As a new decade dawns, Wandering Rhythms looks back at the last (spectacular) year in music. As usual, these are artists you probably will not find on other best-of lists, and I sincerely hope you discover music here that inspires and surprises you. Despite the seismic global changes that seem inevitable in the coming years, the endless creativity of humans make me believe that we will ultimately get our shit together. But it’s gonna take a real team effort!
2018 was a year. There was more humanity in the world than ever before. It was wild. But the people made some brilliant sonic documents that just might outlive their creators. Here is a supremely subjective best-of-2018 music mix, blatantly ignoring all other best-of list. Mostly obscure music from far away that I think is exciting. Hope you hear something fresh (PLAYLIST HERE). Bless the creators out there!
And look here, an uncut dance mix!
Here’s a novel idea… How about a best-of-2017 music mix or two!? Yes, everyone is putting out their lists, but here is a gathering of futuristic artists you might not hear elsewhere, with an ear to what’s going on all around our crazy planet.
AND! A non-stop dance mix for those who want to groove:
Keep your head up, the future is funkY!
Another wonderful, tragic, shocking, mundane, electric and sublime Earth year is reliably rotating to an end (though we never really stops spinning). To salute sweet ’16, behold a continuous mix of fresh music featured on Wandering Rhythms over the past four seasons. These globally-minded sonic wizards point the way to a bright and hybrid future. Jump on it~!
This week is our annual best-of episode: a rich sampling of some of the most exciting music unleashed on this planet over the past year. As is the custom on this show, the focus is on undiscovered gems from near and far — artists you probably won’t see on other year-end lists.
Long live sonic liberation and cultural cross-pollination!
Below is the program’s playlist, loosely divided by theme and starting right here at home in Vancouver…
The History of Gunpowder – Time’s Teeth
Blocktreat – Lint Trap
Indigo Kids ft. Ashleigh Eymann – False Prophets
Zoo Owl – Twin Mirror
A Tribe Called Red ft. Sheldon Sundon – PBC
Shad – Progress
Boogat – Ramados
Sublime & Unclassifiable:
Jupiter & Okwess International – Congo (DR Congo)
Nana – Pequenas Margaridas (Brazil)
Chico Mann – Magic Touch (USA)
John Wizards – Lusaka by Night (South Africa)
Dom La Nena – Anjo Gabriel (Brazil)
La Yegros ft. El Gato Muñoz – Illuminada (Argentina)
90s Cover Tunes:
Chicha Libre – Danza de los Simpsons (USA)
Quantic & Anita Tijoux – Doo Wop [that thing] (Colombia/France)
Setenta – Smells Like Teen Spirit (France)
Lomepal – Les Battements (France)
Sons of Yusuf – Bank of Amreeka (Kuwait)
Matias Aguayo – El Sucu Tucu (Chile/Germany)
La Esencia Rítmica Vital – A dónde van las luces cuando las hojas se caen? (Ecuador)
Boogarins – Erre (Brazil)
Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi (Japan)
Pinkunoizu – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (Denmark)
Darkestrah – Manas the Avenger (Kyrgyzstan/Germany)
Courtney Barrett – Avant Gardener (Australia)
The Garifuna Collective – Ayó (Bélize)