Tag Archives: Best of 2012


CKUT’s Top World Music Picks for 2012

World Skip the Beat host Parker Mah runs down a selection of his (personal) top 10 world albums of 2012. “World albums” is defined as a very broad category that includes traditional / contemporary, folk / urban, original / remixed music from different countries and global cultures, or music that is influenced by such cultures. The list includes not only original albums released in 2012 but also compilations released in 2012, overruling the year in which the music in the compilation was originally released.

Albums were selected based on originality, production value, consistency, and overall booty-shakingness.

Top 10 albums:

10. Alaa Wardi (Jordan / Saudi Arabia) – Alaa Wardi EP (A Cappella)

Sample song: Shalamonti Fel7al

Alaa Wardi’s driving voice and compound-eye videos are a treat. Vocal overdubbing like this is nothing new, but he does it well, and in arabic, and with an energy and range reminiscent of Cuban group Vocal Sampling.

9. Mala (UK) – Mala in Cuba (Brownswood)

Sample song: The Tunnel

Not just electronic beats over latin songs or canned bongo sounds. Mala goes a lot further, exploring the collective unconcsious of cuban music. I liked it better than Maayan Nidam’s Nightlong (2009), a possible precursor.

8. The Funkees (Nigeria) – Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77 (Soundway)

Sample song: Ole

All of their Nigerian 45s assembled in one album. Harry Mosco Agada (and Miles Cleret) can do no wrong.

7. VA – Sofrito International Soundclash (Strut)

Sample Song: Mas Ka Kle – Lese Yo Pale

DJ compilers Hugo Mendez & Frankie Francis turn out another gem from dusty crates of Caribbean and central African rarities. Fe’m Confiance by the Difficiles de Pétion-ville is a dancefloor killer.

6. Bocafloja (Mexico) – Patologías del Invisible Incómodo(bocafloja.bandcamp.com)

Sample Song: Caleidoscopio

Talented spoken word artist, poet and rapper Bocafloja has been a very busy man this year, with a pile of collaborations and a full-length album to his credit. Excellent production and two standout tracks with fellow Quilomboartist Hache ST and Gabriel Teodros (ex-Abyssinian Creole), profiled earlier this year on WSTB.

5. Lucas Santtana (Brazil) – O Deus que devasta mas também cura/The god who devastates also cures (Mais Um Discos)

Sample Song: O Deus que devasta mas também cura

His stellar show at Grüner Salon in Berlin this fall sealed it. An album for all occasions, with the mellower songs just as strong and catchy as the uptempo ones.

4. Ondatrópica (Colombia) – Ondatrópica (Soundway)

Sample Song: Tiene sabor, tiene sazon

Will Holland and Mario Galeano pull off Buena Vista Social Club, colombian version. Michi Sarmiento, Fruko, Pedro “Ramaya” Beltrán, Alfredito Linares, Wilson Viveros, Markkitos Micolta, Anibal Velasquez and others join forces in a Discos Fuentes time-warp, with Mario Rincón in the studio.

3. VA – Surinam! Boogie & Disco from the Surinamese Dance Floors ‘76 – ‘83 (Kindred Spirits)

Sample Song: Usje Sukatma – Waiting for your love

A surprise from South America, the first (and hopefully not the last) compilation of rare vinyl boogie & disco cuts from Surinam. Look for full album re-releases in the near future.

2. Barbara Moleko (Denmark) – Lykken Er (Disco: Wax)

Sample song: Gå en tur

Had to go to Copenhagen to discover this rising star, relatively unknown outside of her native country. Honeyed voice & fantastic soul-era mixdown gets me every time.

1. Batida (Portugal / Angola) – Batida (Soundway)

Sample song: Alegria

Hip-hop MCs & the copious use of original samples sets this album far above other kuduro / dance albums I’ve heard. Instant block party.

