Sunday
Mar122017

Introducing the new AiMT record label...



I'm now nearly 10 years into music blogging and five years into music podcasting. I guess it was inevitable that I dabble with curating a label one of these days:

antslabel.bandcamp.com

The launch release is by Balki Sagan, an ambient project of yours truly. It's one long, blissful lo-fi track. I've spent a lot of time with single-track albums lately and wanted to try my hand at it. You can score it for $1 on Bandcamp:



As far as future plans for the label, I'm keeping my options open to artist albums, compilations, physical releases, and charity releases. I'm excited to see where this goes!

Thanks to everyone who has supported AiMT over the years. This is a big step, and without the support and love I've gotten, I doubt I'd be daring enough to try this.
Sunday
Mar122017

Gentle Daps: NTS Guest Mix — '90s Computer Games and Interactive CD-ROMs



This is a special edition of Gentle Daps made for the amazing NTS featuring soft, vibey music culled from 1990s computer media.

00:00: Peter Gabriel - Xplora1 Intro
00:02: Robert Holmes - "The Bayou" from Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers, 1993
01:20: Paul Wickens - "Opening Theme" from Starship Titanic, 1998
02:06: Harry Holmwood - excerpts from SimIsle: Missions in the Rainforest, 1995
05:13: Frank Klepacki - "Talking Tree" from The Legend of Kyrandia, 1993
10:06: Laurie Anderson - "Lab" from Puppet Motel, 1994
13:09: Michael Land, Clint Bajakian & Peter McConnell - "Tikal Temple" from Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, 1992
15:37: Bjørn Lynne - excerpt from Fantastic Voyage, 1992
19:25: Dean Evans - excerpts from Jurassic Park, 1993
23:00: Robyn Miller - "Atrus' Theme" from Riven, 1997
26:51: Chris Braymen - "River Styx" from King's Quest VI, 1992
30:00: Tim Wright - "Intro" from Leander, 1991
34:52: Thomas Dolby & HeadSpace - "Forest Walk (Intro Credits)" from Obsidian, 1996
35:37: Stéphane Picq & Pierre Estève - "Dream of the Dolphin" from Atlantis The Lost Tales, 1997
40:29: Stéphane Picq - "Aquasaurus" from Lost Eden, 1995
41:58: Mark Seibert & Chris Braymen - "Aziza" from Quest for Glory II Trial by Fire, 1990
44:05: Frank Klepacki - "Timebomb" from Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, 1999
46:02: Osamu Sato - "Rise of the Island" from Eastern Mind The Lost Souls of Tong-Nou, 1994
49:04: Matt Seldon - "What Went Wrong (Alternate Version)" from DreamWeb, 1994
53:50: Stéphane Picq - "Water" from Dune, 1993
56:42: Robyn Miller - "Achenar's Cache" from Myst, 1993
57:59: Fran Keplacki - "Good Night" from Blade Runner, 1997
59:55: Peter Gabriel - Xplora1 Outro
Sunday
Feb052017

Gentle Daps XXII: DAPS DYNASTY 3 — Anniversary Special

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Celebrating three years of Gentle Daps with this two-hour special.

