Music List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-year review 2021
Top 50 Reissues
Another year goes by, another list of visions of futures that have yet to become reality is being published. These 50 records from the past dreamed the loudest of a better tomorrow.
Text Sebastian Hinz, Kristoffer Cornils, Florian Aigner, Benjamin Mächler, Pippo Kuhzart, Björn Bischoff, Christian Neubert, Tim Caspar Boehme, Lars Fleischmann, Christoph Benkeser, Jana-Maria Mayer, Martin Georgi
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Akiko Yano - Ai Ga Nakucha NeVinyl LP Aiko Yano – Ai Ga Nakucha Ne (WeWantSounds)
Let’s get this straight once and for all: Without Akiko Yano, Hosono would probably still be playing folk rock at some retromania events and Sakamoto would be giving piano lessons. Albums like »Ai Ga Nakucha Ne« represent some of the finest moments of Japanese pop history, offering outlandish pop music that doesn’t sound outlandish at all on the first three listens, and for that very reason reverberates for much, much longer. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Al-Dos Band - Doing Our Thing With PrideVinyl LP Al-Dos Band – Doing Our Thing With Pride (Kalita)
Any no-frills disco record usually ages like Keith Richards does: slowly. The Al-Dos Band, a band from South Carolina, recorded an album in 1976 that in this sense will live forever. There’s no horns, no pomp, no glitter; just music full of funk and soul. »Doing Our Thing With Pride« indeed. Thanks, Kalita Records! Christoph Benkeser
 

Alice Coltrane - Kirtan: Turiya SingsVinyl LP Alice Coltrane – Kirtan: Turiya Sings (Impulse!)
Spiritual Jazz, but different: »Kirtan: Turiya Sings« is a meditation album for voice and Wurlitzer and was ahead of its time like Alice Coltrane always was. As her first vocal album ever, it is an anomaly in her extraordinary discography, but most of all proves once more that Coltrane was one of the greatest of all time. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Amancio D'Silva - Konkan DanceVinyl LP Amancio D’Silva – Konkan Dance (Roundtable)
Recorded in London in 1972, »Konkan Dance« remained unreleased for a long time. It was first kissed out of its slumber in the 2000s, most recently by The Roundtable label. Modal jazz and Indian classical music unite to an Indo-Jazz hybrid that centers around Amancio D’Silva’s psychedelic guitar playing. Martin Georgi
 

Arovane – Atol ScrapVinyl 2LP Arovane – Atol Scrap (Keplar)
Released in 1999, Uwe Zahn released »Atol Scrap« under his Arovane, a certified milestone in IDM history. The fact that the record still sounds as fresh after more than 20 years probably has less to do with today’s music than with the ingenious dilettantism that prevailed in and around Berlin back then and which echoes through these tracks, too. Christoph Benkeser
 

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble – Le-LeVinyl LP Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble – Le Le (JazzRoom)*
If you think Baker is too shallow and Brötzmann too heavy, we feel you and you will feel *
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble’s** »Le Le«. This 1987 masterpiece offers spiritual jazz with a decent amount of Afro-Cuban influences, aiming straight for somewhere between the high and the low brow. Pippo Kuhzart
 

Arthur Russell - Another ThoughtVinyl LP Arthur Russell – Another Thought (Be With)
It says a lot about the state of this world that the work of people like Arthur Russell is only being fully appreciated decades later, but it also says a lot about the music itself: it was simply ahead of its time. The re-release of »Another Thought« by Be With again raises the question of how would the world look like nowadays if people had realized it already back then. Probably sadder, but better. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Autechre – Chiastic SlideVinyl LP Autechre – Chiastic Slide (Warp)
Glitchy IDM crossed the threshold of a rapturous vision of the future for the fourth time in February 1997, when Sean Booth and Rob Brown as Autechre once again demonstrated what the electronic avant-garde was capable of. There’s no logical reason why their fourth album »Chiastic Slide« nevertheless had to wait more than two decades for an official reissue, but that makes it even more welcome. Nils Schlechtriemen
 

Barcelona Traction - Barcelona TractionVinyl LP Barcelona Traction – Barcelona Traction (Sommor)
Barcelona Traction, a Catalan jazz trio, released their self-titled debut in 1975. The white keys on the Minimoog jingled and the Wurlitzer heated up – this record, now made available again through Sommor, is like a cocktail party. No more. More less! Christoph Benkeser
 

Boris – FloodVinyl LP Boris – Flood (Third Man)
There are albums that just make zero sense on record and »Flood« is one of them, but it seems as if Boris don’t care much. Honestly though, the reissue of this psychedelic masterpiece in four fragmented parts is a welcome reminder of how the Japanese band once sounded during their halcyon days: boundless, minimalist and overdriven, permanently stoned and hyperfocused nonetheless. Kristoffer Cornils
 


