At the end of every Decmeber, Kyle and I make a list of attainable goals for the upcoming year that we feel will make our lives, or the lives of others, better. One goal I’m focusing on is buying the music I love.
In an age of streaming, with endless amounts of music, algorithmically generated playlists, and “What’s New” prioritized over what’s good, it feels like it’s hard to have a meaningful listening experience. Those factors, plus the fact that I listen to mostly independent or smaller artists who definitely can’t survive on the measly paychecks streaming royalties pay out. So I’m reverting back to the time of buying cassettes or CDs, which probably should have never gone away in the first place.
The first album I wanted to recommend purchasing is from Studio Barnhus, a DJ trio, a label, a studio on Barnhusgatan (“Orphanage street”) in Stockholm. The label is the brainchild of musicians Axel Boman, Petter Nordkvist and Kornél Kovács, all great electronic artists in their own right, who support other great musicians.
This is a fantastic compilation filled with an eclectic mix of artists raging from poppy techno, soul jams, and late night grooves. There are few tracks I’d call out specifically: The first is Sofia Kourtesis’ smooth house number ‘WinWin San,’ which sounds like driving through countryside with all windows down in the spring. DJ Koze makes an appearance on ‘Hawaiian Soldier,’ a smattering of stuttering, trippy samples which makes you feel like you’ve had too many daiquiris on the beach. Finally there’s the Piano Version of Axel Boman’s ‘Forgot About You,’ a dreamy tune that feels like it could be an old classic.
You can purchase the album through Bandcamp by clicking here.