Active Listener Podcast Scouring time and space to find music that resonates my soul

April 18, 2017  
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While I didn't get to go to SXSW this year, I still enjoyed the heck out of listening to all the amazing music. Once again, I've listened to somewhere around 2000 bands and narrowed it down to my 21 favorite flavors. If you want to check out the slightly less selective top 60 or so, that playlist is on Spotify here. Otherwise, just dig into this. As always, the amount of pure talent on display is incredibly humbling.

 

Also, thanks for your patience! I just moved and everything is still a big mess but thankfully I was able to record one last episode in the Hideout House. Loved that place. Sad to see it go but it's on to the next.

 

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists.

 

Aaron

 

Tracklist (Links to buy)

1.Walkin by Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra on Walkin

2.Gone so Long by Paws on No Grace

3.I'd Rather See Your Star Explode by Slaves on I'd Rather See Your Star Explode

4.Manners by WOMPS on Our Fertile Forever

5.Flame by Sundara Karma on Flame

6.Foreign Mind by Mau Mau Chaplains on Cowboys and West Indians

7.Saltarello by Stary Olsa on Santa Maria

8.Chance the Dog (The Song) (Audiotree Live Version) by The Kraken Quartet on The Kraken Quartet on Audiotree Live

9.Counting by Autre Ne Veut on Anxiety

10.Hopopono by GoGo Penguin on v2.0

11.Let It Go (Radio Edit) by The Wildflowers on Let It Go

12.Il by Jean-Michel Blais on Il

13.Keep The Wolves Away by Uncle Lucius on And You Are Me

14.The Wisp Sings by Winter Aid on The Wisp Sings

15.Minimum by Charlie Cunningham on Minimum

16.Stay Focused by ShaqIsDope on Stay Focused

17.Veneno by Audri Nix on El Nuevo Orden Vol.1

18.Cumbia Anthem [feat. Happy Colors] by El Dusty on Cumbia Anthem

19.Teef Teef Ft. Eugy x Mr Eazi x Sarkodie by DJ Juls

20.Miss You by James Hersey on Miss You

21.Too Soon by Vanic feat. Maty Noyes on Too Soon

March 6, 2017  
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Oh man, I’ve got so many things going on right now! SXSW and Coachella are demanding attention. I’m moving. The world seems to be exploding. Oh yeah, and I have to do my taxes! All the while though, all I can do is listen to Dancehall and Afrobeats. You ever feeling down, you energy feeling low, or your vibe feelin off, there is no here better to turn. So yeah I’m behind on all my annually scheduled musical endeavors but so what? Who cares? It’s a win for you because while the weather is still cold, the tunes are gonna be hot!

 

And yeah, I say I’m planning on getting the SXSW Edition out before the festival but that was a little over a week ago and I’ve decided to just give myself a break. It’ll be up next but I don’t think it will be ready before next week. For those that are going, have a great time! I’m super jealous. Be sure to check out the annual Afrobeats night!!!

 

Thanks for listening and don’t forget to support the artists,

 

Aaron

@actlistmusic

www.activelistenermusic.com

 

 

Tracklist (links to buy)

1.I am African (Jillionaire Remix) by Calypso Rose

2.Gyal Ya Shake It ft. Future Fambo by Bad Royale on Treasures From Tomorrow

3.Safari ft. Sky by J. Balvin on Energía

4.It Real by Popcaan on It Real - Single

5.Tek Weh Yuh Heart ft. Tory Lanez by Sean Paul on Tek Weh Yuh Heart

6.Mon dealeur by Shay on Jolie garce

7.Pree Me by Burna Boy on Pree Me

8.Work ft. Drake by Rihanna on Anti (Deluxe)

9.Don't Worry by Konshens on Don't Worry

10.One Dance ft. WizKid by Drake on Views

11.Dance for Me by Eugy & Mr Eazi on Dance for Me

12.My Woman, My Everything (Remix) by Patoranking on My Woman, My Everything (Remix)

13.Sahara ft. Skrillex by Dj Snake on Encore

14.Are You Ready? ft. Kim Wierdo by Ruxell on Are You Ready?

