TMA-1 Headphones Giveaway

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Thanks to The Ghostly Store and AIAIAI, we’ve got a pair of the beautiful TMA-1 Heaphones to give away. Enter to win in the comments by telling us your favorite song or artist we’ve posted on the blog this year. Be sure to leave a valid email in the “email” field so we can contact you if you win. Winner will be announced this week. Enter here

If you’re not feeling particularly lucky today, or just don’t want to wait, The Ghostly Store has special pre-order pricing on the TMA-1 now through August 10th. Check it out!

More about the TMA-1 Heaphones in this video:

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Damian Proctor says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:17 am

This is an easy answer.

Dusty Brown.

I just checked my iTunes and ‘Stevey Wonder’ is far and away my most played song :) I would love a pair of TMA-1 headphones so I could enjoy Dusty Brown at work as well as at home (and look awesome at the same time!)


Max says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:18 am

from what i’ve heard here this year so far, i’d definitely go for Bonobo and his Black Sands.

And since last night, i’m very much into Matthew Dear.. Black City is more then worth the buy (sadly though, digital only at the moment).


Tajo Oja says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:22 am

Got to be Salem – King Night. Can’t believe how heavy rotation this track has received over the last month. Truly inspirational.


Tim Cruickshank says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:30 am

I never listened to the type of music posted on here until i started following the blog. To be completely honest my fav has been Tycho! i cant get enough of it! It was never the style I was into but something about it just sounds perfect. I have this website open most of the day (wile i am working anyway) playing though all the songs. Thank you for introducing me to a world I never knew!


Emanuel says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:35 am

I do enjoy the dreamy and airy music I can find in most of the playlists, but when I need something more energetic then it has to be the Ikons – Honey (Coyote Remix). It has the right amount of dance+electronic+a bit of mystery that makes it hard not to press the repeat button.


Jörg says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:37 am

Umm, tough choice because of the insane amount of awesome bands/songs. At this time, i’d go for IKONS. Thanks Jakub for pointing out the label ‘Service’, some quality stuff on there.


Filip says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:39 am

For me it’s Computer Magic – Electronic Fences. I left the indie scene years ago, but I always get so happy when some of that stuff still moves me :)


eydryan says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:50 am

I’m not really a fan of the music you guys post here, some things are pretty great but most are just not my thing.

I am however a *huge* fan of Tycho (I know that’s you Scott) and I just love that so I’ll cheat by saying that’s what I like since Coastal Brake is in the playlist :D

Totally not intending to kiss your ass, it’s just that it’s really the only thing that’s attracted me musically to the blog. Otherwise I’m just here for the design bits.

Headphones look pretty awesome, I’ve got a pair of AKG 272HDs myself and love’em but hell, another pair of awesome headphones is never a bad thing :D


Agent 57 says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:55 am

Its Tycho, you producer of amazing landscapes you!

Your work took over from being my most listened to, after yppah’s first album. your music tunes straight in to my ear

I would use the headphones to play my first live set, im in much need after mine decided to break in 2 places at the same time


eydryan says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:58 am

If I may add something though, I feel that these headphones are a bit vapourware because any studio-class headphones should include a couple of diagrams of important stats such as a frequency response curve to actually see if there are areas where they perform less than perfect.

Still, they look great and they probably sound pretty good too. However from the video I take it they’re the modern kind of headphones with a boomy bass and shrieking hi-tones. I’m more of a classical man myself, I’m just crazy about mid-bass.


Martin Clabburn says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:12 am

So many wonderful tracks to choose from. But Aerial Pink got me back into the 4AD label once again.


Jack Harrison says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:22 am

Dusty Brown, specifically ‘How’s That’. They are a band that I just never, ever would have found if not for this blog – and I love them!


Anil Nataly says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:31 am

Delorean Real love
I love the fact that they still exist under the radar.
My finger are crossed. Had my eye on the the TMA-1 development for a while now, ‘specially after seeing Flying Lotus wearing them


donato says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:34 am

Ma Halo – Sun Araw.

Which has totally sucked me into the worlds of Oneohtrix Point Never and Emeralds too.


Atlas says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:42 am

Always great new music here but it’s got to be Small Black – Despicable Dogs (Washed Out Mix) from the Ocean of Lips Mixtape. It’s so melancholic that I can’t help but ponder deep stuff.
Also, my head exploded when I found Dusty Brown – EP on itunes before it was mysteriously removed (Could someone explain that?) and then it exploded again when I discovered Tycho and once more when I found out that they were friends. Plus getting “This City is Killing Me” for free (if I had any money to donate, I would…) was a recent highlight in my musical life.
So I guess thanks for all the enlightenment…and those banana-phones. Just pop them in my box. I love you.


Bobby Chombo says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:54 am

ooh.. The Bonbo entry was definitely a winner for me, but I’ve been following him for years, so I’d probably have to go with Peter Kern’s Anaxagoras… That was a while ago, was that still this year?


James says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:54 am

Hello! These headphones look incredible. My favourite song (and now one of my favourite artists) that you’ve posted was LePetitPrince by Cubesato, which was the soundtrack to the Vanishing Point video Alex posted back in January. I also wish it was longer…!


Pedro Fernandes says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:12 am

My favorite so far is Gold Panda’s You, the slow beat makes it work-friendly for me. :)


Cobus says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

Lorelei by Cocteau Twins popped up in one of your playlists this year. So old but so so hauntingly beautiful.


Chris says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

Foxes in Fiction has been a great discovery for me this year, courtesy of the plug for “Swung from the Branches” back at the end of June. Wonderfully relaxing ambient that isn’t afraid to pick up the pace every now and then just to keep things interesting.


Hazim says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:15 am

I have to go for Lindstorm & Christabelle – Lovesick (four tet remix) absolutely loving this joint, then again, there is so much dope music in this place that I can’t honestly say that this is the best. I just hit play and keep going through your collection over and over. Now imagine listening to these tracks in a TMA-1. NOW THAT’S, JUST ILL SON.

keep doing what y’all do. Loving the variety of tunes up in this place. Need a bit more of your high quality cheery pickin’ good funky Dub Step though, somethin’ to make my brain and feet bleed with da bass line.



torrans says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:20 am

I really love “A Tear In My I” by Keep Shelly in Athens but i think it has to be Four Tet “Angle Echos”(Caribou remix) i’ve been listening to it so much recently and its great to hear in a club.


Brian Morsman says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:21 am

My favorite most surely has to be Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People. It conjures up hazy memories of playing with Polaroid cameras and looking at old science books from the 60s and 70s.

Those headphones look incredible. It would be great not only to listen to their audio quality but also to wear such well-designed equipment. It makes them even more desireable that they were tweaked to the specifications of Ghostly artists!


janice thorp says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:22 am

Hard decision as there have been some fantastic aural delights and new discoveries posted…BUT i’m opting for the following:

Tame Impala

The main reason is the raw psychedelic-ness of the band…loved it and bought the albums.

Thanks for the great blog:-)


Renzo says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:25 am

I’ll go for Ratatat : LP4,
’cause that record is a blast but I can’t help mentioning Four-Tet : There is Love in You (and all the remixes that the songs featured in the record have been able to spawn two for all angel echoes – Caribou rmx and same track Jon Hopkins rmx)



drew kora says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:26 am

Ah! So much good music comes to me via this blog. But, I gotta say that my world has been rocked by Com Truise lately. Can’t stop listening.



