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At the next therapy session, Marco comes to Archie's office in order to see his long-time friend. Henry excitedly reveals that Marco is actually Geppettoand outlines his plans to search the mine because he is positive that the sinkhole's sudden appearance has something to do with the curse. Archie cuts him off; telling him that if he continues on with his crazy idea, people will think he is insane and lock him up.
Henry is crushed by Archie's demand that his nonsense must end, and leaves visibly upset. In tears, he goes straight to Emma, who comforts him and then drops him back home. Nonetheless, Henry is unable to give up on his idea, and ventures into the mines.
Inside, he removes a piece of decorative glass that bears a striking similarity to the one Regina pocketed earlier. Suddenly, the ceiling begins collapsing. Henry finds Archie inside the mines as well, and they become lost.
From following the sound of Pongo 's bark, they come upon an elevator and start cranking it upward to the surface, but it gets stuck halfway up. Henry apologizes for being reckless as Archie is also remorseful for his own harsh words earlier. In truth, he doesn't really think Henry is crazy, and though Regina is extremely protective, it's perfectly fine to have an imagination.
In turn, Henry inspires Archie to change into the person he wants to be rather than listening to other people all the time. They discuss Henry's fairytale theory, and his firm belief that there simply has to be more to the world. Suddenly, Emma is lowered down on a harness to bring them up. Archie almost falls with the collapsing elevator but latches on to Emma's foot with the umbrella.
All three of them are lifted to safety. After David is released from the hospital, he and Emma attend his welcome home party. Henry theorizes that David doesn't remember his life as Prince Charming due to the curse, and needs to recall them before his false memories set in. Emma tries to convince him that the reason David got lost a few nights back by the Toll Bridge is due to amnesia. Henry thinks if David is asked about his previous sword fighting skills as Prince Charming, it will jog his memory.
When he openly inquiries about this later, David laughs at the thought. Sheriff Graham stops by Regina's house where Henry answers the door. Graham wants to speak with Henry, and asks Henry if he is in his book.
After showing him a picture of wolf, Graham recognizes it as the Wolf he has seen around Storybrooke, and tells Henry that he has been flashes of what he believes to be a past life, and they began after he kissed Emma.
Henry is surprised Graham kissed Emma, and listens as he continues to describe the flashes; one being the wolf, the other having a knife and getting ready to hurt Mary Margaret. Henry turns the page, and finds out that Graham is the Huntsman because he was raised by wolves, and once spared Snow White's life. Graham asks what happened to him after he spared Snow White's life, and Henry states the Evil Queen ripped out his heart. At some point, Emma learns the result of Graham's autopsy and tells Henry that he died of natural causes, but the kid does not buy it.
Henry becomes increasingly depressed and, two weeks after the sheriff's death, he warns Emma that they should not mess with the curse. He blames himself for Graham's death and wants to give up on "Operation Cobra".
However, his faith is renewed when Emma wins the position as the new town sheriff. A few days later, Henry is browsing in Mr.
Clark 's store when two children about his age walk up to him. They introduce themselves as Ava and Nicholas and ask him to hang out. Just as Henry is about to leave, Mr.
Clark corners them and accuses them of shoplifting. He calls Regina who, when she arrives, is confident that Henry is framed by the two orphans.
Henry Run The Jewels - The Shift (5) - Run The Mixtape (Cassette) at the police station and tells Emma that Ava and Nicholas are really Hansel and Greteland asks her about his birth father. Emma tells him that his father was a man training to be a firefighter who liked pumpkin pie and died trying to save a family from a burning apartment building.
Emma succeeds in reuniting Ava and Nicholas with their fatherand Henry gets a pumpkin pie to share with Emma. As they leave the diner, he comments she really is changing things in Storybrooke. Suddenly, they hear a rumbling noise, and turn to see a man on a motorcycle riding into town.
In the morning, Henry walks out of his house with his backpack when he sees the stranger from last night with his motorcycle and a large box attached to the back of it. He asks the man what he is doing in Storybrooke, and that no one ever comes here.
Regina notices Henry conversing with the stranger, and comes out to investigate, but the man drives away quickly on his motorcycle. Regina demolishes Henry's castle playhouse for safety reasons, which upsets him greatly.
