Ready To Go On Now

The first part of the proGram had a little giddy up ready to giddy on out:

Leave ‘Em Behind- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Let’s Go Swimming- Gary Lucas
All Along The Watchtower- All Along the Watchtower (feat. Feifei Yang)

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Hangover Blues- Amythyst Kiah
Parchman Farm- John Chin Ft. Richard Julian
Let’s Get It On- Guy Verlinde
55th Street Boogie- Lightnin’ Guy and the Houserockers

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Zuma Loop- Evlfo
Drying Out Your Eyes- Evolfo
In Time, Pt 2&3- Evolfo
The Seeker- Sendelica
Illuminated Skies- Sendelica

Worldly Buzzz

This edition of the Summer spin-off of THE YELLOW LIGHT, knew what that buzzzin’ was all about:

A la Nit de Nadal- Francesc Sans Ft. Òscar Prats & Mauricio Molina
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Dhun Mishra Shivaranjini- Ronu Majumdar
Kolshi- Bapi Das Baul
Charan Tole- Bapi Das Baul
Khadin khursa nogoondoo- Namgar

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Yakané- Dobet Gnahoré
Wazii- Dobet Gnahoré
Cumbia Divina- Mitchum Yacoub Ft. Divina Jasso

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Greedy G-Soul Sugar Ft. Booker Gee
Cuss Cuss- Horace Andy Ft. T-Jah
Money- Horace Andy Ft. Subatomic Sound System
Skylarking- Horace Andy Ft. Noiseshaper

Ready To Flamingo

The final portion of this week’s proGram used to be a regular family but today…this:

Cosmic Funk- Emmaculate
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Let’s Play the Feud!- Blockhead
Secrets Held- Charles Webster Ft. Emilie Chick
Juneteenth- Fyütch and the Alphabet Rockers

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Krishna Krishna- Alice Coltrane
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Ships Come In (A Lullaby)- Weedie Braimah Ft. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah/Elena Pinderhughes/Magatte Sow
I Want You- Soul Sugar Ft. Leo Carmichael (Sly & Robbie RMX)

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Durgen chuga (Fast Talk)- The Mosses Project Ft. Radik Tulush & Bardoseneticcube
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Mars Walk- Brian Jackson Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Summer Rising- Joey Alexander

Heading Up That Hill

The middle portion of this week’s proGram started up and went down and then back up aGain:

greenarrowradio promo- Reverend Freakchild
Your Molecular Structure- John Chin Ft. Richard Julian

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La Mariposa- Jason Joshua
Se Acabó- Jason Joshua
We Are Not OK- Crushed Velvet and the Velveteers Ft. Brother GoodLove
Hydrangea- Mosquito Hawks
Drive- Freekbass & Nigel Hall
Crawlin’ With Vipers- Dagnasterpus Ft. Tree Adams & Cyril Neville

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Coo Dank West Coast Sugar- Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber (live Portland,, 2017)
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Saint Rose- Julian Lage
Night Owl- Joe Marcinek Band
**pre-recorded conversation with Joe Marcinek**
Yes!- Joe Marcinek Band
Supreme- Joe Marcinek Band

Go Where There

The first part of this week’s proGram went off the beaten:

Drown You With the Bottle- Tenth Mountain Division
We’ll Be Alright- Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Smokehouse Discrepancy- Jack Grace Band
Belleville Blues- Swift Silver
Bad Beast- Suzanne Santo

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greenarrowradio promo- Mark Cameron
It’s Alright- Mark Cameron
Don’t Put Your Hands on Me- Tia Carroll
High Rider Blues- Debbie Bond
Coffee With Muffin- Dave Kalz
Stone Cold Stuck- Dave Kalz

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Let’s Have A Party- Gerald McClendon
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Downtown Paranoia Blues- Soledad Brothers
Crooked Crown- Soledad Brothers
Skin Diving- Gary Lucas
State- Laura Stevenson
Money In The Kettle- Hanford Flyover
Noise- Hanford Flyover

Joe Marcinek Talks JMB4

Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you will never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and that magical Jazz Fusion. Joe tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. Most of the lineups will only happen one time making every night a can’t miss show. The group has featured many prominent special guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), George Porter JR (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Alan Evans (Soulive), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), Borahm Lee (Break Science), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and that list keeps growing.

I had the chance to catch up with our brother to the proGram, Joe Marcinek about the brand new release,JMB4, We get into the process leading up to these songs on this album, the songwriting experience and this all-star band featuring himself, drummer Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power), bassist Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk), and keyboardist/organist Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy). In addition, JMB4 includes special guest appearances from a pile of talented friends including Eric Gales, Roosevelt Collier, Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), and Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident). We are even able to talk a bit about getting back out on the road and we don’t hesitate to give props to the visual and concept artist behind the art, Yhali Ilan. Always spreading the joy and love of the music and the art, Joe Marcinek with whomever he’s playing with is going to be a fun and “in the moment” time.