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Brian Brown Quintet - Carlton Streets● ###HHV:849497 :Vinyl LP### Brian Brown Quintet – Carlton Streets (Roundtable)
More Australian jazz from the 1970s. Brian Brown and his quintet’s »Carlton Streets«, recently reissued by the Melbourne label The Roundtable, flouts at the standards — and falls squarely between Bobbi Humphrey and a loopy Hancock. Great stuff. Christoph Benkeser
 

Coil – Love's Secret DomainVinyl LP Coil – Love’s Secret Domain (Infinite Frog)
Coil are dead, but their music lives on. »Love’s Secret Domain« was one of their watershed albums after which nothing was the same anymore. A sixty-minute maelstrom of industrial music, poetry, sex magic and the first manic premonitions of European club sounds. An extraordinary work of art. Nils Schlechtriemen  

Costa Blanca - Viaje A Prantia● ###HHV:870467 :Vinyl LP### Costa Blanca – Viaje A Prantia (Altercat)
Berlin-based label Altercat digs up gems from the past that don’t slip into YouTube recs by accident. Luckily. Otherwise, we probably would have never heard of Costa Blanca, a Spanish jazz-rock band from the late 1970s. The quartet produced an album, »Viaje A Prantia«, in 1977, but after that, they went into an indefinite hiatus. Christoph Benkeser
 

Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto – CendreVinyl LP Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Cendre (Line)*
In 2007, Austrian laptop magician Fennesz and Japanese ambientianist Sakamoto made a record that everyone could agree upon: »Cendre«, one of those eternal ambient albums. Christoph Benkeser
 

François De Roubaix – Les Secrets De La Mer RougeVinyl LP Francois De Roubaix – Les Secrets De La Mer Rouge (Transversales Disques)
François de Roubaix’ score for the TV series **»Les Secrets de la Mer Rouge« is a hybrid: it relies on an organic-hippie-esque orchestration, which is joined by then-futuristic synth sounds in the second season, aired in 1975, eight years after the first one. Brilliant! Christian Neubert
 

Hiroshi Suzuki - CatVinyl LP Hiroshi Suzuki – Cat (We Release Jazz)
The album »Cat« by trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki has almost been almost cultically celebrated in the past, even though probably few people have heard it until it was reissued this year.The tracks, released in 1976, weave fusion and influences from funk into a smooth sound that is hardly inferior to US jazz albums of the time. Björn Bischoff
 

Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai - Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo FukuVinyl LP Hozan Yamamoto & Yu Imai – Akuma Ga Kitarite Fue Wo Fuku (Label)
The Japanese composer and virtuoso Hozan Yamamoto offered entirely different perspectives on his main instrument, the shakuhachi. In his soundtrack to the film »The Devil’s Flute« of 1979 he opted for a reduced fusion sound complemented by dry bass and drums along with icy synthesisers. Tim Caspar Boehme
 

Ian Carr - BelladonnaVinyl LP | * Ian Carr – Belladonna (Mr Bongo)
»Belladonna« offers fusion jazz without the woozy moodiness, without the irritating attitude. Ian Carr instead just ended up having fun banging out some tunes together with his friends. Sure, you can ask for more – but should you, really? Kristoffer Cornils
 

Idee Du Femelle - SequencesVinyl LP Idee fu Femelle – Sequences (Musica Maquina)
Hivern Discs boss John Talabot discovered this cassette by Barcelona’s Toni Parera. On it: electronic music, dry and sometimes gloomy, influenced by industrial, tribal and Fourth World sounds. A real treasure. Lars Fleischmann
 

Joe Mcphee & Lasse Marhaug - Harmonia MacrocosmiaVinyl LP Joe Mcphee & Lasse Marhaug – Harmonia Macrocosmia (Actions For Free Jazz)*
You better buckle up before you put on »Harmonia Macorcosmia«. Joe McPhee and Lasse Marhaug do not cater to the expectations of their audience, they aim to offend. Not a record for the faint at heart. Pippo Kuhzart
 


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Kevin McCormick & David Horridge – Light PatternsVinyl LP Kevin McCormick & David Horridge – Light Patterns (Smiling C)
»Put the album on, lie back and enter the land of no floors« — that’s all you really need to say about this record. What Kevin McCormick and David Horridge made with their two guitar necks at the beginning of the 1980s could easily pass as an meditation album these days, but deserves even more attention precisely due to that. Christopher Benkeser
 

Koopsta Knice – Da Devil's PlaygroundVinyl LP Koopsta Knice – Da Devil’s Playground (D-Evil)
25 years later, Koopsta Knica’s »Da Devil’s Playground« is still the blueprint for noisy Memphis nostalgia. There are no more serious arguments why it shouldn’t be mentioned here. Florian Aigner
 

Kurt Stenzel - OST Jadorowsky's DuneVinyl LP Kurt Stenzel – OST Jodorowsky’s Dune (Cinewax)
In the hands of midnight-movie megalomaniac Alejandro Jodorowsky, »Dune« was supposed to become the ultimate cinematic event, but it also never happened. The documentary »Jodorowsky’s Dune« traces the history of the »best science fiction film never made«. Its reduced synth score is sublime, uplifting, elegiac, shimmering, flickering and fluorescent – an invitation to immerse yourself in the idea of that movie you’ll never watch. Christian Neubert
 