He also discovers that his storybook of fairytales has disappeared. Emma tries to expose Regina for wasting Storybrooke's stolen money on a separate house for herself in the woods, however, the house turns out to be a modern playground for all the children of Storybrooke.
Regina then warns Emma to stay away from Henry, or else she will take legal action against her. While Henry is playing on the playground with the other children, he asks if they can talk about "Operation Cobra" sometime.
Run The Jewels - The Shift (5) - Run The Mixtape (Cassette) declines and says that his mom might keep her away from him if they tried. As she drives away, Henry watches her leave. A few days later, during Mr. Gold's imprisonment for physical assault on MoeRegina arrives at the station with Henry. She bribes Emma to spend some time with him so she can speak to Mr. Gold for thirty minutes. He and Emma go to the parlor to get ice cream.
After that, Regina gives Henry a video game to apologize for her destroying his castle, but Henry still misses his book. A few minutes later, a visibly upset Kathryn comes into Regina's office in Run The Jewels - The Shift (5) - Run The Mixtape (Cassette) to speak with her, and Henry leaves.
Emma later finds his storybook and surprises him by returning it. Many days later, he helps out in the sheriff's office browsing on the computer through possible jobs for a recently unemployed Ruby. Most of the job listings involve carrying something in a little basket and delivering it, but she does not like the sound of any of them. However, Ruby is very good at directing and answering office telephone calls, which Emma takes note of.
Emma hires Ruby as her assistant. When David is reported in a daze in the woods, Emma is ready to go look for him when Henry cuts in. He reveals that Ruby is actually Red Riding Hoodbut that she does not know how cool she can be. Emma heeds Henry's advice and takes Ruby with her. Ruby successfully finds David, and later finds a crucial piece of evidence under the Toll Bridge linking Mary Margaret to Kathryn's murder.
Soon after Mary Margaret's arrest, Henry sits a the diner counter trying to think of ways he can help. August comes in and offers him some encouragement. August tells Henry to look inside his book for the answers. He becomes excited at the prospect of someone believing in him and browses through the book. After coming to the sheriff department, he finds Mary Margaret's cell empty.
He sits out in the hallway until Emma and Mr. Gold walk up to him, and he tells them they did a good thing by freeing Mary Margaret from her cell. Emma is confused until she goes into the sheriff's office to see what he is talking about. In a panic, she leaves the station to find Mary Margaret, and eventually finds her in a crazed stranger 's house, who believes himself to be the Mad Hatter with a daughter named Grace.
The next day, Emma talks with Henry before he has go to class. A classmate, Paigegreets Henry on her way into the school building. Puzzled by the girl's appearance, Emma asks Henry for his book, and he happily offers it up.
She flips through the book until she sees a picture page with the Mad Hatter and Grace. She finds proof of a shovel piece, to which Henry helps set them up to enter into the house garage with a key while Regina is busy in the shower. Inside Regina's garage, August and Emma find a shovel is a perfect match for the piece they found earlier. However, when Emma comes back the next day with a search warrant, the shovel is gone.
Despite the setback, they do find a disheveled and alive Kathryn in the diner alley. One morning, August suffers a severe leg spasm, and phones Henry to "move the plan along faster". On a rainy morning, they have a stakeout across the street from Mr. Gold's pawnshop. Henry does not understand how this is part of "Operation Cobra", but August asks him to do as he says. Henry goes into the store and distracts Mr.
Gold by asking to buy a homecoming gift for Mary Margaret, who has since been released from custody following Kathryn's reappearance.
Later, at the party, he asks August if he found what he was looking for, and how bad was it when Mr. Gold caught him snooping in the store.
August admits he did not find what he wanted, but he believes "it" will find him. Shortly thereafter, Emma escorts Henry out of the party as Regina does not know he is here, and he will have to go home since his mother will be home shortly. Emma opens the door just as David is preparing to come in.
To save Mary Margaret the awkwardness of dealing with him, she asks Henry to walk home with David. Since regaining his book, Henry notices the story of Pinocchio has been added to the pages. One day at school, Emma approaches him and asks to read the book, to which he happily obliges.
However, he quickly notices that the new pages are strange and asks Emma for her help over it. She does not take him seriously and leaves. After another bad encounter with Regina, and August's crazy suggestion that she is Storybrooke's "savior", Emma becomes fed up and wants to leave town with Henry.
