Maâlem Mokhtar Gania / Bill Laswell – Tagnawwit: Holy Black Gnawa Trance (MOD Technologies)
Gnawa fusion at the highest level. Though many of the influences that formed this music and it’s special language can be traced to sub-Saharan West Africa, its traditional practice is concentrated in Morocco and parts of Algeria and Tunesia (where it is known as Stambouli). TAGNAWWIT offers a rich mix of musical and cultural backgrounds, fusing many individual influences into one collective sound. Picked by Riccarda Kato
Mai Mai Mai - Phi (Boring Machines)
This is the final part of a Mediterranean trilogy and has an anthropological feel. "Industrial spoken word, technoid voodoo hallucination, seasick prayer loops, and nightmare exotica" make it sound very heavy and so emotional.
Picked by Victor Stutz
Madteo Feat. Sensational – Special Offer (Wania)
Released on DJ Sotofett's ever challenging Wania label, home of some pretty leftfield club music, it's Madteo's third album. The tracks remind us of his earliest works, heavily influenced by hip-hop music and disco records. Using sampling as an art, the album does justice to Madteo's sound and trademark, offering one of his finest works yet.
Picked by Romansoff
Maoupa Mazzocchetti – Laugh Tool (Mannequin)
Mutant, disturbing, loopy and with an unknown sense of humour. Florent ‘Maoupa’ Mazzocchetti debut album on Mannequin Records is one of the most hidden gems of 2016, you won’t see it in any chart this year, cause is too agitated and fast. People already have enough problems in their life. Just killer.
Picked by Alessandro Adriani
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force- Yermande (Ndagga)
Smart bomb alert! Senegalese Mbalax derivatives in approved Dub mode. Picked by Plants Army Revolver
Melanie Velarde – Parcel (RVNG Intl)
Playful dubby loops with a distinctive ‘maturomantic’ approach, similar to the collective image of a utopian eco village, are embalming your defunct senses, like a deluding phantasma that lures you into nothingness. But this nothingness you’ve never heard, at least not in this form. You find yourself wandering through the different layers, tasting the experience’s cinematic flavor and craving for more.
Picked by Gabriel Leașcu
Myttys - Sloggilukio (Oma333)
Sophomore album from this Finnish duo mainly using synths, samplers, and voice. Incredible bedroom music, but with a raw edge that makes it just as good for endless city strolls.
Picked by Miru Mercury
Nordic Mediterranean Organization - Numerous Miscommunications Occur (Diagonal)
Intergalactic missiles shooting in quick succession for hedonistic purposes. It's like entering an ecstatic trance and laughing about it at the same time. Punk acid-techno.
Picked by Victor Stutz
Okkyung Lee & Christian Marclay – Amalgam (Northern Spy)
Cello boss Okkyung Lee teams up with one of turntablism’s earliest pioneers. Amazing interplay! Recorded live at Cafe Oto, as you do....
Picked by Scoro
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Green Graves (Hospital Productions)
Now compiled onto one LP. the mantis leaps out of the mist along a the rocks up to the eyes of the mountain spirit. ghostly collages mix with sub bass rhythms. yellow herb ambient. Picked by Plants Army Revolver
Ramuntcho Matta - Ecoute…(Emotional Rescue)
As I closely follow everything that’s put out on the Emotional Rescue/Release/Especial trifecta l remember listening to the some sound clips on Juno earlier this year of what was to be a forthcoming release. I instantly added it to the notifications list and I remember checking my email almost every day for quite a while to see if I’ve missed out on it because I was sure it will disappear in an instant from the shops. I was wrong. Luckily for everyone who doesn’t have this record, it’s still quite cheap. And you should buy it! It’s amazing. There’s a tag on discogs that says ethereal. Had to check out what that means exactly, it’s: “extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world”. Yes, the dictionary always knows best.
Picked by Marius Onofrei
Rex Ilusivii - Koncert SNP 1983 (Offen Music)
The second in the Offen Music series documenting the works of late Mitar Subotic, Rex Illusivii, landed in 2016 thanks to mighty Vladimir Ivkovic. This time around, it’s the live recording from the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad, Subotic’s birth place. Rex Ilusivii still remains a mystery for the Serbian and global audience but these seven cuts get us a bit closer to understanding his genius. From dark industrial sounds to lush ambient pieces, this incredible document of the record will take you not only to the Cold War years in Eastern Europe but also to the future of synthetized sounds from another galaxy.
Picked by Slobodan
AKA DJ Brka
(Disco Not Disco, Belgrade)