Lewis Taylor - Lewis TaylorVinyl LP Lewis Taylor – Lewis Taylor (Be With)
Be With have dug a real gem. Lewis Taylor’s 1996 debut has never sounded more timeless. There’s a reason that D’Angelo, Aaliyah and David Bowie were among the neo-soul singer’s secret fans. Benjamin Mächler
 

Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra – Love Is Where The Spirit LiesVinyl 2LP Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra Love Is Wehre The Spirit Lies (Strut)
Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra wear their influences on their sleeves, but that doesn’t make work from the late 1970s, first published this year, a mere footnote in a term paper on Sun Ra’s musical legacy. Instead, it offers a musical mix that is completely bonkers in the best sense of the word – free jazz sentiments, spiritual echoes, overly ambitious solos and plenty of non-Western influences make it wonderfully enigmatic and electrifying. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Marcos Resende & Index - Marcos Resende & IndexVinyl LP Marcos Resende & Index – Marcos Resende & Index (Far Out)
You can’t buy joie de vivre, but with »Marcos Resende & Index« you get bloody close to it. The studied physician and session pianist for Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa gives you everything you need to fence off the imminent depression during yet another Corona winter. Christoph Benkeser
 

Marcus Fischer – MonocoastalVinyl LP Marcus Fischer – Monocoastal (12k)
»Monocoastal« is the 12k album to end all 12k albums, a condensation of the entire philosophy behind Taylor Deupree’s label. Marcus Fischer managed to record an album that is warm and cold at the same time, that sounds like a slow funeral march, but is euphoria-inducing nonetheless. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Maulawi – Maulawi LPVinyl 2LP Maulawi – Maulawi (180 Proof)
In six meandering tracks, Maulawi’s 11-piece band created a colorful debut album in 1974, a record full of life and funkaliciousness, jumping effortlessly between free jazz, criminal jazz, jazz funk and bossa. Jens Pacholsky
 

Michel Portal, John Surman, Barre Phillips – Alors!!!Vinyl LP Michel Portal, John Surman, Barre Phillips – Alors!!! (Souffle Continu)
»Alors!!!« was recorded in 1970 by Michel Portal, John Surman, Barre Phillips, Stu Martin and Jean-Pierre Drouet and has been finally remastered from the original tapes and reissued by Souffle Continu on 180 gram vinyl. Get ready for 45 minutes of madness. Sebastian Hinz
 

Nichts - Tango 2000 ● ###HHV:870785 :Vinyl LP### Nichts – Tango 2000 (Cargo)
»Tango 2000« is the less punky of the two albums recorded by the NDW band Nichts and even some forty years later sounds more witty than most contemporary (German) rock music. Jana-Maria Mayer
 


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Nyssa Musique - Comme Au MoulinVinyl LP Nyssa Musique – Comme Au Mouline (Ici Vientot)
Self-published in 1985, »Comme Au Moulin« by Nyssa Musique is clearly reminiscent of the music of Midori Takada and the Mkwaju Ensemble in particular. This is music that wanted to draw from all over the world to make transcultural dreams come true. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Pamela Z – EcholocationVinyl LP Pamela Z – Echolocation (Freedom To Spend)
»Stop pretending, do it in reality« demandd Pamela Z on her debut album »Echolocation« and that could hardly sum up contemporary discourse any better. Freedom To Spend has reissued the album, originally released in 1988 to remind us that yesterday’s problems have not been solved – except by Pamela Z, perhaps. Pippo Kuhzart
 

Phew - PhewVinyl LP Phew – Phew (P-Vine)
Phew could have been a star, but then preferred to go her own way. After co-founding one of the leading early Japanese indie bands with Aunt Sally, she locked herself in a German studio to record her solo debut album with producer Conny Plank as well as Holger Czukay and Jaki Liebezeit as guest musicians. What the world was presented with was brittle, weird, electronically enriched post-punk that no one before or since has ever managed to pull off. And then? And then Phew took a break because she couldn’t be bothered with the fame. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Piero Umiliani – AtmospheresVinyl LP Piero Umiliani – Atmospheres (Musica Per Immagini)
»Atmospheres« is one of the few Piero Umiliani albums that really foresaw the future. Umiliani has rarely sounded like this, and no one else was this close to the future in the late 1970s. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Porter Ricks - BiokineticsVinyl LP Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (Mille Plateaux)
»Biokinetics« is the best dub techno album ever made precisely because Porter Ricks abstracted, transcended and ultimately left dub techno behind with it. Hardly more than a compilation of a few singles with bonus tracks and yet a great narrative about leaving the home port, this is a record that sets the body in motion by stimulating the mind. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Robbie Basho – The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12Vinyl LP Robbie Basho – The Art Of The Acoustic String Guitar 6 & 12 (Gnome Life)
The bad news first: Robbie Basho sings on this record. The good news: only very, very little. Otherwise, the magical power of his guitar playing dominates. One the most whimsical artist of the American Primitivism movement, he will surely enchant you with his tunes. Tim Caspar Boehme
 

