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Updated by David Gallin-Parisi on Jul 04, 2014
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Summer Music 2014

What's playing in my head, car stereo, and rickety iPod.

GLADSTONE ANDERSON, LYNN TAITT jamaica’s glad sounds (dub store japan)

Instrumental piano music that sounds like heaven or the the combination of soul and ephemeral jumping up and down.

GRANVILLE WILLIAMS & HIS ORCHESTRA wailin’ / old macdonald (dub store japan)

Zelda loves this version of Old MacDonald. Instant smiles and Ernest Raglin on guitar. Dub Store Japan with the rocksteady gem again.


Slim Smith’s “Build My World Around You” has this shoo-be-doobie-do part that is listenable all day.

BLACKEST EVER BLACK berlin community radio june 2014

The label to always watch puts out a monthly radio show mix that is on constant rotation. Noir jazz, drone, jangling songs, dub smolders, and more. Selection is always deep, introspective, and thrilling.

BRUNO NICOLAI the case of the bloody iris (finders keepers)

Possibly Bruno Nicolai’s greatest work, lovingly issued on vinyl as a 10”. Supreme vocals that I never fail to hum. Dissonant orchestral sounds combined with melodies, making a classic giallo soundtrack. Dream record.

SANDRA ELECTRONICS want need (minimal wave)

Two techno producers (Karl O’Connor aka Regis and Juan Mendez aka Silent Servant) craft feedback driven electronic mantras. Repetition, distortion, and pulsing drum machines combine into an electronic version of shoegaze. My Bloody Summertime moody music. The collected early works on the Sessions cassette is also good driving around hardware store parking lots music.

KSIEZYC self-titled (penultimate press)

I learned about this from a Blackest Ever Black tape I was listening to all this spring by Gewissen. This record is a reissue of a 1990s Polish classical/contemporary ensemble. Sounds like witches rising from the record in a droning synth haze, or friends turning into possessed ghouls who start extending sentences into long song fragments. Also incredibly beautiful and elegiac.