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Somehow you better realize when the music you're dancing to comes from people that have been exploited, the best tribute you can have is setting yourself loose in unity with the exploited.
Theo Parrish
Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best XXXIX

The story goes that Abul Mogard is an ex-factory worker from Belgrade, who only took up making and recording music after his retirement. Given drone’s propensity for crafting the enigmatic and mysterious, you’d be forgiven for being sceptical about such a backstory. But while the jury might be out with regards to Mogard’s history, there’s […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 154: Ploy

When Hessle Audio announced that their first 12″ of 2016 would be a debut from a seemingly new producer going by the name of Ploy, interest predictably piqued at the first new artist to the label since Bruce in 2014. Juno recently described Hessle’s discography as a narrative that is powerfully entwined with the wider happenings of […]

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Releases

Recommended: Aos – 90 East

Seattle DJ Aos came to our attention recently when the New York/Oregon label Blankstairs shared a two-hour chunk of a recent all-night set she played on SoundCloud. Taking in dreamy cuts like of Kassem Mosse’s remix of Machine Woman and Chaos In The CBD’s ‘Background Explorer’ as well as countless unfamiliar techno and electro tracks, […]

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Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 153: 8ULENTINA

For Truancy Volume 153 we’re pleased to present 8ULENTINA, curator of the recently featured Tobago Tracks compilation DISMISS U. 8ULENTINA is a producer, DJ and installation artist based in Oakland, California. Together with foozool, they run Club Chai, a club night that inverts power structures through its line ups and offers the kind of space that, as […]

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Various

Premiere: Gussy – Looking At Myself (Air Max ’97 Remix)

We’re extremely excited to premiere Air Max ’97‘s bionic take on Sydney singer and producer Gussy. Gussy’s takes an intimate look into fractured, digital selves and subjectivity under late heteropatriarchal capitalism. Air Max ’97 twists the vocals into something more alien and prickly. Where the original is touching and corporeal, the remix is cold and synthetic – […]

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Various

Recommended: Linda Catlin Smith – Dirt Road

Dirt Road started its life as dance music. Commissioned by a choreographer, this near 70 minute piece for violin and a glowing array of percussion (including vibraphone, gongs, cymbals and triangles) by the Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith achieves ambitious and euphoric heights through a startling shy set of musical materials. As the title suggests, the music wanders, […]

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Releases

Recommended: Jackmaster – DJ-Kicks

There has been something undeniably genuine about the rise of Jackmaster. The past few years have seen the Glaswegian take on a supreme (and burdensome) ‘party boy’ status in a remarkably dignified manner. For his so-called “troops”, he has become a beloved embodiment of exactly what they want dance music to be about: total uproar, […]

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Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. XXXVIII

Ocobaya is the new moniker for Washington, DC producers Aaron Leitko and Mike Petillo. Previously known for their work as Protect-U on the Future Times imprint, here they’ve teamed up with DC label and Truants favorite 1432 R to inaugurate the new project. The Messix EP finds them experimenting more than in past releases, sometimes […]

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Interviews, Various

Interview: 8ULENTINA & DISMISS U Artists

Released in April, Tobago Tracks’ DISMISS U compilation is one of the most vital of the year. Assembled by producer, DJ and installation artist 8ULENTINA, the compilation showcases seven femme artists weaving diasporic narratives into dance tracks that reference, subvert and/or ignore Western club tropes. Although the release is cohesive, it resists easy categorisation: featured on the […]

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