15.Bumpa Clap ft. Beenie Man, Nyanda, Timaya by Admiral C4C on Bumpa Clap

16.Wine Fi Di Money ft. Kenne Blessin by Johnny Roxx & DJ Septik on Wine Fi Di Money

17.Bike Engine by Stylo G x Jacob Plant on Bike Engine

18.12 PM (Kalibandulu & Walshy Fire Remix)  by Alkaline on 12 PM

19.Champion Lover (Lady Bee Remix) by Nina Sky on Champion Lover

20.Slow Motion by Kevin Lyttle on Slow Motion

January 23, 2017  
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First off, can I just say what a beautiful day Saturday was!!! Millions of people around the world connecting to stand up for justice and equal rights. It's regrettable what had to occur to galvanize the effort but still, the outpouring is no less impressive. Regardless of how anyone voted, those gatherings should be seen as positive affirmation that there are a lot of people out there trying to do the right thing.

 

Now, to the beautiful music. I thought we needed a sharp turn from the more uptempo mixes we've had on the last few episodes. It's a quiet one then a loud one. A quiet one then a loud one. (#41) There's some jazz, some classical, some Americana, and a bunch of other stuff I have no idea how to label. Basically a whole bunch of really gorgeous and moving pieces of music. Let it take you away.

 

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,

 

Aaron

@ActListMusic

 

Tracklist (links to buy)

1.Easy Living by Clifford Brown on The Best Of CliffordBrown

2.Elegy For The Arctic by Ludovico Einaudi on Elegy For TheArctic

3.Together We Will Live Forever by Clint Mansell on TheFountain OST

4.1ieme , Premiere , Primera , 1ª Gymnopedie ft. FalkRichter by Erik Satie on 1ieme , Premiere , Primera , 1ª Gymnopedie Single

5.River Flows in You by Yiruma on The Best - Reminiscent10th Anniversary

6.I Give Up by Elijah Bossenbroek on Carpe Lumen

7.Wingbeats (Radio Edit) by Hidden Orchestra on Wingbeats

8.Near Light by Ólafur Arnalds on Living Room Songs

9.Brian by Espen Eriksen Trio on Never Ending January

10.Vattensaga by Tingvall Trio on Vattensaga

11.Suspended Variation II by Tomaz Stanko Quartet onSuspended Night

12.Waltz for J. B. by Brad Mehldau on 10 Years Solo Live

13.Travels by Pat Metheny Trio on Trio 99-00

14.Pretty Polly by Bill Frisell on Bill Frisell, Ron Carter,Paul Motian

15.Swamped by Floratone on Floratone

16.Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell on Midnight Blue (The RudyVan Gelder Edition)

December 10, 2016  
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What's up music lovers!

 

Before we get to anything else, I want to bring you attention to ZZK Films. It is an offshoot of ZZK Records which, as you know, if one of my favorite labels of all time. They are producing some amazing films/documentaries about different aspects of Latin American mucis. Check the preview on their website. To get them finished, promoted, and distributed however, they are looking for some crowd funding. If you love the music like I do, go over and throw them some change. Think about all that garbage that comes through your cable box and you're paying at least $60 a month for that! This is something of actual cultural value. It's the giving time of year so think about it. There are 5 or so days left in the campaign. Oh and they've also got some fund matching happening! Link

 

Further reading:

 

New York Times - Found in Ecuador: A Time Capsule for the Ears
NPR - The Lost Tapes Of Caife: A Vintage Ecuadorian Record Label Revived

Remezcla - This Short Doc Traces the Deep African Roots of Music from the Ecuadorian Coast

Bandcamp (best title!) - ZZK Records: How a “Random Gringo” from Texas Helped Latin American Dance Music Take Over the World

 

Now to the task at hand, a few month ago I had the amazing opportunity to make a personal pilgrimage to my musical Mecca if you will. I finally got to go to London to see some drum and bass. And this wasn't just any show. This was Hospital Records' very first outdoor music festival, Hospitality in the Park #HITP. The show was incredible. I saw so many of my favorite producers. It was an embarassment of riches for me. If you look at my notes below, you can see I couldn't keep myself at one stage very long!

