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!
If you too tire of the same melodies played on repeat every December, here’s an odd collection of songs that may worm their way around your brain and cure your seasonal soundtrack disorder. Happy Solstice, magical holidays, and may you find peace and happiness in your own singular way.
This week we visit the 3rd youngest country on Earth, and also one of the smallest (born prematurely, or perhaps Serbia smoked during pregnancy) … Montenegro! It’s still a mystery why the place is called ‘Black Mountain’, or why the rest of the world still uses the Italian name (real name: Crna Gora). No matter, we have come for the music!
Montenegro as a nation-state is barely 7 years old, but the coastal Balkan nation has a discrete history that extends to a time well before its incorporation into the former Yugoslavia– heck, they even had a king. It’s a bit complex (brain-draining) to get into the specifics of nationhood and identity, so let’s just say that the borders have changed but the musical masters have stayed. Therefore, we shall not confine our soundsplash to post-2006 independence. We would miss the formative years of Rambo Amadeus!