Honourable mentions: OQuadro – OQuadro (Coaxo do Sapo), El Buho – El Tecolote Canta (Antartek Records), VA – United States of Africa mixtape(mixed by EngongHitek), VA – Stolen from Africa Vol. 2


CKUT’s Top Electronic Releases of 2012

More in the way of year-end lists courtesy of Modular SystemsDJ Cyan:

Modular Systems’ Top (almost) 20 of the year:

andy stott – luxury problems – modern love
seekersinternational – the call from below – digitalis
legowelt – the paranormal soul – clone jack for daze
terrence dixon – from the far future pt. 2 – tresor
deadbeat – eight – blkrtz
d’eon – lp – hippos in tanks
robert hood – motor: nighttime world 3 – music man
four tet – pink – text records
darling farah – body – civil music
delta funktionen – traces – delsin
tazz – adventures of tazz – tsuba
skinnybones – ping pong ep – ski tracks
various – iron logic – ancient robot
atheus – das ende – eclipsemusic
keith fullerton whitman – generators – editions mego
various – parages 001 – 003 – parages
gunshae – the lost cascadian suite – panospria
various – akdleko – pertin-nce 041

CKUT’s Top Jazz Picks of 2012

Now that 2012 is in the books, we’re recounting some of our favourite and most-played releases from the past year. Here are our top jazz albums of the year, courtesy of Jazz Amuck‘s John B:

jazz amuck top 20 – 2012
wadada leo smith – ten freedom summers – cuneiform
tim berne – snakeoil – ecm
ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
henry threadgill zooid – tomorrow sunny / the revelry, spp – pi
françois houle 5 + 1 – genera – songlines CC
josh berman & his gang – there now – delmark
harris eisenstadt – canada day octet – 482 music CC
darius jones 4tet – book of mæ’ bul (another kind of sunrise) – aum fidelity
matthew shipp trio – elastic aspects – thirsty ear
sam rivers / dave holland / barry altschul – reunion – pi
fab trio – history of jazz in reverse – tum
the grass roots – grass roots – aum fidelity
tiresian symmetry – jason robinson – tiresian symmetry – cuneiform
josh abrams – represencing – eremite
mary halvorson 5tet – bending bridges – firehouse 12
vijay iyer trio – accelerando – act music
hafez modirzadeh – post-chromodal out! – pi
steve lacy – the sun – emanem
klang – brooklyn lines … chicago spaces – allos documents
the thirteenth assembly – station direct – important

top 10 canadian
ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
françois houle 5 + 1 – genera – songlines CC
harris eisenstadt – canada day octet – 482 music CC
david virelles – continuum – pi CC
harris eisenstadt canada day – canada day iii – songlines CC
benoit delbecq / françois houle – because she hoped – songlines CC
sam shalabi / alexandre st-onge / michel f. coté – jane and the magic bananas – & records CC
le quatuor de jazz libre du quebec -1973 – tenzier/cbc CC
peggy lee band – invitation – drip audio CC
lina allemano four – live at the tranzac- lumo CC

Check back for recaps of our favourite RPM, international, and loud records over the next few days!


Happy 2013 from the great white north

We’re Baaaack!


CKUT staff are out of the woods and back in the office. That means CKUT offices are open again. Thanks to all the programmers who continued to keep the airwaves packed over the holidaze and to all the ears who kept listening.

We are looking forward to another incredible radio year with you, our community!


Hey folks, as we near the end of 2012 we here in the music department have compiled a big ol’ list of the top hundred albums played by our programmers over the past year. Check out all the details below, and have a great holiday season from everyone at CKUT. The department will be back in action for 2013 with lots of new ideas and projects, so keep yr ears to the ground (err… the dial?) for new forays into uncharted audio territory.
CKUT Music Department, December 2012

