Sunday
May082016

Greenova South ft. Lil Flip - "KRWU" prod. by Young God



KRWU is quickly becoming my most anticipated album of 2016, and this title track from the project will definitely keep my interest peaked until we get the full tape. (Pep just told me it could drop as early as this month.)

Houston veteran hitmaker Lil Flip sounds perfectly at home over Young God's syrupy mellow instrumental. Pep and Squadda also have very strong presences on this one.
Tuesday
May032016

Armchair Backlog, 2016 Q1

SUBSCRIBE TO ANTS PODCAST: iTUNES, RSS, SOUNDCLOUD, MIXCLOUD, TUMBLR
The first quarter's best offerings in subdued music.

  1. Fatima Al Qadiri - "Power" [Hyperdub]
  2. Dorisburg - "Sagofabrik" [Hivern Discs]
  3. Andrew Cosentino - "Event of Default" [Hush Hush]
  4. Mary Lattimore - "The Quiet at Night" [Ghostly International]
  5. Phaeleh - "All That Remains" [Undertow]
  6. Wilson Tanner - "Long Water" [Growing Bin Records]
  7. Dawn Richard - "Not Above That (Deadboy Remix)" [Local Action Records]
  8. D.K. - "Evening Shadows" [Antinote]
  9. Anenon - "Body" [Friends of Friends]
  10. Max Casacci & Daniele Mana - "Like a Glass Angel" [Bad Panda]
  11. Imaginary Softwoods - "The Imminent Collapse Department" [S/R]
  12. Throwing Shade - "Underneath My Eyelids" [Ninja Tune]
  13. Tim Hecker - "Violet Monumental II" [4AD]
  14. Ex-Terrestrial - "Paraworld" [1080p]
Monday
May022016

Best Dance Songs of 2016 (1st Quarter)



  1. Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence" [Hyperdub]
  2. Avalon Emerson - "The Frontier" [Whities Records]
  3. Stephen Lopkin - "Och Aye the Noo" [MOS Recordings]
  4. Pantha du Prince ft. Queens - "The Winter Hymn" [Rough Trade]
  5. Chinaski - "Disaster" [Uncanny Valley]
  6. Kingdom - "Shox" [Fade to Mind]
  7. The Gasman - "Aeriform" [Onomatopoeia Records]
  8. D.K. - "Raindrops" [Antinote]
  9. Feels - "Expedition" [Naked Naked Records]
  10. Toby Gale - "Jet" [Apothecary Compositions]
This playlist is also available on Spotify.
Wednesday
Mar232016

Gentle Daps XIX: DAPS DYNASTY 2 — Anniversary Special

SUBSCRIBE TO ANTS PODCAST: iTUNES, RSS, SOUNDCLOUD, MIXCLOUD, TUMBLR
Gentle Daps returns to its roots in soft pop, soft prog, ethereal, and fusion with this two-year anniversary episode mixed by yours truly.

  1. Camel - "Tell Me" [Decca, 1977]
  2. Stanley Clarke - "Strange Weather" [Nemperor Records, 1979]
  3. John Foxx - "Harmonia Mundi" [Metamatic, 2005]
  4. Happy Rhodes - "Not for Me" [Aural Gratification, 198?]
  5. Robert Leiner - "Northern Dark" [Robert Leiner, 1994]
  6. Steps Ahead - "In a Sentimental Mood" [Elektra, 1986]
  7. Roger Eno - "At the Water's Edge" [Editions EG, 1985]
  8. Paul Winter - "Lullaby From the Great Mother Whale for the Baby Seal Pups" [Living Music, 1980]
  9. Crispy Ambulance - "Simon's Ghost" [Factory Benelux, 1982]
  10. Patrick O'Hearn - "Trust" [Deep Cave Records, 1995]
  11. Propaganda - "La Carne, la Morte e il Diavolo" [Virgin, 1990]
  12. Richard Bone - "Zone Five" [Quirkworks Laboratory, 1996]
  13. Eyeless in Gaza - "Still Air" [Cherry Red, 1981]
  14. Jean-Michel Jarre - "Equinoxe, Pt. 1" [Polydor, 1978]
  15. Hans-Joachim Roedelius - "Herdmaker" [Prudence, 2000]
  16. Japan - "The Tenant" [Ariola Hansa, 1978]
  17. Bernard Fevre - "Sunshine on March" [Musax, 1977]
  18. Mariah - "Shisen" [Shan-Shan Better Days, 1983]
  19. Sting - "Jellyfish Lake" [IMAX, 1995] . . . . . . . . .
  20. Rüdiger Lorenz - "Friendly Islands (Tonga)" [Syncord, 1984]
  21. The Durutti Column - "All That Love and Maths Can Do" [LTM, 1986]
  22. Jan Hammer Group - "Your Love" [Nemperor Records, 1977]
  23. System 7 - "Sirenes (Tranquility Mix)" [Butterfly Records, 1994]
  24. Michael Stearns - "On the Way" [Hearts of Space, 1988]
  25. The Chameleons - "I'll Remember" [Geffen Records, 1986]
  26. Peter Hammill - "Reprise" [Fie! Records, 1992]
  27. Rick Wakeman - "Sea Horses" [A&M Records, 1979]
  28. Edgar Froese - "Specific Gravity of Smile" [Virgin, 1983]
  29. Mike Oldfield - "First Excursion" [Virgin, 1975]
  30. Roedelius - "Brise" [Cicada Records, 1986]
  31. Domenique Dumont - "La Bataille de Neige" [Antinote, 2015]
Thursday
Feb182016