Connor says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:35 am

I wanted to say Oneohtrix because I love their name, but I just keep returning to Caribou after first hearing him here, so that gets my vote.

Keep up the good work!


Dan says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:44 am

Odd Nosdam’s Up In Flames…lots of other great songs but this is one I was completely in the dark about


Dave Eunson says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:50 am

Definitely Memoryhouse’s ‘Lately’, beautiful track and great video too. Lush spacey vocals and rugged lo-fi production: delcicious.


Nick says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:57 am

Probably Ratatat – Party with Children. I’ve been into Ratatat for quite awhile so it’s the obvious choice for me.


Laurence H says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:57 am

Though not in the Ghostly family (you guys post too many good tracks to remember all of them) , I would say the one track I listened to that introduced me to one of my favorite albums this year is Radio Dept- Heaven’s on Fire, catchy and fun.


Vesa says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:59 am

I listen indie rock (or generally rock) pretty much only from your blog posts. Thanks for introducing interesting stuff. The Sight Below Post Rock Era mix was huge.


Damion Schweizer says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:07 am

It’s so hard to tell which one artist or song is my favorite. Your team and I have a lot of the same likes in music so more than half of the tracks you put up on your blog are bands that I like. Although if I have to choose one I’m going to have to go with Kings of Convenience and “Ms Cold”. It was on Playlist 5. Great track. His vocals suck you into the song and the sound is soothing and catchy to the ears. I have also been getting down to his other band The Whitest Boy Alive. Their album Rules has great tracks from beginning to end.


Scott says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:13 am

I have to go with Shigeto…I love the hip-hop influence–which I find tasteful and not overpowering–underlying the glitch. All of it is great to design to, even if I’m only designing newspaper ads and nothing terribly noteworthy! But even so, like most Ghostly music I’ve heard, it is very relaxing to sit back and chill to. Now, if only I had some super sweet headphones to do that with!


Jason says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:14 am

Funny, my favorite of the songs you’ve posted just appeared a few days ago. Surf’s Up is my favorite Beach Boys song. I don’t know how Brian Wilson did it, I guess it’s out of sheer genius that he’s able to conger up such vivid images of sea and surf and sand. The slow, lumbering, sleepy chorus, the coda breaking through the clouds and the tempered and patient verses, it’s as though the whole West Coast was born the day he wrote that song. I played Surf’s Up at least three times the day you posted it, it does a lot for the imagination of a Chicago boy. Thanks.



zx says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:16 am

Probably not typical choice but Mayer Hawthrone. I am not a big fan of electronic music, but learning much about it and the community from you guys, and MH music was great at the time.


Brandon Leedy says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:17 am

Oh man, my favorite artist I learned about here on ISO50… its probably a tie between MuxMool and Best Coast. I love them both for different reasons. Both their newest albums haven’t disappointed either!



August 4, 2010 at 5:22 am

CEO- Come With Me was at first, annoying, but now I cannot get enough of that song.


Chris says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:30 am

Hammock – Breathturn – Awesome track, awesome video had to wait a while to get it, but worth the wait!


Daniel says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:32 am

“Shigeto – What We Held On To”

Thank you & the whole team so much for this wonderful blog!


DAN says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:43 am

‘Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out (Charles Trees Work Out Plan Mix)’

The ‘Covers’ mixtapes have been so much fun, and introduced me to Mayer Hawthorne’s gem of an album, ‘Strange Arrangement’.


Jabe says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:56 am

Van Dyke Parks’s album Song Cycle!
I’d never heard of him before reading about him at iso50… and now he’s on regular rotation in my ipod.


David says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

The Hundred In The Hands – Sleepwalkers

I keep finding myself coming back to this track, it makes me want to dance, dammit.


Nathaniel says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:01 am

While I’ve made Jakub’s recommendations here part of my music diet, the post that pushed me over the edge was 5-13’s on Javelin and JDSY. It sent me in a tail spin of summer synth avant pop that I’ve yet to recover from. It’s inspired several mixtapes and now I’m trying to make some tunes of my own.. therefore I NEED these bad ass headphones. So I can create better sounds and get them featured in one of these post.
I can dream, right?


Greg says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:04 am

I was so stoked when a week ago Jakub posted Ratatat’s “Cherry” saying it could be his favorite Ratatat track. I thought to myself, “…omg, samesies…” When I first heard that song a few years ago, I couldn’t take it off of repeat if I tried. Every time I listen to it, the great moment of release at 3:34 gets better and better.


Carlos says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:17 am

I’ve heard some real hits this year but I have to say, Onra’s “Long Distance” was pretty life-changing for me.

I’ve just recently been exploring the 80’s revival that’s been happening, and it started with Washed Out’s “Feel It All Around”. Onra pushed it over the edge for me!

It even inspired me to start sampling and writing some ducking beats of my own. I picked up an Akai MPK49, a copy of Ableton, and began converting my vinyl to WAVs. It’s been an interesting learning experience, having played music in bands for many years but never venturing into the “sampling” realm.

Onra’s provided me with some great inspiration to look to! Thanks for that!


Conrad Davenport says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:21 am

Really loving Com Truise’s “Slow Peels”. Good times indeed. It’ll sound soooooo good coming through my new headphones!


JConda says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:25 am

I’ve been feeling the Shigeto “What We Hold On To” release. The blend of rhythms and atmospheric textures is ‘spot on’ like my peoples say on the other side of the pond.


Michael Cole says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:29 am

Really digging “playing in subway stations” by serengeti and polyphonic. Good for contemplative moments


Michael Cole says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:30 am

Really digging “playing in subway stations” by serengeti and polyphonic. Good for contemplative moments

***wrong e-mail address in first listing


tom-c says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:30 am

It’s all about Caribou for me at the moment, so the track from the new album you posted (Caribou – Hannibal) would be my choice.


Andy Mangold says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:35 am

“Intentions” from The Whitest Boy Alive has always been one of my favorite tracks. WBA is his best project, in my opinion; I love the synthy 80s feel that so many of the tracks have. It makes me feel like I am living in Miami beach 30 years ago, cruising slowly up the boulevard. Thanks for continually introducing me to some awesome music!


Philip says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:37 am

A bit of a throwback but I gotta say – Van Dyke Parks. I always knew him as “the guy that helped write SMiLE”, but I had no idea he released music as a solo artist. Song Cycle really kind of floored me in way that most modern music hasn’t in a while. ISO50 is certainly an informative outlet for new and exciting modern music – but your respect and frequent homage to artists of the past certainly prove your credibility.


BleepØ1 says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:43 am

I love the Beat Broker track, “Deep Sleep” you posted a while back. I bought the 12″ shortly after hearing it and I play it all the time.


Lyle says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:46 am

Kings of Convenience – Mrs. Cold

Thanks for turning me on to these guys. (and Whitest Boy Alive for that matter)


Brad Conrad says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

So much good music here but Emeralds had me hitting “buy” in itunes immediately.


Benjamin says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

If it weren’t for your playlists….

PL7 mos def was one of my favs. Although I dig pretty much everything you post here, Little Dragon – Feather was a track that just really stuck with me. They are one of many groups I would of never heard if it weren’t for your blog.

