Optic Echo Presents

Best Vinyl of 2016

Perhaps more than a tradition by now, Mike Jedlicka of Optic Echo Presents has been sharing with us his favorite vinyl-only selections of the year since 2011. The process begins in December when an acquired collection of records starts getting groomed, re-listened, re-arranged, and then finally, here it is, a sonic summary of the entire year in just a bit over 100 minutes in length. Jedlicka and I were taking last night, him in Portland, me in New York, the opposite coasts of this barely united states of America, finding ourselves in some similar stages of our lives, with all those other “real-world” things, like jobs, family, health, and aging. We may be thousands of miles apart, slowly crawling along our own [pre?]determined trajectories, but we agree that the only thing that unites us, and most importantly, keeps us stable in these days of insanity, anxiety, and stress, is music. Music is here to ground us back to base. It is with these words that I’m honored to share you this beautiful mix, get you excited about HC’s upcoming Best of 2016 lists, and welcome you to the new year!

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Pye Corner Audio- Stasis a1
Eluvium- False Readings On b1
Bracken- High Passes a3
Rival Consoles- Night Melody b1
The Orb- Chill Out, World a1
Tape Loop Orchestra- Go Straight to the Light of All That You Love a1
Vatican Shadow- Media in the Service of Terror a3
B/B/S/- Palace c1
Murcof x Wagner- Statea b1
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie- Salero OST b6
Drape- Let There Water Air a1
Helios- Yume a1
Ben Lukas Boysen- Spells a3
Future Sound of London- Environments 6/6.5 a4
Burial- Young Death / Nightmarket b1
Blue States- Restless Spheres b3
Biosphere- Departed Glories a4
Peter Broderick- Partners b3
Billy Gomberg- Slight at the Contact b1
Grouper- Paridise Valley 7” a1
Monadh- Muara b3
Jóhann Jóhannsson With Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe- End of Summer OST b1
36- Infinity Room a1
Odd Nosdam- Sisters a2

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