Art by: Yhali Ilan

Cuddle In

This week’s episode of The Yellow Light found a perfect spot to just curl up and listen:

Henny (Resavoir Remix)- Dougie Stu Ft. Jeff Parker
See My Baby- Greg Dayton
Feast of Sevens- Opium Moon Ft. Lili Haydn, Itai Disraeli, Hamid Saeidi & MB Gordy
Mantra del Bicho Feo- Juana Molina
Misterio Uruguayo- Juana Molina

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Hate Us- Dope Sagittarius
Intro (Line Check)- J3PO
100 Degrees- J3PO
Breaktime- J3PO
Marching Camels- JOMORO
No Air- JOMORO
Suffer and Swim- Sampology Ft. Allysha Joy

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Out Of The Darkness- Alborosie
Challawa- Alborosie

Rosey Eyed

The final portion of the proGram looked at things globally:

Mon Cheri- Sofi Tucker with Amadou & Mariam
Mon Époque- Dobet Gnahoré Ft. Black K
Out in the Rain- Soul Sugar Ft. Booker Gee
Money- Horace Andy Ft. Adam Prescott & Booker Gee
Smuggler’s Cove- Curt Ramm

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E Ta Gia Mi- Wally Warning
The Transition- Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Djogbé Ana Zon (You’ll Return Without a Thing)- Helsinki-Cotonou Ensemble
Cumbia de Paris- Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo
Président- Pat Kalla & Le Super Mojo

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps- Yat-Kha
Hušša sisa- Gájanas
Talvenselkä- Perttula
Rauta / Iron- Perttula

Light Secrets

The middle portion of the proGram found ways to bend the curves of the straight and narrow:

Truth or Consequences- Soledad Brothers
Alive- Dope Sagittarius
Ready Or Not- WELLSPRINGS LTD
Don’t Worry Bout Me- WELLSPRINGS LTD

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Mosquito Eater- Mosquito Hawks
Mosquito Eater Pt2- Mosquito Hawks
Lavender- True Loves
Kabuki- True Loves
Give It Up (Don’t Take Part In the Madness)- The Haggis Horns (Abstract Orchestra Remix)

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Hot Honey- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Bobby’s Boogaloo- Robert Walter, Eddie Roberts, Adam Deitch (W.R.D.)
Orlo- Timo Lassy
Let Go- Evolfo

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We Ain’t Gonna- Bright Dog Red (live)

Day Sees All

The first portion of the proGram didn’t let anything get on by it’s flowering eyes:

Interlude: Loren’s Lament- Michelle Hannan & Jason Hannan Ft. Howard Parker
Livin’ on Barroom Time- Michelle Hannan & Jason Hannan Ft. Howard Parker
Stealin’- John Townley
Don’t Wanna Work Today- Jack Grace Band

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Today- Hanford Flyover
Chullachaqui- Veik
Not Sweet Enough- Lesibu Grand

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Come On Home To Yourself- Swift Silver
greenarrowradio promo- Kelly Z
Nature- Kelly’s Lot
Dog Me Around- Eddie 9V

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Move On- Tia Carroll
Sharecropper’s Son- Robert Finley
Someone’s Knocking At My Door- T-Model Ford

The Brightnest

This week’s edition of The Yellow Light proGram took the smarts and ran with them:

A River Rising- Peppermoth
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Still Rising- Cave Curse
Sledging- Cave Curse
Cascade- Cave Curse

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Talk About It- Jungle
Feel It- Joon Moon Ft. Liv Warfield
U Try Livin’ (Pressure)- Black Guy White Guy x 808 BEACH

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Mr. Okra- Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Big Energy- Pachyman
Cuss Cuss- Horace Andy Ft. Subatomic Sound System
Money- Horace Andy Ft. Irie Worryah
Kwame Nikumah Dub- Zion Train
Steve Biko Dub- Zion Train

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Ogou (Pran Ka Mwen)- Lakou Mizik & Joseph Ray