Bravo! Thanks for the ear candy.


Tom says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:53 am

Definitely Best Coast – Boyfriend. Also can’t get enough of that band name – makes me smile every time.


Kyle says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:54 am

Best Coast – Boyfriend. Your post was my first time hearing this band. So I looked them up, downloaded their album, fell in love with the album, and then saw them live at Pier 17 in nyc all within two weeks. It’s rare for me to not only discover an artist and fall in love with them in that time but to also see them live made it all so perfect. And they play at the Bowery Ballroom Later this year!


the erratic ninja says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:55 am

Most of the play lists really just strike a chord with me and maybe it is lame to post something recent but I am going to go with Skream – Reflections. I think it stunned me that someone I associate with the wobble could make something so beautiful and like something I would play in one of my dj sets.


Eddy P says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:56 am

Has to be Bonobo – All in Forms, featured back in March. Bought the album pretty much immediately, and have never looked back.


rob says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:58 am

Defiantly a must for every music lover is Bonobo with Black Sands. One of Ninja Tune’s best youngsters. I love all his material!


Brian says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:26 am

This might be obvious, but I’m digging Dusty Brown recently, I actually found out about him/them from this blog. I’m listening to This City is Killing Me right now.

I’m no musician, but being an industrial designer I appreciate how AiAiAi is able to bring simplicity and beautiful functionality to such a ubiquitous product (headphones) and still keep it fresh. I’d love a pair of those!


chris says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:28 am

dusty brown – this city is killing me

song builds like a beast and pulls in with the glitchy break beat and that almost g-funk synth line. hot. stuff.


Craig says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:39 am

I’m diggin that Dusty Brown. I’m also digging all the graphic design-related posts, I love these poster styles.

Those headphones look slick!


Jared Pendergraft says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:40 am

Technically this was posted last summer (Summer 2009 Mix), but I love the Mingus Rude edit of Dreams by Fleetwood Mac, it just hit the spot. This year though would be Toro y Moi—love it.


Ryan says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:41 am

I’m pretty sure I found out about Tobacco and that Black Moth Super Rainbow from this blog. Both at the top of my lists right now. Thanks for that!


Alex Canning says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:43 am

It’s got to be Baths for me.

Hope this competition is open to UK residents! In any case, love the site.


JAY says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:47 am

Without question, Coastal Brake by Tycho. I can’t count the number of times I’ve listened to that song and its remixes.


Suzanne Bakkum says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

Toro Y Moi with Leave Everywhere got me hooked to him instantly. I didn’t know him, but now I’m slowely discovering and enjoying everything he’s done. So thanks for that! I love getting addicted to one artist :)


mza says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:02 am

red house painters cover of “i am a rock”.
hadn’t heard that song before. now its a favorite.


Tyler says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:07 am

That whole Shigeto EP is unreal… After the smoke is one of my favorite songs of the year


Porchlight says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:16 am

“Lately” by Memoryhouse is one of the most haunting, surreal songs I’ve ever heard. Incredible music.


david says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

can’t stop jammin truman peyote, best coast steadily slayin’ it too.
thanks for all the greatness

please please please
may the fortunes shine upon me and my ears.


Jan says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:23 am

To me it’s Deastro’a »Orange Swimmer« — always a good one to get the day started.


Dhruv says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:26 am

Surf City – Dickshakers Union

I had heard it way before on the KEXP Music That Matters Podcast but forgot about it. It was a revelation all over again when you posted it up in January.


Whitneee says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

feel it all around – washed out

it seriously was the foundation of my summer soundtrack


andrew says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

My fav: Beirut – Venice (Tom Croose’s City of Water edit)

Venice was a great song to begin with, and the edit just added an incredible sense of tension and anticipation. Great edit.


Jon says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

My favorite song would have to be:

Medications – brazil ’07

It reminds me of this band called Oceanographer that I fell in love with a while ago. You can go listen to their albums here for free:

The song it reminds me of is the second song off of their album ‘on leaping from planes’. It’s called stations. check it out if you get a chance.


Thomas Le Goff says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

I’ll say the recent “Grandma’s Words/Rise Out of The Stone” by Shigeto !


mg33 says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

Bonobo – All In Forms. I never knew about them before but it quickly became one of my favorite albums so far this year. Great stuff.


Brendan says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:39 am

It’s really difficult to choose just one artist or song, but The Yours Truly video of The Morning Benders performing “Excuses” was excellent.


Dave says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:41 am

Sun Araw, for 2 reasons.
1) Cameron Stallones writes rich, layer-tastic headphone jams.
2) I played him ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ for the first time when he was in high school and I feel that I’m now owed some royalties. Send me a check, dude.


Lauren says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

I loved “Lately (Deuxieme)” by Memoryhouse. Their EP is my new going through the subway/early-morning-can’t-bear-to-hear-anything-too-percussion-ey music.



August 4, 2010 at 8:42 am

Phantogram!!! love their sound and feel. Thank you for the excellent recommendation…


Cody says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

Mux Mool – Hog Knuckles

It served as my portal into the world of Mool. I’ve gobbled everything he’s done ever since… thanks!


papalula says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:56 am

Them’s some stylin’ ‘phones. I still can’t get the Can’t Run But cover by Jerome Covington out of my head. It would be even better pumped in their by a pair of TMAs. Great blog from nose to tail, keep up the good work.


E dub says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:03 am

I would have to say the Morning Benders have been a solid listen so far. Loved the in studio “wall of sound” video as well.


papalula says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:06 am

Are there two different types of cushioning? Some of the pics on the Ghostly site look like foam but some look like vinyl. Hmmm…looks like a case for Scooby and the gang…


Drew McGahey says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

This year… it would have to be Flying Lotus. The whole of Cosmogramma is freakin’ amazing but “Zodiac Shit” is especially bumparific.


Melissa M says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:17 am

Hmm, I really enjoyed listening to Janelle Monae after hearing about her on here. Dusty Brown would be a close second.


PatrickO says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:19 am

There have been a few, you guys were the first place I heard Best Coast and Deastro. Plus, any site that acknowledges the brilliance of School of Seven Bells is a winner to me.


ggessler says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:24 am

I’m a nerd, so I’ll pick the Carl Sagan “Glorious Dawn” (Mux Mool Remix). Hot!


d|| says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:30 am

It tie for me…
Lindstrøm & Christabelle’s and Toro Y Moi.
When I first heard ‘Lovesick’ my mind didn’t know how to compute the genius that is….
I slept on Toro Y Moi…until I heard ‘Low Shoulders’….ever since then I’ve been vibing to Causers of This.


Pete says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

The Rollerskaters – Sleep in the current playlist is pretty freaking awesome. I would love to hear more from them but alas there does not seem to be much on the interweb. Great tune.


Austin says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:49 am

Cherry Moon by Lorn

Quite a daunting task of picking just one song or band out of all that has been posted over the last 7 months.

It came down between Cherry Moon by Lorn, Cherry by Ratatat, Sundial by The Advisory Circle, and Light Through The Veins by Jon Hopkins. Thanks for putting the effort into finding such talented musicians to share with us.


Marc says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

I love that you have such solid giveaways.

One of my favs this year would have to be Bluebrain – Caught Up In The Laughter.