She offers him a ride in the car, and after does he realize what is happening, Henry forces the steering wheel to swerve, and the car comes to a halt in a brush of trees. He tells her that she must stay and break the curse.
Emma reluctantly agrees to go back. Worried about Emma's lack of belief in the curse, Henry seeks out August at his bed and breakfast guest room. As August pulls up his pant leg, Henry is able to see the leg is wooden. August explains that it's no longer possible for him to help with "Operation Cobra" with his rapid transformation into wood and it's up to Henry. So, he rushes over to convince Emma that the curse is real, but she urgently tells him she is leaving town so the feud between her and Regina can stop.
He hugs her tightly, unable to say goodbye, and then notices an apple turnover sitting on the table. Alarmed, he frantically asks where she got it from. Emma states it is a treat from Regina, but Henry is adamant that she doesn't eat it. Henry refuses to accept that Emma is leaving his life for good and promises her that he has faith in her, and will somehow prove that the curse exists. Henry grabs the apple pastry and before she can stop him, he takes a bite.
At first, he seems fine, but then collapses unconscious. While Emma and her parents hug, he calls David, "Grandpa", which the latter joyfully acknowledges before embracing him as well. Henry is scared for his adoptive mother when he hears that Dr. Whale is leading a mob to Regina 's house and begs Emma and the others to stop it.
After doing so, a Wraith released by Mr. Gold begins hunting down Regina, to which a magic hat is used to transport it into a portal, though Emma and Mary Margaret are also sucked in.
In the aftermath, Henry walks in with Ruby to see his adoptive mother strangling David. He calls Regina an evil queen upon hearing what happened to Emma and Mary Margaret and refuses to see her again until they come back.
Henry leaves with David and begins living in the apartment. Outside the town hallHenry waits with Ruby for David. When he arrives, Henry tries to cheer him up, but fails because Leroy runs in and reveals that if anyone leaves Storybrookethey lose all their memories of the Enchanted Forest forever.
He goes home with David and tries to help him with his speech in boosting the town residents' morale and calming the chaos, but then David runs off to seek out Jefferson to find a way to rescue Emma and Mary Margaret. Henry goes with Ruby to the meeting at the town hall, but David never shows up. Instead, Regina terrorizes the townspeople with her new-found magic until Henry grudgingly agrees to return home with her.
Locking himself in his room, he attempts to escape out the window, but Regina blocks him with a barrier spell. Frustrated over being imprisoned, Henry accuses her of making him feel crazy because he knew, while the curse was still intact, the truth about the Enchanted Forest and the people in it.
Wishing to make amends, she offers to teach him magic as much can be gained from it, but Henry declares he'd rather not become like her. Realizing she is making her son unhappy, Regina allows Henry to leave with David. She only wishes for him to be with her if he wants to and not by force.
Regina promises Henry that she will strive to be worthy of his love and promises him that she will redeem herself.
After departing with David, they head to the diner where Henry tells Marco of his son 's true identity. Regretfully, David doesn't want him to get involved and would rather he just attend school like an average boy. Henry is walked to the school bus, but he only pretends to get on. Once David is out of sight, he runs off to find the owner of the portal hat, Jeffersonwho tells him about Regina's vault that may contain magic. Noticing Jefferson's troubled state, Henry urges him to find his daughter, Paige.
Over the phone, Henry invites Regina to lunch at the diner. When she accepts and leaves her office, he breaks in to steal keys to the vault and unlock a box only for poisonous vipers to rear up at him. Luckily, he is quickly rescued by David who was informed by her after Henry stood her up and figured out what he was up to.
Henry apologizes for disobeying him since he misses Emma and Mary Margaret very much. David comforts him, and the two leave the vault. Later, while Henry sits in Emma's car, David hands him a wooden sword as they start a sparring match.
Henry hangs out in the mines watching David and the dwarves mining for fairy dust. The plan is to find fairy dust, and use it on Jefferson's hat with possible transportation to and from the Enchanted Forest. Ruby brings lunch in a basket, and Henry takes a muffin. At the stables, David shows Henry his new pony, telling him that he will need to take care of the animal and earn its trust before he can ride it.