Jane Lee Hooker – Drive

Joined our family Jane Lee Hooker as they celebrated the release of “Drive”. They received rave reviews from fans and music press around the globe when they released “Jericho” in January 2021 – the band’s first new music since 2017. While Drive still retains Jane Lee Hooker’s signature blend of bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll soul that can be heard throughout their catalog, the song represents a bit of a sonic evolution. With last year’s COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing requirements in effect in NYC, the band found themselves locked out of their Brooklyn rehearsal room – the creative space where they write and rehearse with amps cranked up at maximum volume. Out of necessity, band catch-ups were moved to the grapevine- filled backyard of singer Dana Athens’ family home in Brooklyn – with tiny practice amps, acoustic guitars and drummer Ron Salvo keeping the beat on upturned plastic garbage cans and recycling bins. The first song to come out of those acoustic backyard sessions was Drive, with lyrics penned by Athens. “I was not intending to write about travel, the song is really about long-standing plans to see a friend and how you can still feel connected to someone no matter the distance between you.” She continues, “Lockdown made these friends seem even further away, so I guess the song also contains a bit of escapism and fantasy – wishing that you could be together.” Guitarist Tina Gorin adds “Not being able to see friends and family in any normal way during that period of time, hearing Dana sing those words really made the lyrics hit home.” Matt Chiaravalle (Joe Bonamassa, Warren Zevon, Courtney Love, Spacehog, Kittie) produced and mixed Drive, having previously worked with the band on their Jericho single as well as both Jane Lee Hooker full-lengths: “Spiritus” and “No B!” A new album will follow later this year – and singles “Drive” and “Jericho” are a first taste for fans of what’s to come.

Piece Of The Heart

The final portion of the proGram definitely comes at us with a whole lotta heart:

Stir it Up- Acute Inflections
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Get Down, Get Down- Nate Smith
Skip Step- Nate Smith & KINFOLK
***pre-recorded conversation with Nate Smith***
Bounce: PTS I & II- Nate Smith * KINFOLK
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Pick Up Your Burning Cross- Sons Of Kemet Ft. Moor Mother & Angel Bat Dawid
Charge It To The Game- Nathaniel Cross
Higher Dimensions- Charnett Moffett
Swinging In The Realms- Charnett Moffett

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Aquarius (Bring Her Back Home)- João Donato Adrian Younge Ali Shaheed Muhammad
Bonfire- FOCUSYEAR BAND 2021
Crash Landing- FOCUSYEAR BAND 2021

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****pre-recorded conversation with Isaiah Collier***
Part II. Humanity- Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few

Food For Thoughts

The middle portion of this week’s proGram grew it itself:

Jerkwater Strut- Hot Mustard
S O S- True Loves
Robin’s Revenge- True Loves
While You Sleep (feat. Ev Jones)- The Bamboos
Nothing I Wanna Know About- The Bamboos

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Slipped Biscuit- Redtenbacher’s Funkestra Ft. Keith Carlock & Tucker Antell
Stars and Stripes, Chirps and Bleeps- Calibro 35
Artificial Black Moon- Calibro 35
Slap Chess- Dirk Quinn Band

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Give Me Time- Evolfo
Strange Lights- Evolfo
Marrakush- Electric Kif
F.B.M.- Electric Kif

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Big Burner- Three-Layer Cake

Climbers

The first part of this week’s proGram knew how to get to the top:

If You Haven’t Any Hay- John Townley
greenarrowradio promo- Rob Stone
Blow Fish Blow!- Rob Stone Ft. Elena Kato & Hiroshi Eguchi
She’s Gone- GA-20

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On Bended Knees- Big Chief Monk Boudreaux
Same Old Train- T-Model Ford
Sweet And Easy- Soledad Brothers
Good Feeling- Soledad Brothers
Souled Out On You- Robert Finley

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It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World- Patti Parks
***pre-recorded conversation with Patti Parks & Kenny Neal***
I’m Trouble- Patti Parks
No Means No- Patti Parks

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greenarrowradio promo- Donna Herula
Bang At The Door- Donna Herula
Too Many People- Travellin’ Blue Kings

Nate Smith & Kinfolk At Madison Jazz Festival

For nearly two decades, Nate Smith has been a key piece in reinvigorating the international music scene with his visceral, instinctive, & deep-rooted style of drumming. He holds a diverse & ample résumé, which includes work with esteemed jazz leading lights such as Pat Metheny, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, José James, John Patitucci, Ravi Coltrane, and Somi among many others. His 2x GRAMMY-nominated debut album, KINFOLK: Postcards from Everywhere, sees Nate fusing his original modern jazz compositions with R&B, pop, & hip-hop. He’s also ventured into the pop/rock world with recent collaborations with Vulfpeck spinoff band The Fearless Flyers, Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes) & performances with songwriters Emily King and Van Hunt. In recent years, through a series of viral videos, he has emerged as one of the most influential & popular drummers of his generation. His videos have been viewed millions of times and have inspired countless musicians and fans. In September of 2018, he released his first ever solo drumset album Pocket Change. As a composer and arranger, Nate received two (2) GRAMMY nominations for his composition “Home Free (for Peter Joe)” for best instrumental composition & best arrangement (instrumental or a cappella).