Roland Bocquet - Paradia● ###HHV:856355 :Vinyl LP### Roland Bocquet – Paradia (WRWTFWW)
If you liked Mort Garson’s music for plants, you also have to check out »Paradia« by Roland Bocquet, recently reissued by We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records. Christoph Benkeser
 

Seefeel - Succour (Redux)Vinyl LP Seefeel – Succour (Redux) (Warp)
Seefeel were an anomaly in 1990s electronic music. Their second album »Succour« was created without synthesizers and just a minimum of samples, yet eclipsed much of the IDM and ambient music their contemporaries were releasing on their label, Warp. Jens Pacholsky
 

Singing Dust - Singing DustVinyl LP Singing Dust – Singing Dust (Fresh Hold/Efficient Space)
Robert Welsh blended jazz, but also traditional Indian music, folk, modern classical music, Miami-Vice-like synthesizers and drum machine preset rhythms in 1986. His work as Singing Dust remains outstanding in every sense of the word. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Stella Chiweshe - Ambuya!Vinyl LP Stella Chiweshe – Ambuya (Piranha)
»Ambuya« by Zimbabwe-born Stella Chiweshe offers pure musical joie de vivre that and now — 33 1/3 years later — is finally available again on vinyl. If this one doesn’t turn your frown upside down, you must be legally dead. Christoph Benkeser
 


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Sun Ra - LanquidityVinyl LP Sun Ra – Lanquidity (Strut)
This is simply the reissue of the year. A classic, and an unusual one at that, since the centre of gravity of this jazz session led by Sun Ra is dominated by a fusion rather than free jazz approach. This new and sadly limited edition on Strut includes a complete alternative version of the album; an invitation to delve deeper into those worlds »they« have not told you about. Tim Caspar Boehme
 

The Humble Bee – A Miscellany For The Quiet HoursVinyl LP The Humble Bee – A Miscellany For The Quiet Hours (Astral Industries)
The Humble Bee’s »A Miscellany For The Quiet Hours« is a dub record at heart, but sounds like a corroded tape – mellow and dramatic at the same damn time. Pippo Kuhzart
 

The  New Age Steppers – The New Age SteppersVinyl LP The New Age Steppers – The New Age Steppers (On-U Sound)
In the early ’80s, producer Adrian Sherwood founded The New Age Steppers, which combined post-punk and reggae. The result was a record so tripped-out, it provided the blueprint for Rhythm & Sound’s entire career. Christoph Benkeser
 

The Same - Sync Or SwimVinyl LP The Same – Sync Or Swim (Freedom To Spend)
Collages with tapes, cut together from various instruments, repetitive patterns, occasionally percussive, some synthesizer and guitar sounds:Released in 1981 on his own micro-label, the music by The Same, a project by the Brit Robert Cox, later active as Rimarimba, is now ripe for discovery. Tim Caspar Boehme
 

trip shrubbVinyl LP Trip Shrubb – Trewwer, Leud Un Danz (Faitiche)
The Folkways catalog served as the starting point for these remixes by Trip Shrubb, but the only thing these 13 selected tracks on »Trewwer, Leud Un Danz« have in common with folk is a crude sense of longing. Essentially, this is dub techno, just without the techno, and dub not from Jamaica. Florian Aigner
 

Tülay German & Francois Rabbath - Tülay German & Francois RabbathVinyl LP Tülay German & Francois Rabbath – Tülay German & Francois Rabbath (Zehra)
Anadolu pop pioneer Tülay German and double bassist François Rabbath went down a very different in 1980 with their collaborative album, carefully rearranging folkloristic forms, and combining expressive vocals and sparse instrumentation. The result was nothing short of timeless. Kristoffer Cornils
 

Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical BeatdownVinyl LP Ultramagnetic MC’s – Critical Beatdown (Music On Vinyl)
1988 is considered by many hip hop historians to be the beginning of the golden age and the year that produced the most genre classics. Among the most groundbreaking albums from that year is without a doubt »Critical Beatdown« by Ultramagnetic MC’s. More than 30 years after its first release, this rap classic is now available for the first time on double vinyl, remastered and accompanied by liner notes and rare photos by Janette Beckman. Benjamin Mächler
 

Uman - Chaleur HumaineVinyl LP Uman – Chaleur Humaine (RVNG INtl)
»Chaleur Humaine« by French duo Uman – siblings Danielle and Didier Jean – could easily be considered a harbinger of contemporary society’s hyperpop-ification, but is nonetheless incredibly laid back. No wonder a label like RVNG Intl. would make it available again. Christoph Benkeser
 

Vinicio Adames – Al Comienzo Del CaminoVinyl LP Vinicio Adames – Al Comienzo Del Camino (Trueclass)
The Venezuelan Vinicio Adames’ debut album, out of print for many years, is intoxicatingly delightful and its reissue a stroke of luck. Here’s where Robert Görl meets Robert Wyatt for a drink while Momus drives by on a moped… Lars Fleischmann
 

