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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)

#211 – favourites of 2018 (not the best of 2018) – part three

Our third part of our 2018 review has heavy rock railing against gentrification, North African-infused jazz, Chilean techno, Ugandan bass, Thai noise, and sea creature folktales.

Thank you for listening this year.

To listen to our fourth and final part of our review, support us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/independentmusicpodcast

Tracklisting
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

#208 – Modeselektor feat. Flohio, HHY & The Macumbas, Machinefabriek, Meitei / 冥丁, Gum Takes Tooth

The last podcast before we move into reviewing another amazing year of independent music sees another phenomenal batch of new releases.

Starting with some experimental music from the New York underground we move swiftly through new music from Lebanese duo Praed, Japanese illbient, the latest single from the amazing HHY & The Macumbas LP, stunning violin electronics from Machinefabriek and Anne Bakker, through to excellent releases from 2019 with the new Gum Takes Tooth and Man From Uranus releases.

Tracklisting
Hontos – 1 (BANK Records NYC, USA)
Praed – Doomsday Survival Kit (Akuphone Records, France)
Meitei / 冥丁 – Jizo / 地蔵 (Evening Chants, Singapore)
HHY & The Macumbas – Swisid Mekanize Rejiman (House of Mythology, UK)
Machinefabriek with Anne Bakker – Scene 2 (Zoharum, Poland)
Lia Mice – Overwrite the Past (Optimo Music, UK)
Modeselektor feat. Flohio – Wealth (MonkeyTown Records, Germany)
Gum Takes Tooth – Borrowed Lies (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Andrea – Future Atmo (Ilian Tape, Germany)
Man From Uranus – Marooned on Mercury (Freaksville Records, Belgium)

#197 – Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Pisitakun, Orchestra of Spheres, Uwalmassa, Jun Kamoda

Recorded live at Milhões de Festa, this week’s show has the usual blend of excellent new music from the farthest reaches of experimental sounds. The idyllic setting is matched by the new track from New Zealand’s Orchestra of Spheres, less so than the morbid techno of Thailand’s Pisitakun. Elsewhere we have new hiphop from Queens D.Light, the new one from our favourite swines Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Indonesian experimentation and the first track from the long-awaited Jun Kamoda LP

Tracklisting
Orchestra of Spheres – Koudede (Fire Records, UK)
Pisitakun – SOSLEEP01 (Chinabot, UK)
Magnétophonique – Bon Voyage (Not Not Fun, USA)
Queens D.Light – Flavor of Green (self-release, USA)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – GNT (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Uwalmassa – Untitled 02 (Linear Perspective, Indonesia)
Graham Massey & Umut Çağlar – Appian (Samarbeta, UK)
Angels Die Hard – Tears of the Cobra (Jesus Factory Records, UK)
HHY & The Macumbas – Wilderness of Glass (House of Mythology, UK)
Jun Kamoda – Nightmare Club (Black Acre Records, UK)

#196 – Esben & the Witch, Shit & Shine, Tiny Leaves, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Kristin McClement

Modern classical seems to be the order of podcast 196. We kick things off with Roberto Musci and Giovanni Venosta’s collaboration using plunderphonics. We also have New Orleans modern classical artist Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Yarn Wire, and beautiful music from Tiny Leaves.

Elsewhere there’s folk, bleak goth metal, techno, and the latest from podcast favourite Shit & Shine.

Tracklisting
Roberto Musci & Giovanni Venosta – Dusty Zebra (Soave Records, Italy)
Kristin McClement – Love Doesn’t Have To Come At Such A Price (self release, UK)
Dengue Dengue Dengue – Semillero (ft Mikongo) (On the Corner Records, UK)
Popera Cosmic – Poursuite (Finders Keepers Records, UK)
Turantula – Llanyblodwel (Concretetapes, UK)
Esben & the Witch – The Unspoilt (Seasons of Mist, USA)
Tiny Leaves – The Fullness of Things (Pegdoll Records, UK)
Shit & Shine – Yeah I’m On Acid (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Elizabeth Joan Kelly – Electropop Swimming Pool Gymnopedie (self release, USA)
Yarn/Wire – Vermillion Becomes Cobalt (Northern Spy Records, USA)

#188 – Pram, Flowdan, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Modeselektor

A real pick n mixture for podcast 188. Metal from KEN Mode, new material from rock heroes Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, grime from Skeng legend Flowdan, and dubs, abstract electronics, the long-awaited return of Pram and loads more.

