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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Releases, Sunday's Best, Various

Sunday’s Best Pt. LIII

Not3s is best known for improbably catapulting London cab firm Addison Lee back to relevance in the age of Uber. His hilariously catchy debut, “Addison Lee”, went viral, even earning some thoughtful critique from Louis Theroux. This week, he released his debut EP Take Not3s, which announces what those who were paying attention to him […]

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Releases

Recommended: Obsequies – Organn

It’s possible to listen to Organn, the debut release from Belgian artist Obsequies on Knives, and hear something entirely new each time. That’s in part because the EP is such a densely layered cacophony; partly because with each manipulation of sound the listener’s attention is diverted elsewhere – an aural sleight of hand. It’s in […]

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Interviews, Releases

Interview: Ipek Gorgun

“Our legacy is trash.” When we look at the world and what we leave behind, this aphorism is scarily insightful. It comes at the end of the press release for Perfect Lung, the collaborative album from Ceramic TL and Ipek Gorgun. Gorgun is a multi-faceted artist. As well as making chilling ambient and electroacoustic music […]

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Releases

Recommended: DJ Python – Dulce Compañia

Brian Piñeyro is a man of many names. In just a few years he’s released as Deejay Xanax, DJ Wey, Luis and DJ Python. While each persona has its own quirks and tempos, the overriding theme is of breakbeat-leaning party music with a hint of ennui. Another recurrent characteristic is a dependence on repetition, with […]

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Featured, Interviews, Releases, Various

Interview: rbchmbrs

Born and based in Queens, NY, rbchmbrs has crafted an eclectically twisted sound over the course of two releases for DC label 1432 R. Distinguished by intricate drumwork and a surreal use of samples, his works journey through multiple genres, defying structural conventions while maintaining danceability. His latest EP, Passports, transports the listener through a […]

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Interviews, Releases, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 193: Joe

Joe well and truly had the wind in his sails just a few years back, quietly building up an impressive discography on the likes of Hemlock Recordings and Hessle Audio – pretty much UK royalty. Critical praise was heaped on his DJing too, his FACT mix still very much holding up today. Although his release […]

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Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. LII

Sharp Veins made a spectacular mix for our Functions of the Now series back in 2014. It moved through ambient classics into bits and pieces of grime, filtered through an American noisenik’s ears. In the year that followed, he put out the immersive Inbox Island for Glacial Sound along with a CD for sendspaace.eu and […]

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Interviews, Releases

Interview: Xao

Xao is often seen as a stand out character akin to his music, once described as a “yellow puffer amongst the heaving dance-floor otherwise dressed in black”. Recently, Astral Black presented his debut release with them: Alloys – five tracks showing the artist’s interest in different sounds, which is clearly noticeable when he presents the […]

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