Henry starts to groom his pony, and David leaves the stables to tend to other matters. He continues to groom him for some time until a recently resurrected Daniel arrives and scares the pony; making it rear and bolt out of the stables in fear. Henry asks him to stop because he is scaring the horses, but then, seeing the blood on Daniel's hands, he offers to help him. This triggers a bad memory in Daniel's mind, and he grabs Henry's Run The Jewels - The Shift (5) - Run The Mixtape (Cassette) and lifts him off the ground.
David arrives in time to save Henry and tells him to run. During a terrifying nightmare, Henry wakes up screaming and is comforted by David. He tells David of seeing a room without windows and doors covered in blood red curtains with flames in the room, in addition to a female figure on the other side of the room who was observing him.
David calms Henry down by lighting a candle to soothe him. Unbeknownst to either, Henry's nightmare closely mirrors that of another person. Henry is still having nightmares. David catches him trying to stay up by drinking coffee.
He reassures Henry that everything will be fine and that he will watch over him, but when he has his nightmare and wakes screaming, it is Regina who comforts him. Henry wonders why she's there instead of David, and she informs him that David got an emergency call and was forced to leave. Henry discovers a burn on his hand, and in a panic realizes that his nightmares are real.
Regina calls Mr. Gold over, who kindly gives Henry a necklace that lets him control his actions in the nightmare. The next time he goes to sleep, he is visited by a depressed David, who fears informing Henry he might never see Emma and Mary Margaret again due to Albert Spencer burning the hat out of revenge. Meanwhile, in his nightmare, Henry is delighted to discover that the necklace works, which allows him to put the fires out.
He sees a woman and tells her that his name is Henry and that she should not be afraid. When an asleep Henry revisits the Netherworld, the same woman, Aurora, is there and tells Henry she is with his mother and grandmother and that they need his help.
Before she can tell him how, he wakes up. Frantically, he tells Regina and David the news. Amidst the good news, he tells Regina that they need help from her mother. Henry agrees to contact Aurora again in the netherworld. Regina and David sit by his bed as Mr. Gold tells Henry that the key to stopping Cora is the squid ink found in Rumplestiltskin's Cell. While in this nightmare, Henry tries to tell Aurora about the squid ink, but she cannot hear him and is sucked away.
He wakes up and they ask him if he delivered the message. He says that he was not able to tell her. Regina notices a burn on his arm Run The Jewels - The Shift (5) - Run The Mixtape (Cassette) refuses to send him back as the dreams are physically scorching him.
Gold uses magic to heal Henry's arm. David, too, does not want to send Henry back and instead asks to be put under the sleeping curse. Later, Henry watches as Regina combines the magical ingredients to form a sleeping curse for David. He asks her if she has stopped using magic. Regina admits to using magic on Daniel, and that she is trying to use it to help. Henry is pleased by this. Regina hands the curse to Mr.
Gold who dips it into a needle. David asks Mr. Gold how to find Mary Margaret and he does not know. His finger is pricked, and David falls under the sleeping curse. I think it was Horsemouth [Leroy Wallace] playing a little melody. You mean the world to me. It never press a lot but it a good song. It sound good. It could have sold a lot if I had press more.
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Hopelessness is a tremendous, terrifying reflection on the perils of drone warfare, our digital panopticon, the continued degradation of the planet Earth, and patriarchal violence. In these horrifying, beautiful songs, ANOHNI presses crisis to flesh—and as this decade wore on, they became more and more relevant. Throughout Hopelessnessthese become powerful symbols of American carnage. Hopelessness crystalised the environmentalist pop ANOHNI had made for years with Antony and the Johnsons into piercingly sharp, graceful protest songs for our present and future dystopias.
And like true performance artists, siblings Karin and Olaf Dreijer knew that the legitimacy of their message hinged on their willingness to obliterate themselves. Even coming from a group that had, over the previous decade, forsaken neon-bright indie-pop for black-light techno-goth and impenetrable operatic dronescapesShaking the Habitual marked yet another radical act of self-negation.
The shadowy electro provocateurs were reborn as an animalistic, post-apocalyptic industrial act making an ungodly clang from presumably short-circuiting synths and burnt-out oil drums bashed by human bones. In retrospect, the album functioned as a punishing boot-camp drill to prepare us for the difficult conversations, legislative battles, and bad-faith disinformation wars that rage today.
