Interviews, Releases

Interview: Gel

Karis Zidore is an artist, dancer and choreographer who has expanded her repertoire into sound, going by the name Gel. She makes dance music in ways that you might not recognise – it’s certainly not in 4/4. Inspired by movement, she has translated her feelings into a singular expression of largely electronic sounds in the […]

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Interviews, Releases

Interview: Silvia Kastel

Flowers From The Ashes: Contemporary Italian Electronic Music is a new compilation from Stroboscopic Artefacts. It’s a wide-ranging release that explores a variety of sonic modes being employed by artists from Italy. From the slow dank rumble of Andrea Belfi and Marco Shuttle to the ritualistic techno of Ninos Du Brasil and Lucy; from Alessandro […]

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Releases

Recommended: Overlook – All Of Them Witches

It’s easy to forget that Bristolian label UVB-76 have only been around for three years; the traction and reputation they’ve gained over such a short time speaks for itself. Label heads Nick Callaghan and Gabriel Au, AKA Ruffhouse and Gremlinz, bonded over music some seven-or-so years ago, meeting over online messaging much like everyone else […]

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Interviews, Releases

Interview: Gabber Eleganza

Back in the early ‘90s, near UK rave’s supposed high-water mark, there was a party in Wolverhampton called Quest. Like lots of nights, it printed and posted zines to deliver the word to faithful punters. Theirs featured a ‘Raver of the Month’ letter page. In a typical edition, one Nik Ratcliff of Torquay writes in […]

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Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. LVI

When we interviewed Manchester duo Space Afrika for our 162th Truancy Volume back in 2016, they explained that one of the most important influences for their sound was architecture. Somewhere Decent to Live, the name of their second album on Will Boyd’s Sferic label, is a nod to this. The duo’s northern English hometown serves […]

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Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. LV

Taraval is a US producer with just a few releases to his name. He released his debut on Four Tet’s Text Records, following stints performing as part of Caribou’s live band. He also runs the label Geej with Jeremy Greenspan, through which the pair’s collaboration Greenspan And Taraval appeared last summer. His latest arrives on […]

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Releases, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 204: Olof Dreijer

For our 204th Truancy Volume, we welcome a producer and DJ whose work we’ve seen bridge genres with pop influences over two decades under a multitude of aliases and projects. With his sister Karin, Olof Dreijer has released a plethora of music as The Knife, forming in 1999 from their then-home-studio in Stockholm, before going on to […]

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Releases

Recommended: Future Beat Alliance – Collected Works 1996-2017

Future Beat Alliance is the nom de plume of British producer Matthew Puffett. Having been active for more than two decades, last year saw the release of his thrilling retrospective reaching back as far as 1996. Influenced by acts such as Black Dog Productions, Balil, his sound is a melting pot of ideas, with intricate […]

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Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. LIV

Dub house done right can be an irresistible force, and Persuasion’s Quatermass EP is just that. This is the Montreal-based producer’s second appearance on Opal Tapes following 2014 split We Live Here, released under his Stefan Jós moniker. The new project embraces a heavier, more cavernous sound whilst staying true to an approach that, rather […]

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Interviews, Releases, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 199: Shed

For our 199th Truancy Volume and our last of the year, we welcome none other than René Pawlowitz to the series, providing us with an hour-long mix as Shed. Of the may aliases that Pawlowitz has produced under over the years (Craft, EQD, Evil Fred, Head High, Operation Amplified, PCK, Rhythm-Spd, Seelow, Sigg Gonzalez, Stable Mates, STP, The […]

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Releases

Recommended: JK Flesh – Exit Stance

Birmingham has been a melting pot for progressive music since it rebuilt itself post-war. Playing host to many mutating, free-flowing bands, the city found itself at the forefront of scenes such as post-punk, bhangra and Brumbeat. It was at the turn of the ‘90s when a fresh-faced Karl O’Connor and Peter Sutton formed the now-infamous […]

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