1. yamantaka // sonic titan – yt //st – psychic handshake CC
2. grimes – visions – arbutus records CC
3. maica mia – sparcity blues – self-released CC
4. solar year – waverly – arbutus records CC
5. throbbing gristle – heathen earth: the live sound of throbbing gristle – industrial records
6. picastro + nadja – fool, redeemer – alien8 CC
7. the famines – the complete collected singles – mammoth cave recording co CC
8. elfin saddle – devastates – constellation CC
9. tim hecker – dropped pianos – kranky CC
10. sharon van etten – tramp – jagjaguwar
11. eric chenaux – guitar & voice – constellation records CC
12. aun – phantom ghosts – denovali records CC
13. aids wolf – ma vie banal avante garde – lovepump united CC
14. mozart’s sister – dear fear – self-released CC
15. nihilist spasm band – nothing is forever – wintage records and tapes CC
16. tindersticks – that something rain – constellation records
17. voivod – to the death 1984 – alternative tentacles CC
18. les momies de palerme – brulez le coeur – constellation CC
19. plants and animals – the end of that – secret city CC
20. parlovr – kook soul – dine alone CC
21. tasseomancy – ulalume – out of this spark CC
22. tops – tender opposites – arbutus records CC
23. godspeed you! black emporer – ‘allelujah! don’t bend! ascend! CC
24. sex church – somnambulist – instant pleasure/psychic handshake CC
25. daphne oram – the oram tapes volume one – young americans
26. the ketamines – spaced out – south paw CC
27. s + kk – glyphs of erebus sublime – io sound CC
28. amir elsaffar two rivers ens. – inana – pi recordings
29. freelove fenner – pineapple hair – fixture CC
30. grouper – aia – kranky
31. drainolith – fighting! – editions mego CC
32. hidden words – free thyself from the fetters of this world – self-released CC
33. un – begun – dub ditch picnic CC
34. isle of pine – farther away – self-released CC
35. cadence weapon – hope in dirt city – upper class CC
36. shearing pinx – storm majorities & magnetic tremors – dub ditch picnic CC
37. various artists – saigon rock and soul – sublime frequencies
38. sheer agony – sheer agony – fixture records CC
39. beaver sheppard – you can only control instincts when they come – ehse records CC
40. z’ev + chris watson – east african nocturne – atavistic
41. id m theft able – le sixieme doigt de dwane – mang CC
42. cousins – the palm at the end of the mind – saved by vinyl CC
43. purity ring – shrines – last gang records CC
44. radar eyes – radar eyes – hozac records
45. the thirteenth assembly – station direct – important
46. dva – pretty ugly – hyperdub
47. kathryn calder – bright and vivid – fu:m CC
48. caymans – spring demo – self-released CC
49. shalabi effect – feign to delight gaiety of gods – annihaya records CC
50. ondatropica – ondatropica – soundway
51. aiden baker – the spectrum of distraction – robotic empire CC
52. souljazz orchestra – solidarity – strut CC
53. bad vibrations – black train -brotherhood cassettes CC
54. puffy areolas – 1982: dishonorable discharge – hozac
55. psychic pollution – deconstructed architecture – eat glass CC
56. steve hauschildt – tragedy and geometry – kranky
57. six heads – cardboard oracle – wintage records and tapes CC
58. mirroring – foreign body – kranky
59. rayon beach – this looks serious – hozac records
60. jason urick – i love you – thrill jockey
61. rae spoon – i can’t keep all of our secrets – saved by radio CC
62. odd future – the of tape vol. 2 – of
63. cfcf – exercises – paperbag records CC
64. andy boay – evil masters – does are CC
65. ratchet orchestra – hemlock – drip audio CC
66. mary halvorson quintet – bending bridges – firehouse 12
67. kid koala – 12 bit blues – ninja tune CC
68. josephine foster – blood rushing – fire
69. psychic ills – hazed dreams – sacred bones
70. buildings & mountains – underwater (a&b) – bloodirt CC
71. annabelle chvostek ensemble – rise – borealis CC
72. slug guts – playin’ with the deadbeat – sacred bones
73. u.s. girls – gem – fatcat
74. the lijadu sisters – mother africa – knitting factory
75. king tuff – king tuff – sub pop
76. taylor ho bynum 6tet – apparent distance – firehouse 12
77. white hills – frying on this rock – thrill jockey
78. chris watson – el tren fantasma – touch
79. sick friend – the draft dodger – bird & flag CC
80. hildur gudnadottir – without sinking – touch
81. sarah jane scouten – magpie waltz CC
82. d-sisive – run with the creeps – urbnet records CC
84. beach house – bloom – sub pop
85. zaimph – imagine yourself here – yew
86. ry cooder – pull up some dust and sit down – nonesuch
87. gudrun gut – wildlife – monika enterprises
88. tuurd – i wish my wife was this dirty – carbon records
89. various artists – duets for abdelrazik – self-released CC
90. andrea-jane cornell/s – 1981/1999 – io: so und CC
91. various – rat king – killer haze CC
92. doldrums – she is the wave 7″ – arbutus CC
93. nu sensae – sundowning – suicide squeze CC
94. matthew shipp trio – elastic aspects – thirsty ear
95. dinosaur jr – i bet on sky – jagjaguwar
96. the cinematic orchestra – in motion #1 – ninja tune
97. dicks – these people – alternative tentacles
98. you’ll never get to heaven – you’ll never get to heaven – divorce CC
99. wadada leo smith – ten freedom summers – cuneiform
100. rivulets – we’re fucked – important





