Dr. Packerâ€™s remix of â€œLolaâ€™s Theme Recutâ€ on Glitterbox Recordings was a good addition to the Lolaâ€™s Theme Recut release. The remix has the right balance of energy over the course of the track, making it a winner to play out in sets. I expect â€œLolaâ€™s Theme Recut (Dr. Packer Remix)â€ to remain in my rotation in 2018.
After I was introduced to Looky Lookyâ€™s music at Club Toilet over Movement Weekend in Detroit, I was on the hunt for more of their music. Their Part Flamingo album was the only full-length album I bought in 2017, and I couldnâ€™t be happier with my purchase. The album features compelling Italo disco vibes throughout that give the listener a satisfying experience.
The Last Trip to Gandahar first caught my attention with his late 2016 release, Echoes of Paradise, on Better Listen Records. Iâ€™ve played out â€œBartz Grooveâ€ from that release a lot over the course of 2017. I look forward to hearing more from The Last Trip to Gandahar in 2018.
Brian Enoâ€™s â€œReflectionâ€ is a one-track ambient album. The single title track on the album is 1:05:25 long, yet each listen provides an enjoyable experience. One of the beauties of â€œReflectionâ€ is that you can listen to as much or as little of it as youâ€™d like, and either way, it produces a satisfying effect. I often listen to â€œReflectionâ€ to relax or when Iâ€™m working on a task that requires a good deal of concentration, but the track has many other applications as well.
Black Loops consistently turned out quality music in 2017. Whether considering hisÂ For The Lovers, Red Light â€“ EP, or Higher releases, there are groovy jams on each release he had this year. Black Loops has been a go-to artist in my 2017 DJ sets, so Iâ€™m looking forward to finding more tracks from him in 2018.
I wasnâ€™t planning on going to Club Toilet at this yearâ€™s Movement, but thanks to Looky Looky, it ended up being my favorite show of the year. On top of the partyâ€™s perfect vibe, Looky Looky played some outstanding jams. Read more about Looky Lookyâ€™s Club Toilet show in my full show review here.
Similar to my pick for Black Loops as Artist of the Year, Berlin/Munich-based label Toy Tonics has been all about consistency this year. It seems that Iâ€™ve purchased tracks from Toy Tonics more than any other label this year, and for good reason â€”Â theyâ€™ve put out a ton of quality music over the past year. Keep up the groovy house vibes, Toy Tonics.
Outputmessage is a seasoned DC-based musician and heâ€™s about to have a standout year. Besides the good music Outputmessage creates, I love that he stays true to his sound and taste. Look out for a new Outputmessage album later this year.