  1. Book of Love - "Modigliani (Requiem Mass Version)" [Square Records, 1987]
  2. Romeo Void - "Going to Neon" [415 Records, 1984]
  3. Visage - "Whispers" [Polydor, 1982]
  4. Barclay James Harvest - "Echoes and Shadows" [Polydor, 1981]
  5. Workdub - "Caravan (Revisited)" [Music From Memory, 1992/2016]
  6. Carla Dal Forno - "Dry in the Rain" [Blackest Ever Black, 2016]
  7. Deuter - "Gothic Velvet (History, Church Atmosphere)" [Kuckuck Schallplatten, 1972]
  8. Focus - "Someone's Crying ... What!" [Polydor, 1975]
  9. A.C. Marias - "To Sleep" [Mute]
  10. Nico Niquo - "Rendered" [Orange Milk Records, 2017]
  11. David Behrman - "Unforeseen Events: Fishing for Complements" [Experimental Intermedia Foundation, 1991]
  12. Vito Ricci - "Dance Too" [Jat Mann Proguctions, 1996]
  13. Seahawks - "Missed" [Ocean Moon, 2016]
  14. Neotropic - "Train to Katoomba" [Ntone, 2001]
  15. Medwyn Goodall - "Magical Carpet" [New World Music, 1989]
  16. Meredith Monk & Collin Walcott - "Cow Song" [Minona Records, 1973]
  17. K. Leimer - "New Misfortunes" [Palace of Lights, 2016]
  18. David Casper - "Dream Journey" [Hummingbird Records, 1981]
  19. The System - "Pendy! You're in Some Awful Danger" [Music From Memory, 1983/2016]
  20. Bill Nelson - "Echo in Her Eyes" [PVC Records, 1982]
  21. Mrs Jynx - "Long Lost" [Central Processing Unit, 2013]
  22. Laurie Anderson - "Kokoku" [Warner Bros. Records, 1984]
  23. Joel Vandroogenbroeck - "Veridian Song" [Coloursound Library, 1980]
  24. Dennis Young - "Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali Desert)" [Bureau B, 198?/2016]
  25. Paul Haig - "Lagondola 1" [LTM, 1991]
  26. Caroline K - "Between The Spaces 2" [Blackest Ever Black, 1987/2016]
  27. Percival Pembroke - "Lanzarote" [Genot Centre, 2016]
  28. Jon & Vangelis - "And When the Night Comes" [Polydor, 1983]
  29. Nicola Alesini & Pier Luigi Andreoni - "The Valley of Pamir" [Materiali Sonori, 1998]
  30. Daniel Lanois - "Low Sudden" [Anti-, 2016]
  31. Wilson Tanner - "Keith" [Growing Bin Records, 2016]
  32. Julee Cruise - "Questions in a World of Blue" [Warner Bros. Records, 1993]
Wednesday
Jan112017

Other 2016 Gems

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
This is the last of my 2016 year-end features and features stuff that didn't quite fit in on the other lists: pop, rock, electronic, reissues, post-classical, and more.

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  1. Motion Graphics - "Minecraft Mosaic" [Domino]
  2. The System - "Find It in Your Eyes" [Music From Memory]
  3. NV - "Kata" [Orange Milk]
  4. FaltyDL - "Shock Therapy" [Blueberry Records]
  5. Jameszoo ft. Arthur Verocai - "Flu" [Brainfeeder]
  6. Pedro Santos - "Dual" [Mr Bongo]
  7. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Roses" [School Boy]
  8. Anohni - "Watch Me" [Secretly Canadian]
  9. Julien Marchal - "Insight XVI" [1631 Recordings]
  10. Dennis Young - "Spirit of the Ages" [Bureau B]
  11. Chino Amobi & Elysia Crampton - "Children of Hell" [Break World Records]
  12. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - "Epiphany" [Strut]
  13. Nils Frahm - "Circling" [Erased Tapes Records]
  14. Roberto Musci - "Rack Railway To" [Music From Memory]
  15. Delicate Features - "The Sun Tangled in Your Hair" [Not Not Fun]
  16. Zomby - "Reflection" [Hyperdub]
  17. Michal Turtle - "Zoote Pointe" [Music From Memory]
  18. Postiljonen - "The Open Road" [Hybris]
  19. Ariana Grande - "Be Alright" [Republic Records]
  20. Rayon - "Zombi" [Morr Music]
  21. Noura Mint Seymali - "Tia" [Glitterbeat Records]
  22. Eola - "B and O Blues" [Leaving Records]
  23. Seiho - "Plastic" [Leaving Records]
  24. Lord Echo ft. Toby Laing - "Only You" [Soundway Records]
  25. Mary Lattimore - "The Quiet at Night" [Ghostly International]
  26. Khun Narin - "Soa Ubon Ro Rak" [Innovative Leisure]
  27. Tempelhof & Gigi Masin - "Phantom Ship" [Cascine]
  28. Forest Swords - "Hold" [Dense Truth]
  29. Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band - "Embuwa Bey Lamitu" [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
  30. Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - "Dolphins Climb Onto Shore for the First Time" [Slip]
  31. easyFun ft. Noonie Bao - "Monopoly" [PC Music]
  32. Hudson Mohawke - "Burning Desire" [Warp Records]
  33. Kuedo - "Hourglass" [Planet Mu]
  34. Kadhja Bonet - "Fairweather Friend" [Fat Possum]
  35. Wacław Zimpel - "Lines" [Instant Classic]
Tuesday
Jan102017