Pause for a moment to remember Decemberand think of the people you knew who were alive then, now gone. The older you are, the more names will come to mind. And the next 10 years will bring more names still—possibly many more. Death is real. But inside the minutiae are truths that exist independently of Elverum. His story starts to feel like yours. Within the span of one month inA Tribe Called Quest fans went from never expecting music from the group again to mourning Phife Dawg to preparing themselves for a new album.
Beyond all of this, the album momentarily returned Phife Dawg to us, his voice showing no rust despite the years.
Despite the desires of her label, Sky Ferreira refused to be molded into the next coy pop princess. As a result, her debut album was locked in purgatory for years, until she put her own modeling money toward financing it. Throughout it, she owns her emotional complexities, moving coolly from optimism to frustration to a Lynchian brooding that the director himself later put to good use. Working alongside producers including Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, she fashions these raw sentiments into sparkly synth-pop and grungy, kohl-lined gems.
Night Time, My Time is testament to the power of singing for oneself. Then, now, and forever, love makes people go a little crazy. Throughout Return of the Ankhher only proper album of this decade, she offers up conflicting desires with the unfiltered realness of a drunk dial.
She pines for a long-distance love with lusty teenage angst. She laughs about fucking around on a besotten boyfriend. The first thing Lemonade delivers is wrath: Infidelity has ruptured not just marriage but a whole life.
But then everything builds to something more profound, more complete: a prayer about how love can fracture the self. Lemonade feels like an exercise in dissonance, the act of holding two warring ideas in your head and in your heart: You can love someone but also hate them, adore your father and also resent him, want to cry and twerk at the same time.
It exalts the mundane as profoundly spiritual: being black, being a woman, feeling confused, feeling grief, trying to forgive, feeling sexual. In all those, together, is the healing. But instead, Charli began to construct her own little weird pop utopia from the ground up, turning to the squelchy, hyper-synthetic sounds of producers like A.
Throughout, she solidifies her mastery of the strange, wonderful new pop world she continues to build. About halfway through ApocalypseBill Callahan describes a scene in which a man, sitting alone in a boat, fires a flare gun into the sky. As the flare rises, the man can see everything. When it comes back down, it sets his boat on fire. The boat goes down—the man, too, in all his contradictions.
If anything, the mood is one of lightness, of calm, of finally being released from the illusory responsibilities of being all the things the man thought he was. Coming after more than a dozen albums, Apocalypse feels like an ascendance: His voice is lower, his music more rustic but more psychedelic, too. The stone-faced man who seems to know all, and in denim, no less. Then again, so is life. David Bowie was sometimes accused of being calculating, and that trait served him triumphantly when it came to stage-managing his exit as an artist.
From its daring music to its perfect title, from its stunning artwork to its startling videos, Blackstar was a magnificent farewell to his audience. Unlike his preceding album The Next DayBlackstar betrays zero concern for radio play or other worldly metrics of success.
The title track is one of the strangest and strongest things Bowie ever made. Melding classic flamenco techniques with trap and the stylistic instincts of the Instagram generation was postmodern, to say the least. A lesser musician might not have weathered the criticisms—she still seems to be figuring it out—but El Mal Querer was one of the most exquisite albums of the decade. By lateDev Hynes had established himself as the go-to vibey songwriter of the moment. His tracks with Solange and Sky Ferreira established a new sound in pop, merging slinky guitar with full-on lamentation and heartbreak.
These bummer jams, spiked with extra catchy catharsis, succeeded because they felt realbut Hynes had yet to fully capitalize on his talents as a solo artist. That changed with Cupid Deluxe. After Cupid DeluxeHynes further opened his sound: His subsequent albums are deeper, more complex, and more adventurous.
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She turned in 72 songs for this project; 12 made the cut of the standard release. She gave us more key changes than we ever thought we needed. And she blew with a late-anthropocene gusto, quivering and shaking around words, interpreting by the syllable. After the majestic ballads and clear-eyed heartache of her third album, Bury Me at Makeout CreekMitski returned with a louder and gnarlier indie-rock record rife with distortion and thrashing guitar riffs.