White Light / Jo Bogaert – WhaleVinyl LP White Light / Jo Bogaert – Whale (~STROOM)
A few years before Jo Bogaert started Technotronic, he played in a band called White Light in his Belgian home town Aalst. Two songs and two more solo songs were reissued this year on ~STROOM as an EP. Especially »I Want You To Know Me« is a hit, one of those songs which you wonder how life could have been possible without it before. Sebastian Hinz
 


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Latest with his last album, The Mesektet, fLako makes clear that he will not stand still artistically. Instead he is reinventing itself again and again. His recently released EP Carving Away The Clay is a further testimony of becoming.
Music Review | posted 26.09.2014
Hudson Mohawke
Chimes EP
Those asking for Hudson Mohawke will get Hudson Mohawke. However, those waiting for HudMo, the inventor, will be disappointed.
Music Interview | posted 03.07.2011
Dustin O'Halloran
»I really love to sculpt the notes«
The pianist and film composer Dustin O’Halloran just released Lumiere, a soundtrack without a film. We’ve talked to him about the power of the piano, the magic of improvisation and his colleague Hauschka.
Music Interview | posted 12.05.2014
Jaakko Eino Kalevi
About Love And Other Mental Illnesses
Jaakko Eino Kalevi looks like a stoned angel in a woolie, works as a tram driver and with »No End« he released on of the best songs of 2013. About time we get to know him. A conversation about love, music and how to wash laundry.
Art Interview | posted 13.06.2013
Eliot Lee Hazel
The Stranger
Eliot Lee Hazel’s photographs of musicians are often gritty, raw, filled with cinematic language. British Hazel lives in America, is only 21 years-old and yet he’s already photographed Yeasayer, Thom Yorke, Ariel Pink and Cat Power.
Music Review | posted 25.05.2015
Glenn Astro
Throwback
Boom-bap is doing it with house, beatmaking with disco-soul. Nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s played out extraordinarily well.
Music Review | posted 03.04.2015
Sufjan Stevens
Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens’ »Carrie & Lowell« is an excellent example of improving something through radical reduction.
Music Review | posted 22.06.2012
Monophonics
In Your Brain
Records like this one happen when people blank out the last 30 years of music history and just carry on at the very time when funk turned into disco.
Music Interview | posted 04.11.2011
Akalepse of Truth & Soul
»It's all for love really«
Truth & Soul is home to artists like Lee Fields and The Expressions, El Michels Affair and Bronx River Parkway. Record collector and DJ Akalepse is as A&R a part of this creative circle. Valentin Menedetter met him for an interview.
Music Review | posted 15.05.2015
Oddisee
The Good Fight
With his lyrics, Oddisee refrains from all the rap-clichés. »The Good Fight« remains light-footed and catchy at all times.
Music Interview | posted 29.04.2013
Kendrick Lamar
Creating the Balance
Hailed as the savior of West Coast Hip Hop Kendrick Lamar’s »good kid m.A.A.d city’s« album success says something about the current state of Hip Hop. We talk to Lamar about the rap game then and now and the significance of Compton.
Music Interview | posted 28.02.2011
Virgo Four
Born Again
The two Chicago natives Eric Lewis and Merwyn Sanders are set to make Chicago House enthusiasts go apeshit again in 2011 with a huge collection of unreleased tracks, mostly recorded prior to their classic debut. Merwyn Sanders sat down with us to talk.
Music Review | posted 10.09.2011
John Beltran
Ambient Works 1995-2011
Even in the title of his anthology, John Beltran evokes a direct comparison to Aphex Twin.
Music Review | posted 20.11.2014
Andrea Belfi
Natura Morta
On »Natura Morta«, Andrea Belfi approaches the music as if he was a renaissance-artist painting a still life.
Music Essay | posted 13.03.2013
The Fine Line
»While you’re fucking some dusty old chair, I’ll be eating bananas «
»The Fine Line« takes one lyric to to discover a story, learn more about an artist, their song or music in general. Sometimes just one anecdote will be explored other times a whole unexpected worlds will be uncovered. It’s a fine line.
Music Review | posted 10.04.2015
Action Bronson
Mr. Wonderful
Action Bronson knows how to handle his superstar-status: »Mr. Wonderful« is an entertaining rollercoaster ride.
Music Review | posted 26.10.2011
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Bulletproof Brass EP
The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble of nine from Chicago is grooving again. This time, they’re heading towards space.
Music Review | posted 25.09.2014
NehruvianDOOM
Sound Of The Son
»Sound Of The Son« is the collab of New York’s grand master MF Doom together with the 18-years-old newcomer Bishop Nehru.
Music List | posted 15.10.2012
Rappers aged 25 and under
10 favourites - Special
A continuous wave of youngsters, mostly not legally allowed to even order a beer, are shaping the Hip Hop landscape. Here is a list of young rappers, whose unique style and attitude is determining the direction of Hip Hop today.
Music Review | posted 15.11.2011
Onra
Chinoiseries Pt. 2
Yet again, the French beat-maker has rummaged Vietnamese record-archives in order to produce another part of his Chinoiseries.
Music Interview | posted 17.11.2011
Joker
The Inner Vision
Like no other, Joker is bridging the gap between dubstep and hip hop with his so called »purple sound«. Finally, his long anticipated debut album The Vision came out these days. We met Joker to discuss dubstep, rap, video games and stolen TV’s.
Music Review | posted 04.02.2014
HELM
The Hollow Organ EP
As HELM, Luke Younger knows how to make the textures of his tracks to be thrilling – the balance between the crass sounds is just right.
Music Review | posted 08.05.2015
Hiatus Kaiyote
Choose Your Weapon
