wav ft. Kaleena Zanders
9. Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low
10. Panic City – O.A.K.L.A.N.D.
Micah's Top 10 Tracks
1. Frankey & Sandrino – Acamar
2. Kove ft. Moko – Hurts (Special Request remix)
3. Baauer ft. Aluna George & Rae Sremmurd – One Touch
4. Seven Davis Jr – Friends (Detroit Swindle’s Friends on Acid Remix)
5. Fono – Real Joy
6. Golden Girls – Kinetic (AOTOA remix)
7. Habstrakt ft. Badjokes – Gimmie
8. Justin Marten & Ardalan – Function VIP
9. Tazer & Tink – Wet Dollars (Redlight Remix)
10. Format B – Chunky
Britt Day's Top 10 Musical Discoveries
Poets Bridgette Fontaine and Areski Belkacem both were prolific in their own right, but I prefer them together. As Areski-Fontaine they made music flushed with middle eastern, psychedelic, jazz and folk tropes, but never without bending the borders of each. They call and respond in spoken word and melodic, mysterious French. Their music hums with the longing and wonder at the heart of travel.
Superior Viaduct this year re-issued their 1974 collaboration Je Ne Connais Pas Cet Homme, continuing their work in looking way back to bring the forward thinkers of the past into the present, no matter what type of sound. Truly unique :)
‘Adventurous with spiritual artistic capabilities.’ This Oakland, CA-based label releases around 3 cassettes per season of the most exquisitely packaged vibrational music. From the analog and modular synth work of Canadian music researcher Sarah Davachi, who manipulates antiquated instruments, to the delicate and sparse 20 minute compositions of Japan-based Celer which made up the first release, there are dozens of deep gems here, many of which you can name your price for (digital only).
Enjoy below side A of the newest release- a ’73 recording of Paul Marcano’s beauty Valley Flutes. 45 minutes of ambient flute and echo, pre-Eno.
Into The Light
Two dons combine to celebrate the work of other dons. Echovolt’s Ilias Pitsios and Red Light’s Tako Reyenga, both running huge enterprises themselves, began Into the Light in 2012. The debut compilation featured a history of electronic Greece and whilst it is now very tough to obtain, ITL continues to release on vinyl and digitally. They have put the spotlight on three masters since 2014, one being Vangelis Katsoulis who this year also saw remixes from the likes of top dogs Max D, Young Marco and Telephones. Also see George Theodorakis- shimmering, anything-is-possible sort of business.
Less sunny island feels though are the ancient sounds of Dimitris Petsetakis, in a retrospective just released and spanning three decades of music the composer had been keeping in his basement studio until now. Transportive.
His death this year threw his impressive body of work and long-lasting contribution to the ambient/ electronic world into focus once more. Touching on breakbeat, house and some of the most heartbreakingly gorgeous sampling there is, like this one from his 2000 album Sakura:
Bing & Ruth
This piano driven ensemble came to the fore with the release of City Lake, which saw a limited release in 2010. Tomorrow Was The Golden Age came out last year and took the group in more of a tape-delayed direction. Both are incredible, quietly unfurling works to be heard start to finish. City Lake saw a very welcome reissue this year through New York’s RVNG INTL, adding to another top year for them.
From that album, see the pretty video for Broad Channel:
I first came into contact with Lena through Huntleys & Palmers, a label committed to ‘the timeless appeal of music’ rather than the trend of the day. Finding myself drawn more towards old music meant that finding a label pushing new, but old-sounding (or ‘timeless’) music was really exciting. Lena’s ‘Sentimental Flashback’ mixes for Cómeme are a pit of knowledge on everything from afro to meditation, and everything she puts her hand to rings with taste and authenticity.
She has produced one EP with another on the way, but I want to share her Japanese ting:
Just pure ill music from Lisbon, Portugal. 2015 was huge for Principe and they’re only gaining momentum. Hectic, ecstatic, raw, pure energy. Sometimes house or techno but very often not, and tinged with the melancholy that most good dance music has, Principe provide a strong platform for a solid vibe.
My favourite Principe might be Niagara, who also featured on another outstanding label for 2015, Charles Drakeford’s From The Depths. This, from their June release Ímpar:
One of the few (if only?) females releasing on the excellent Semantica based in Madrid- a label that cuts its teeth on fresh, hard and dusty techno. Cio stands out for her emotive, sometimes cinematic tone. She has worked with many notable collaborators including the greatly strange Donato Dozzy, and her solo work smacks of realness. She plays live, too.
“A short 3 track mix (now and again – XXII – now Is ever)
Semantica 73” :
This Parisian label was born over a glass of wine and is made up of friends or associates of Quentin Vandewalle (aka Zaltan), who now hang out together when he’s out of the country. There’s something about a real network of people that gives a label an attractive ‘family’ quality and adds another dimension to its appeal (GCR anyone?)
There isn’t an Antinote record not worth checking out, but do hear the latest two from male-female duo Syracuse and Japanese great Inoue Shirabe- both may or may not still be available at @Highgate Continental.
In the mean time, enjoy this smoothness from label head Zaltan:
These songs are of the rare kind that have a strong visible or physical quality to them, that matches the fine aesthetics of the label. What started as an outlet for independent local artists in Mexico City became an international hub for true instrumental experimentalists. Label head Daniel Castrejón has this:
“I got put on the spot the other day. Someone asked me: “what’s the deal with this Umor Rex thing? What do you want? How do you define this label?” I didn’t expect such blunt questioning. I drew a blank. Some days later, cool, calm and collected, I try to find some concise answers… and drew another blank. I don’t really know what Umor Rex is. All I know is how it sounds, and how it should look.”