Downloads, Releases

Recommended: 2K – Bootlegs

Hailing from West London, 2K’s emergence in the capital’s underground has been a measured, finely-tuned one. As an advocate for slow music, that’s just how he likes it; His creations posit more gradual rhythms as a chance to take in surroundings and grow. We highlighted his SHANTI edit, “SHANTI CRISIS (2K’S EARTHLY LOOP)”, in our […]

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Chronicles, Featured, Releases

Chronicles: D.R.A.M.

Artists such as D.R.A.M., Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, iLoveMakonnen and Chance the Rapper hold a charismatic aura that’s present regardless of whether they use it for inspiration or introspection. That character is tied to an emotional vulnerability that they all willingly share with the world through their music – perhaps more visibly on their […]

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Releases, Various

Premiere: White Visitation – Horizontal Dub

Mexico City’s Nicolas Guerrero returns to Blank Slate as White Visitation once again, sharing an EP of techno with one foot in the dancefloor and one foot out. As well as becoming a regular home of sorts for Michał Wolski and releasing a favourite of ours, Düve’s “Karv” (thank you Beatrice Dillon for the tip), […]

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Releases, Various

Seven Plays VII

For Seven Plays, each week one of our contributors will keep a personal music diary for seven days, then hand the feature over to another Truant at the end of the week. The idea is to keep sharing great music with our readers, but with a more individual touch than our more objective posts and […]

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Interviews

Interview: ANGEL-HO, Nkisi & Rabit

Back in October, Nkisi, ANGEL-HO and Rabit sat down with Truants’ Tayyab Amin to discuss ‘Decolonised Dancefloors: Race, Identity & The Global Underground’. The aim of the panel was to explore how the artists’ works and collaborations relate to these issues, whilst shedding light on and introducing their approaches to music. Nkisi is known for […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 127: Samrai & Platt

If you’ve been reading Truants closely over the past couple of years, you’ll know we’ve sung Manchester-based collective Swing Ting’s praises on a number of occasions. Originally formed as a radio show, Swing Ting now manifests itself as a clubnight and a record label, championing their own productions within UK club and soundsystem culture. The […]

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Releases

Recommended: Throwing Shade – Fate Xclusive EP

The first thing that springs to mind at the thought of Throwing Shade’s NTS shows is an overwhelming sense of discovery and wonder. She reaches far and wide for her selections, deftly shining lights on places often unexplored by many music lovers. Ventures such as her Muslim jazz showcases are hugely appreciated in a society […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Recommended: Father – Who’s Gonna Get F***** First?

It feels like surprise release drops have been the talk of major labels town ever since Beyoncé’s self-titled tornado tore through social media, towards that increasingly rare thing – actual album sales. Even though Beyoncé is hardly the first artist to have gone down that route (though she may have been the first to successfully […]

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Releases

Recommended: Disappears – Irreal

Based in Chicago, Disappears have been churning out LPs on Kranky with a frequency that’s almost become yearly tradition. Their fifth studio album, Irreal, sees the band sounding out their art-rock and post-punk from the bottom of a deep well. Dry throats and glazing eyes, uncertain interludes and unexpected trips into momentum – Disappears find […]

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Releases

Recommended: Gage – Bad Bitch ft. Kevin Jz Prodigy

This year, the extent of grime’s cross-pollination with other genres, styles and cultures has been center of the spotlight for many. We’ve heard it take on things as near as its similarly-youthful London sibling dubstep, reach as far out to Jersey club and stretch to abstract experimentalism. Curiously, it shares a sonic hallmark with ballroom […]

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Releases

Recommended: Murlo – Into Mist EP

It’s hard to be conservative with superlatives for an artist as singular as Murlo. With releases on Mixpak, Glacial Sound and Unknown to the Unknown as well as a host of other songs and refixes and an early entry in our Functions of the Now series, it’s safe to say Murlo had 2013 on smash. Even […]

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