With »Choose Your Weapon«, Hiatues Kaiyote are firing polyrhythmic salvos across the previous decades of music history.
Music Essay | posted 10.12.2012
Australian Hip-Hop
Rise of the Down-Underground?
Since the Internet revolution made it possible for sub genres and scenes around the globe to connect and collaborate, more and more Australian rappers rise from the Down-Underground. Our author in Sydney took a look at the dynamic scene.
Music Review | posted 21.08.2011
Hudson Mohawke
Satin Panthers EP
With Satin Panthers, the 25-year-old Scotsman Hudson Mohawke seamlessly ties in with his debut Butter of 2009. Just Blaze is loving it.
Music Interview | posted 15.06.2011
Gonjasufi
Word, Sound, Power
Gonjasufi is one of the less originals in music biz and has his won history with music. So here he is talking with Valentin Menedetter about music, friendship and the letting-go.
Music Review | posted 09.05.2014
Kyoka
IS (Is Superpowered)
Kyoka’s easy going and airy-fairy proto-techno is a great contribution to the classic boys’-label Raster-Noton.
Music Review | posted 05.09.2014
Ital
Endgame
The house-anarchist Ital is refining his methods on »Endgame«, his third record on Planet µ.
Music Interview | posted 09.07.2011
Shigeto
A blessing in disguise
Early on it was already clear that the drums would be Zach Saginaw’s instrument. Shigeto now stands for his fragile sound which he pairs with his live drumming, creating clouds of sound, which are beautifully produced. Valentin Menedetter met him in Vienna.
Music Review | posted 09.05.2011
Atmosphere
The Family Sign
The Family Sign is almost a concept album, leaning towards blues, while only bearing little resemblance to Ant’s production-experiments…
Music Review | posted 10.03.2014
Neneh Cherry
Blank Project
For Neneh Cherry, »Blank Project« is much more than a simple comeback. It’s about soul, and she deserves our credit for it.
Music Review | posted 14.03.2013
Ghetto Brothers
Power Fuerza
First and foremost, the Ghetto Brothers were a Puerto Rican gang in the New York of the 1970s. At some point, they reached for their instruments.
Music Review | posted 18.04.2009
MF Doom
Operation: Doomsday
The super-villain enters the stage, equipped with a silver mask and a craving for revenge against the industry.
Music Review | posted 02.03.2012
Busdriver
Beaus $ Eros
Californian rapper and producer Busdriver keeps evolving into a singer and presents a sound that doesn’t have much to do with what you would call Hip Hop.
Music Review | posted 13.06.2011
Matana Roberts
Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Coloeur Libres
It’s its fiery, stirring and yet thoughtful force, which makes this album so very exceptional in these days.
Music Report | posted 06.02.2013
Kendrick Lamar
Live at C-Halle in Berlin on Feb 1
Friday was finally Berlin’s turn to host Kendrick Lamar. K.Dot. Mr. 2012. The fact that Lamar’s album just went gold and the fact that his concert was sold out still didn’t prepare one for the insanity that apparently is Lamar’s following.
Music Review | posted 12.02.2010
Whitefield Brothers
Earthology
»Earthology« has everything that’s needed in order to reach a similar status within in the next ten years as the Poets of Rhythm’s debut.
Music Review | posted 19.05.2015
Holly Herndon
Platform
As proven on »Platform«, Holly Herndon keeps successfully developing her musical concept by popping all the filter bubbles.
Music Review | posted 21.01.2013
Bernard Parmegiani
L'Œil écoute/ Dedans-Dehors
Two titles by the French composer Bernard Parmegiani have just been remastered and re-released on vinyl.
Music Review | posted 14.02.2011
Long Arm
The Branches
Beat-maker Long Arm from Russia has created an album almost impossible to beat in its homogeneity.
Music Review | posted 11.04.2013
The Doppelgangaz
HARK
On their new record »HARK«, The Doppelgangaz consistently follow their musical and lyrical direction.
Art Interview | posted 09.11.2012
Geordie Wood
Face to Face
The 27 year-old Boston-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Geordie Wood is a photographic traditionalist avoiding anything trendy or gimmicky yet his subjects are very much in your face and flashy.
Music Review | posted 14.03.2011
Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band
No Time For Dreaming
Charles Bradley is releasing his debut album at the age of 60.
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Records Revisited
Daft Punk – Homework (1997)
In 1997, the French duo Daft Punk released their debut album »Homework« and since then have had an almost unprecedented career. At that time, the album was not yet mainstream, but creaky, crackling house music.
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End-of-Year review 2021
Top 50 Albums
Much like every cloud has its silver lining, this year had some fantastic music to offer – something to hold on to in difficult times. These were the 50 best albums released on vinyl in 2021.
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End-of-year review 2021
Top 20 12inches
12inches are mostly, but not always, made for the club. A look at the 20 best records in 2021 shows that in this year, not only was dance music rethought – but that also quiet counterpoints were set.
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End-of-year review 2021
Top 50 Reissues
Another year goes by, another list of visions of futures that have yet to become reality is being published. These 50 records from the past dreamed the loudest of a better tomorrow.
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End-of-year review 2021
Top 20 Compilations
Music, and even more so the people behind it, always find each other – even over distance if necessary, be it spatial or temporal. These were the 20 best compilations released on vinyl in 2021.
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End-of-year review 2021
Top 20 Tapes