Brandon says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:20 am

I can’t decide on a favorite of all the great stuff you’ve posted, but if I had to, it’d probably come down to anything by Dusty Brown.


Matt says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

So much good stuff, its a tricky one, but I consistently keep coming back to Bonobo’s Black Sands..


Dean Crumlish says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

I’m pretty sure someone posted him a while back but it’s Nick Bertke as POGO with his track Alice.
I’ve been fascinated with his stuff from the moment I first heard him, unreal stuff.



Joe Kenealy says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

I really enjoyed The Books – The Story of Hip Hop. I bought their album “The Way Out” the same day you posted about it.


SJowett says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

Helios – Cross the Ocean

Subtle layers and textures. AWESOME.

Need those headphone to full appreciate!

Man would I love to get my hands on those headphones!


Adam says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

Best Coast – “Boyfriend”


Because I just listened to it and it is amazing. ‘Nuff said, I think.


Josh says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

Great contest –
Off the top of my head, it’s got to be Kisses – “People Can Do The Most Amazing Things”


Dylan Abbott says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:58 am

It’s hard to pick a favorite since so much good stuff gets posted here, but lately I’m really digging on the Com Truise stuff, especially Sundriped.


David Wood says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:59 am

I Am Waiting For You To Stop Being Mad At Me (Off the Sky Reconstruction) – Rob Theakston

But if it was to include last years it would be Bullion – Long Promised… I’ve now bought all their music!

too many to choose from though…


Anonymous says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

where to start? hmmm.

Tujiko Noriko’s “Hyuga” is such a melancholic song. it makes me cry a little


Ryan says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

Rollerskaters – Sleep Tight or maybe Com Truise – BASF Ace, not sure if that song was on here specifically but man the beat is so fun.


Randall says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

Since I believe that architecture is a kind of frozen music- I am going to have to say that “The House Among Trees” is my favorite “music” that you have posted so far. Looking at the trance inducing photos of the house was like getting lost in one of my favorite songs.


Tyler says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

I would have to say Tom Vek’s “I ain’t saying my goodbyes.”

As much as I love most of the music on this site, for a short while it felt like the music being posted was starting to become same-y, like it was just offbeat drums, wind chimes, a xylophone with a poor recording of wind blowing in the background.

Jakub posted the playlist on July 15th, and it was all great stuff, once Tom Vek started playing I knew everything was alright.


Derfalconer says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

For me this comes down to a decision between Stars – He dreams he’s awake, and Slowdive – Slowdive (which was posted in that The Sound Below 40+min mix). I’ll have to give this one to Stars, because like you said when you posted about this song, it does have a very good tension build up and release; it gives me goosebumps. I couldn’t put Sun Kil Moon – Carry Me Ohio in because I just heard it yesterday so I don’t know if it will stay with me but right now I’m really diggin’ it.

Headphone giveaway? You’ve already given us so many gifts in the way of new and often very good music, it’s cheesy, but that’s how I feel anytime someone points me in the way of good music.


Pascal says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’d have to say my favourite is CEO – Come With Me.
The melody reminds me of “Aquerela do Brasil” every time, and feels so wistful. Makes me think of the 1985 film “Brazil”.


Dax says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:20 am

Oneohtrix Point Never – where does time go
That spacey throbbing of fractal audio.
Waves within waves.


Michael F says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

Com Truise have been great for this summer so i believe that has to be my favorite tunes so far this year.


ame says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

That Foxes in Fiction cover of Memoryhouse’s “Lately” is fantastic! I’ve been listening to it on near-loop for days.


Aaron Martin says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:32 am

Well this isn’t actually part of 2010, but it was a few days under a year ago when Mingus Rude’s “Dreams” edit was posted, which would be my first pick. If I had to pick something that actually occured in 2010, I would have to go with PHANTOGRAM.


JP says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:38 am

Sweet headphones!

My favorite song posted this year was Cold War by The Morning Benders. The song is absolutely timeless and has such a feel good vibe. The music video is also pretty cool.. It has Twiggy dancing back in her day. Thanks for turning me onto this band.



Christian W. says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

It’s really hard to decide, but Dusty Brown – This City Is Killing Me was the first that came to mind.


JON says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

for me it’s You and I by Washed Out featuring Caroline Polachek. that song has this dreaminess to it that adds to the ambience of a drive down lake shore drive in chicago late at night. love it!


Zvi Epner says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

LCD Soundsystem – I can Change..
I love “All My Friends” and can’t get enough of it.

Never really had a sick pair of headphones, so I wouldn’t be able to say that I neeeed these, but I figure if I win them, I’d be the first to let you know what I think.


Ryan Lee says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

Tennis — Baltimore

I’ve ordered their 7″ and have been listening to this song obsessively — I’m completely infatuated by this woman’s voice! An incredible summer gem.


priscilla says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

Little Dragon – Feather…. Couldn’t get enough of that song for months! Still, I find it on of the sexiest songs ever… And it made me search more from them… now, they are between my top 10 favorite artists!!!


Laine Kelly says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:55 am

Best song posted this year is definitely “How’s That” by Dusty Brown. Beautiful.


Zach Burson says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

For sure Mux Mool.

I had never heard of him before and heard him first on the site. Fell in love on the first song and bought ALL the albums haha. Still love the music and can’t wait to see more.


Jason Miller says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

It has to be your post of “Excuses” by the Morning Benders (Feb 17th). That crackle at the beginning of the track is like starting your day off with a bowl of Rice Crispies and the rest of the song is much like the sugar I dumped onto my cereal when I was a kid. This song feels so nostalgic yet new at the same time. I could listen to this song a thousand times and not get sick of it!


Rasmus Kalms says:

August 4, 2010 at 11:59 am

Sun Kil Moon. Has been an everyday part of the office playlist since I first heard his music here. Best discovery all year!

(Syntaks came in on a close 2.)


Justin says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Nice looking headphones!

I have to also go with Lusine’s ‘Gravity.’ It sounds so simple and yet it’s so seductive.

I hope I win, my beat-ass sony headphones need replacing badly.


BTW says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Tycho – Coastal Break (Hatchback’s Cosmic Caviar Dub) = no ass kiss this is a legit favorite but man I’d love a pair of those headphones…


Jesse says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I fell in love with Boyfriend by Best Coast, I dig the surf rock sound they have for sure.


BRIAN says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

you have completely hooked on TENNIS. i can play them on repeat time and time again… and completely fits into this groove of lo-fi rock bands that have dominated my summer.


Dory says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm

The Radio Dept. is hands down, my favorite band. I remember you’ve posted domestic scene, but my favorite song of all time would have to be “Someone Else” of their Pulling Our Own Weight e.p.


Blaine Motsinger says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’d never heard Shigeto before reading this blog; now my favorite electronic artist, hands down. Everything I’ve heard that he’s made, I’ve liked so far.


Jeff says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

I’m liking Taylor Deupree – Rusted Oak

My gym earbuds are getting tired! This would be a nice upgrade for my workspace-listening.


Jon Rohlf says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Has to be Dusty Brown – This City Is Killing Me. I’ve been listening to that track nonstop since it came out.

And Tycho, of course.


Matthias says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:08 pm

The Books – The Story of Hip-Hop

I’ve been waiting for new Books for A LONG time and it felt so good to get some.


