Yes that’s right, this radio program just reached double digits. We’ve played something like 8000 different artists on the show. It has been a magnificent globetrotting musical odyssey. My mind has been cracked open, and I can distill the experience into 3 words: HUMANS ARE AMAZING.
I’ve got nothing but love for all the people, especially musicians who grace every street corner, café or bar, playing for thousands or hiding in their bedroom chasing something mysterious and sublime. A special thanks to the almighty Internet and all its participants, for the invisible yet herculean effort of gathering all recorded music into one easily accessible place. Up until the last ten to twenty years, a show like this could not have existed. And of course a huge round of applause to you, every listener who has made the choice to try something new. It may seem trivial, but you are manifesting global awareness through your own openness to other cultures. Way to go! Earthlings be free!
We celebrate a decade of border smashing with a retrospective of music played on Wandering Rhythms, the cream of the crop as they say. Groove on.
Can you handle one last 2020 music retrospective? I promise it won’t have any Fiona Apple or any picks from other mainstream media sources. Despite being unanimously and pointlessly blamed for all of our human problems, 2020 was of course pretty great for music creation and releases. The beauty of music helped many souls survive global imprisonment, and quarantine gave many musicians the opportunity to tune out the world and simply create music. Despite financial struggles for most musicians (no touring, continual death of album sales), these brave creatures continue to make some of the most sublime, placeless and timeless art that humanity has never even dreamed of. These artists are my heroes. Thank you and groove on.
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!
The new music video by (my) freaky progressive Latin band MNGWA is an escape into the jungle of the mind. A psychedelic salsa groove sets the scene as our naive yet intrepid explorers hunt for the legendary mngwa of east-African folklore. Madness and a deluge of cats ensue !
Frequent Wandering Rhythms guest Brandon “Blocktreat” Hoffman just released a lovely artisanal music video – an urban electronic nature walk through his hometown of Williams Lake BC (Traditional Secwépemc Territory). All is calm in the empty city streets, until squiggle monsters and a colossal mutant guitar riff roll into town for Act 2!!
Alpha is the first single from Blocktreat’s upcoming After Dark LP.