Yearmix on Mixcloud

Nils Feldhus included J in his “Yearmix”, one of 50 hand-picked tracks released last year and that Nils favorited.

This mix contains more than 5 hour of ambient and modern classical including one of my favorite track of last year “Says” from Nils Frahm.

So, sit on your comfortable couch, close your eyes and listen to this excellent mix.

2013 in music

2013 was really great year musically speaking.
New releases from artists I already knew, discoveries and really great surprises.

Amongst all these new albums, I was really impressed by the first album “In Passing” of Steve Gibbs. I have listened to it on loops for days and I only stopped when Nils Frahm released “Spaces”, the best live album I have bought for a long time.

“Glass Slopes” from Sophie Kazandjian had also trusted my player for a long time. I do not read a lot of activities about her and her Twitter and SoundCloud accounts are a little bit dormant but I really hope she will release something new soon.

Another great pianist discovered this year is Mario Viñuela. If you like Ludovico Einaudi and Fabrizio Paterlini, you will like Mario. And follow him on Twitter, he seems to be really a great guy.

I did not know Rachel Grimes until I see her playing in February at Piano Anders in Belgium with Fabrizio Paterlini. I found her music very dramatic in the good sense and her play is very precise.

Madoka was also a good surprise with her mix of contemporary piano with Japanese instruments.

I also bought the album “The summer” by John Anealio. I follow John on Twitter for a long time and he once tweeted a link to his “Ferris Wheel” song. I love theme parks, I love summer and his melody was so light and full of joy that you should love it.

In my list you will also see a lot of new albums from artist I already knew like Lyndsie Alguire, Fabrizio Paterlini, Jim Guthrie, Steve Lawson, Gustaf Fjelstrom, Drops, Jack Stow, Nils Frahm, Ott, Catherine Marie Charlton, Lowercase Noises and Ludovico Einaudi.

So a really good year !

2013 list

Glass Slopes by Sophie Kazandjian

Loretto by Rachel Grimes

Compound Leaves by Rachel Grimes

Character by Julia Kent

Halo – Late Winter Tales by Halo

Blake by Lowercase Noises

In Passing by Steve Gibbs

The Summer E.P. by Jon Anealio

I met you in the forest by Madoka

Now by Fabrizio Paterlini

Sword & Sworcery LP – The Ballad of the Space Babies by Jim Guthrie

Corporeal by Jim Guthrie

FingerPainting by Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman

Accidentally (On Purpose) by Steve Lawson and Daniel Berkman

After Image by Lyndsie Alguire

The Fault (EP) by Gustaf Fjelstrom

A Moment Alone by Madeleine Hanover

Silence n°1 by Maxime Fillion

Umber / Drops by Drops

Juno Reworked by Nils Frahm
For once, not on BandCamp but on the Erased Tapes site.

Spaces by Nils Frahm
Best live album I have heard for a long time.

Shadowman by Jack Stow
You can listen to it or buy it on Google Play

Live in the studio by Ott

Hishiryo Piano Solo by Nik Bärtsch

River Flow – Sanctuary by Catherine Marie Charlton

Cyclo by Zazie
A French artist, but I will always buy blindly her album.

Havoc and Bright Lights by Alanis Morissette
Always good to have a new album from Alanis Morissette

In a Time Lapse by Ludovico Einaudi
As always, a very good mix of Piano, synthesizers and chords.