Ben says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Pilooski’s edit of Del Shannon’s ‘Gemini’ is the perfect example of a song I wouldn’t have come across on my own and has since been rotating regularly.


Martin Linde says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Everything and anything from LUSINE!

Listening to his amazingly tight production skills using these badboy cans would absolutely make my day!


Sean says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Well Tycho of course! Loving the Coastal Brake vinyl.

I also need to post Lusine as well. Loving that unique sound. Thanks for the intro.


David Castillo says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Man, I love everything you guys post on this blog. I think one of my favorites lately had to have been the Memoryhouse Foxes in Fiction Cover.



Bryan says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Man, that’s really a tough one. There’s so much good stuff posted here. I’m just gonna have to play it tight with props to Shigeto.


daniel says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Well i was introduced to Caribou by this here blog….i’ve really been into them ever since.
and here is a haiku on why i should win
Ghostly headphones would
cause me to smile and bring
good tunes to my head


Miller Bradley says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I’m a huge fan of Tycho… everything from Sunrise Projector to Coastal Brake. Epic! There will never be enough of your fine music in this world, so please keep up the amazing work…. & don’t ever stop! THANKS.


Nathan Lau says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Dusty Brown has been a revelation -wakes me up in the morning, puts me to sleep at night. Big thanks for putting up such great music.


Ohlin says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hello You by Casino Versus Japan.

Fantastic low key instrumental.

I went straight out and tried to buy Night on Tape after hearing that track here, but neither Rasputin nor Tower had it yet.

So I had to wait.


Abe says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm

This may sound weird probably because I don’t think you’ve ever featured the music directly on here, but Alex Cornell would be my favorite so far. His kidnapping videos are a little out there but the dude has some dope covers.


DAVE says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:52 pm

I’m going to have to say Keepaway. Yellow Wings was on constant repeat for a good amount of time.


wayne d. says:

August 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Tons and tons of great music. I can always depend on the ISO50 playlists for new ‘work’ music. I’ve had the most enjoyment out of Jackson’s Remix of Kavinsky’s Pacific Coast Highway. Kavinsky can do no wrong by me.


sursiks says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Washed Out. The March post turned me on to the guy and was responsible for a solid few weeks with the ep on repeat.


Tim says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I have to say I love “I can change” from LCD Soud Systems most recent album and was extra happy the day I saw it posted on here!


Mike Green says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I really enjoyed BVDUB – No More Reasons Not To Fall

I play that song everyday to relax.


Morgan says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Love getting a heads up on your Tycho productions here. Hope you can make it down to San Diego sometime in near future.


Brian Eason says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Well crap, thats a really hard question. But I’m going to say Shigeto because it’s the first thing to pop into my head and I have the ‘Impulsiveness Disadvantage’ =P

Also, Shigeto is one of the new artists added to my collection this year, while a lot of others that get mentioned on here I’ve known about for quite some time.


Zabimars says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Teen Daze is awesome.

“Saviour” is extremely beautiful.

I can’t help but feel like I’m dreaming while this tune is on!


Graham says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Obviously Tycho is the best, but music that isn’t yours, then I would have to go with the Shigeto EP you posted. That was quite a find, and I have been listening to it non-stop since I stumbled upon it here.

P.S. Your blog is amazing.


tea says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm

huh. just one? :/

phantogram- mouthful of diamonds, because suddenly there was a lot of new style of music i didn’t listen before:)

it kinda connected me with the iso50 blog, with new perspective, new world, new source


Jacob says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

You posted an Interview with Tobacco awhile back and I’d have to say with the mixture of music, art, and track titles… he’s got my vote, for sure.

Plus BMSR is just an added bonus!


mike slobot says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:41 pm

i’m gonna say tycho – i know its your blog and all, but that’s how i started reading your blog – i will also pull the slowdive card, too. been a fan of everything neil halstead for years….


MaNu says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

the knife – “colouring of pigeons”
is for me by far the most amazing song that i heard this year.

thank you for your continued support of amazing artists!


Stuart says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Favorite song of the last year: The recently posted “Lately” by Memoryhouse. Ghostly and beautiful, it doesn’t feel completely real. Sort of like a Murikami book. Thanks!


patrick trudeau says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Your blog brought the Twoism label to my attention and I am so very appreciative. Great music and the logical extension to the B of C sound. Anyhow, I am a longtime DJ and now fledgeling producer who could really use a nice pair of headphones, especially ones so beautifully designed. Keep up the great work!!


thom says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Computer Magic, the first sentence of your post sold me:

“Brooklyn’s Computer Magic is just one girl that makes some great lo-fi indie synth material, this song Electronic Fences makes me think if Nite Jewel had to do a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire it would come out sounding something like this.”


spacerock joe says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

The second I heard the track, “Yellow” by The Samps, I went immediately to their site to buy their record on vinyl. Loving it!

Also, did I mention that my AKG headphones recently started buzzing in the low end? Could definitely use these TMA-1s


John garcia says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Tycho wins for me all the time but non tycho I would say dusty brown this city is killing me


Orlenok says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

because I had to go into the loft to get down the old vinyl and play them all again… Dragonflies by Red House Painters


Anthony Cooper says:

August 4, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Boards of Canada – Kaini Industries
Since the first moment their music hit my ears in 1995, I have been in love. And I will always be in love. Bibio did a fine job on the remix, played during your playlist in January.


Pedro says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I liked Ratatat’s Cherry a lot. I already knew them for Classics, but wasn’t really aware of their most recent works.


Mario Meira says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

i loved and still love “feel it al around” by washed out.
greettings from portugal!


Reed says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Obviously late on this bandwagon, but I’m going to echo the dusty brown ep you posted. Fantastic tunes, my favorite is “This City is Killing Me”.


Ken says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Going to have to go with Dusty Brown – The City is Killing Me. That track is amazing. Love the sound.


Laura says:

August 4, 2010 at 2:49 pm

The Whitest Boy Alive – Intentions
Lately when I’m going crazy while working, I just play this song and it makes me relax and remember that I have to enjoy what I’m doing ;)


Monte says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Mux Mool.

There’s something refreshing about finishing an intense 14er and letting Skulltaste spin while winding back down the dirt roads.


Cary says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for the introduction to Emeralds – Candy Shoppe, and of course your Daydream and Coastal Brake tracks are on in my workspace every day.


PT says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:44 pm

The Morning Benders! I bought ‘Big Echo’ and i must say it is one of the albums of the year for me.



Michael Corry says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Well gee, that’s tough. But I’m gonna have to go with Mux Mool’s new album Skulltaste. The album evokes feelings of nostalgia, where I’d be up really late hopped up on soda and playing video games in the dark. Plus the art is really cool and the beats are very danceable.


Joaquim Marquès Nielsen says:

August 4, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Definitely the ISO50 Exclusive Slow Hands Mix! I downloaded it to my iPod straight away and brought it with me on a weekend trip to my moms house with my girlfriend. The house is located in the southern part of Denmark on the island called Fyn. We camped in a tent in the garden right by the water, and one morning I put on the mix on a small transportable speaker that my girlfriend built for me, and we just chilled and ate breakfast which my mom brought down to our tent. Words couldn’t describe how happy we were, so I’m glad that we had the mix :)


Scott Owen says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Definitely a tough question to answer definitively, but I would have to say Caribou for artist.

