Mello Music Group

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)

#210 – Favourites of 2018 (not the best of 2018) – part two

We continue our journey through the exceptional music we’ve enjoyed this year with another batch of music that’s worth looking back on. From the brilliant and silly Marie Davidson track ‘Work It’ through the exquisite sounds of Low and Cucina Povera, this is another cross-section of the stunning independent music released this year.

Tracklisting
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)

Listen to part one here

#184 – Dwarfs of East Agouza, JK Flesh, Siete Catorce, Carla Bozulich

After last week’s smooth funk openers, let’s get a little more brutal shall we? Raw Ambassador’s Mental Disorder track is as intense as the artist name and title would suggest, and it takes brave ears to get through that. But persist and (more) rewards are forthcoming – the outstanding collaboration between Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert for one, and Marlowe – the L’Orange and Solemn Brigham collaboration – for another. Elsewhere we have a mix of the good stuff – get involved

Tracklisting
Raw Ambassador – Mental Disorder (Mannequin Records, Germany)
Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert – Party On (Rock Action Records, UK)
Marlowe – Lost Arts (Mello Music Group, USA)
Rob Lewis – Pines (self-release, UK)
Dwarfs of East Agouza – Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers (Akuphone Records, France)
Carla Bozulich – Let It Roll (Constellation Records, Canada)
Siete Catorce – Susurro (Hypermedium, Greece)
JK Flesh – Wasplike (Inner Surface Records, UK)
Grimm Grimm – Take Me Down to Coney Island (Some Other Planet Records, UK)
Rattle – All Over the Place (God Unknown Records, UK)

#177 – Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, Lucchesi, Shortparis, Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek

You know you’re getting the party started when your podcast opens with an abstract 7-minute flute number, but the gorgeous new track from Cara Stacey and Camilo Ángeles demands attention. Elsewhere we have the wonderful new record from Jean Grae and Quelle Chris. Just because we’re not done with collaborations, we also have the spectacular Turkey-Swiss collaboration of Derya Yildirim and Grup Şimşek. We also have Russian synths with Shortparis, abstract experimentation from Me, Claudius, synth pop from Apostille and loads more.

Tracklisting
Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles – Stolenboosch (Kit Records, UK)
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – My Contribution to this Scam (Mello Music Group, USA)
Shortparis – Любовь (self-release, Russia)
Derya Yildirim & Grup Şimşek – Üç Kiz Bir Ana (Ironhand Records, Germany)
Jean-Marie Massou – Le Pêcheur d’islande (Vert Pituite La Belle, France)
Turbo Teeth – Big Troubles (Untitled 1, Greece)
Apostille – Feel Bad (Upset the Rhythm, UK)
Keito – Lotus Root (Chinabot, UK)
Me, Claudius – Hold Your Shape, Church (Linear Obsessional Recordings, UK)
Lucchesi – Burro (Full Dose, UK)

#171 – Eels, Silvia Kastel, Gazelle Twin, Dan Shake

Nothing warms up the snowy streets of South London like some hot South African boogie, but wherever you happen to be listening, you’re sure to be enjoying the latest from Soundway records. We have lots of decadent music this week – from Italian producer Silvia Kastel’s smelting pot of techno influences, Orchestra of Constant Distress’s brutal noise rock, Lando Chill’s Tucson hiphop, or Dan Shake’s adorable housey disco goodness. Oh, there’s a new one from Eels too…

Tracklisting
The Survivals – My Brother (Soundway Records, UK)
Silvia Kastel – Bruell (Blackest Ever Black, UK)
Eels – The Deconstruction (E Works, USA)
Guy One – Ete Songo (Philophon Records, Germany)
Orchestra of Constant Distress – Not At All (Riot Season Records, UK)
Sworr – Colder (Fair Weather Friends Records, Greece)
Meursault – Fuck Off Back to Art School (self-release, UK)
Lando Chill & The Lasso – yo luv (Mello Music Group, USA)
Gazelle Twin – The Dream Ends (Houndstooth, UK)
Dan Shake – Magic Marcel (Lumberjacks in Hell, Netherlands)

#157 – Golden Teacher, Bjork, L’Orange, Weaves and Tanya Tagaq

New favourites and old favourites on this week’s show. We have the new one from Bjork, the lead track from the forthcoming L’Orange record (on his eighth podcast appearance), and a new collaboration between Pinch and Mumdance.

