n10.as is a new, up and coming internet radio station based out of Montreal. I was lucky enough to be invited to contribute to their launch week programming back in March. Since then they've been killing it with consistently solid programming, as evidenced by the heaps of content on their Mixcloud. Whatever NTS is doing for London, n10.as may end up doing for Montreal. Can't wait to see the station grow and flourish.
I submitted this 50-minute ambient mix as my contribution. It touches on classic drone and new age with newer stuff and some '90s rave-era ambient house to boot.
Michael Stearns - "Star Dreams (Peace Eternal)" [Hearts of Space, 1988]
F.U.S.E. - "Nightdrive" [Plus 8 Records, 1993]
Former Selves - "Selige Sehnsucht" [Carpi Records, 2015]
Paul Horn ft. Joel Andrews - "Dream State" [Golden Flute Records, 1983]
Tim Clark - "Halley's 2" [Hearts of Space, 1986]
The Sabres of Paradise - "Smokebelch II (Beatless Mix)" [Warp Records, 1993]
Tim Story - "The Rainy Season Dies Hard" [Cicada Records, 1987]
Les Halles - "Misleading Familiarity" [Noumenal Loom, 2015]
Obconic - "Silica Gel" [Beverage Records, 1996]
David Lange - "Tales of Snow" [Dav'Länge Music, 1985]
The Bionaut - "I Sing the Body Electric" [Harvest, 1995]
KRWU is quickly becoming my most anticipated album of 2016, and this title track from the project will definitely keep my interest peaked until we get the full tape. (Pep just told me it could drop as early as this month.)
Houston veteran hitmaker Lil Flip sounds perfectly at home over Young God's syrupy mellow instrumental. Pep and Squadda also have very strong presences on this one.
2015 lacked albums that proclaimed themselves "Album of the Year" with any real authority or gusto, but it made up for it with many, many very good albums. Not too many achieved excellence or were era-defining, but there was still plenty of worthwhile listening. Here's a look back:
Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete [Warp Records]
Visionist - Safe [PAN]
Jlin - Dark Energy [Planet Mu]
Vaghe Stelle - Abstract Speed + Sounds [Other People]
Elysia Crampton - American Drift [Blueberry Records]
d'Eon - Foxconn / Trios [Knives]
Mark McGuire - Beyong Belief [Dead Oceans]
The Phantom - LP2 [Silverback Recordings]
Akasha System - Sea Glass [S/R]
White Poppy - Natural Phenomena [Not Not Fun]
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Euclid [Western Vinyl]
Taragana Pyjarama - Ariel [True Panther Sounds]
Jam City - Dream a Garden [Night Slugs]
Scientific Dreamz of U & Junior Loves - The Dreamcode [1080p]
Little Rock's Pepperboy put out one LP and one collaborative EP last year. In comparison to the monsoon of content he put out in 2013 and 2014, 2015 was a slow year for him. Or at least that was my assumption. Now it seems evident that he's been busy recording and carefully calculating his next move.
In his vast catalog, the mournful "Tears in My Eyes" stands out as his best track. And lucky for us, there's an entire LP coming from this same team (Pepp, Squadda B from Main Attrakionz, and production by Young God of BSBD). The project will be out via NY boutique clothing giant Mishka, which is an appropriate and well deserved platform for Pepp.
🍸 Here's to a big 2016 for Pepperboy and his affiliates.