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This interpretation may have been partly because of how twigs carries herself—a generously candid musician and sinewy dancer—but is also attributable to the complex ways she delves into such topics as autonomy, aloneness, and sensuality in a holistic sense. Lead single "Two Weeks" may have been a break-up song lyrically, but the way she dives into it—vocal cadences interplaying with triple-time bass—elevates it into something like a triumphant prose poem to herself.
Released in a crowded year for British experimental electronics, twigs' sense of drama pushed the landscape of heady dancefloor tracks into a blissfully corporeal space. But after branching off from the collective, he grew into the role of jazz poet, with an expanded circle of friends influencing him.
Here, Earl digs deep, heals, and completely comes into his own. Now the folkier corners of indie rock are filled with auteur singer-songwriters who are trying to be both timeless and out of time, intimate-seeming yet often fleshed out by a smoky full band, angsty like punk and sad like old country.
Spurred by a breakup but ultimately about much more, Burn Your Fire for No Witness is self-help by way of total emotional whiplash. A lesser singer would have delivered the line with more earnest hope, but Olsen knows that lurking behind every step forward is a dark night of the soul waiting to strike. Hearing In Colour feels like listening to the dissection of a heartbeat—skittering anxieties mirrored in the snares, the warm glow of love reflected in steel drums, camaraderie sampled via musical voices of the past.
She sings with pathos in every creak of her voice, catharsis in every sigh. It took her a long time to release CTRL —derailed by label politics, three totally different versions existed before this one emerged.
Because of that, maybe, the album is such an accurate soundscape of the false starts, rough drafts, and dashed expectations of growing out of your twenties. A noted fan of story songs, Musgraves knows that sometimes, the story is as simple as how flowers look on the walk to the bar. Dan Bejar made a masterpiece out of a comedown, a glassy-eyed look at a world starting to collapse. Underneath the listless arrangements, Bejar settles into his bon vivant character. Nero fiddled; Bejar chilled.
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It has all the jaggedness of something stitched together by hand but none of the attendant imperfections. It moans and whimpers and bludgeons and exhales, all in perfect time. You can practically hear Double Cup sweat. Norman Fucking Rockwell! In between, she takes on wide-lens topics—climate change, gun violence, depression, death—with effortless cool. She even manages to seamlessly fit in a Sublime cover.
Her indelible pop melodies are strung together with the grace of a tragic ballet. Lana worked on the record with Jack Antonoff, a producer known for encouraging pop artists to indulge their most theatrical, bombastic sides. Somehow, despite all of these harrowing details, you can play good kid, m. It is a morality play that resists easy lessons, a sermon that embraces pleasure. Every autobiographical rap album that came after it walks in part in its footsteps. It makes his personal history feel almost allegorical, and even more powerful for it.
As that gurgly, disorienting sound pulses and convulses for 15 seconds, it feels like a laser is cutting a hole through spacetime. Kanye emerges from this portal as confident as ever, but he sounds angrier, uglier.
His rapping is crude and labored; the rhymes are vulgar and the images are incendiary. Soul—the fulcrum of his past music, in design and affect—is supplanted by bitter, horny electricity. It feels as if Skynet sent a Terminator back in time exclusively to hip-thrust and shout obscenities in the town square. Inthe theater of Kanye scorching his public image was already a familiar show, but Yeezus felt like a plot twist because of its intensity. From the writing to the producing to the mixing, Kanye and his corps of writers and producers insist on provocation.
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, The Sunnyside Of The Street - The Pogues - The Rest Of The Best (Vinyl, LP)
, Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd - The Wall (CD, Album)
, Rendez Moi Le Silence - Julie Zenatti - Comme Vous ...LAmour Suffit (CD, Album)
, Strings & Guitars - Various - OXA Trance Parade 2007 (CD)
, A Phone Call/The Wrong Kiss/PeterS Birthday - Danny Elfman - Spider-Man 2 (Original Motion Picture S
, She - Spirit Fancies - Tumi - A Dream Led To This... (Vinyl)
, Sä Kaunehin Oot (Bei Mir Bist Du Schön) - Jope Ruonansuu - Matkiva Kulkuri (Vinyl, LP, Album)
, Various - Jeff Özdemir & Friends (Vinyl, LP, Album)