DUBLAB 2016 YEAR IN REVIEW x DJ PICKS 2016 | dublab



2016 is nearly over, and we at dublab would like to thank you for your listenership, participation in dublab events, and support over the busy year.

DUBLAB’s offerings have steadily grown over our 17 years of operation, and 2016 was no exception. Below, you’ll find a selection of some of the highlights from the year, and if you scroll a bit further, you’ll find the Top 3’s from a number of dublab DJs.



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Last year was the start of a major expansion of the dublab’s live IMG_4352-e1475608556848broadcast hours,with new shows hosted by House ShoesMamabearSecret Circuit and many, many more. By the end of 2015 we were broadcasting from 10am-10pm Monday-Friday. In 2016, we continued this effort and have added shows with Cut Chemist, Pinchy Don, D TiberioJulian Schoen, Benny Shambles, T-Kay, Owen Cole, Ajay Ravi, Zebulon, Santiago Salazar, Larry G, Liz WarnerChris Kissel, Callie Ryan, Pelts, Private Selection, and Allie Teilz.  You can click on the names above to check out their shows in our archives!





DUBLAB headed to Austin during SXSW, from March 15th-20th 2016, to bring our listeners sets from Exploded Records at JuiceLand, a cozy record shop in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Live performances, DJ sets and interviews from musical friends new and old were broadcast live on dublab from 10am-6pm every day, including sets from NAAFI, Milo, Vibe Music Collective, MNDSGN, Stabil Elite, the Red Light Radio crew, Ela Minus, and many many more.



In 2016, dublab announced that after five years of quietly working to get an FM license, DUBLAB has received a license from the FCC to broadcast on the FM airwaves in Los Angeles. We expect to be on the air by the end of 2017. The decision for dublab to broadcast on the FM airwaves has been a long time in the making, and is part of a larger organizational effort to engage more listeners with our diverse, freeform broadcasts. Los Angeles is the second largest radio market in the US, and we anticipate awareness and listenership of dublab programming to increase dramatically once we get on the FM airwaves. 



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DUBLAB has always been home to live and DJ guest sets from all over the musical map and 2016 was no exception. As always, these sets are available to listen to and download in the dublab archives. Listen to a selection of guest sets below:

Kip (Cloudland Canyon) and M. Geddes Gengras live Duo, MONO/POLY,  Galcher Lustwerk, Young Male, and DJ Richard, Marcel Vogel, Girl is Tough, Laurent Fintoni, Blevin Blectum, Carl Stone, Palmbomen, Brad Laner, Folk Lord, Daniel Miller, Ramzi, Aria Romstami, Discwoman, Essaie Pas, Banana, Jeff Parker, Arbutus Records, Prince Fatty, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Smegma, Dungen, Pender Street Steppers, Four Tet and Ben UFO, Zernell, Philip JeckRico Conning, Tim SweeneyYu Su (bb.yu), Conga Radio (Jex Opolis & Roberto), Peter Brotzmann, Antal, Laraaji, Young Magic, Bell Towers, Devonwho and Swarvy, Jan Jelinek, Julianna Barwick,  Jock Club, Chulita Vinyl Club, Jameszoo, Heather Mcintosh, Alvin Aronson, Kevin Haskins, Henry Wu, Jay Glass Dubs & Bokeh EdwardsJason Lescalleet, Jace Clayton aka DJ /rupture, Black Marble, Rhys ChathamLobster ThereminBeppe Loda, Foodman and DJ Fulltono, Andrew Pekler, and many many more.




DUBLAB presented too many events in 2016 to comprehensively list below, but some events included…


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DUBLAB worked alongside The Music Center to present Sleepless, a series of late night concerts that took place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in February, April, and November of 2016. These events featured performances, DJ sets, and art installations from a number of artists including M. Geddes Gengras, Ahnnu, Secret Circuit, Kuniyuki, Benedek, Nite Jewel, Sage Caswell, Geneva Jacuzzi, Teebs, Frankie Reyes, the Space Lady. In June, we presented a special hip-hop edition of Sleepless at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The night featured sets from dublab DJs Al Jackson, Arshia Haq, Hashim B, Rani de Leon, and T-Kay, and sets from DJ Babu, DJ Inka One and DJ Jedi.


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Music For Train Stations

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In March DUBLAB presented a series at Union Station based on Brian Eno’s pioneering record, “Ambient 1: Music for Airports.” Each event in the four-part series consisted of one DJ set and one live performance inspired by Eno’s work and guests included Electric Sound Bath, Richard Chartier and The Tenses. In an interview with KPCC, Alejandro Cohen, dublab’s Executive Director described the series as a way to shoehorn some joy into Angelenos’ daily commute: “The idea is to offer that glimpse of inspiration during peoples’ busy schedules. Traveling, meeting deadlines, getting to places on time can be, obviously, stressful for everyone.” 