 

There were so many artists that got left off this mix though. You can go on Spotify and listen to the playlist (link) I put together before the show to help me figure out who I wanted to go see. It it a far more inclusive list. But, it's not a carefully selected continuous mix like you have here. I'm not gonna lie though. I did have two screw ups while I was recording the mix live. (Pressed pause instead of play!!) I made the executive decision to go in and do a little post production and clean it up though so it will sound seamless.

 

As a side note, I want to shout out KCRW for having such an amazing online catalog of playlists from their shows. I have this weird musical memory thing where I can very specifically remember the circumstances of when or where I heard a certain song. For example I know exactly what I was doing when I first heard High Contrast and thanks to the KCRW playlist back catalog, I was able to go back over a decade and figure out exactly what day that was. And more importantly, that is was Scott Silva that was subbing in for Jason Bentley on Metropolis that day. I am going to have to write him a thank you note!

 

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists.

 

Aaron

@actlistmusic

 

 

List of People I Saw

12:15 Maduk 

1230 Chris Goss

1245 Anile

115 SPY

130 Frederick Robinson

200 Etherwood 

215 Rene lavice b2b Rockwell

230 spectrasoul b2b LSB

245 DRS (live)

315 gentlemens dub club

400 Friction

500 Dimension

600 Danny Byrd

630 London Elek (live)

640 pola and Bryson

650 prototypes

730 ownglow b2b consouls

745 critical sound system 

800 Baily

830 Nu:logic

900 metrik 

945 high contrast 

 

 

Tracklist (links to buy)

1.House ofLove (Ogbe Yekun) by IFE on 

2.Hush byConsouls on Soulvent Sessions Vol 2

3.SecondEncounter by S.P.Y on Hospital Mixtape: S.P.Y

4.Fatso byMetrik on LIFE/THRILLS

5.Bad by1991 on Nine Clouds / Bad

6.Do Oneft. DRS by Dub Phizix  on Senka002

7.4URGH bySpectraSoul on Hospital Mixtape: S.P.Y

8.Destinationby Logistics on Hospital Goes To Let It Roll 

9.1000x ft.Broods (Spectrasoul Remix)  by JarrydJames on 1000x (Remixes)

10.WishList by Anile on Allergens EP 

11.Talk ToMe ft. Tayah Ettienne by Pola & Bryson on This Time Last Year

12.Tidesft. Lea Lea by Nu:Tone on Future History

13.Solarizeft. Logistics by Maduk on Not Alone

14.Itsok2behapp-eft. Sam Binga, Hyroglifics by Rockwell on Obsolete Medium

15.SuicideBassline VIP by Mefjus on Emulation - The Remixes

16.WhoKnows ft. Chronixx (SHY FX Remix) by Protoje on Who Knows

17.Bring ItBack ft. Stylo G by Friction on Bring It Back

18.We GotIt ft. Rothwell by Metrik on LIFE/THRILLS

19.The Endft. Voicians by Maduk on Never Give Up

20.Ultravioletby Fred V & Grafix on Ultraviolet

21.Twilight'sLast Gleaming by High Contrast on High Society

22.AngelsSing by Ownglow on A Walk To Remember 

23.Good Luvby Murdock, Submatik & Jenna G on Hospitality 2015

24.HometownGlory (High Contrast Remix) by Adele on Confidential (US Edition)

November 18, 2016  
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What's up everyone!

 

Man, it's been a weird last week or so and I don't forsee things getting more normal anytime soon. But I've got some tunes to help you through. I want to thank all of you for your patience with me getting this next episode out. I think I kind of over music'ed myself again and I also don't think I fully appreciated how much mental space the election was taking up. Oh yeah, and there is the three kids, job, life... And Dan Carlin's Hardcore History hasn't helped but omg it's sooo good!! It's not music but you should listen. Anyway, enough banter. These are the vibez you're looking for.

