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City Slang Records

Best of 2018

To close out 2018, here is our 3.5 hour best of 2018. The tracks from artists and releases we’ve loved through this fantastic year. In 2018 we have played over 400 unique independent artists, and this selection has just 30 of them.

Thank you so much for your support this year, we will be back mid-January.

Tracklisting
Sophie – Ponyboy (Transgressive Records, UK)
700 Bliss – Cosmic Slop (Halcyon Veil, USA / Don Giovanni Records, USA)
Colin Stetson – Fallout (Anacapamusic, USA)
Jlin – The Abyss of Doubt (Planet Mu, UK)
Anna von Hausswolff – The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (City Slang, Germany)
Ko Shin Moon & Simple Symmetry – Halay (Cornelius Doctor Lonley Mix) (Hard Fist, France)
Lucrecia Dalt – Tar (RVNG Intl, USA)
Slikback – Bantu Zen (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
Gazelle Twin – Better in My Day (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, UK)
WaqWaq Kingdom – Ceremony of Vision (Jahtari, Germany)
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Ohsh (Mello Music Group, USA)
Kamasi Washington – Fists of Fury (Young Turks, UK)
Amnesia Scanner – AS Unlinear feat. Pan Daijing (PAN, Germany)
Hilary Woods – Kith (Sacred Bones, USA)
Nazar – Warning Shots (Hyperdub, UK)
Low – Dancing and Blood (Sub Pop Records, USA)
Cucina Povera – Huhuilu (Night School Records, UK)
Marie Davidson – Work It (Ninja Tune, UK)
Throwing Snow – Vulpine (Houndstooth, UK)
Gnod – Donovan’s Daughters (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Anthroprophh – Housing Act 1980 (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Khalab – Cannavaro feat. Clap! Clap! (On the Corner, UK)
Emanative – Spice Roots feat. Nat Birchall (Jazzman Records, UK)
Ecko Bazz – Tuli Banyo (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
Rival Consoles – Dreamer’s Wake (Erased Tapes, UK)
Tomás Urquieta – La Sustancia de la Materia (Infinite Machine, Mexico)
Sealionwoman – Remain (Antigen Records, UK)
Hekla – Muddle (Phantom Limb, UK)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs –  Shockmaster (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Pisitakun – SOSLEEP03 (Chinabot, UK)

#209 – Favourites of 2018 (not the best of 2018) – part one

Even though we sit here having played music from 390 releases this year, we feel a bit uneasy producing a ‘best of’ 2018 when there’s still so much great music we haven’t heard.

But from what we have heard there are so many highlights to cram into three shows of favourites. This first one gets us going with the blistering track from Sophie’s phenomenal Oil of Every Pearl’s Uninsides LP on Transgressive. Across the first ten tracks we take in a third play from the 700 Bliss cassette, Anna von Hausswolff’s sublime LP, middle eastern techno, Kenya glitches, a track from a ballet and a lot more.

More great highlights coming next week… just don’t call it a best of.

Tracklisting
Sophie – Ponyboy (Transgressive Records, UK)
700 Bliss – Cosmic Slop (Halcyon Veil, USA / Don Giovanni Records, USA)
Colin Stetson – Fallout (Anacapamusic, USA)
Jlin – The Abyss of Doubt (Planet Mu, UK)
Anna von Hausswolff – The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra (City Slang, Germany)
Ko Shin Moon & Simple Symmetry – Halay (Cornelius Doctor Lonley Mix) (Hard Fist, France)
Lucrecia Dalt – Tar (RVNG Intl, USA)
Slikback – Bantu Zen (Hakuna Kulala, Uganda)
Gazelle Twin – Better in My Day (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray, UK)
WaqWaq Kingdom – Ceremony of Vision (Jahtari, Germany)

#169 – Efrim Manuel Menuck, Anna von Hausswolff, ज़ितम सिहँ, Ben Frost

We’re back with our first podcast of 2018, and what better way to kick off than the exquisite jazz from Chicago’s avant-garde trumpeter Jaimie Branch? We also have cosmic soul from NYC-based, Indian musician ज़ितम सिहँ (Jitwam), the latest from Anna von Hausswolff, roots reggae from Ghana’s Y-Bayani And His Band of Enlightenment, Reason And Love and a whole lot more.

Tracklisting
Jaimie Branch – Theme 001 (International Anthem, USA)
ज़ितम सिहँ (Jitwam) – Alone (Cosmic Compositions, New Zealand)
Anna von Hausswolff – The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra
Y-Bayani And His Band of Enlightenment, Reason And Love – Rehwe Mie Enyim (Philophon, Germany)
Ben Frost – Eurydice’s Heel (Bedroom Community, Iceland)
Bingo Palace – Before 03 (Codek Records, USA)
Normil Hawaiians – British Warm (Upset the Rhythem, UK)
Xphone Tweeted Hatena – 028 (Pale Master, UK)
Curtis Roach – Stay Golden (self-release, USA)
Efrim Manuel Menuck – LxOxVx / Shelter in Place (Constellation Records, Canada)

#105 – Kool Keith & MF DOOM, Lambchop, Rizan Said, Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul

Legends galore this week, including a collaborating pair of hip-hop trailblazers in Kool Keith and MF DOOM. They stand alongside Rizan Said – better known as the sound of Omar Souleyman – Lambchop, and the godfather of disco Bernard Fevre. We’ve also got the usual dose of innovative, exciting new music from Deathcount in Silicon Valley, Aksak Maboul, Peter Zummo, Adam Betts, and Nawksh. We also have a track from the forthcoming Nigerian comp on Soundway records.

