2017 / Mark Reid / Touch Sensitive

Belfast-based label, Touch Sensitive, were electronically eclectic this year. Switching between Group Zero`s Cold-Wave, Barry Lynn`s two Taurus Tapes of beautiful live, Eno / Fripp / Gottsching influenced experiments, and Autumns` accomplished – and punishing – EBM. 

Group Zero – Structures And Light

Barry Lynn – Taurus Tapes

Touch Sensitive moved at a relaxed pace, but I couldn’t have been happier with our three releases this year. Both the label and pals enabled some cherished music-related adventures this year too: Playing records at NTS and Brilliant Corners (Thanks Colpey!) – the Lovefingers & Utopia Project loft party the night before was a crazy bonus; a lush seven days at Love International in the summer; Diet Clinic’s debut party (do more!), and Optimo’s 20th birthday celebration in Glasgow. Also, shouts to Belfast Music Club, God’s Waiting Room and Low Profile for their programming and pushing things forward in my home town.

It feels like I’ve still to catch up on a lot of this year’s releases – and there was definitely not enough dancing, unfortunately. Here’s some stuff that stuck with me though…

Three For Dancing

Amor – Paradise

Krikor Kouchian – Zulette

Autumns – No More Luxury

Three For Chilling

Vera Dvale & Psykovarius – Alguse Tolm

Carla dal Forno – The Garden

Jonny Nash – Conversations With Mike

Three Long Players

Davy Kehoe – Short Passing Game

Visible Cloaks – Reassemblage

Laurel Halo – Dust

Three Compilations

Miracle Steps: Music From The Fourth World 1983-2017 (Optimo Music)

Mono No Aware (PAN)

Oz Waves (Efficient Space)

Three Reissues

Zazou / Bikaye / CY1 – Noir et Blanc

Pep Llopis – Poiemusia La Nau Dels Argonautes

Midori Takada – Through The Looking Glass

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