 

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists,

 

Aaron

@actlistmusic

 

Tracklist (links to buy)

1.Our Own Roof by Nils Frahm on Music for the Motion PictureVictoria

2.Free Now by Sophie Zelmani on Free Now

3.Jolene by Dolly Parton on Jolene

4.Eating Hooks by Moderat on III

5.Plucky by Morly on Something More Holy EP

6.Ghost sYMbOL by Zero 7 on Yeah Ghost

7.Murakami by MADE IN HEIGHTS on Without My Enemies What Would I Do

8.Gosh by Jamie xx on In Colour

9.Earth Not Above by Hælos on Full Circle

10.Sip by Palmistry on Pagan

11.Out Of Reach ft. Lucy Kitchen by Technimatic on BetterPerspective

12.Everything Beta by Phoria on Volition

13.Real Love by Billie Black on Teach Me

14.Walls to Build by Kllo on Well Worn

15.Holding Back ft. Gallant by SG Lewis on Holding Back

September 6, 2016  
July 24, 2016  
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**UPDATE**
Here's the link to the amazing video I attributed to Konono #1 but is actually Sobanaz Mimanisa with "Kiwenbo".  The cofusion occured because I first heard each of them on Congotronics Compilations.  Either way, this is a marvelous video showing amazing music is everywhere! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFpYV-Aw9Y)
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Welcome to summer!  The pool parties and beach trips have begun and oh man did I get so sunburned at the beach the other day.  Who knew you needed to sunscreen your shins?!  This collection goes in several different but related directions and should, in addition to giving you an hour an a half mix for being outdoors, also provide the seeds for plenty of future discovery.  We start with Ghanaian Highlife and then we're all over the map with disco, breakbeat, jazz, afro funk, a little global bass, and of course some steel pans.  It's a lot of fun.   

My intent was to have this out last week before I went on travel but of course I ran into a couple glitches during post (basically one huge unforced technical error on my part) so one or two date references may seem a bit out of place.  It turns out this whole podcast thing is way more than just picking and playing songs.  This go round I timed some aspects of the process because I never really know how much time I spend on an episode.  Selecting the songs could be any length of time.  Some tracks come from memories from years ago so that part is hard to define.  More quantifiable though is hardware setup (mic on stand, usb dj controller, usb analog to digital interface, two laptops, a second monitor for laptop 1) and software setup (Abelton, Serato, MS Word).  Hardware is always the same but I swear, there is a different software glitch every single time.  Minimum 30 minutes but easily can grow to an hour or more.  I also usually put in at least two hours writing up a basic script but then there are also the random hours of learning about things that eventually contribute to the story.  Recording itself is the length of the podcast, so about an hour and forty minutes this time.  Post production is another big chunk.  I have a couple compressors and a reverse limiter setup in Ableton now so I spend far less time than I used to getting audio ducking and general levels balanced correctly.  Overall, it does come out quieter than my purchased songs and I haven't really figured out why yet.  There's probably some easy fix, if so, I'm all ears.  (It's an overall gain thing rather than a loudness issue I think.)  As a matter of fact I'd love to hear any suggestions for upping the production quality.  Anyway, after exporting the mixdown I use Podreel on my PC to add in the chapters with track titles, album art, and links-to-buy.    That program is super finicky and requires me to use my old PC so again, ideas for other options would be greatly appreciated.  Apple removed the chapter functionality from GarageBand several versions ago for some reason so I don't know of any way to do it on a Mac.  All of that can take two to four hours, sometimes more.  And finally, there is the uploading, blog writing, tracklist prep, and social media posting.  So give or take there is a hidden eight or so hours in there for producing each episode.  Makes more sense to me now why it is hard to get episodes out!

Well that little stream of consciousness paragraph got a little bigger than intended so without further ado, let's get to the tunes.
Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists.

Aaron

Tracklist (links to buy)

1.Surprise Hotel by Fools Gold on Fool's Gold

2.Mewo Akoma by Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band on Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

3.Dance, Love & Die by Guts on Eternal

4.Strike Hard by Troubleman on Time out of Mind

5.Bacao Suave by Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band on 55

6.A Chance For Peace ft. Sara Sayed by Mop Mop on A Chance For Peace

7.Blackbird by Fat Freddy's Drop on Blackbird

8.Obra by Ebo Taylor on Love & Death

9.Trickle Down by Hard Proof on Rise of The Troubadour Warriors - Tropical Grooves & Afrofunk International Vol.3

