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Review: Fatima Al Qadiri – Desert Strike EP

Formed in 2011 as an American sister label to Night Slugs just as the previous year’s hype was starting to dissipate, one could be forgiven for thinking Fade To Mind might end up an unfortunate casualty of fashion trends. Just over a year later and its clear just how wrong this prediction was, with Fade […]

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Recommended: Duster Valentine / Aardvarck – Tracks from the Vault Vol. 1

“The Vault” is a mysterious place, reserved for random collections of Ashanti songs, the imprisonment of princesses between Disney marketing waves, and apparently the space is shared with an assortment of Rush Hour records as well. Through the label’s 13 years, they’ve accumulated enough material to merit the start of a new series called “Tracks […]

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Recommended: Cottam – Relapse EP

The low profile house conjuror Cottam first appeared through a string of self-released 12-inches that came out during the autumn of 2009 and the beginning of the following year. In Cottam’s own words, these releases that came in limited copies were incidental as he had no intention of putting them out until a friend told him […]

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Recommended: MGUN – The Upstairs Apt. EP

It’s been a good year for Don’t Be Afraid, Semtek’s London-based label. In February they unleashed the “Love Sceptre” EP from Photonz, a month before Mr Beatnick’s glorious “Sun Goddess” EP surfaced. Then they dropped some seasonal heat in the shape of two asparagus-inspired 12″s for Record Store Day, before gifting us a free EP […]

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Recommended: Breach & Midland – 101 / Somewhere

It seems to have taken a while, but Breach aka Ben Westbeech and Midland’s collaborative 12-inch has escaped the pressing plant and is finally in our hands. With a handful of releases to their names, both artists have been doing rounds on the house circuit for the last two years. The pairing might seem slightly […]

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Recommended: Mella Dee – Ruff Cuts EP

Last month UK producer Mella Dee, one half of Mista Men, dropped his second solo EP of the year, the “Ruff Cuts” EP on Forefront Recordings. After the relentless fury of the “CTRL” EP and his hyper-energetic work with Woozee, not to mention their recent collaborations with Irishman Detboi and Mella Dee’s work with Squarehead, “Ruff […]

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Review: S-Type – Billboard EP

S-Type’s been in the game since the mid noughties, expertly crafting high-octane beats on par with his contemporaries and label mates on LuckyMe. The Glasgow based producer is one of the many seemingly fresh-faced beatmakers poised to hit critical mass with their eyes set on the US hip-hop community. The title track off his “Billboard EP” […]

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Review: Low Jack – Slow Dance EP

“Let’s talk about slow shit, y’know, let’s talk about slow things” slurs a bizarre vocal on Parisian newcomer Low Jack’s debut EP: and so we shall. Its been well documented that there’s been a movement downwards in BPM in some house music circles. Some have been inspired by happy-go-lucky groove trains from the Wolf & […]

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Review: Unspecified Enemies – Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit

In comparison to its first two years, Numbers has had an uncharacteristically quiet one, having only released three records so far. It’s no secret that the entire Numbers crew are huge proponents of techno; many of their roots and crates are saturated in it, espcially the Detroit variety. If audible proof of how deep their knowledge […]

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Recommended: Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X – The Perfect Blues

The immense crop of talent that has reared its head in the neo soul and hip hop community over the past few years is mindboggling. From this new generation of artists, Jesse Boykins III and MeLo-X have emerged. Each comes from distinctly different backgrounds, while Jesse is firmly routed in the ways crooning and MeLo-X is a […]

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Chronicles, Downloads, Releases

Recommended: Ty Dolla $ign – Beach House

Ty Dolla $ign is a member of the Los Angeles hip-hop production group D.R.U.G.$. along with Iggy Azalea producer Fuego and “ratchet music” pioneer DJ Mustard. He wrote YG’s 2010 regional hit “Toot It & Boot It” and the hook on Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s “Young, Wild & Free,” and in 2011 he released […]

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