So now the mainstream has discovered music cassette, or at least how to make a quick buck with it: how do we feel about that? Well, we don’t really care, we’d rather put tapes from obscure labels and artists flying under the radar into our Walkman.
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End-of-year Vinyl Review 2021
Top 20 Books
From the ultimate 2Pac oral history to a re-reading of Daft Punk’s legacy and the B-sides of music history, these books shaped a year whose first half gave us plenty of reading time.
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Records Revisited
Autechre – Chiastic Slide (1997)
With their fourth album as Autechre, the two Mancunians said goodbye to the reference set and began their singular journey into unheard sound and massive grooves.
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Dengue Dengue Dengue
Guest Mix
The Peruvian Dengue Dengue twirl hula-hoop ryhtms into the club. For us, they’ve exclusively put together this 60-minute mix, with music that will have you sharpening your arrow tips, licking green frogs, and taking the first prize at drumming class.
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Chillhop Music
The Magic of Passive Listening
Chillhop is music for a world where everyone listens, but no one pays attention. The Dutch label is nevertheless successful — and knows why.
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Faust
Why Don't You Eat Carrots?
Adventures kindly supported by the major label: the band Faust from Hamburg was one of those rare cases in the early seventies when a record company, if unknowingly, would support artists whose music sounded very different from the rock concepts hitherto known.
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Records Revisited
Stars Of The Lid – The Tired Sounds Of (2001)
The most monumental silence of all time: With »The Tired Sounds Of«, the two US musicians Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie aka Stars Of The Lid created in 2001 one of the most important ambient albums of all time. With over two hours of sounds, drones and loops, they gave the genre a totally new depth.
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Holy Hive
Introspective lightness
With their debut album »Float Back To You«, the New York trio Holy Hive presented a folk-soul balm for the sore and bare nerves in 2020. On the self-titled follow-up Paul Spring, Homer Steinweiss and Joe Harrison continue on the chosen course, but sound even more intimate and personal.
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Palmbomen II
10 All Time Favs
Pictures and sounds could never really be separated from each other with Palmbomen II. His new record, »Make A Film,« provides the music for the moving pictures that we all have yet to shoot. What music inspires him when composing film music, the Dutch producer has told us now.
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Records Revisited
A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory (1991)
It doesn’t get much better than that. At the beginning of the 1990s, A Tribe Called Quest brought the flow to the point with their second album »The Low End Theory«. Without aggressive male poses, but with jazz, breaks and vibe.
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Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
1991 – what a year for rock music. The albums by Nirvana, Soundgarden and Red Hot Chili Peppers released September 24, 1991 made rock become popular again. But »Screamadelica« by Primal Scream changed the whole genre.
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The Beat Era in the GDR
Hostile takeover
Records from the Amiga label are widely available in Germany. In addition to pressings of international stars such as Michael Jackson, the Beatles or Bob Dylan, there was also a lot of music from the GDR itself that was released. Some of it is worth to be rediscovered.
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José González
Taste Is Like Your Bum
In 2003, Jose Gonzalez covered the song “Heartbeat” by The Knife and instantly catapulted himself into the hearts and study rooms of so many. Now he has a new album, »Local Valley«, released. We had the opportunity to interview him.
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Loredana Bertè
Somehow Incomparable
Loredana Bertè is being lauded as the »Queen of Italian Rock.« This is not only musically inadequate, for Bertè never represented the status quo and instead repeatedly questioned it. She was and still is an outsider out of conviction.
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Records Revisited
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (1996)
25 years ago, »Endtroducing« was released, a hip-hop album that brought Björk together with Metallica and Finnish fusion. DJ Shadow was digging in the cellar for it. And found gold. He covered what he found with a touch of melancholy and created an album that seems to have fallen out of time.
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Sarah Davachi
Echo of the infinity
Intensity is the word that comes to mind. In her music and in her movements. Sarah Davachi is an artist on the border between ambient, composition and drone. Her sound feels like someone stroking the soul with a fingertip. Now her new album »Antiphonals« is released.
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Dais Records
Sound as a collection
Between experiment and expectation, the contemporary and the past, Dais Records dares a delicate balancing act in aesthetics. Gibby Miller and Ryan Martin make waves where linearity experiences conscious disturbance – and follow the tracks of exceptional labels.
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Leslie Winer
The Unknown World Star
Björk, Grace Jones, Boy George and Sinéad O’Connor are among her admirers. William S. Burroughs was her mentor. Somehow, she also invented trip-hop. Yet Leslie Winer is known only to insiders today. That could change now.