Caribou creates almost a new niche in dance music and creates a feeling and energy that distinguishes himself amongst an immense sea of other artists. I had the opportunity to see Caribou live in Tempe recently and was very impressed how they presented the album in a live setting. The energy and music was spot on and surprised me in the best way.


Rhonda says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Easily: “Odessa” by Caribou. My favorite track for every road trip this summer, and I heard it here first. I’ll need those headphones to listen to it at my desk, once the road trips subside. :)


Peter C says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

I really liked Jakub’s post on childhood memories. The photo of Jakub’s mother has a really innocent quality to it. My favorite ISO50 post ever. As to my favorite song/band, I don’t listen to the music posted, BUT I do remember listening to Enya the day I found out my grandpa died, that was a moment I’ll never forget.


Tony Pett says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Coastal Brake! All great artists, songs and posts. I could list many if not all. But TYCHO has been very inspiration for me as I work on my solo gallery show at Amelia Hyde Gallery in SF 01/2011. Grand Opening 08/20.


Dylster says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Your post about Yagya’s Rigning led me to buy the whole album and it’s been on heavy rotation since. Powerful, haunting…makes me want to drive at ridiculous speeds…or shoot video…or cast off this earthly suit and grow some wings…

Keep that good stuff comin’!


James says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Probably Mux Mool, there is a lot of other awesome stuff, but I had no idea Mux Mool and co. existed till you posted some.


danakustika says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Beirut – The Concubine. My favorite song, surprised you have it… I love horns and accordions and waltz. Such sophistication, you don’t have that around a lot with music in my opinion.


Spacecataz21 says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I’m gunna have to say Berimbau (Shigeto edit) artist: Astrud Gilberto

with Bonobo’s “Black Sands” as my top album this year so far


chris jenkins says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Fever ray’s music videos were so stylish and in accordance with her music that it made a lasting impression but none larger than coastal brake on vinal boyeee


Jonathan says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People

Awesome space out/creative work music. And it would sound GREAT on a good pair of headphones *nudge nudge*


TAYLOR says:

August 4, 2010 at 4:57 pm

This was really difficult. I love just about everything posted on ISO50. I’d have to say Tame Impala. Innerspeaker is one of the best albums I’ve heard in a long time.

I agree with HAZIM, dubstep is often hit or miss with me, but I absolutely LOVE what hits. Jakub, your taste in dubstep is highly compatible with mine. Shigeto and Sepalcure just to name a few, hit hard for me.

On another note, might I recommend checking out DUNIAN. I’m sure it’s post-worthy. His EP is available for free download through his myspace.


Anonymous says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Man, so many good songs and artists this year, but I would have to say Stars cover of Charming Man by The Smiths was my most played. Thank you iso50blog for bringing that gem to my attention.


Justin says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:33 pm

This is such a tough call, so many choice artists and tracks have been mentioned on this blog. In the end, I’d have to go with “You” by Gold Panda, that track has been on repeat in my house for months, and the EP as a whole gets tore through on a regular basis.

Runner up, “Costal Break”, such a stellar track. Tycho = Riding bike on a Summer day, sun on your face, feeling fine.


Joseph K says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Being a long time reader, I feel a bit silly mentioning something posted so recently, but I think I have to go with the recent fourtet+pandabear+caribou+starslinger post

Being an Animal Collective fan since Spirit… the prospect of new Panda Bear is delirious, especially couched as it is between a remix by Fourtet, and a remix of Fourtet, by old old favourite Caribou…!

Among all the music you post, it’s the unusual remixes that I get the least exposure to in my regular listening habits. Many thanks for bringing them into my life.

**previous comment chewed up by spam filter (?); removed link to aforementioned post**


Jakob says:

August 4, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Dominik Eulberg – Daten-Ubertragungs-Kusschen (Sistema Remix)

It’s rare that I can play a song as many times as this one and still enjoy it every time.


Kris says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:00 pm

“Lately (Deuxieme)” by Memoryhouse is the song I keep coming back to on Playlist 9. It has to have the best use of sampling ever, but maybe I’m biased because “Eternal Sunshine” still makes me sigh.


Oni says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Phantogram- Mouthful of Diamonds.
Nice tune!

ps- your blog is so exemplary!
Cheers, y’all!


Byrd864 says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Flying Lotus & House Shoes – The Makings

Difficult choice. I just started visiting this blog back in March. Even did a report on it (a report about blogs in media). Needless to say I’ve started listening to quite a few more artists through this blog. Keep up the good work & thanks!


AndresM says:

August 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm

So far this year there has been a TON of amazing tracks. It’s pretty hard – but out of all the tracks i keep coming back to listen to and play as loud as my speakers play in my apartment – it’s this track. I think it would sound pretty amazing coming out of these TMA-1’s.


Topher says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:03 pm

“lately” – memoryhouse.

for merely this one song, let alone the whole blog, i owe you my entire 2010. thank you.



Ben says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

The Morning Benders have by far been my favorite find this year, but there really have been so many that I love… it really is hard to narrow it down to one.


Nathanael says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Caribou – Odessa. Such a beautiful track with such sad lyrics, and equally melancholic music video.


Noa Emberson says:

August 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I’m with Ben on the Morning Benders… can’t stop listening to them.

Cold War, Pleasure Sighs, Mason Jar… so many good tracks on this album, it’s mind blowing!

Thanks so much for the introduction.


bass head says:

August 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm

off the top id go with taylor dupree. literally put it on repeat when goin to sleep. it gives sweet dreams…


Josh says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

The ‘This City Is Killing Me’ EP from Dusty Brown.

I’d been following them for a couple years and kept getting blocked from getting their stuff by ‘sold out’ banners, so I was definitely really happy when you guys released it here for free!


Mike R says:

August 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Bibio and Casino versus Japan have taken over my itunes since you introduced me to them.
SUMMER CLIP Casino Versus Japan

thanks iso50


Ryan Anderson says:

August 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Say Hi – November Was White, December Was Grey (From Playlist 9)

Good stuff ISO50


Emile says:

August 5, 2010 at 1:02 am

It is so difficult to pick only one…. *sigh*
My favourite track would have to the Mux Mool remix of From Home. Really cool track!!!


Byron says:

August 5, 2010 at 1:16 am

Definitely….. Headphones-Gas and Matches. this is such a good synth tune, its on the daily play. Thanks to iso50 for introducing it to me.


Frank says:

August 5, 2010 at 1:36 am

Fave artist is Bonobo! Anything off ‘Black Sands’ is the tits.. My fave tune i’ve seen on the blog is ‘all in forms’ from that album


Adam says:

August 5, 2010 at 2:20 am

For me it has to be Lake Orchard by Loscil … 7 minutes of hardly anything happening, but still utterly enchanting :)


Mik says:

August 5, 2010 at 3:42 am

…that Kavinsky Pacific Coast Highway remix. The music’s way good and it reminds me of Outrun so it gets bonus points for that.


Jannik B. says:

August 5, 2010 at 4:26 am

Tame Impala!
I just love them.
There psychedelic influenced sounds blow your mind.
So lucky to see them in two weeks in berlin.