I had the complete pleasure to share some of the cool with Nate about his upcoming trip into Madison to play at Breese Stevens Field as part of the 2021 Madison Jazz Festival. We get into the who and what KINFOLK of this stripped down version of the band will be sharing with us (including some not yet released material), the making/feeling “it” of the music toGether. We find out how important the ears are an instrument & we get into an artists relationship w/our mutual friend Laura Hanifin as a story telling/conceptual image-taker on his projects of then now and the future. Get into this one and feel summa that cool ooze off you too.

Photo by Laura Hanifin from Pocket Change Album: Waterbaby Music: 2018

Thin Place Aloha

Another edition of the Summer spin-off proGram THE YELLOW LIGHT and this one brought a thin place to get over there from here to:

Brouhaha- Christian McBride
ETQ- Charnett Moffett
We Regret to Inform You- Jalen Baker
Desejo De Amor- João Donato, Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

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Olduvai Gorge- Lunar Octet
Norm’s Nambo- Lunar Octet

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Blues For Mr. Hill- Roy Hargrove & Mulgrew Miller (live)
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Toque de Queda- Trio Nilo
Camel- Trio Nilo

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Vanishing Point- Skúli Sverrisson Ft. Bill Frisell
Hallucinations- Alex Conde Ft. John Santos, Jeff Chambers & Colin Douglas
Laughing Lion- Richard X Bennett

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Fewfully explore moments of the past, present, and, yes, even the future. The new album Cosmic Transitions is a Five-part suite that addresses interpersonal relationships during a Retrograde period. The recording of this project took place on September 23rd, 2020 at Rudy Van Gelder‘s legendary studio where greats like John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, and many other great musicians expressed what they felt in those moments. Isaiah Collier is a Chicago/Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, curator, activist, motivational speaker & educator. He is probably most known for his work as a saxophonist, and drummer with this group. His sound/approach is drawn from the influences of John Coltrane, Roscoe Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Ari Brown and Gene Ammons and he has shared the stage with many distinguished artists—Chance The Rapper, Lewis Nash, Waddada Leo Smith III, Junius Paul, James Carter, Rene Marie, Marquis Hill, Bennie Maupin, Rudy Van Gelder, Angel Bat Dawid, Kahil El’Zabar and many more. He is one of many bright stars from Chicago and will bring the Chosen Few to Madison on June 12th for two shows at Cafe Coda as part of the Madison Jazz Festival.

Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few are heading into the festival on the heels of a fresh new music release. A release filled with a wide range of human emotions and musical possibility, Cosmic Transitions was crafted with the full intention to awaken those who hear it. Each part of the Suite weaves into the next. Not for the faint of heart, the album sets out to be a timestamp for before and after. Enjoy the journey. And enjoy our conversation about the upcoming event (who will be making the moments with us),the creation of these newest sonic adventures and the giving of and beyond the music.

Whole Nother World with Patti Parks & Kenny Neal

It is always nice to et introduced to a new artist. For me, the new album by blues/soul singer Patti Parks is my first ear meeting with her. She’s releasing a new album entitled Whole Nother World, which is produced by GRAMMY AWARD-nominated blues great Kenny Neal. Patti, a Buffalo, NY native and a Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, is, as expected, really excited about the release of this collection of songs. Recorded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at Brookstown Recording Studios (Kenny Neal’s studio), Whole Nother World was released on May 28 on Mr. Neals’ Booga Music label. Along with producing the album, Mr. Neal arranged and also performs masterfully on it. A riveting live performer, Patti has a soulful, sensual voice that does immense justice to her uplifting blend of Chicago blues, Memphis soul and tasty funk.

I had the opportunity to cacth up with both Patti and Mr. Neal to dive in a little deeper into this fantastic new release. We get into the history of some of the songs, including a story of loss and regain. We learn both how Patti worked differently on this album that work previous, with her being in a whole new element Mr. Neal’s hometown and in his revered studio. It was also really fascination to get an idea of how Mr. Neal goes about creating, using his ears to see what the story is and how it gets to the place he might have heard it in his mind….legends do! Of course, there’s the music and then there’s the give back. Patti has been a working nurse and is creator of the Nurs’n Blues education program, which she developed to help high risk children at drug rehab centers, so we made sure to give some shout outs to this great work.

Growth Grooves Up

The final portion of this week’s proGram got to get up to get down with the color of a big growth spurt:

Sleep Depraved- WRD Trio
Meditation- WRD Trio

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Daily Special- Dirk Quinn Band
***pre-recorded conversation with the Dirk Quinn Band***
Luna- Dirk Quinn Band
Jalousy Windows- Dirk Quinn Band

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Cold Facts on Colfax- Quantic & Eddie Roberts
Help Me Along- Jeb Loy Nichols with Cold Diamond & Mink
Working On Me- The Allergies

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Sun God- Lung
Jubilation- Jack O’ the Clock
The Sahara (2020 Remix)- David Oakes

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Motel Du Sud- Hector Zazou
Anything At All- Bachelor
We Will Never Die- Yat-Kha