Best Ambient Albums of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
No individual blurbs this year, but I still wanted to get this list out. If you've followed AiMT over the years, you may know that I have covered ambient music pretty extensively/obsessively throughout the 2010s. 2016 continued to build upon the momentum the genre has gained over recent years. With more and more tape labels popping up, the new age revival continuing to flourish, legends like Eno and Suzanne Ciani reclaiming relevancy, mainstream exposure through Stranger Things and other shows and films, and music-making software and hardware becoming more affordable and accessible, 2016 could have very well been the biggest year the genre has seen in its long history. Here are the albums that took the show in my mind.

Above I've included a Spotify playlist of selections from these albums. PRO TIP: If you have trouble loading the playlist in your Spotify app, copy this link and paste it into your Spotify app's search bar.

  1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS, Vol. 13: Sunergy [RVNG Intl.]
  2. Les Halles - Transient [Not Not Fun]
  3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS [Western Vinyl]
  4. Julianna Barwick - Will [Dead Oceans]
  5. Tim Hecker - Love Streams [4AD]
  6. Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun [Warp Records]
  7. Wilson Tanner - 69 [Growing Bin Records]
  8. Percival Pembroke - Arpeggiatorworld [Genot Centre]
  9. Dedekind Cut - $uccessor (ded004) [NON]
  10. Matthewdavid's Mindflight - Trust the Glide and Guide [Leaving Records]
  11. Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita - Schaum [Faitiche]
  12. Paul Menska - Travel Memoirs [Terminal Dream]
  13. Nomad Ninja - Avond Sluimer [Nightwind Records]
  14. Inner Travels - Clear Seeing [Inner Islands]
  15. Koen Holtkamp - Voice Model [Umor-Rex]
  16. Occult Orientated Crime - Just a Clown on Crack [Dekmantel]
  17. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 OST [Lakeshore Records]
  18. Matthew Barlow - Sound Meditations [Sounds of the Dawn]
  19. Slow Attack Ensemble - Soundscapes for the Emotional-Type Listener [Mystic Roses]
  20. Huerco S. - For Those of You Who Have Never (and Also Those Who Have) [Proibito]
  21. Asher Levitas - Lit Harness [Planet Mu]
  22. Jan St. Werner - Felder (Fiepblatter Catalogue #4) [Thrill Jockey Records]
  23. Pay the Rent - Soft on Glass EP [Pay the Rent]
  24. Biosphere - Departed Glories [Smalltown Supersound]
  25. Useless - Hexa [Terminal Dream]
Monday
Jan092017

Best Dance Songs of 2016

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Here are my 40 favorite dance tracks of the year in no particular order.

