Kenneth Bager’s Best of 2017 Review – Reflections from the MFD Office

Music For Dreams had a busy 2017 schedule, releasing music from; Nordsø and Theill (new album in the making – had a sneak recently and positive afro vibes coming Up), The Return of Dub Tractor ‘Hello Ambient Wash’ (MFD will reissue his first three albums in 2018).

Second albums by The Swan and The Lake and Troels Hammer, Debut albums by Mackrory and Collier, Islandman, Silent Riders, Bonnie & Klein, Peter and Lukas Visti, The Best of series volume 5 and 6 curated by Dj Pippi and Leo Mas, The first Music For Mindfullness comp released.

Jan Schulte went on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide radio-show and his compilation, “Tropical Drums of Deutschland” sold over 3000 Vinyls (still one of our top sellers on Vinyl & CD), and the album turned up in so many “end of year charts”.

Manchester’s Moonboots compilation got some serious love from Piccadilly records putting the album “Moments In Time” at the #1 spot – year end chart. Vinyl out in January!

MFD launched on Bandcamp & Mixcloud, Mfd became a curator for streaming site Deezer, bringing you biweekly new playlists.

Copenema and Be Svendsen played by Pete Tong, AyOwA on many blogs. Dj Harvey played three MFD tracks during his stint at Pikes: “Madness “by Peter and Lukas Visti Feat your truly. Peter Vistis – “Wanna Dance” and Copenema – “Te Faz Bem”. MFD Radio gained more and more listeners – a special thanks to all DJ’s for their mixes & the listeners for support – keep spreading the word!

2018 is looking bright with upcoming releases from: Willie Graff and Darren Eboli, debut albums by Be Svendsen, Aleceo, Dalholt and Langkilde, Copenema, Aussteiger. New albums from The Swan and The lake, Troels Hammer, Jacob Gurevitsch (his best yet – being mixed right now) Islandman, new compilations by “the Source” Basso, and a Japanese compilation by Ken Hidaka, Max Essa and Dr Rob. MFD best of 7 and 8 by Chris Coco and Alfredo. Another Sunset Session compilation #6, and Music for Mindfullnes #2 plus the Copenhagen compilation series continues.
Will record the first album by MFD Ochestra, Mixing and hopefully releasing the collab album I did with Dennis Bovell and Ruf Dug. MFD will be attending the festival Love International in Croatia celebrating “Twenty Years of Aficionado” for an 8 hour session!

Here is a reflection of what I played and what we listened to in the office.

Chilled Tracks:

The Swan and The Lake – Plastic Pacific Ocean (by far my most played chill out track of 2017 and the track that ended most of my DJ sets)

Hammond Blue – DK/SK (love this – beautiful)

Tahoe – Dedekind Cut (sunset material)
Poesia La Mar – Jacob Gurevitsch (catching that old vibe from Cafe Del Mar)
This Road – Laura Misch (sublime and jazzy)
Humanature (cosmic blessing by calm) – Citizen of peace. (amazing 10 min of bliss)
Lullaby – Hampshire & Foat (Sunset vibes)
My Mistake – Maricopa
Vrohero Oneiro – Bonnie & Klein
View Of Visdom – Troels Hammer (Blade runner vibes)
Dreams – Alice Boman (Poppy Swedish Melancholy)
Johnny Nash – Eden
Mona Lisa’s Smile/ Tender Surrender/ Let’s Talk About Privileges – Molly Nilsson

The Pathway of Our Lives – Mark Barrott
Bonne Nuit – Dalholt & Langkilde
Vinsome 2 B side (chilled dub)
Sunset Village – Beverly Glenn Copeland
Nordsø & Theill – full album (classic)
My Island – Blank & Jones

Rest In Space – Islandman
Waiting Around – John Stammers
My Favourite Place – Chris coco (full of essential chill)

Afanyala – Maylee Todd (Sade vibes)
Deja Vu – (D.K.s Trouble Town Dub) – Mogwaa (sounded great in the sun)
The Other Side – Mackrory & Collier (balearic smoothness)
Senegal Seduction – Charlotte Adigery
Dinas – Bendith (beautiful Ep)

Cantico Brasiliero No 3 (Kamaiura) (Selvgem and Carrot Green Remix)
Bird Watching (Penguin Cafe Remix) – Cornelius

Walk With The Dreamers (Leo Mas & Fabrice Remix and Dub) – Laid Back
Age Of Love (Solomun Remix) – Age Of Love
Dalbouka (JD Twitch Remix) – C Cat Trance

Perfect 12 inch:
Themes From The Hood, The Cad and The Lovely Ep by Max Essa (3 killers on one 12inch)

Probably my most played track of 2017:
Love Flight by Willie Graff & Darren Eboli (love it to pieces – sounding a bit like Wally Badarou meets Metro Area should be out in February)