Tracklisting
Rizan Said – High Tension Zamer (Discrepant Records, UK)
Deathcount in Silicon Valley – I Want You to Concentrate (Extreme Ultimate Recordings, UK)
Kool Keith – Super Hero (ft. MF DOOM) (Mello Music Group, USA)
Véronique Vincent & Aksak Maboul – Afflux de Luxe (Crammed Discs, Belgium)
Peter Zummo – The Tape Is Chill (Optimo Music, UK)
African Vibration – Hinde (Soundway Records, UK)
Adam Betts – Drumbones (Blood and Biscuits, UK)
Nawksh – First Friend (Guruguru Brain, Japan)
Bernard Fevre – That is to Be (Medical Records, USA)
Lambchop – The Hustle (City Slang Records, Germany)

#87 – Fumaça Preta, Hey Colossus, Orchestra of Spheres, Tim Hecker

An exclusive first play of a new Hey Colossus track is just one highlight in this week’s podcast. There are absolute storming tracks from the ever reliable crate diggers at Finders Keepers Records and Africa Seven, we also have new tracks from the legendary alto saxophonist Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids, New Zealand jazz rockists Orchestra of Spheres, podcast favourites Fumaça Preta, Tim Hecker, and The Dwarfs of East Agouza

Tracklisting
Fumaça Preta – Decimo Andar (Soundway, UK)
The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Baka of the Future
 (Nawa Recordings, UK)
Orchestra Of Spheres – Trapdoors (Fire Records, UK)
Jay Glass Dubs – Glacial Dancehall Side B
 (Bokeh Versions, UK)
M’Bamina – Djambo (Salut a l’Afrique)
 (Africa Seven, UK)
IMARHAN – Tahabort
 (City Slang, USA)
Bixio, Frizzi, Tempera – Escape
 (Finders Keepers, UK)
Hey Colossus – All Humans are Losing Control (self-release, UK)
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – Rhapsody in Berlin
 (Strut Records, Germany)
Tim Hecker – Black Phase (4AD, UK)

#82 – Gold Panda, Metropolitan Soul Museum, The Cosmic Dead, Nvdes

A track from the long-awaited new Gold Panda record kicks us off this week, where we revisit a few podcast favourites who have new records on the way. It’s not all old favourites though, we’ve got new music from podcast debutants, including LA pop from Nvdes, gnarly rock from Arabrot, afro-funk from The Jagger Batchway Group, and odd electronics from Eartheater. New records from Fumaça Preta, The Cosmic Dead, Jimi Tenor, Apostle, and Metropolitan Soul Museum add up to an exceptional hour of new music.

Tracklisting
Gold Panda – Time Eater (City Slang, USA)
The Jagger Botchway Group – Moko Le Dzen (Ruf Dug Tight Disco Dub) (Cultures of Soul, USA)
Arabrot – The Gospel (Fysisk Format, Norway)
Metropolitan Soul Museum – Tesla (Toy Tonics, Germany)
Apostle – Born Defective (Blank Editions, UK)
Jimi Tenor – Tropical Eel (Philophon, Germany)
The Cosmic Dead – Human Sausage (Blackest Rainbow Records, UK)
Nvdes – Don’t Fvck Your Neighbour (B3SCI Records, USA)
Eartheater – Homonyms (Hausu Mountain Records, USA)
Fumaça Preta – Ressaca Da Glória (Soundway, UK)

#36 – Gold Panda, High Wolf, Ty Segall, Rayographs

A burglary is to blame for the delay, and the fact Anthony’s in charge of the mix this time around. Nonetheless, a track from the new Amon Tobin record, and Record Store Day tunes from Gold Panda and Ty Segall make this another unique installment of the Independent Music Podcast. Elsewhere we have advert jingles from Barry Gray, composer of the Thunderbirds theme, and tracks off long-awaited new albums from the Explosions in the Sky, Rayographs and Three Trapped Tigers.

Tracklisting
1.Marriage (Star Slinger Remix) – Gold Panda (Notown Recordings, UK)
2.Booth’s Dry Gin – Barry Gray (Trunk Records, UK)
3.Bugs – O’death (City Slang, Germany)
4.Free Your Energy Field – High Wolf (Bathetic Records, USA)
5.Cramm – Three Trapped Tigers (Blood And Biscuits, UK)
6.Lost & Found – Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune, UK)
7.Woo Glut – Sx VS Ramadanman (Resident Advisor, UK)
8.You Can Take A Heart But You Cannot Make It Beat – Hong Kong In The 60s (Proper Songs, UK)
9.Yoyo – My Panda Shall Fly (self-release, UK)
10.Le Train Fantome – Jonny Trunk (Ghost Box, UK)
11.The Mole – Chimes & Bells (Tigerspring Records, Denmark)
12.Tango Drink – Barry Gray (Trunk Records, UK)
13.Believer – John Maus (Upset the Rhythm, UK)
14.BUICK MACKANE – Ty Segall (Goner Records, USA)
15.My Critical Mind – Rayographs (Desire Records, France)
16.Postcard from 1952 – Explosions In The Sky (Temporary Residence Limited, USA)