After a short summer hiatus here are some records from the previous months that are worth checking out. Every end of the month we are releasing a round up of reviews of recent releases that touched us the most. These are the personal reviews of hand-curated gems our team dug up (and the occasional chart topper). This time including Beyoncé, Xênia França, Interpol, Maggie Rogers, Hot Chip, Julia Jacklin, Kolinga, Working Men's Club, and Ben Shemie.
Although the Covid-pandemic is still sensible in many aspects of our life Hamburg’s iconic Reeperbahn Festival showed that the world is recovering but still got a long way to go. However, the problems NBHAP head Norman faced during his comeback at the event go way deeper and left him with mixed feelings.
In the wake of the current club closings a little throwback into the glory days of dancefloor euphoria feels like a fitting thing to do. For NBHAP head Norman the era of late 80s and early 90s acid house and dance music is a period of time he loves to revisit from time to time. Two mixtapes celebrate the legendary vibe of the era and take the sound into the here and now.
This year has been a challenge for all of us and we were lucky enough to have such tremendous records on our side to comfort us in difficult times. From gentle melancholia, to raging fury - the albums of 2020 had a lot of stories to tell and these are the ones our staff enjoyed the most. If you haven't listened to all of them you now got a whole lockdown winter ahead of you to do that.
What a freakin' year this has been! This sentence might be more true than at any moment in the past years. The Corona pandemic had a massive impact on pretty much all of our lives, the music industry and quite possibly also the rest of society. In the absence of live music events the songs and records that were released remained an anchor and provided much needed comfort in a difficult time. These are our fifty favourite tracks from this rollercoaster ride called 2020.
One of our favourite new bands is finally announcing their debut album along with a gritty new single. Stream the sinister "A.A.A.A." now in our newcomer playlist along with tracks by Junk Drawer, RIIVA, Drew Makes Noise, Westerman and more.
Lookking for your next favourite band? Well, we have a few personal favourites we're rooting for in the new year. Get to know Tara Nome Doyle, Working Men's Club, Bdrmm, Monako, Das Body, People Club and more talented new artists you'll definitely hear more from in the next months.