Anonymous says:

August 5, 2010 at 4:35 am

Sigur Ros! Missed the release of a new single I found here some time ago. Good music for designing :)


Hansen says:

August 5, 2010 at 4:37 am

Ops, got too excited and didn’t leave a name.

“Sigur Ros! Missed the release of a new single I found here some time ago. Good music for designing :)”


Spencer Cook says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:03 am

I’m always a sucker for Bonobo. Matt Moore was my favorite visual artist of late.


Flint & Tinder says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:32 am

The National ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ has pretty much been my song of the summer so far.

Now all I need is a new pair of headphones to listen to it on, seeing as my Audio Technica ES7s broke last week!


Koen says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:41 am

Washed Out – Belong I love the nostalgic feeling of this song, It brings me some good memories of my holidays in France with my parents when i was young. Butttt… i can’t remember everything. I hope this headphone can turn a “No Fi” song into a Hi Fi song.. and maybe i remember it again… :)


Chris says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:53 am

Simon Page, all the way, his minimal posters are just sick. Especially the space ones.


Annisa says:

August 5, 2010 at 7:24 am

I think Caribou – Odessa. Love the multidimensional/multilayer sounds of this song.
Whether this song sounds better with this headphone compare to my ex monitor, that still needs to be proven…


Doc says:

August 5, 2010 at 7:29 am

Yes I would agree with Caribou-Odessa as well, totally turned myself and a bunch of other jaxsonvillians on to an amazing track and album. Although i am still digging that moodgadget comp too!


Mike Kindsfater says:

August 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

Caribou – Odessa !!!

Crossing my fingers on this one; My headphones just bit the dust this week.


Nathan says:

August 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

going with 2 here:

1) Dusty Brown – that whole EP owns
2) Deceptikon – exactly what I wanted to hear in the wake of skulltaste


RA_OUL says:

August 5, 2010 at 8:43 am

Beach House – Norway

The first line she says is so amazing – “We were sleeping ’til you came along…with your diamond heart.” That line went so perfect with what I was going through at the time. Seriously spot on. I love the entire song but that line hooked me. I love the entire album too. It was my go to album for the longest time. I still listen to it pretty frequently.


cliff says:

August 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

Bvdub-No More Reasons Not To Fall

Was glad to see you guys posted this track. I was introduced to it by my brother-in-law who design the cover for him. Love, love the soundscapes of this album.


Zamantha Lee says:

August 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

Excuses, by the Morning Benders had me melting.
Yours Truly did a great job taping the montage of musicians
who filled the room with such glorious noise.

thanks for the share


autoy says:

August 5, 2010 at 9:37 am

I love the new Solvent album. And of course, Caribou. So many great records so far this year.


Kevin A says:

August 5, 2010 at 9:41 am

best artist this year, for me, Neon Indian. Thanks so much for introducing me. Your recomendations make great fodder for my pandora addiction.


Shawn Avery says:

August 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

By far, the most significant discovery, thanks to iso50, has been phantogram. since then, i’ve spread the word about them to countless folks here in bham.

we are bringing a bunch of people over to the ATL show in september. awesome.


Rafael Antunes says:

August 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

I really love Yo La Tengo you’ve posted recently.

Thanks for the great work here.


Graham says:

August 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

Been a fan of Caribou since his first Manitoba album, which I have and listedn to often on a Minidisc, thanks Brett!

Good job on the blog, it’s my favorite.


Jonas says:

August 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

Phantogram and Mouthful of Diamonds.
Brilliant vocal, great mood, and an almost noir feel to it.


ALIX says:

August 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

Dude, everything by Mux Mool. That shit is dope!

Keep up the good work – your posts have really tuned me in to some stuff I would’nt have found on my own, and I like it!


Jason says:

August 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

Audion- Mouth to Mouth

Scott gave a good description of “wanting to pull my hair out” because of the buildup


hauptbahnhof says:

August 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I really loved the Brasil 07 track by Medications. Concerning music, I also loved the Shigeto Semi Circles cover art, sheer beauty!


Neil says:

August 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I’m gonna have to say when you first played Memory Tapes. I had no idea who they were when I heard Run Out and it was like a light bulb turned on. By the way…Green Knight off the album would be a great add for the next list.


Sebastian says:

August 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

has to be toro y moi /// couldnt stop listening to this beautiful record (instantly got me a vinyl-copy after i listened to leave everywhere,,)




Jake says:

August 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

This is a tough decision, and I’m probably forgetting a lot of tracks but Com Truise’s ‘Slow peels’ is an excellent hot city-summer listen.



Scott says:

August 5, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I have certainly been digging on RollerSkaters since you posted them. Sleep has been my recent favorite song.


Jennifer B says:

August 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Lusine – Twilight

Great track! Would love to hear it through a pair of TMA-1 Headphones.


tsuperb says:

August 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Song: PBS

Artist: Tycho

I loved Tycho since the very first time i discovered this website, and now every time i have to seat and design on my mac, Tycho is the music of choice to get the design juice flowing!


Ryan Strong says:

August 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

I’ve really enjoyed listening to Tycho while retouching photos and designing. It’s super relaxing to just press play and get to work.


Stella says:

August 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I think Im going to say Atlas Sound.

Or anything Toro y Moi, Tame Impala, Caribou, Delorean will work too. It can go on forever.

Anything Jakub posts.



MattD says:

August 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I’d have to say, unexpectedly, Paul Mueller’s “Hip Skate” because, frankly, who can say no to a dulcimer?


Steven says:

August 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I am definitely digging Kisses. “People Can Do The Most Amazing Things” is such a great song. I’ve been listening to it over and over. Jakobs posts on ISO50 are so refreshing to take a break from my regular tunes. Great stuff.


Anonymous says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Bvdub – No More Reasons Left to Fall

Not just because it was part of a recent post. Brock Van Way’s music is so utterly beautiful. I have fallen in love with this LP as i did with his previous effort. Helps me appreciate and cherish life even more.
Keep up the great work on the blog lads!


jeff thrush says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

I love NEW THEORY by WASHED OUT. The vibe makes me want to dance physically, mentally and spiritually! LOVE IT!


Colin says:

August 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Bvdub – No More Reasons Left to Fall

Not just because it was part of a recent post. Brock Van Way’s music is so utterly beautiful. I have fallen in love with this LP as i did with his previous effort. Helps me appreciate and cherish life even more.
Keep up the great work on the blog lads!


shant s. says:

August 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Too many to choose from…

Wisp – Morning Myth is nice to hear on the A train in the AM, Brooklyn bound…



August 5, 2010 at 8:52 pm

definitely THE SIGHT BELOW: POST ROCK ERA MIX compilation

because whenever i forget to bring my ipod to the office, all i have to do is visit the iso50 blog to listen to the playlist, since post rock and down tempo shoegaze is what i listen to on a daily basis, nice companion when designing, oh and also because joy division is on it ;)


Eric S says:

August 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Gotta be Tame Impala.

Alter Ego opened them up for me, and after watching the video for Solitude is Bliss, I was hooked.


Sean says:

August 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm

This comes right in the nick of time, what with my little brother breaking my headphones and all.

Flying Lotus. For sure.


Rafael Ikenaga says:

August 6, 2010 at 12:36 am

So many great artist here every day… I’ve been recently adicted to Kisses – People can do the most amazing things.