Tracklisting
KEN Mode – Feathers & Lips (Seasons of Mist, France)
Jay Glass Dubs – The Safest Dub (Berceuse Heroique, France)
Modeselektor – Kalif Storch (Ninja Tune, UK / Monkeytown Records, Germany)
John Bence – Kill (Grooming Records, UK)
Pram – Shimmer and Disappear (Domino Record Co., UK)
Flowdan – Bodybag (Tru Thoughts, UK)
Bad Tracking – Clanger (FuckPunk, UK)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Cake of Light (Rocket Recordings, UK)
Butsenzeller – Half A Century (Jezus Factory Records, UK)
Veins Full of Static – Any of Us (Disintegration State, UK)

#180 – MZ.412, WaqWaq Kingdom, Tasos Stamou, Lay Llamas

This week’s pod has Gareth and Anthony in fine fettle. Lengthy tracks from Sudanese tambour artist Abu Obaida Hassan, Earth legend Dylan Carlson, and London jazz staple Emanative punctuate a show full of dark doom, Estonian synth pop, blistering Lithuanian techno, crete experimentation, and a whole lot more.

Tracklisting
Abu Obaida Hassan & His Tambour – Qamar Al Massa (Moon of the Night) (Ostinato Records, USA)
Dylan Carlson – Conquistador (Sargent House, USA)
Dreems – Shark Water (Le Temps Perdu, Lithuania)
WaqWaq Kingdom – Sugar Pills (Jahtari, Germany)
Tasos Stamou – Vasiliki (Discrepant Records, UK)
Mari Kalkun – Keelega​-​Meelega (Nordic Notes, Germany)
Regret – Orange (Crash Symbols, USA)
Lay Llamas – Holy Worms (Rocket Recordings, UK)
MZ.412 – Ulvens Broder (Cold Spring, UK)
Emanative – Planet B (Nutriot Recordings, Austria)

#176 – The Bug & Burial, Low Jack, Léah Lazonick, Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar

After our holidays we’re back (for good). We’ve got a whole host of goodies for you, including the collaboration made in heaven between dubstep and grime pioneers The Bug and Burial. We have Indian music from Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar, Ugandan sounds from Jora MC and Congo’s Kongoloko, more Congolese music from Mushapata, the epic new Gnod track, soundtrack music from New York’s Léah Lazonick, a change in direction from Future of the Left and mclusky’s Falco’s side project Christian Fitness, mutant futurism from Low Jack, and more.

Tracklisting
Christian Fitness – Kill the Bored (self-release, UK)
The Ex – Soon All Cities (self-release, Netherlands)
Low Jack – Robert (Editions Gravats, France)
Ustad Zia Mohiuddin Dagar – Raga Abhogi (excerpt)(Ideological Organ, France)
Kongoloko & Jora MC – C’est la Vie (Uganda, self-release)
Daphne Tunes – In Your Eyes (Two Moons Tapes, USA)
Mushapata – Muanago Yé-Yé (Akuphone Records, France)
The Bug & Burial – Shrine (Pressure, UK)
Léah Lazonick – Movimento I Luna Scura (Kingdoms Records, USA)
Gnod – Donovan’s Daughter’s (Rocket Recordings, UK)

#173 – Manami Matsumae, German Army, UKAEA, Game Show

This week we stretch out into the far reaches of electronic music, including a sublime piece of work from Indonesian artist Uwalmassa, game soundtrack art from Manami Matsumae, and drones from South Carolina’s German Army. We also have Romanian psych from Rodion G.A., the best rock record of 2018 from Anthroprophh, acid techno from UKAEA and loads more.

Tracklisting
Miracle – Light Mind (Relapse Records, USA)
Uwalmassa – Untitled 01 (DIVISI62, Indonesia)
Manami Matsumae – The Final Showdown (Brain Wave Productions, Japan)
Game Show – Metriculation (Impossible Ark Records, UK)
Anthroprophh – Dead Inside (Rocket Recordings, UK)
German Army – All Is A Question – Insurrection – Crisis of Memory (Discrepant, UK)
UKAEA – The Rake, The Loam (Extreme Ultimate Recordings, UK)
Expo 70 – Totality Wormhole (God Unknown Records, UK)
Richard Youngs/ Alasdair Roberts (feat. Donald WG Lindsay) – Kinning Park (Fourth Dimension Records, UK)
Rodion G.A. – Ore (Inversions Records, UK)