A man, wearing a protective facemask amid fears about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, walks past the Rain Vortex display at Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore on February 27, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

2020 highlights Part 1 – by Gonzo

A year in our lifetime we will never forget. Music helps us through this difficult period! Thank you to Svreca, Artefakt, Tilliander, Shifted, Lakej, Ireen Amnes, Kangding Ray, Ciarra Black, Claudio PRC, Luigi Tozzi!

Some positive notes for artists & record labels:

– Vinyl sales are higher than ever.

– Bandcamp shows big support for independent artists & record labels.

2020 highlights Part 1 - by Gonzo

Some of our favorite releases of 2020 — sounds to get us through the different moods during the pandemic.

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01/05 – Semantica 117 – Nida [REMIX EP]

2020 highlights Part 1 - by Gonzo
Semantica 117 Nida

Nida (Artefakt Remix)

FRUE (Tilliander Remix) 

Peels A Tangerine (Lakej Remix) 

How To Become Nothing (Shifted Version)

As usual very great curation by the label boss Svreca! Artefakt remix a personal favorite in this package.

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02/05 – Ireen Amnes – In the Land of Silence [Sonic Groove Experiments]

2020 highlights Part 1 - by Gonzo
Ireen Amnes – In the Land of Silence

Ireen Amnes: Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Instagram

*DEBUT ALBUM* by talented Italian artist Ireen Amnes. Co-founder of art/music/event collective ‘Under My Feet‘ (Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Instagram). Resident DJ on RinseFM.

Brilliant and very emotional album leaning on ambient, electronica, IDM and fearless experimentation!

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03/05 – Kangding Ray – 61 Mirrors / Music for SKALAR [ARA]

2020 highlights Part 1 - by Gonzo
Kangding Ray – Music For SKALAR

Bandcamp | Soundcloud | Instagram

This music was composed for SKALAR, an audio-visual kinetic art installation created by Christopher Bauder & Kangding Ray. – www.skalar.art –
As of the release of this record, Skalar has been presented in Berlin (Kraftwerk) in 2018,
in Mexico City (Frontón) in 2019 & in Amsterdam (Gashouder) in 2020.

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04/05 – Ciarra Black – Stasis [Pendulum Recordings]

2020 highlights Part 1 - by Gonzo
Ciarra Black – Stasis

Launch of her new label Pendulum Recordings (Bandcamp / Soundcloud / Instagram) – Ciarra Black, based in Berlin & coming from New York shows her skills in the studio. Giving us 2 heavy dancefloor tracks & 2 other leaning towards moody & experimental side. Great record and start for the label!

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05/05 – Claudio PRC & Luigi Tozzi – Lyra [012]

2020 highlights Part 1 - by Gonzo
Claudio PRC & Luigi Tozzi – Lyra

One of our favorite DJs Claudio PRC setting the tone for his new label brilliantly and with the second release we see a collaboration with fellow Italian producer Luigi Tozzi. Both are masters of the deep techno sound and this record is a highlight of the year!

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