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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

The Most Refreshing Musicians Of 2016

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Like last year lists this year are all over the place, a lot of main stream rap again, really solid techno and again VERY happy to see a lot less of the soft boy beat stuff that clogged up the festivals, which makes me overwhelmingly happy. Here’s a few musicians that most of you know but made my year very enjoyable because of a DJ set, live set, a diverse DJ Kicks or a keeping an alias alive and well, enjoy!

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10 Julianna Barwick
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9 Studio OST
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8 Danny Brown
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7 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
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6 John Roberts
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5 Delroy Edwards
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4 Paranoid London
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3 Mall Grab
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2 Moodymann
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1 Floorplan aka Robert Hood*
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*The man was on half of this years DJ-Kicks comps!

Terekke: I Want to Know What Love Is

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Terekke reworks Mariah Carey’s cover of I Want to Know What Love Is

“It feels sad to lose people, even if you might not have known them all personally, it’s still a very heavy feeling. DIY spaces have been so absolutely central to my life creatively, communally and spiritually that it hurts to the core to see friends lose their friends. It’s more than i can put into words.”

to those in Oakland, Rest In Power.

Terekke

Donate to the Oakland Ghost Ship fire victims.

Aaron David Ross: Voices Only

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I usually write-off all the pitched vocal tracks that clog up the electronic scene BUT this is a unique take, especially the intro.

‘THROAT’ is the new album by composer/producer Aaron David Ross (ADR). Arriving as the New York artist’s second release on PAN, ‘THROAT’ is made entirely from vocal sounds. It could only be crafted in the ultra-present; an age where the poetry of songwriting is flattened into catchy hooks. As words are sliced into sounds, ideas are reduced to sibilant syllables that still contain a range of emotional power, but deliver it in subversively different ways.

‘THROAT’ exploits these ways, borrowing vocal fragments from everywhere to collage a choral congregation of singing servers; pinging one another to create open-source equal-opportunity electronic pop music. Reichian polyrhythms EDM drop into Bieber-esque beatboxing. Hypothetical K-pop stars conduct holographic choirs in altruistic ritual. Virtual summer festival DJs transcode into pure phonemes; anthropomorphizing formant-shifted vacuums of communication. When you drop the cargo of making sense, you can go so much faster.

As a classically trained musician inspired equally by pop and contemporary art & technology practices, ADR’s work has distinguished itself through its formal deliriousness and playful tenor. Besides ongoing collaborations with an international community of vocalists, producers, artists and fashion designers, Ross releases solo recordings, composes music for film, TV and advertising, and maintains a practice of live performance and sound installation.

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Tycho World Tour

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TYCHO WORLD TOUR 2017

01 07 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater – SOLD OUT
01 09 – Honolulu, HI – The Republik
01 12 – Osaka, JP – Bigcat
01 13 – Tokyo, JP – Stellar Ball Shinagawa
01 14 – Seoul, KR – Understage
01 18 – Bangkok, TH – Live RCA
01 19 – Taipei, TW – Legacy
01 21 – Singapore, SP – Laneway Festival
01 25 – Melbourne, AU – 170 Russell
01 26 – Brisbane, AU – Laneway Festival
01 28 – Melbourne, AU – Laneway Festival
01 30 – Auckland, NZ – Laneway Festival
02 02 – Sydney, AU – Metro Theatre
02 03 – Adelaide, AU – Laneway Festival
02 04 – Sydney, AU – Laneway Festival
02 05 – Fremantle, AU – Laneway Festival
02 10 – Berlin, DE – Astra #
02 11 – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz #
02 12 – Vienna, AT – Flex #
02 14 – Budapest, HU – Akvarium Klub #
02 15 – Prague, CZ – Meetfactory #
02 16 – Warsaw, PL – Worldwide Festival at Niebo #
02 18 – Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset #
02 19 – Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan – SOLD OUT #
02 20 – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret #
02 22 – Cologne, DE – Gloria Theatre #
02 23 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg #
02 24 – Paris, FR – La Gaite Lyrique #
02 25 – Brussels, BE – Botanique – Orangerie #
02 27 – London, UK – Electric Brixton #
02 28 – London, UK – Electric Brixton – SOLD OUT #

Tickets and more info http://tychomusic.com/#tour

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Poland: Earth Trax + Newborn Jr.

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Gotta support some Polish-born guys on the blog, keep an eye on both of these names for 2017.

Earth Trax is half of Ptaki also The Phantom a.k.a. Bartosz Kruczyński.

Peckham’s finest are back with another 12″ custom built for discerning dancers. The SE15 label have looked to Poland for inspiration again and returned to the pool hall with a ridiculously good pair of subtle low-key rollers that traverse ethereal, barely-there house territory in the best way possible.

Comprised of Baltic-Balearic-Beat legend Bartosz Kruczynski and the man normally known as Matat Professionals, Earth Trax and Newborn Jr’s debut EP for the label, Sax & Flute, beams into the world on October the 14th.

Being kind souls, we’ve decided to let you have a listen to the A-side. Stream it right now! Yes, right now! Right this second!

Free Song From Shigeto

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**ALL donations on bandcamp will be donated to:
www.facebook.com/PlannedParenthoodAction/

This song was finished on november 8th, 2016 with the intention of using it for my next record. i sampled an inspiration to me, detroit artist, tyree guyton speaking at an event a couple months ago and used it in the intro because it spoke to me.
on the morning of november 10th a light went off in my head and realized the song had to be let go.

no matter how i feel or what i’m thinking about the 2016 election.
no matter who i voted for or even if i voted at all…

i’m thinking about what i’m made of right now.
i’m thinking about what we all are made of right now, what the world is made of right now.
i’m thinking about who i want to be and how i want to play my small part in this world right now.

this song and message comes from a place of love.
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