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DJ Koco
Guest Mix
With DJ Koco, amazing mixing skills meet a selection of tremendous sophistication. Hardly anyone cuts his breakbeats tighter into each other than he does. The most amazing thing: The Japanese DJ limits himself to 7-inches in his sets.
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Records Revisited
John Coltrane – Africa/Brass (1961)
In 1961, »Africa/Brass" marked the dawn of a new age: for John Coltrane, it was the beginning of his Impulse! years, and for many African countries, the start of independence. Musically, it was probably his most ambitious effort.
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Björk – Vespertine (2001)
Introverted standstill. Despite numerous positive reviews in August 2021 for the release of her fourth album “Vespertine”, Björk Guðmundsdóttir did not seem to fulfill the promise of her previous work with this record. Because this time she chose a completely different approach. Which makes »Vespertine« one of her best records to date.
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Durand Jones & The Indications
10 All Time Favs
More than retro soul: Durand Jones & The Indications have been combining the past and future of the genre since their debut five years ago. Now their third album »Private Space« is released. Time to ask the band about the 10 records that have shaped, improved and educated them.
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Conrad Schnitzler
In the Midst of Disorder
Conrad Schnitzler, who died in 2011, is still perceived primarily for his connection to Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream. Yet the impressive body of work that the »intermedia« artist left behind stands on its own.
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Records Revisited
Main Source – Breaking Atoms (1991)
In some ways, »Breaking Atoms,« Main Source’s full-length debut, seems to have remained a second-tier classic. But Large Professor’s production defined a signature sound for the Golden Age of Hip-Hop.
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LFO – Frequencie (1991)
With »Frequencies«, the low frequency oscillators LFO from Leeds created one of the first techno albums. Their high bleeps and low clonks made history in techno music. To this day, it is an invitation, er, order to dance.
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Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)
With »Maggot Brain« Funkadelic 1971 goes to the dark side of funk. The triumphant pleasure principle is interspersed with dystopian eschatology, and juxtaposes the celebration of life with an oppressive doomsday mood.
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Hōzan Yamamoto
Meditation out of improvisation
For over five decades he pushed Japanese jazz towards spiritual spheres, without kitsch or esoteric – and just a little pathos. Above all, he garnered reputation for it back home. Even today Hōzan Yamamotos work is internationally considered an insider tip.
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Hoshina Anniversary
The Techno and jazz meltdown
Hoshina Anniversary makes techno. But he would rather see himself as a successor to jazz and traditional Japanese music. And the Tokyo native is not alone in this. In this sense, jazz is less what you play than how you play it.
Music Essay
Jazz kissas
Where the music plays in Japan
They offer classy retreat from a world where everyone listens all the time. And they celebrate listening to music: Jazz Kissas, Japan’s unofficial cultural heritage. Journalist Katsumasa Kusunose is now documenting it.
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Hiroshi Suzuki
The unknown with the trombone
In 1976, Japanese trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki recorded an album. “Cat,” which is characterized less by perfection than by a fine groove, was somewhat overlooked at one time. Now you can rediscover it.
Music Essay
Small In Japan
Japan, a Vinyl Nation? Not really.
Elaborate packaging, audiophile listening bars and the highest number of record shops in the world: Japan, a vinyl paradise? No. For decades, the medium has only played only a minor role there. A cultural history of Japan’s music industry.
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Evidence
10 All Time Favs
Evidence is a producer, cratedigger and rapper, and one who in 15 years of career has never lost the desire to discover. Now his album »Unlearning Vol.1« is released. We asked about 10 vinyl records that have shaped, improved and educated him.
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Record Store Day 2021 – 2nd Drop
12 releases to look out for
On July 17, 2021, the second Record Store Days this year will now take place. Again, several dozen exclusive releases have been announced. We have again picked twelve records that we want to recommend to you.
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Records Revisited
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Released in 1986, »The Queen Is Dead« is the culmination of the British band The Smiths’ career, which lasted only five years and four studio albums. It still sounds refreshingly idiosyncratic even after so long.
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Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (1996)
When Porter Ricks released the album »Biokinetics« in 1996, it was more than just a collection of their first 12inches flanked by two bonus tracks. It was a utopian attempt to expand upon the dub techno formulas.
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BBE Records
The influencer's influencer
Peter Adarkwah is the reason why some lives have been changed by J Dilla, why Roy Ayers experienced a second spring and why Japanese jazz albums are reviewed by Pitchfork. In other words: BBE Music turns 25 years this year.