10.Yègellé Tezeta (My Own Memory) by Mulatu Astatke on Ethiopiques, Vol. 4: Ethio Jazz 1969-1974

11.Logun by Metá Metá on MetaL MetaL

12.Malukayi ft. Konono N°1 by Mbongwana Star on From Kinshasa

13.On The Line by Sidestepper on Supernatural Love

14.Mi Swing Es Tropical ft. Tempo & The Candela All-Stars by Quantic & Nickodemus on Best of Quantic

15.Aguacero by Captain Planet feat. Chico Mann on Turntables on the Caribbean

16.Get a Move On! by Mr. Scruff on Keep It Unreal (10 Anniversary Analogue Remaster Edition)

June 28, 2016  
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Music lovers,

It's been way too long!  But don't fear, today's episode has a ton of great music and the next episode is coming right on its heels.  The theme de jour is hip hop.  We use a remembrance of two hip hop originators, lost this year, as a jumping off point for taking a look at some of the latest and greatest.  It's an often repeated criticism, and has been for a decade, that hip hop is over or there's nothing good anymore.  Maybe that's true on the radio but really commercial radio is what's over!  Well, not really but the point is the state of the hip hop union is strong.  And a huge part of that strength is diversity of sound.  This mix is all over the map so get ready.


As always, thank you for listening and don't forget to support the artists,


Aaron

@ActListMusic


Tracklist(links to buy)

1.Reality Used to bea Friend of Mine by PM Dawn on Of the Heart, Of the Soul and of the Cross: TheUtopian Experience

2.The Hop by A TribeCalled Quest on Beats, Rhymes and Life

3.95 Till Infinity byJoey Bada$$ on Summer Knights

4.Bug Powder Dust byBomb The Bass on The K&D Sessions

5.Diablo by MACMILLER on Diablo - Single

6.Purple Heart byWaldo

7.Rihannaft. Spark Master Tape by Kai Skywalker on Syrup Splash

8.PMVD ft. Mista Silva by GAIKA on SECURITY

9.Zach's Thesis ft.Zack Sekoff by Anthony Valadez on In Search Of

10.ObjectifyingRabbits ft. Open Mike Eagle by Milo

11.Stigmata ft. Thesby Tre Mission on Stigmata

12.Step 21 by Wileyon Snakes & Ladders

13.Sharks by CadenceWeapon on Breaking Kayfabe

14.Problem ft.Skittles by Icicle on Problem

15.Godzilla ft. DopeD.O.D. by Mefjus on Emulation

16.Devil's Whisper byRaury

17.Let Go ft. SelinaCarrera by Mr. Lif on Don't Look Down

18.Adrenaline bySwollen Members on Heavy

April 22, 2016  
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Ready or not I'm bringing summer time to your ear drums.  I am rushing around the house this morning packing up an trying to get out of here in the next couple hours because finally, finally, finally, Coachella weekend has arrived.  As my brain has been there already for the last couple weeks, I have needed a soundtrack to resonate with my excitement level.  This is that mix.  It was a rush to turn this around so quick after the SXSW podcast but I'm really stoked to share it with you.  Turn it up and feel the sun.  


Links
Thanks for listener and don't forget to support the artists,

Aaron



Tracklist (links to buy)

1.Apart ft. Alexus Rose by Ricky Blaze on Conquer The Moment

2.Memory Taffeta by Palmistry on Memory Taffeta

3.Sorry by Justin Bieber on Purpose

4.Whine Pon Mi by V&V

5.Gyal You A Party Animal by Charly Black on Gyal You A Party Animal

6.Tornado by Nicky B and Sean Paul and Synthkartell on Tornado

7.Back It Up ft. G.O.L.D & Shiffa Dan by Ghost Writerz on GWz All The Way

8.Hula Hoop ft. UNiiQU3 by Brenmar on Award

9.Dip N Ride by Destra Garcia on Set Good Riddim

10.Nobody Has To Know ft. Ty Dolla $ign (Major Lazer and KickRaux Remix) by Kranium on Nobody Has To Know