DUBLAB’s 17th Anniversary

DUBLAB celebrated its 17th Anniversary at Union Nightclub (formerly known as Jewel’s Catch One) on Saturday, October 1st. This fundraiser event featured live performances from dublab DJs and artists from its extended family, including the Egyptian Lover Peanut Butter Wolf, Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus, Monalisa, Gilles Peterson ,Far Away (Cooper Saver, Sage Caswell, Jen Ferrer), Vinyls On Wax (Dirty Dave, Tommy Moye, Daddy Differently), Danny Holloway & Aaron Paar, Pinchy Don, Bianca Lexis, Dan T & Jonny Mons, Mas Exitos (Hoseh, Ganas), Santiago Salazar, Jake Jenkins, Def Sound, Soul Children, Mamabear, Matt McDermott, Matthewdavid, and Hangtime (Low Limit & sodapop)







DJ Top 3s

Pool Party (3 of 124)

House Shoes

Jalal Salaam x Ewonee – Past Lives

Jeff Parker – The New Breed

Floating Points – Kuiper EP

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Julian Schoen
Yves Tumor – Serpent Music (Pan)
Maal & Morris – Good Morning, I Love You (BCMG)
Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus (Brownswood)
 DJ Mammabear 
Learning How To Love You by The Pendletons
Music For Molly by Tee Mango



Nanny Cantaloupe 

PATRICK COWLEY & CANDIDA ROYALLE – Candida Cosmica LP – (Dark Entries)

 VIRTUAL FOREST  – Ritual Machine Music LP – (Yerevan Tapes)

 CLOCK DVA – Fragment LP – (Vinyl On Demand)


SunPath – Dream Music 2CS (1980-1984)
Laraaji – Om Bundle 3CS + LP (1980’s)
Matthewdavid’s Mindflight – Trust the Guide and Glide 2LP (2013-2015)

Hugh Herrera 
PLAZA HOTEL – Bewegliche Ziele – Notes On A Journey 12″ – DE
CANTOMA – Tabarin Ep – Highwood 12″ – UK
FUGA RONTO – Invisible Escape Ep – Phantom Island 12″ – CH

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Mike Harding
Olivia Block – Dissolution (Glistening Examples)
Paul Haslinger – Halt & Catch Fire (Lakeshore Records)
Giacinto Scelsi, Chris Watson & Joe Browning – Scelsi
(SN Variations)
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DJ Al Jackson
A Tribe Called Quest – Thank You for your Service LP
Third Sun – Sunshine  white label 12 inch
Cunningham – Jazz Thang white label 12 inch

Cooper Saver
Top 3  Electronic Albums:
Marie Davidson – Adieux Au Dancefloor
Sage Caswell – Hoop Earring
The Pilotwings – Les Portes Du Brionnais
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Love Injection
Bad Bad Not Good, “IV” on Innovative Leisure
Sunpalace, “Raw Movements | Rude Movements” on BBE
Yussef Kamaal “Black Focus” on Brownswood
DJ Lady C
Solange – A Seat at the Table – Saint Records
MNDSGN – Bodywash – Stones Throw
Inc. No World – As Light As Light – No World Recordings

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D Tiberio
Yves Tumor – Serpent Music (PAN)
DVA [Hi:Emotions] – NOTU_URONLINEU (Hyperdub)
Logan Takahashi – NoGeo (Ghostly)
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Roberto Musci ‎– Tower Of Silence (Music From Memory)
Egyptian Lover ‎– 1983-1988 (Stones Throw)
Cate Le Bon – Crab Day (Drag City)
+ in print, Jace Clayton’s book: Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture
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frank ocean – blonde
andy stott – too many voices
travis scott – birds in the trap sing mcknight
The Field – The Follower – Kompakt
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS – Western Vinyl
Lifetones – For A Reason – Light in the Attic

Heidi Lawden

Screen Shot 2016-12-26 at 8.38.50 AM‘Rocks in Your Socks’ Felix Dickinson – Les Yeux Orange – My homie Felix made an absolute beauty of a track this year


Teen Bee nancy Azzuro – ESP Institute – Final ESP release of the year, and an absolute beauty

Etapp Kyle – Paradigm – Semantica records – This track has been out a while but honestly it just slays for me and has been in my box every gig this year

Honorable mention for remix of the year

In yer Face – 808 State  Bicep remix – Just when you thought 808 state couldn’t get any better those Bicep boys come along and rip it a new one

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PD001 – P Relief & D (P&D Records)
Dazion – Be A Man (Second Circle)
Fuga Ronto – Invisible Escape (Phantom Island)
eighteenpl.us “sour”
el tipo este “regla feat. orly1, sigrid”
third root “soul force feat. riders against the storm, da’shade, bavu blakes, vocab”
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
Micachu – Taz and May Vids
David Bowie – Blackstar
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Yves Tumor – Serpent Music (PAN)
Croatian Amor – Love Means Taking Action (Alter/Posh Isolation)
Huerco S. – For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have) (Proibito)
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Cavern of Anti-Matter-Void Beats/Invocation Trex-Duophonic UHF Disks
Huerco S.-For Those of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)-Proibito
Gaby Hernandez-Spirit Reflection-Analog Burners
Elysia Crampton – Demon City
Cakedog – Champions
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – Sunergy – Frkways Vol. 3
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Marco Paul

diiv – is the is are

lush – blind spot

crocodiles – dreamless

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NGLY – Cities of Illusion
Ignatz – The Drain
Steve Gunn – eyes on the lines