Releases

Recommended: Tuff City Kids – Bobby Tacker EP

After a run of remixes for a myriad of labels including Throne of Blood, Innervision and Live At Robert Johnson, Tuff City Kids have released their debut record on Unterton, an Ostgut Ton sub-label. Tuff City Kids is the brainchild of respected music journalist Gerd Janson and German producer Phillip Lauer. The pair has combined forces to […]

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Recommended: Cosmic Revenge – Palace Gates EP

Following an impressive first year that saw five releases from Richelle, Mister Tweeks, Lucid and Sinjin Hawke, Belgian imprint-turned-collective Pelican Fly has had a quiet release schedule through the first half of 2012. The collective has definitely kept busy recently – as evidenced by the handful of mixes that have sprung up on their SoundCloud, as […]

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Recommended: ItaloJohnson – ITJ05

Hands down, ItaloJohnson pressed one of the deepest grooves of 2011 with their third untitled white label. There are three simple statements that sum up the trio’s goals and ideals: “ItaloJohnson combines different influences and aesthetics through a very uncomplicated musical formula. ItaloJohnson is in no way trying to reinvent the wheel, rather trying to create […]

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Recommended: Torn Hawk – Tarifa

Our love for L.I.E.S. should be apparent at this point, but just in case we haven’t fully transmitted it to you here’s another attempt. This would usually be the part where we’d give you a little background on the artist, but as you’d expect this is Torn Hawk’s first release. All we know for certain […]

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Recommended: DjRUM – 2NDRP12017

There’s a touch of the epic in DjRUM’s productions. That’s no surprise to anyone who heard “Mountains”, his breathtaking set of 12s on 2nd Drop last year, or his astonishing mix for Resident Advisor some months back. One of the standout tracks of that mix was a sort of rework of “Undercoat”, the opening track […]

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Recommended: Lord of the Isles – Futures

It’s through the final ten minutes of George FitzGerald’s relentlessly charming mixtape for XLR8R that we only recently stumbled upon the breathtaking sounds of Lord of the Isles, and we’re glad to have done so better late than never. The versatility displayed in this fairly mystical Scottish producer’s body of work is rather remarkable, with […]

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Chronicles, Downloads, Releases

Chronicles: Rockie Fresh – Driving 88

Rockie Fresh, we like this Rockie Fresh. Sweet, ha ha ha! The Chi-town native Rockie Fresh, born Donald Pullen, has been doing a great deal of things right over the past three years. The young rapper, who now rightfully deserves the underground king prefix, runs with a calm flow, often evened out by heavy instrumentals, […]

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Recommended: Koreless – Lost In Tokyo

Koreless, one of Pictures Music’s poster children, hooked us on his vowel concentrated samples and relatively beatless tracks from day one. His music immediately creates a dense and almost meditative environment yet it’s absolutely club music. After making a splash in early 2011 with his 12” debut “4D” he stepped out of the spotlight, only […]

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Three-Peat: Vol. IV

Three-Peat is our feature spanning genres and labels to bring you three select releases from the past – whether the past month or the past year – that still deserve your attention. 1. Makam – What Ya Doin’ In May, Amsterdam-based record label Dekmantel – which recently commemorated its five year anniversary with a stellar five-installment […]

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Recommended: SertOne – Shapes In The Sky EP

It’s been nearly a year since we (belatedly) wrote about SertOne’s wonderful “The View From Above” EP on Melted Music. In the intervening twelve months your boy has put out a compilation just cause he could, dropped a Dilla tribute EP and gone touring around Ireland with the Lightbox crew, not to mention a heap […]

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Review: Darling Farah – Body

Why does great dance music elicit such a profound physical response? It’s more than just an aesthetic appreciation for an artist’s creative vision. It’s more than just the communal energy of a packed dance floor. And it’s certainly more than just an alcohol-induced compulsion to let loose and move. On a fundamental level, whether biological […]

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Recommended: Ooko – Sex Sells EP

Nottingham based Mimm might still be in it’s infancy when it comes to releasing music as a record label but they’ve been steadily grinding hard through other means for a while now. Located in the heart of Hockley, their resume includes putting on numerous music events, art exhibitions and pushing their own unique style of […]

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