The Mongoland Holiday Essentials
In this episode I forego the DJ Mongo Presents segment in order to deliver an extended version of the EDM Hour. Here, I present an in depth look at my short list of the best holiday gifting options taking the form of EPs and LPs released this year in the EDM realm. We’ll listen to the latest releases from the likes of Cubicolor, Davi, Biome, Krakota, London Elektricity, Leith Bass Team, and Ash Walker. Plus, an invocation of Nostalgia 77.
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The Mongoland Holiday Essentials
These are the EPs and albums released during 2015 which, in my humble opinion, stand out from the crowd as containing no filler, just all amazingly great tracks that bear repeated listening. In other words, those albums and EPs that are perfect for holiday gifting.
Set 1: Cubicolor and Davi
Cubicolor starts things off with a release out on Anjunadeep that is hands down my favorite Deep House/Electronica release of the year. But the great upstart this year in the realm of Tech House and Deep House is Tenampa Recordings. Davi’s release on that label is the foremost example. Check it out.
|Clime (Original Mix)||Cubicolor||Down The Wall EP||Anjunadeep||Electronica||120||2015||06:23|
|Musicians (Original Mix)||Cubicolor||Down The Wall EP||Anjunadeep||Deep House||118||2015||08:06|
|Down The Wall (Original Mix)||Cubicolor||Down The Wall EP||Anjunadeep||Electronica||110||2015||09:17|
|Illusion (Original Mix)||Davi||Metanoia EP||Tenampa Recordings||Tech House||121||2015||06:58|
|Metanoia||Davi||Metanoia EP||Tenampa Recordings||Deep House||120||2015||07:28|
Set 2: Davi, Biome, and Krakota
I haven’t been playing much Dubstep on the show this year, with a few rare exceptions. One of them is Biome, whose release on Deep Heads this year is so understated and tasteful, it strikes me as a mature and developed form of dubstep, possibly pointing the way to a new direction for the genre. One that is perhaps more sustainable. It is also a sound which blends well with Drum & Bass, and flows flawlessly into the new release from Krakota, which stands as one of several outstanding releases in that genre this year.
|Ordinary Nightmares (Original Mix)||Davi||Metanoia EP||Tenampa Recordings||Tech House||123||2015||07:12|
|Constant||Biome||Biome on Deep Heads||Deep Heads||Dubstep||068||2015||05:22|
|Serenity||Biome||Biome on Deep Heads||Deep Heads||Dubstep||088||2015||05:39|
|Wolf Pack||Biome||Biome on Deep Heads||Deep Heads||Dubstep||088||2015||05:36|
|In The Area||Krakota, Lifford||Citadels EP||Hospital Records||Drum & Bass||087||2015||04:57|
|Lazy Bones||Krakota||Citadels EP||Hospital Records||Drum & Bass||086||2015||04:34|
|Citadels (Original Mix)||Krakota||Citadels EP||Hospital Records||Drum & Bass||088||2015||04:48|
Set 3: London Elektricity and the Leith Bass Team
London Elektricity has released a Deluxe Edition of Are We There Yet?, just in time for the holiday season. This is a stellar release, packed with goodies. But you should also check out the Leith Bass Team – with a release that is not to be ignored.
|Phase Us||London Elektricity||Are We There Yet? Limited Edition Box Set||Hospital Records||Drum & Bass||086||2015||05:14|
|Swivel||London Elektricity||Are We There Yet? Limited Edition Box Set||Hospital Records||Drum & Bass||173||2015||06:01|
|Telefunken Lizard Filter (Original Mix)||London Elektricity||Are We There Yet? Limited Edition Box Set||Hospital Records||Drum & Bass||087||2015||05:30|
|Breathe Me In (feat. Georgia Gordon)||Leith Bass Team||Breathe Me In||Alex Tronic Records||Electronica||136||2015||05:11|
|Nature Flows (Original Mix)||Leith Bass Team||Breathe Me In||Alex Tronic Records||Breaks||080||2015||05:33|
|Magical Float (Original Mix)||Leith Bass Team||Breathe Me In||Alex Tronic Records||Chill Out||100||2015||03:21|
Set 4: Ash Walker and an Invocation to Nostalgia ’77
Ash Walker’s Augmented 7th is my choice for the coolest vibes of 2015. But it’s not that simple. Nostalgia ’77 failed to release any EP or album in 2015. Had he, my conclusion would not be so clear cut. So following my sampling of Ash Walker’s album, I present an invocation to Nostalgia ’77 in the hopes that, like last year, he will release something of substance during December, before 2015 is out.
|Côte De Boeuf||Ash Walker||Augmented 7th||Deep Heads||Chill Out||145||2015||03:41|
|Six Eight||Ash Walker||Augmented 7th||Deep Heads||Chill Out||092||2015||03:03|
|Round the Twist (feat. Nikolaj Torp-Larsen) (Original Mix)||Ash Walker||Augmented 7th||Deep Heads||Chill Out||135||2015||03:05|
|Positive Force Dub||Nostalgia 77, Prince Fatty||In The Kingdom of Dub||Tru Thoughts||Reggae, Dub||099||2014||03:11|
|Measures||Nostalgia 77 and The Monster||Measures/Island In The Sun||Tru Thoughts Records||Jazz||118||2014||04:16|
|Dinosaurs||Nostalgia 77, Bonobo||Tru Thoughts 15th Anniversary||Tru Thoughts||Chill Out||082||2014||03:58|
|Quiet Dawn (Bonobo Remix)||Nostalgia 77||Ritz paris - Jazz Around The Ritz||Avril Production||Chill Out||115||2011||07:05|
|Freedom - Zombie Dance Parts 1 & 2||Nostalgia 77, Prince Fatty||In The Kingdom of Dub||Tru Thoughts||Reggae, Dub||119||2014||06:22|