Favourites of 2014… so far

In recent years there has been an odd discrepancy between the music I write about during the year and the music I feature as my favourite at the end of the year. Needless to say that this is mostly caused by an increasing lack of time, also known as laziness in some regions of the world. Alright, I’m aware of it and I’m trying to make things better. Since Spotify has become my favourite tool to discover new music (on a try-before-buy basis), I’ve started collecting some of my favourites in this handy playlist.

Feel free to subscribe, since I will continue to add more music throughout the year. Also, I suggest listening in shuffle-mode!

I haven’t yet made up my mind on my favourite albums this year, but as a starting point I suggest listening to the following:

Kassem Mosse – Workshop 19 (Workshop)
patten – ESTOILE NAIANT (Warp)
Taylor McFerrin – Early Riser (Brainfeeder)
LCC – d/evolution (Editions Mego)
Farben & James DIN A4 – Farben presents James DIN A4 (Faitiche)
Quiltland – Quiltland (Astro:Dynamics)
Prins Thomas – III (Full Pupp)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata (Madlib Invazion)

As I’m always interested to hear your choices, please feel free to leave a comment!

Weekend Mixtapes #46

Whenever summer approaches, I reach for my dub records more often for an appropriate soundtrack to the pressing heat. And since it’s not far from there to dub techno, here’s a my favourite mixtape of the month. Berlin-based production duo youANDme, who put together a two hour mixtape full of deep and dubby sounds for the Inverted Audio podcast.

More uptempo sounds can be heard on the latest XLR8R Podcast, selected and mixed by Apron Records-founder Funkineven. Since I missed it before, let me also throw in their previous podcast by Call Super.

I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I’ve really become fond of the new Prins Thomas album (listen on Spotify). Give it a try, if you haven’t! The Norwegian DJ and producer dropped by the Beats in Space to play records for more than an hour.

Listen to a recording of Andrés, who played for more than four hour last May in Cologne’s Roxy club.

We’ll end this selection with a couple of radio shows: Matthewdavid’s latest Mindflight Meditations episode features special guest Mndsgn, while Carlos Niño’s Spaceways Radio has new age musician Iasos. Listen to new music from Dego, Four Tet and Dorian Concept on the latest Benji B show.