L Neils - "Puzzlebox"

Sunday
Jan172016

Best Dance Songs of 2015



  1. DJ Koze - "XTC" [Pampa Records]
  2. The Phantom - "Complex City" [Silverback Recordings]
  3. Elysia Crampton - "Axacan" [Blueberry Records]
  4. The Galleria - "Calling Card" [Environ Records]
  5. Dark0 - "Fuschia" [Rinse Recordings]
  6. John Roberts - "Orah" [Brunette Editions]
  7. Deadboy - "White Moon Garden" [Local Action Records]
  8. Dux Content - "Snow Globe" [PC Music]
  9. Avalon Emerson - "Sword and Rose Forever" [Shtum]
  10. Percussions - "Digital Arpeggios" [Text Records]
  11. Call Super - "Migrant" [Houndstooth]
  12. A. G. Cook - "What I Mean" [Annie Mac Presents]
  13. Precipitation - "Meditations on the Self and the Other (B2)" [videogamemusic]
  14. Strict Face - "Alice (Peace Edit)" [Gobstopper Records]
  15. Morgan Geist - "Darkstar" [Environ Records]
  16. Matt Karmil - "Moment" [Studio Barnhus]
  17. Umberto - "End Credits" [MMODEMM]
  18. Da Multi Snake - "Ndaheni" [SHANGAANBANG]
  19. Slam Skillet - "Connective" [Dirty//Clean]
  20. Akasha System - "Parasail Coast" [S/R]
  21. Project Pablo - "Sky Lounge" [1080p]
  22. Sega Bodega - "Sun Loop" [Activia Benz]
  23. Hunee - "Crossroads" [Rush Hour Recordings]
  24. Kuedo - "Boundary Regulation" [Knives]
  25. d'Eon - "Infosys II" [Knives]
  26. Model 500 - "Hi NRG" [Metroplex Records]
  27. Niagara - "Arruda" [Principe Discos]
  28. Luca Lozano - "Come With Me" [Unknown to the Unknown]
  29. Photonz - "Basik" [Crème Organization]
  30. ALSO - "Formation" [R&S Records]
Friday
Jan152016

Best Electronic Albums of 2015



2015 lacked albums that proclaimed themselves "Album of the Year" with any real authority or gusto, but it made up for it with many, many very good albums. Not too many achieved excellence or were era-defining, but there was still plenty of worthwhile listening. Here's a look back:

  1. Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete [Warp Records]
  2. Visionist - Safe [PAN]
  3. Jlin - Dark Energy [Planet Mu]
  4. Vaghe Stelle - Abstract Speed + Sounds [Other People]
  5. Elysia Crampton - American Drift [Blueberry Records]
  6. d'Eon - Foxconn / Trios [Knives]
  7. Mark McGuire - Beyong Belief [Dead Oceans]
  8. The Phantom - LP2 [Silverback Recordings]
  9. Akasha System - Sea Glass [S/R]
  10. White Poppy - Natural Phenomena [Not Not Fun]
  11. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid [Western Vinyl]
  12. Taragana Pyjarama - Ariel [True Panther Sounds]
  13. Jam City - Dream a Garden [Night Slugs]
  14. Scientific Dreamz of U & Junior Loves - The Dreamcode [1080p]
  15. CFCF - Radiance & Submission [Driftless Recordings]
  16. Holly Herndon - Platform [RVNG Intl.]
  17. Acronym - June [Northern Electronics]
  18. V/A - Cargaa Series [Warp Records]
  19. Afrikan Sciences - Circuitous [PAN]
  20. Brian - Paths We Take [S/T]
  21. Iglew - Urban Myth [Gobstopper Records]
  22. Slackk - Backwards Light [R&S]
  23. Nico Niquo - Epitaph [Orange Milk Records]
  24. Nidia Minaj - Danger [Principe Discos]
  25. Hunee - Hunch Music [Rush Hour Recordings]
Thursday
Jan142016

Greenova South (Pepperboy & Squadda B) - "Tears in My Eyes" prod. by Young God

Little Rock's Pepperboy put out one LP and one collaborative EP last year. In comparison to the monsoon of content he put out in 2013 and 2014, 2015 was a slow year for him. Or at least that was my assumption. Now it seems evident that he's been busy recording and carefully calculating his next move.

