Daniel Givens (Other Music Staff)

  • Best of 2016

    YEAR 2016, finally ENDs!

    Lots of trial and tribulations this year, from the political to the personal. The echoes of the summer fallout still rings in my ears.

    The community is still deeply missed as well as the ease of finding and sharing great music. These are musical moments pre and post OM that have served me well in my recovery. This year’s round up in grouped using the album titles from A Tribe Called Quest. Stay positive, stay proactive, progressive, and phunky!

    -Daniel Marcellus Givens

    We got it from here…thank you for your support (modern classical/jazz/experimental/soundtrack)

    JULIUS EASTMAN-Femenine (Frozen Reeds)
    HARRY BERTOIA-Sonambient (Important)
    LARAAJI-Be Still and Glow (Leaving)
    MICA LEVI-Jackie Soundtrack (Milan)/MICA LEVI & OLIVER COATES-Remain Calm (Slip)
    JEFF PARKER-The New Breed (International Anthem)


    Love Movement (soft focus indie, political pop, seductive soul)

    INC.NO WORLD-As Light As Light (No World)
    ANOHNI-HOPELESSNESS (Secretly Canadian)
    JAMES BLAKE-The Colour In Anything (Polydor)
    YVES TUMOR-Serpent Music (PAN)
    SOLANGE-A Seat at The Table (Columbia)
    ADRIAN YOUNGE-Adrian Younge Presents Something About April II (Linear Labs) 
    MASSIVE ATTACK-Ritual Spirit/The Spoils/Dear Friend (Virgin)


    Beats, Rhymes & Life (rap/trap/hip-hop/beat bangers)

    A TRIBE CALLED QUEST-We got it from here…thank you for your support
    TRAVIS SCOTT-Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Grand Hustle)
    NXWORRIES-Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)
    GAIKA-Security (Mixpak)
    DANNY BROWN-Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)
    KA-Honor Killed the Samurai (No Label)
    KANYE WEST-The Life of Pablo (GOOD/Def Jam)
    M.I.A.-AIM (Interscope)
    RAS G-The Gospel of The God Spell (Street Corner Music)


    Midnight Marauders (post-punk/reggae then and now)

    VIVIEN GOLDMAN-Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982) (Staubgold)
    LIFETONES-For A Reason (Light in the Attic)
    AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE-Reissues (On-U Sound)
    THE ETERNALS-Espiritu Zombi (New Atlantis)
    BURNING SOUNDS -label reissue series
    HENRY “JUNJO” LAWES-The Evil Curse of The Vampires (Greensleeves)
    JD TWITCH-Far Away Chants (On-U Sound Pt. 2) (On-U Sound)

    Low End Theory (electronic music/broken beats/bass in yo' face)

    HIEROGLYPHIC BEING-The Disco's of Imhotep (Technicolour)
    KUEDO-Slow Knife (Planet Mu)
    KASSEM MOSSE-Disclosure & Chilazon (Honest Jon’s)
    EOMAC-Bedoiun Trax (Bedouin)
    2814-Rain Temple (Dream Catalogue)
    STEVEN JULIEN-Fallen (Apron)
    PATTEN-Psi (Warp)
    SERPENTWITHFEET-Blisters (Tri Angle)
    JAY DANIEL-Broken Knowz (Technicolour)
    SILK ROAD ASSASSINS-Reflection Spaces (Planet Mu)
    SIMON SHREEVE-The Healing Bowl & Lust Product (Downwards)
    KOWTON-Utility (Livity Sound)
    KAHN & NEEK-FabricLive 90 (Fabric)
    MUMDANCE AND LOGOS Present Different Circles (Different Circle)

    Peoples Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm (world rhythms old & new)

    ABU AMA-Arabxo Ishara (Bokeh Versions) & Ishara into Abyss (Hexx 9)
    GQOM OH! THE SOUND OF DURBAN-V/A (Gqom Oh!)
    PAUL BOWLES/VARIOUS-Music of Morocco1959 (Dust -To-Digital)
    MIDLANDS ROOTS EXPLOSION VOL 2-V/A (Reggae Roots Archive)
    JAY GLASS DUBS-Glacial Dancehall (Bokeh Version)
    FELIX HALL-Warning! (The Trilogy Tapes)

    Not new but new to me in 2016

    The beautiful catalogue of Indian Classical music from Swedish label, Amigo Musik.

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