Perfect Summer Vibe:
Running In The Sand – Modern Manners

Best 7inch:
Crest Of A Wave – B B Boogaloo

& loved this one too:
Mi-e Poftă De Tine – Ion Din Dorobanti

Best 10 inch:
What Jah Give (Androo Remix) – Frank Mullins

Boot series:
Balearic Blah Blah

Hamam House

Leo Mas & Nancy Noise

Tribal Rites by Bill Brewster

Sweet As Broken Dates – Lost Somali Tapes
Moments In Time by Moonboots
Mercury Rising @Pikes by Dj Harvey
Welcome to Paradise by Young Marco

Out Of The Blue by Phil Mison
Tropical Drums of Deutschland by Jan Schulte
Outro Tempo – … Music from Brazil by John Gomez
Pop Makossa (The Invasive dance beat of Cameroon ..)

Miracle Steps (Music from The fourth World …) by Jd Twitch
Crown Ruler by Jeremy Spellacy
Beach Diggin Vol 5 by Mambo & Guts

Selectors by Young Marco
11000 Dreams by Jan Van Der Brooke

Best Old School Remix:
This Time Baby by Jackie Moore (remixed by John Morales)
Ooh What A Life (Gerd Janson & Shan Edits) by Gibson Brothers
Funkin For Jamaica by Tom Browne (remixed by John Morales)

Unusual Production and songstructure:
Saying (feat Damon Albarn) – Nic Fanciulli

Perfect pop song:
I Don’t Know (feat. Samuel T. Herring) – Badbadnotgood

Dance Tracks:
Gunfighter (Haners Edit) – Terry Crawford
Peace Moves – Jan Schulte
Hamdi – Nachtbraker

Andromeda – Be Svendsen
Paradiso 89 – Azura
Bailando – Earthtrax and Newborn Jr
Te Faz Bem / Deixa A Musica Tocar – Copenema
Mido / Darunia – Yak

Everytime I see The Light – Peaking Lights
Avalon – &me

Today Is The Day – Frazelle
(Cola Remix by Kenneth Bager) – Camelphat and Elderbrook
Be A Man – Dazion
Marvin – Mulya
The Basement Is Burning – Marquis Hawkes
Save Me (Ashley Beedle Mix) – Stan Serkin

Devozioni (Remix by Leo Mas & Fabrice and Gemolotto) – Enzo Avitabile
Sunshine (Kink Remix) – Unit 2
One More Fluorescent Rush/ Finally Some Common Ground – Avalon Emerson
Surrender – Gerd Janson & Shan

Alternative/DarkWave /EBM:
Amon – Violet Poison
Touch Absence – Lanark Artefax

Fokus / Durch Die Haare Die Stirn/Aus Dem Hals Der Flasche – Schwefelgelb
Weapons – Divider
Car Car Car – Dj Hell (Spanish Version)
Fire/Moving – Out 2
Eisen Im Feuer – Thomas P Heckmann
Hollow Flesh – Phase Fatale
Kiss The Blade – Svengalisghost

Smiling Face track:
Hepimiz Icin – Okay Temiz / Jonny Dyani

Captain Ganja & The Space Patrol – Tradition

Embrace – Martin Kornberger & Volker Kuhn
Santa Barbara – Albinos
Encore – Arthur Verocai

Dub Oven Ep
Through The Looking Glass – Midori Takada
Ghost In The Shell – Kenji Kawai
Some Backland Plaza – Karel Arbus & Eiji Takamatsu
Do You Know Black History – Dr Mary Sullivan Bain
The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane
Martin Kornberger & Volker Kuhn – Embrace

Killer Package:
Claremont – 10 Years Anniversary Box set

Re edits:
A Conga Saved My Life – Lotus 72 D

Drive Time – Mark Barrott
Soul Kitchen – Visti & Meyland feat The Doors
Ed Chorusno / Johnny Hates Sax – Tell Me When / Hold On
Got Time For For Love – DanyB revision

Overlooked Record:
Kalima’s Dance (Sprinkles Deeperama) – Kuniyaki & Jimpster (sounding like Arthur Russell / indian Ocean – Tree House)

Best Pop Album:
American Dream – Lcd Sound System
Rest – Charlotte Gainsbourg
Cigarettes After Sex S/T

Wonderful Weirdness:
Black Origami – Jlin
Value – Visionist

Busy Bee:
Andi Hanley

Brawl in Cell Block 99
The Square
Mens Vi Lever ( danish – While We Live )


Amazing moments of 2017:
1.Hearing Dj Harvey drop Copenema – “Te Faz Bem” at Pikes at The Opening party of Mercury Rising in Ibiza at 4 in the morning and seeing the reaction caused.

2. Having Dinner with Takada Midori

3. Hearing Ruf Dug play “Let’s Dream Together” by the New Age Orchestra at Love International boat party

What a year! 2017 was unbelievable for music – so many quality releases.
Special thanks to all labels and artists for the unbelievable amount of fantastic music.
Lots of Love