Sam says:

August 6, 2010 at 12:54 am

Would have to be Tame Impala, from seeing them play dingy gigs in WA to see them get so much well deserved recognition from all over the world has been awesome.


Jonnyo says:

August 6, 2010 at 3:35 am

love the song ‘arovane – seaside’ posted in playlist seven, well chillin song.

Been waiting for these headphones to come out, now they’re out i cant afford them and really need some new headphones, my sennheisers keep crackling, well hard to mix when you keep needing to fiddle with the wire.


Roo says:

August 6, 2010 at 7:30 am

I’d say Four Tet. Looking forward to the possibility of watching Kieran in a coupla weeks.


mcburton says:

August 6, 2010 at 8:43 am

totally digging the Foxes in Fiction cover of Memoryhouse – Lately
I also have to mention Mux Mool – Lady Linda


jabbar corrales says:

August 6, 2010 at 9:39 am

i really loved the spirit spine track on the ocean of lips compilation you posted a while ago. just makes me wanna surf.


Steve Adams says:

August 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

The main reason I visit is Scott’s music, haha. So it would have to be Tycho. I’m not trying to shine on that. The Past is Prologue is the first and only album I ever ordered online.


Elbert Bakker says:

August 6, 2010 at 10:52 am

This is easily Dusty Brown – The City is Killing Me… although the whole EP is great.


Tom Grimwood-Taylor says:

August 6, 2010 at 11:46 am

Definitely have to choose Bonobo. Its the perfect music to listen to whilst working since it helps to motivate me but never distracts me.


Ryan says:

August 6, 2010 at 4:36 pm

You guys poisted a few tracks from 808Beloved and I fell in love. I put in on a few mixtapes for friends and they always ask about that artist.



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August 6, 2010 at 5:53 pm

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donovansilver says:

August 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

really tough to pick, but for its greater effect its had on my musical tastes, i have to say the post for mux mool’s skulltaste. seriously.


Dee says:

August 7, 2010 at 1:20 am

Matrix metal Flamingo breeze – part 1 – Where else on planet earth would I come across this kind of Bonkers beautiful music?!


Anonymous says:

August 7, 2010 at 3:22 am

“Walkin’ these streets so long!”

House of House – Rushing to Paradise, so soulful and uplifting, and it brings back the nostalgia of great dance tracks of the past.


Olmo says:

August 7, 2010 at 3:28 am

Hands down, Maximalist – Baths. mmm headphones. Side note, Ancestors by Gonja Sufi a close second. Those dudes should be paying you royalties for all the vinyl I’m scrapin.


Adam says:

August 7, 2010 at 7:16 am

I can’t get over how great Dusty Brown’s “This City Is Killing Me” is. I’ve had it on since you posted it on here and it’s just a brilliant, amazingly done EP and even though it’s only 5 tracks, it’s a frontrunner for my favorite releases of 2010. Headphones or not, thank you for the introduction.


Dave G says:

August 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

Neon Indian – Sleep Paralysist

Love Neon Indian, love this song can’t wait for more tracks, and love this blog!!

Keep up the top notch work!


Sean Akins says:

August 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Kisses – People Can do the most amazing things.

Definitely has a good vibe to it =).




Angel D. Angelov says:

August 7, 2010 at 4:17 pm

From Home (Mux Mool Remix) by Tycho, brought the whole album instantly after hearing it. :)


Isaiah G says:

August 7, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I’d have to say Alter Ego by Tame Impala.
It’s like a naked wrestling match with your lover, wrapped in a Vellux blanket on a bed of moss in the forest.


Andre Chang says:

August 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

The Pains of Being Pure At Heart-Come Saturday
I’ve always been a fan of twee, and to hear something new come out brings me joy.


yufoolsaround says:

August 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

Homee – Hooray!
:: the music calms me down and takes me up to the sky – FLYING. i close my eyes and i can indulge into the world, this atmosphere the music created from the pace and rhythm. music like this make my day happier and opens up my mind to a fresh new day. fantastic for stressful days, and inspirational for creative days.


Paulo Catumba says:

August 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

woooh…beautifull Hphones!

the music.. venice (tom croose city of water edit) – beirut


Anonymous says:

August 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm

so much good, diverse music on this blog, but i have to say i was happy to see the ambient/dub-techno entries recently. Yagya “Ringing Niu” is one of my all time faves.


John Dykstra says:

August 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Holy shit.. too many, wow. Love Deru, The Books, Eluvium, Mux Mool.. etc.. (I’ve culminated practically half my musical taste from this website)

But, I’ll have to say..

Bonobo – All In Forms.


Lyndon says:

August 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Mux Mool – Death 9000 (w/POS and Prof. Broadcasting) off of the Viking Funeral EP. Soooo Good. This is the place to go when I want something new!


Adi says:

August 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Lorn – Cherry Moon
Totally underated album that has slipped through the cracks with most people. Really dark vibe and some beautiful tunes! That album would sound killer through these headphones!


jasmyn says:

August 9, 2010 at 2:49 am

rollerskaters – sleep
the xx – islands

both songs are fantastic and really up my alley. i’m glad you expose people with great music! i know music elitists that don’t share good music out of fear of popularity and eventually selling out, but what’s better than sharing music?


Alexander says:

August 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

I dont know, i m a really big Tycho fan and a while back you
posted some really fresh material from a band called
“Fruit Bats” which i ended up getting really into!

(Call me wierd, but they get a track played at least once a day)


Trav says:

August 9, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I think my favorite band I’ve found out about through this site are the cloud nothings. I think it was in an interview with Chaz budwick (toro y moi). Good stuff.


Jacob says:

August 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I loved “Cherry” by Ratatat. I also found out about Tame Impala through the blog. I guess Tame Impala coud be the artist!


Reno Ganesha says:

August 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

It’s a tough call between Memoryhouse and Foxes in Fiction….

I think Memoryhouse-Sleep Patterns is my choice.


Derrick Bouchard says:

August 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

How’s That – Dusty Brown
It was on This City is Killing Me EP you posted a while back, it’s my favorite song on it.


Matt Kammerer says:

August 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

This is hard… I am a HUGE Tycho fan, why I come to the site. So Daydream has become one of my absolute favorites. :) But I am also a huge Janelle Monae fan, so I loved seeing her song on here, and also am loving the Memoryhouse – Lately (Foxes in Fiction Cover) track. Thanks for the playlists, heads up and chance to win awesome stuff!


Vin Novak says:

August 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm

That pacific coast hwy song by kavinsky.. oh how I love it. Cant thank you guys enough for your playlists. I bet it would sound even better with headphones ;)


Swedish Bombshell ( annika ) says:

August 11, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Because of your blog I love Caribou – Odessa. Im swedish with blonde hair and blue eyes about 5’7 have iso50 prints all over my apartment and I need headphones!


FaceBeppy says:

August 12, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Beirut, Elephant Gun. Because I want to play the trompet that good, and then put it the kind of music Metronomy makes.


João Fernandes says:

August 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I was astonished after seeing the video that Alex posted on the 10th of May concerning the work of the cinematographer Renaud Hallée, specially the Sonar video.

It blew my mind. So complex, yet so simple and perfect. Just loved it.
Thank you