11.I'm In Control ft. Popcaan by AlunaGeorge on I'm In Control

12.Watch Me Now by Busy Signal on Watch Me Now

13.Work ft. Drake (Bad Royale Remix) by Rihanna

14.Scene ft. Fay-Ann Lyons(Remix) by GBM Nutron

15.Unforgettable by Kerwin Du Bois on Unforgettable (Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Soca 2016)

16.Doh Tell Meh Dat by Flipo on Doh Tell Meh Dat

17.Shake Yuh Bum by Machel Montano & Timaya on Happiest Man Alive

18.Alkayida ft. Timaya by Kcee

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Here it is!  Another annual installment of the SXSW Edition of the Active Listener Podcast.  This was my seventh year in a row of attempting to listen to every artist playing at SXSW and the fifth year I actually got to go.  It is always such an amazing event and such a terrific time.  I'm really excited to share with you just a snapshot of the amazing artists I saw as well as just share some of the energy.  

I thank you for your patience.  I know it was a bit of a wait but I really had to let it all sink in before I could even begin to process what I wanted to select for the show.  I think you're really going to like it.

Below I have included the schedule of bands I actually saw.  If you think that's a lot you should see the list I start with when I go out at night!  I have also included some links to videos and a free album download from my top pick of the festival, Allan Rayman.  And of course, the tracklist is also a list of links for where to buy these tunes.

Thanks for listening and don't forget to support the artists.

Aaron @ActListMusic


Wednesday

800-840 Boombaptist @ The North Door
800-840 Sara Hartman at Blackheart
900-940 Haelos @ The Gatsby
1000-1040 Satellite Stories @ Palm Door on Sabine
1000-1040 Polica @ Banger's
1100-1140 Baio @ Banger's
1110-1150 Jahkoy @ Empire Control Room 
1200-1240 Lucky Chops @ Buffalo Billards
100-150 Hard Proof @ ScratcHouse Backyard
100-150 MAGIC! @ Flamingo Cantina

Thursday
700-740 Thao and the Get Down @ SXSW Stage Lady Bird Lake
800-840 Deejay Theory @ Bungalow (random dj played)
830-910 The Slow Show @ Javelina
930-1000 BEA1991@ Plush
1000-1040 Jared and the Mill @ Icenhauer's
1100-1240 Mon laferte @ Half Step
1200-1240 Los Rakas @ Half Step
1200-1240 A-wa @ Flamingo Cantina

100-140 Systema Solar @ Flamingo Cantina


Friday
200-240 The Heavy @ Radio Day Stage
300-340 Bombino @ Radio Day Stage
400-600 KCRW Happy Hour @ Isla
700-730 Kevin Garrett @ St. David's Sanctuary 

800-840 Lulacruza @ Palm Door on Sixth
900-940 Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal @ Palm Door on Sixth
900-1000 Slugabed @ Barcelona
940-1020 Allan Rayman @ St. David's Sanctuary
735-800 John Grvy @ Swan Dive Patio
1005-1025 Irie Love @ Maggie Maes Rooftop
1030-1050 E.L. @ Maggie Maes Rooftop
1100-1140 Machinedrum @ 800 Congress
1100-1200 Uniiqu3 @ Barcelona I got rinsed with bass
1120-1140 Lipstick Gypsy @ Maggie Mae’s Rooftop
1200-1240 Los Skarnales @ Flamingo Cantina
1245-200 Peligrosa @ Hotel Vegas Annex (two stages)

Saturday
800-915 Sega Bodega @ Kingdom

900-940 Virginmarys @ Trinity Hall at Old School
930-1015 Bill Laurance @ Cedar St. Courtyard
(schedule was a mess at Palm Door)
? DJ Cuppy @ Palm Door on Sixth
? Stonebwoy  @ Palm Door on Sixth
? Jovi Rockwell  @ Palm Door on Sixth
1050-1130 Iyanya @ Palm Door on Sixth
? EL @ Palm Door on Sixth
1150-1230 Davido @ Palm Door on Sixth
1250-130 Fuse ODG @ Palm Door on Sixth
? Assassin @ Palm Door on Sixth Patio
130-150 DJ Edu @ Palm Door on Sixth

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Tracklist (links to buy)

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