Hope you guys got to tune in to our very special presentation of New Shit this last Monday. We had a truckload of performances from some CKUT homies, an interview with Marie Davidson of Les Momies de Palerme, and took a bunch of photos! You can listen to it all here and check out the pictures and links to the bands below:

Craig of Feel Alright on acoustic guitar

Feel Alright

Andrea-Jane Cornell (collaborating with Isle of Pine) on accordion, effects and vocals

Andrea-Jane Cornell

Isle of Pine’s microphones

Tim Beeler of Isle of Pine on keyboard, pedals, acoustic guitar and vocals

Isle of Pine

Astral Swans (Matt, also of Extra Happy Ghost & Hot Little Rocket) on electric guitar

Astral Swans

Ratchet Orchestra


Hey gang! We hope you guys have been enjoying all of the special programming we’ve been doing in honor of our 25th Annual Funding DriveWe’ve had a lot of great stuff already this week, but we wanted to highlight some upcoming events as well.


  • Wednesday Morning After LIVE FROM Café l’Artère, 7000, Avenue du Parc (7-9AM)
  • If You Got (f)Earshosts A-J and J-A will deliver an all hallows’ eve special
    Harmonic forces will collide when accordion meets a 1959 Emenee Electric Golden Pipe Organ and convoluted tales that twist and tumble off the tongue be told.
  • Broadcasting LIVE from the Ratchet Orchestra show (8-10PM) The first hour of Jazz Euphorium will be hosted live from the venue by Lawrence Joseph – spinning plenty of jams! The second hour will feature Ratchet Orchestra themselves! Come on out to the show and say hi, or call CKUT’s phone rooms and make a pledge!
  • SKALLOWEEN Extravaganza with Roots Rock Rebel – members of Kman and the 45s live in studio & DJ Mossman spinning oldies on the decks (10PM-Midnight)


  • Lendemain de la Veille LIVE FROM Coop Touski Café de Quartier, 2361 Ontario Est (7-9AM)
  • Folk Directions will welcome special guests Annabelle Chvostek and Amelia Curran to the airwaves! (9-11AM)
  • Radioke with the Venus Collective (Noon-2PM)


  • Friday Morning After LIVE FROM Cafe Club Social, 180 rue Saint-Viateur (7-9AM)
Stay tuned!


Montreal Sessions Halloween Metal Special

Got yr earplugs handy? We’ve got one last week of ear-bleeding goodness for October’s Montreal Sessions, and it’s an extra special funding drive metal extravaganza. Tune in this afternoon at 3pm for interviews from Nick Guerin from Dungeon Works Productions, the promoters behind Heavy Mtl, DJ Satannick of the band Cauchemar, and the good folks over at Sound Central. And of course, there will be lots of great metal tunes sandwiched in between.

If you dig the sounds, don’t forget to show our funding drive some love. Keep supporting the loud & the local!


New Shit Funding Drive Special! Today from 3-5pm!

It’s CKUT FM’s annual Funding Drive, and the music department team is putting together a very special edition of New Shit for your ears this afternoon. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store:

Live sets from:
Les Momies de Palerme 

Astral Swans 
http://astralswans.bandcamp.com/Isle of Pine

Interviews with:
Charlotte Cornfield

Craig Fahner

…and we’ll be digging into the old archives to bring you some of the best live-to-air performance moments from the past year! It’ll be two hours of special CKUT exclusive material from some of our favourite local and touring acts. This is the music you won’t hear anywhere else, so be sure to call in and pledge your support to New Shit & CKUT!

And HEY! Have you checked out the sweet gifts that can be yours if you make a donation? We here in the music department are especially fond of those amazing t-shirt designs, not to mention the killer grand prizes that are up for grabs. If you dig Suoni, POP Montreal, beer, records, and local culture then don’t sleep on your chance to win.
If you’re still not convinced about how great today’s New Shit is going to be, just listen to the folks over at Cult MTL.
They know what’s up.3-5 PM in Montréal on CKUT 90.3 FM, or online at www.ckut.ca!