There was an insane amount of activity from Kenneth Bager`s Music For Dreams in 2017. Remix packages from Ruf Dug, Bongo Entp. and Laid Back. Albums from Dub Tractor, Islandman, Mackrory & Collier, Silent Riders, Swan And The Lake, Troel`s Hammer, and Visti & Meyland. With Nordso & Theill releasing record of the year, based on the polls / “best of” lists I received. While Jan Schulte`s Tropical Drums Of Deutschland and Moonboots` Moments In Time were contenders for compilations of the year. Like Midori Takada`s Through The Looking Glass, Tropical Drums Of Deutschland shifted an amazing number of vinyl units for these modern times. MFD has a couple more compilations lined up for 2018. Watch this space for news.
The digital only (for now) Copenema single was one of my “Balearic Beats” of 2017, and a full album will be with us in the next twelve months. There will also be new albums from Troels Hammer, Jacob Gurevitsch, The Swan And The Lake and Islandman. Plus music from Willie Graff, Darren Eboli and new signings Aleceo and Aussteiger. A collaboration with Ruf Dug and Dennis Bovell is just waiting to be mixed.
Here are some of the things that moved me in 2017.
The Swan and The Lake – Plastic Pacific Ocean
By far my most played chill out track of 2017 and the track that ended most of my DJ sets.
DK / SK – Hammond Blue
Love this. Beautiful.
Dedekind Cut – Tahoe
Jacob Gurevitsch – Poesia La Mar
Catching that old vibe from Cafe Del Mar
Laura Misch – This Road
Sublime and jazzy.
Citizen Of Peace – Humanature (Cosmic Blessing by Calm)
An amazing 10 minutes of bliss.
Hampshire & Foat – Lullaby
Troels Hammer – View Of Wisdom
Blade runner vibes.
Nordsø & Theill – Full album
Mogwaa – Deja Vu (D.K.s Trouble Town Dub)
Sounded great in the sun.
Mackrory & Collier – The Other Side
Bendith – Dinas
Maricopa – My Mistake
Alice Bowman – Dreams
Poppy Swedish Melancholy.
Mark Barrott – The Pathway of Our Lives
Islandman – Rest In Space
John Stammers – Waiting Around
Chris Coco – My Favourite Place
Full of essential chill.
Maylee Todd – Afanyala
Charlotte Adigery – Senegal Seduction