The Antiswarm, December 2016

So at the end of a truly shitty turn around the sun we are all still blessed with beautiful, hopeful, inspiring music, and here is some. 12 months of amazing, trippy tracks fused into a blistering kernel as the Antiswarm propels you into 2017. Keep on truckin’ space cadets!
Bonus – Read The Antiswarm’s end of year top 10s here:…

Antiswarm’s Top 10s of 2016

So here’s the Antiswarm’s take on 2016′s futuristic electronic and more psychedelic moments. When I look back, despite what’s hapened elseware, it’s been a great year musically so the tracks were easy to do (I had loads left over), the albums a little harder. Clear winners in both departments were Badbadnotgood who’s fourth effort is by far their best. In line with that, things have got significantly jazzier (see also the superb A Tribe Called Quest album) in my headphones this year which is also great.  More traditionally for the Antiswarm there’s lots of spacey techno and modern psych in here as well. So have a listen, drift off and enjoy!

Top 10 Albums

Badbadnotgood – IV
Thee Oh Sees – A weird Exits
Lone – Levitate
Vakula – The Cyclicality between Procyon and Gomesia
A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here thanks
La Femme – Mystere
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Thee Oh Sees – An Odd Entrances
Slaves – Take Control
Sasha – Scene Delete

Top 10 Tracks (There’s a Spotify link below if you can’t be bothered to click on each of them – Lazy!)

Badbadnotgood – Speaking Gently
Todd Osborn – 5thep
A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation/Melatonin (there’s no audio on YouTube)
Vulfpeck – Dean Town
Pearson Sound – XLB
Slaves – Spit it out
John Wizards – Tet Lek Schrempf – Ital Tek Remix
Aleksi Perala – UK74R1512110
Villager – The Horn
Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind – Boil Yer Blood

Here’s a Spotify link

I’d also add Bartosz Kruczyński – Baltic Beat as it’s superb but not on Spotify
and I just realised I forgot King Gizzrad’s – The River. Now that is a good tune!

Top Gigs

King Gizzard – Brixton Electric
DJ Shadow – Brixton Electric
Slaves – Shepherds Bush empire
Prince Tribute – Feat Morris Day and the Time, Larry Graham, Cee Lo Green and Mark Ronson
Charles Bradley – The Forum
Shame – The St Moritz

Third Light Home, December 2016

Third Light Home’s new show reclaims American music from the land of Trump. Jazz, hip-hop- inflected jazz, ambient, hip-hop, plenty of acoustic guitar and choice cuts from Cosmic American Music. Features Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Myriam Gendron sings Dorothy Parker and plenty more wonderful American tunes.

Read The Show’s sleevenotes here.

Antiswarm, Halloween mix 2016

At Antiswarm Towers Halloween is a no-brainer. Easily the best holiday – vampires, dry ice, werewolves, and of course spooky tunes. Here is a mix curated from years of nursing my Halloween playlist towards perfection. A whirlwind tour of evil Bar Mitzvahs, ritual killings and of course a few basements! Enjoy

Third Light Home, August 2016

In response to the EU referendum, Third Light Home relocates to mainland Europe and takes in soothing recordings of the sea off the Iberian peninsula, free jazz from 1960s Paris, melancholy strings from Berlin, muted trumpet from Stockholm and Paris, and Asturian bagpipe tunes from 1930. Read the full show notes here: