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RIYL-ty Bytes: Tashi Wada

Photo Credit: Dicky Bahto

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile a playlist of tracks that are resonating with them.

From Tashi Wada, to you ~ 

“Night Vision” — a mix of recent and older favorites from my ears to yours. Enjoy!


1. “Black Woman” – Sonny Sharrock
2. “Love Is a Jungle” – Peter Ivers
3. “Turiya & Ramakrishna” – Alice Coltrane
4. “Khaleek Bil Beit” – Fairouz
5. “For J.R.” – Lucy Railton
6. “Orchestral Memory” – Elodie Lauten
7. “Andromeda Memories” – Kyle Gann
8. “Words I Heard” – Julia Holter
9. “Your Sweet Love” – Lee Hazlewood
10. “Questions” – Annette Peacock
11. “What Reason Could I Give” – Ornette Coleman
12. “Watch Over This Boy” – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
13. “The Bells” – Lou Reed
14. “Enlightenment” – Sun Ra and His Astro-Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra

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March 4, 2020

RIYL-ty Bytes: Helado Negro

Photo credit: Matt Lief Anderson

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile a playlist of tracks that are resonating with them.

From Helado Negro, to you ~ 

I’ve put together a playlist of music from friends and folks whose music has traveled with me over the years. It’s a long list and the order can be shuffled. Music from close friends like Xenia Rubinos, Ela Minus, Lori Scacco and collaborators L’Rain, Zenizen, Buscabulla. All folks who mean so much to me as friends but also whose work I deeply admire. Also humans I don’t know but whose work I adore like Luiza Brina, Maria Marquez, Eduardo Mateo. Strong Latin America representation here : )

Listen and let these tunes lay in your brain.


  1. “Laugh Clown” – Xenia Rubinos
  2. “Canto del Pilon” – Frank Harris, Maria Marquez
  3. “A.R.P.” – Ela Minus
  4. “Bat” – L’Rain
  5. “Quiero” – Divino Niño
  6. “Ciudad Desnuda” – Maria Usbeck
  7. “Costi” – Luiza Brina
  8. “Cuerpo y Alma” – Eduardo Mateo
  9. “Alright” – Tasha
  10. “Titán” – Buscabulla
  11. “Follow the Leader” – Zenizen
  12. “This Love” – Bobby Oroza
  13. “Enchanted Mirror” – Luiz Bonfá
  14. “A La Nit” – Savath & Savalas
  15. “Green” – KAINA
  16. “Cuatro Crazy” – Y La Bamba
  17. “Folia” – Luisa Maita
  18. “Guaracha U.F.O – No Estamos Solos…” – Meridian Brothers
  19. “So I Don’t Feel Useless” – Dianna Lopez
  20. “Como Será Que a Música Começa” – Luiza Brina
  21. “Uiuí” – EVHA
  22. “Dr. Tom” – IGBO, Mono Neon
  23. “How Beautiful Could A Being Be – Ao Vivo” – Caetano Veloso
  24. “Ampárame” – Combo Chimbita
  25. “Barlovento” – Bairoa
  26. “My Boyfriend’s in the Band” – Devendra Banhart
  27. “Frío (feat. Helado Negro)” – Buscabulla
  28. “Back to Electric” – Lori Scacco
  29. “Echo Arms” – Mr Twin Sister
  30. “La Neta” – Fatima
  31. “Todo Homem” – Ao Vivo – Zeca Veloso, Caetano Veloso, Moreno Veloso
  32. “Nostalgia Del Futuro” – NOIA
  33. “Reeling Then Again (feat. Tim Delaney)” – Lori Scacco, Tim Delaney
  34. “Love Like (Knock It Off)” – Gemma

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February 5, 2020

RIYL-ty Bytes: Sign Libra

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Sign Libra, to you ~

hello Listener,

In this RIYL-TY Bytes playlist, you will meet otherworldly sounds that might evoke surrealistic visions and levitating feeling, reflected in several releases and re-releases of RVNG Intl. Some kind of pointillistic aural voyage from mid ’70s till the latest experiments in contemporary popular music. The playlist includes also my favourite composition of 2019 – a mindblowing intergalactic anthem “New Tribe” by Powder in a combination with its perfectly visualised video by AC-bu !

Enjoy the listen and, maybe, from this compilation you will get to know something more about this weird music world from the inside ~ d(⋆‿⋆)b ~

Sign Libra

  1. “From A Common Center” – K. Leimer
  2. “yxo EAR” – Kate NV
  3. “Music Is Painting In The Air” – Sensations Fix
  4. “Just a Little Pollution” – Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin
  5. “Stationary Dance” – Savant
  6. “Chorus” – Holly Herndon
  7. “Dreamplay 2” – Michele Mercure
  8. “Derails Suggest Fidelity To Fact” – Cassel Webb, Craig Leon, Terre Roche
  9. “Spiritus Operis” – Ka Baird
  10. “Music Works for Industry” – Marc Barreca
  11. “Closed Circuit” – Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
  12. “Emphasis” – Harold Grosskopf
  13. “Frame” – Visible Cloaks
  14. “New Tribe” – Powder
  15. “Sunshine” – Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras, The Congos


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December 16, 2019

RIYL-ty Bytes: Ka Baird

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Ka Baird, to you ~ 

I present you with Activation Exercises, a playlist to rejuvenate and energize. A provocation to action, a provocation to move your body. Some more juicy, some more groovy, some more jilted, some more raw. Featuring the sounds of Uganda’s MC Yallah w Debmaster to Vienna’s Jung An Tagen to Japan’s YPY to Helsinki’s Pekka Airaksinen to Shanghai’s 33EMYBW to Lisbon’s Puto Tito to American experimentalists Max Eilbacher, 75 Dollar Bill and Paul Demarinis (to name a few)! 

Feel it, don’t think it! Enjoy! And maybe see you on the dance floor!

xoKa

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November 7, 2019

RIYL-ty Bytes: Dylan Moon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Dylan Moon, to you ~

As Damon Krukowski points out, one of Spotify’s many shortcomings is the lack of context—comprehensive metadata—present in its catalog and discovery models. Hopefully, this playlist and these notes are a way of personally contextualizing some songs. The songs, mostly guitar music, influenced my Album / are influencing me. Another thread here is singular, intricate harmony in the field of ‘pop’ music.

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Small Talk – The music of Scritti Politti is so intensely polished, concentrated and catchy that it’s almost sinister (especially when considering Green Gartside’s punk past). The synth lines dip in n out like dolphins :’o

Go West (Girly Sound Version) – Liz Phair’s songs can be deceptively simple sounding—there’s a very weird chord in here!

My Friend – Emily Yacina’s songs have such a special dreaminess about them…sparse chord voicings and tonal ambiguity

Film’s Camera – Matt Werth showed me Lilys. There are all these layers of superimposed harmony… staggering.

That’s Pretty Clean Instrumental – There’s something *magical* about the patter of analog drum machine recorded to worn out tape.

Near – (Sandy) Alex G blasts apart the crystalized pop structures to find an amorphous constellation of tones.

It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – I don’t know that much about The Dead catalog, but this Bob Dylan cover is an old favorite. The structure of “Song For Jerry” was inspired by Dylan’s use of the lyrical refrain.

Best,
Dylan

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October 1, 2019

RIYL-ty Bytes: Craig Leon

Each month, we invite an artist from the cast of characters that color the RVNG, Beats In Space, and Freedom To Spend universe to compile 15 – 20 tracks that are resonating with them.

From Craig Leon, to you ~

Some tracks I played on various radio shows so far this year: Celsius Drop on dublab, Charlie Bones’s Do!!You!!! Breakfast Show on NTS, Henry Rollins on KCRW, and others. Some are my own, but they’re mainly pieces from friends, colleagues, and musicians who I admire and have been listening to lately.

There are a few rediscoveries like the piano music of George Antheil which I’ve been listening to a lot along with various prepared piano pieces. I was inspired to revisit a few of these (including one I did in 1982) when I heard the work of Kelly Moran, who is continuing on in this area. I heard her when I played Moogfest earlier this year. She drew my attention back to the work of Henry Cowell, John Cage, and Lou Harrison. There’s also a lesser-known piece from William Basinski which is piano-based…

I feel like it’s getting to be the time to write something new that features piano.

I am not particularly a fan of Spotify or streaming services and do not advocate that the format should be the sole purveyors of sonic entertainment. However, I’ve done this playlist to see if Spotify can unconsciously help fulfill the need that exists for the promotion of new and “difficult” music.

I’m going to leave this list up for a while and then contact my friends and colleagues who are on it to see if they experienced any response at all from listeners who may have first heard their work on this list. I hope that some have been able to contact new listeners.

Best,
Craig

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August 5, 2019