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  1. Jessy Lanza - "Oh No" [Hyperdub]
  2. Jay Daniel - "Paradise Valley" [Technicolour]
  3. Avalon Emerson - "The Frontier" [Whities Records]
  4. Harmonious Thelonious - "Uhura" [Italic Recordings]
  5. Leonce - "Marimba Track" [Fade to Mind]
  6. Pantha Du Prince ft. Queens - "The Winter Hymn" [Rough Trade Records]
  7. Peggy Gou - "Rose" [Technicolour]
  8. John Roberts - "Six" [Brunette Editions]
  9. Dawn Richard - "Black Crimes" [Local Action Records]
  10. Deadboy - "Glass Lake" [Ten Thousand Yen]
  11. Duke High - "Greenleaf" [Rhythm Section International]
  12. Ase Manual ft. J Heat & El Blanco Nino - "Jungle Heaven" [Like That Records]
  13. Danny L Carle ft. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Super Natural" [PC Music]
  14. Tevo Howard - "Brother to Brother (Underground Mix)" [S/R]
  15. Project Pablo - "Beaubien Dream" [Sound of Beaubien Ouest]
  16. Kiani & His Legend - "Electric (Fatima Yamaha Remix)" [Something Happening Somewhere]
  17. Reckonwrong - "Getting Warmer (Hot Mix)" [Whities Records]
  18. Kornel Kovacs - "Dollar Club" [Studio Barnhus]
  19. Akasha System - "Afterimage" [100% Silk]
  20. Telepathe - "Lover's Gaze" [Dream Catalogue]
  21. DBM - "Halo" [S/R]
  22. DJ Zozi - "Zozi Theme" [1080p]
  23. Weval - "You're Mine" [Kompakt]
  24. Toby Gale - "Jet" [Apothecary Compositions]
  25. Perfume Advert - "Gown" [1080p]
  26. Kingdom - "Shox" [Fade to Mind]
  27. Jayda G - "Heaven Could Be Lately" [1080p]
  28. Mind Lotion - "Astro Girl" [Antinote]
  29. rRoxymore - "Organ Smith" [Don't Be Afraid Recordings]
  30. DJ Marfox - "Tarraxo Everyday" [Principe Discos]
  31. Blood Orange ft. Empress Of - "Best to You" [Domino Recordings]
  32. Nite-Funk - "Let Me Be Me" [Glydezone Recordings]
  33. D.K. - "Raindrops" [Antinote]
  34. Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence" [Hyperdub]
  35. Stephen Lopkin - "Och Aye the Noo" [MOS Recordings]
  36. Massimiliano Pagliara - "Trying to Hide but Then I Cried" [Uncanny Valley]
  37. Mr. Fingers - "Aether" [Alleviated Records]
  38. Chinaski - "Disaster" [Uncanny Valley]
  39. The Gasman - "Color" [Onomatopoeia Records]
  40. Feels - "Expedition" [Naked Naked Records]
Thursday
Dec292016

AiMT's 2016 Hip-Hop Favorites, Pt. 2

  1. Lil Soda Boi - "Helicopters" prod. by Marvin Cruz
  2. Lil B - "My House" prod. by Metro Boomin
  3. Nick Hook ft. Meyhem Lauren & Superhero Killer - "Live While I'm Livin'"
  4. Young Thug - "Harambe" prod. by Billboard Hitmakers
  5. Rico Nasty ft. Lil Yachty - "Hey Arnold" prod. by Jaytrill
  6. Starfoxlaflare - "Walk Thru" prod. by Hyrich
  7. Starrah - "Rush" prod. by Retro Future
  8. Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - "No Problem" prod. by BrassTracks
  9. Maxo Kream - "Big Worm" prod. by Ryan ESL
  10. Bricc Baby ft. Starrah, Fetty Wap & Young Thug - "Remix'n a Bricc" prod. by D.A. Doman
  11. Stormzy - "Birthday Girl" prod. by Sons of Sonix
  12. Ugly God - "Water" prod. by Danny Wolf & Ugly God
  13. Noname ft. theMIND - "Sunny Duet" prod. by Monte Booker & Cam O'bi
  14. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - "Broccoli" prod. by J Gramm
  15. Adamn Killa ft. Yung Lean - "Ten" prod. by Shlohmo
  16. Dave ft. Drake - "Wanna Know (Remix)" prod. by 169 & Fraser T Smith
  17. Lil Soda Boi & Kay P - "LG Phone" prod. by Eric Butter
  18. Danny Brown - "White Lines" prod. by The Alchemist
  19. Post Malone - "Patient" prod. by Louis Bell
  20. A Tribe Called Quest ft. Andre 3000 - "Kids..." prod. by A Tribe Called Quest
  21. Desiigner - "Tiimmy Turner" prod. by Mike Dean
Wednesday
Dec282016

Gentle Daps XXII: Guest Mix by Sunmoonstar

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Gainesville, Florida-based producer Natasha Home (aka Sunmoonstar) has been on the Gentle Daps radar since wowing us with a pair of great albums in 2015. Now she has offered up her own entry in the series by blessing us with 93 minutes of ambient and new age splashed with a few bright peaks of experimental pop and classical.