We also have a track from the long-awaited Golden Teacher debut LP, Polaris prize winner Tanya Tagaq collaborating with Weaves, Japanese dub from 7Fo on Bokeh Versions, and the new project from Gnod member Gardener. We have a submission from Brooklyn band No Kill, some sublime black metal from Sacred Son, and the latest from Hamburg-based producer Jahyu

Tracklisting
Golden Teacher – Sauchiehall Withdrawal (self-release, UK)
No Kill – Eddie Vedder (self-release, USA)
Pinch and Mumdance – Control (Tectonic Recordings, UK)
Weaves feat. Tanya Tagaq – Scream (Memphis Industies, UK / Buzz Records, Canada )
L’Orange – Look Around (feat. Oddisee) (Mello Music Group, USA)
Sacred Son – Cleave the Alicorn (self-release, UK)
7FO – Quiet Flash (Bokeh Versions, UK)
Bjork – The Gate (One Little Indian, UK)
Jahyu – Again Again (feat. Ras Tinny) (Tripedal Crow Records, Germany)
Gardener – Late Summer Lawn (Golden Ratio Frequencies, UK)

#148 – Tobacco, James Heather, USA/Mexico, Trans-Aeolian Transmission

The unmistakable sounds of Tobacco kick-off a US-heavy podcast this week. We go off on our usual globe-trotting though, with experimental Tunisian music from China, sounds from Austria, stunning contemporary classical music from London, a Spanish reissue of a lost slice of delectable funk. There’s a first record in 12 years from Mr. Lif and Akrobatik’s The Perceptionists, a Joanna Newsom edit from podcast favourite L’Orange, the awesome Butthole Surfers and Shit & Shine collaboration under USA/Mexico.

Tracklisting
Tobacco – Got Wet in the Bomb Shelter (Rad Cult, USA)
Trans-Aeolian Transmission – Extract from “Xinjiang, Taklamakan & Karakoram” (self-release, Tunisia)
The Perceptionists (Mr. Lif & Akrobatik) – Dirty Drumz (Mello Music Group, USA)
Becoming Animal – A Distant Hand Lifted (Trost, Austria)
USA/Mexico – Laredo (Riot Season Records, UK / 12XU Records, USA)
Hidden Spheres – It Ain’t Easy (Lobster Theremin, UK)
Hank Carbo – Fox in a Mini Skirt (Rocafort Records, Spain)
Institute – Powerstation (Sacred Bones Records, USA)
L’Orange – Heaven Sent (self-release, USA)
James Heather – Last Minute Change of Heart (Ahead of Our Time, UK)

#139 – Flamingods, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Lil Pump, Wren

Fairly vocal heavy on the Independent Music Podcast this week, with exceptional cuts of Trap, Dancehall and Hiphop colliding against free and future jazz, psych, modern classical, proto punk and all sorts of good stuff.

Tracklisting
Flamingods – Mixed Blessings (Moshi Moshi Records, UK)
Lil Pump – Flex Like Ouu (prod. Danny Wolf & Ronny J) (Lyfetime Ent & Media, USA)
Wren – The Herd (Holy Roar, UK)
Leo Samson & Shumba Youth – Check it Out (Reggae Roast, UK)
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Andata (Editions Milan Music, USA)
Lando Chill – Break Them Shackles (Mello Music Group, USA)
Snapped Ankles – Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin (The Leaf Label, UK)
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya – let gO Of my egO (Father / Daughter Records, USA / Sooper Records, USA)
Forest Swords – Panic (Ninja Tune, UK)
Stefan Wesolowski – Frame II (Ici d’Ailleurs, France)

#120 – best of 2016 pt.2 (our favourite live shows)

We continue our alternative look back at 2016, focusing on some of the artists that have wowed us with live shows throughout the year. It’s a diverse bunch, with jazz, grime, hiphop, afrobeat and indie rock amongst the highlights.

Tracklisting
Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor – Selfish Gene (Strut Records, UK)
Part Chimp – Hello Bastards (Rock Action Records, UK)
L’Orange & Mr Lif – Strange Technology (Mello Music Group, USA)
Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Live at Union Chapel, London 21 May 2016
Skepta – Crime Riddim (Boy Better Know, UK)
Gaika – BUTA ft. Miss Red (Mixpak, USA)
Ela Orleans – You Go Through Me (Night School Records, UK)
Ebo Taylor – Heaven (Essibons Music, Ghana)
Ata Kak – Daa Nyinaa (Awesome Tapes from Africa, USA)
Duchess Says – I Repeat Myself (Bonsound, Canada)

#106 – Susso, L’Orange & Mr. Lif, Scott Walker, Terminal Cheesecake

There’s a mix of legendary, soon to be legendary, and utterly new artists on this week’s show. The likes of Scott Walker and Terminal Cheesecake are amongst the finest ever in their particular genres, whilst artists such as L’Orange and Ex-Easter Island Head are beginning to create consistently excellent bodies of work. We’ve also got an incredibly exciting release from Susso – first promoted on a podcast back in July 2015 – that is set to be huge, whilst LA funk producer Yung Bae gives us another reason to get excited.

Tracklisting
Ex-Easter Island Head – Six Sticks (Low Point Records, UK)
L’Orange & Mr. Lif – Strange Technology (feat. Akrobatik & Gonjasufi) (Mello Music Group, USA)
Terminal Cheesecake – Song for John Pt. 1 (Box Records, UK)
Yung Bae – All Night (self-release, USA)
Susso – Ansumana (Soundway Records, UK)
Bajka – The World (Philophon Records, Germany)
Clean & Jerk – Silhouette du Barry (Inversions Records, UK)
Wallwork & Tsvi feat. Nico Lindsay – Facts (Black Acre, UK)
Julian Fairshare – Blessed Melody (self-release, UK)
Scott Walker – Finale (4AD, UK)