In his vast catalog, the mournful "Tears in My Eyes" stands out as his best track. And lucky for us, there's an entire LP coming from this same team (Pepp, Squadda B from Main Attrakionz, and production by Young God of BSBD). The project will be out via NY boutique clothing giant Mishka, which is an appropriate and well deserved platform for Pepp.

🍸 Here's to a big 2016 for Pepperboy and his affiliates.

Tuesday
Jan122016

Best Ambient Albums of 2015



Noise, new age, kosmische, vaporwave, modern classical, drone, film scores, and on, and on. 2015 was a varied year for ambient music. Here's what came out on top in my eyes:

  1. Nmesh & Telepath - ロストエデンへのパス [Dream Catalogue™]
  2. Occult Orientated Crime - The Occult Orientated Crime Album [Nightwind Records]
  3. Kurt Stenzel - Jodorowsky's Dune OST [Light in the Attic]
  4. Gora Sou - Ramifications [Orange Milk Records]
  5. X.Y.R. - Mental Journey to B.C. [Not Not Fun]
  6. Gausian Curve - S/T [Music From Memory]
  7. Cryptosystem I - Mortalscapes [Enterntainment Systems]
  8. Sunmoonstar - Ibid [Twin Springs Tapes]
  9. Max Richter - Sleep [Deutsche Grammophon]
  10. Robert Aiki, Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma - FRKWYS Vol. 12: We Know Each Other Somehow [RVNG Intl.]
  11. V/A - Pop Ambient 2016 [Kompakt]
  12. Kara-Lis Coverdale - Aftertouches [Sacred Phrases]
  13. Biosphere & Deathprod - Stator [Touch]
  14. Michael Vallera - Distance [Opal Tapes]
  15. Kara-Lis Coverdale & LXV - Sirens [Umor Rex Records]
  16. Inner Travels - Phases of a Forest Moon [Otherwordly Mystics]
  17. Les Halles - Forum [Noumenal Loom]
  18. Opaline - Open Source [Hacktivism Records]
  19. Steve Hauschildt - Where All Is Fled [Kranky]
  20. Jonas Reinhardt - Palace Savant [Further Records]
  21. Steve Moore - Cub OST [Relapse]
  22. H Takahashi - Sea Meditation [Entertainment Systems]
  23. Lee Bannon - Pattern of Excel [Ninja Tune]
  24. Anna Caragnano & Donato Dozzy - Sintetizzatrice [Spectrum Spools]
  25. Majeure - Union of Worlds [Constellation Tatsu]
Friday
Jan082016

Baby Armie - Rock Candy Guest Mix



The Rock Candy blog over at Arkansas Times asked me to do a mix, so I shared some of my favorite dance tracks of 2015. Read the feature here.

  1. A. G. Cook - "What I Mean" [Annie Mac Presents]
  2. The Galleria - "Calling Card" [Environ Records]
  3. Tensnake - "In the End (I Want You to Cry) (Lone Remix)" [Running Back Records]
  4. Nozinja - "Xihukwani" [Warp Records]
  5. Project Pablo - "Sky Lounge" [1080p]
  6. Seaside Houz Boyz - "Deepness of X70002" [Hot Haus Recs]
  7. Morgan Geist - "Darkstar" [Environ Records]
  8. Koova - "In Search Of" [Central Processing Unit]
  9. Archie Pelago - "Clammy Customer" [Mister Saturday Night Records]
  10. Slam Skillet - "Connective" [Dirty//Clean]
  11. DJ Dotorado ft. DJ Teklas - "Drena" [Warp Records]
  12. Jubilee - "Jealous" [Mixpak Records]
  13. Model 500 - "Hi NRG" [Metroplex]
  14. Sega Bodega - "Sun Loop" [Activia Benz]
  15. Callosum - "Overture" [Car Crash Set]
  16. Plastician - "Sorcery" [Terrorhythm]
  17. Glacci - "Ember" [Heka Trax]
  18. The Phantom - "Complex City" [Silverback Recordings]