  1. Eberhard Schoener - "Mountain Music"
  2. Suzanne Ciani - "Lumiere"
  3. Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Slat Dance"
  4. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "Wetlands"
  5. Susumu Yokota - "Thread Leads to Heaven"
  6. Kitaro - "Lord of Wind"
  7. Corin - "Biomorphism"
  8. Richard Vimal - "Aquarhythmies"
  9. Slapp Happy - "Slow Moons Rose"
  10. Steve Roach - "Empetus IV: Empowerment"
  11. Ivy Meadows - "Balança"
  12. Joanna Brouk - "Maggi's Flute (Mary's Watch, Part Two)"
  13. Alice Coltrane - "Wisdom Eye"
  14. Euglossine - "Tapestry of Nothing"
  15. David Borden - "Esty Point, Summer 1978"
  16. Opaline - "V"
  17. Laura Ortman - "Uyuni"
  18. Uakti - "Wind"
  19. Michael Jon Fink - "Celesta Solo (1981)"
  20. Inner Travels - "VII"
  21. Sunmoonstar - "O3epo"
  22. Endurance - "The New Sun Age"
  23. Joe Hisaishi - "Stones Glowing in the Darkness"
  24. Japanesque - "Jikaku"
  25. Eva Geist - "Il Tuo Sogno Parla"
Sunday
Oct232016

Gentle Daps XXI: Halloween Special

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This years' Gentle Daps Halloween special features dreary, quiet obscuro, goth and film scores. It includes a couple of creepy crawly Legowelt classics, a spooky Bowie cover, a few first-wave 4AD ethereal pieces, and much more.

  1. Caroline K - "Animal Lattice" [Earthly Delights, 1987]
  2. Smackos - "Caravan of Dimensions" [Strange Life Records, 2006]
  3. Richard Band - "Slasher and Strangler" [Varèse Sarabande, 1980]
  4. Michael Stearns - "Dark Passage" [Sonic Atmospheres, 1986]
  5. Claudio Simonetti - "The Evil One" [RCA, 1985]
  6. Wolfgang Press - "Slow As a Child" [4AD, 1985]
  7. Fabio Frizzi - "Embers Eyes (Alternative Version)" [Beat Records Company, 1982]
  8. Dead Can Dance - "The Protagonist" [4AD, 1987]
  9. Alpha Wave Movement - "Gateway" [Harmonic Resonance Recordings, 1996]
  10. Franz Falckenhaus - "Surveillance in the Hotel Lobby" [Strange Life Records, 2006]
  11. Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey - "Bright Waves" [Cherry Red, 1981]
  12. Tuxedomoon - "An Unsigned Postcard" [LTM, 1991]
  13. John Harrison - "Until the Next Time... (End Title)" [Varèse Sarabande, 1982]
  14. Eyeless in Gaza - "Avenue With Trees" [Cherry Red, 1981]
  15. Blaine L. Reininger - "Sons of the Silent Age" [Les Disques du Crépuscule, 1982]
  16. The Legendary Pink Dots - "Premonition 4" [In Phaze Records, 1982]
Tuesday
Aug092016

AiMT's 2016 Hip-Hop Favorites, Pt. 1

  1. The Last Artful, Dodgr - "Squadron" prod. by W N T D.
  2. Lil Yachty ft. Quavo - "No Hook" prod. by FKi
  3. Skepta ft. D Double E & A$AP Nast - "Ladies Hit Squad" prod. by Skepta
  4. A$AP Ferg ft. Future - "New Level" prod. by Honorable C.N.O.T.E
  5. Greenova South ft. Lil Flip - "Kome Ryde With Us" prod. by Young God
  6. Post Malone ft. Larry June - "Never Understand" prod. by FKi & Post Malone
  7. Kodak Black - "Skrt" prod. by Skip on da Beat
  8. Travis Scott & Young Thug ft. Quavo - "Pick Up the Phone" prod. by Frank Dukes & Vinylz
  9. JD. Reid ft. D Double E - "Rōshi"
  10. Kamaiyah - "I'm On" prod. by Drew Banga
  11. Lil Haiti - "Good Vibe"
  12. Desiigner - "Panda" prod. by Menace
  13. FKi 1st ft. Danny Seth - "Prove Yourself" prod. by FKi, Cashio & Rex Kudo
  14. Starrah - "Dirty Diana"