Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 157: Mr. G

A “70s child all day long” as he’s described himself in the past, Colin McBean aka Mr. G has come a long way since graduating from his hometown of Derby. Obsessively collecting from the get go, McBean found himself immersed in soundsystem culture early on, with his wide tastes in dub, indie, blues, jazz, classical and house […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 156: SVANI

With 155 Truancy Volumes under our belt, it’s important to us here at Truants to continue to support fresh and upcoming talent. Many however, will be fully aware of the rising DJ and producer that is Svanhild Landvik, aka SVANI and if you aren’t, let us introduce you. Svani’s been shelling down unstoppable Soundcloud edits and contributing to […]

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Various

Focus: Pastel Voids

Pastel Voids is a label split between Portland and NYC. They’re informed by DIY methods and aesthetics, releasing tapes and CDRs, always operating with an individual and personal approach. Like many tape labels, they typically release a glut in one go, so it can be a lot to take in at once, hence the delay in coverage of their […]

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Interviews, Various

Interview: The Cyclist

Derry’s Andrew Morrison has been tickling our eardrums with wigged-out, tape-stretched techno and electronica for some years now, ever since his first release for Leaving Records as The Cyclist in 2013. Since then he’s adopted another alias, Buz Ludzha, releasing two rave-indebted 12″s under that name for Dublin’s All City Records, with whom he also released another album as The […]

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Interviews, Releases, Various

Interview: Wallwork & TSVI

Bristol-based label Black Acre enlist the production skills of Wallwork alongside Nico Lindsay‘s emceeing expertise for their latest release, “Facts”/”Fyah”. The two-track single features Lindsay’s explosive bars layered on top of heavy beat patterns and sharp percussive sounds. Wallwork and TSVI’s strategically placed drum arrangements create a sense of preparatory anticipation for Nico’s fiery entrance […]

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Various

Premiere: Gussy – Looking At Myself (Air Max ’97 Remix)

We’re extremely excited to premiere Air Max ’97‘s bionic take on Sydney singer and producer Gussy. Gussy’s takes an intimate look into fractured, digital selves and subjectivity under late heteropatriarchal capitalism. Air Max ’97 twists the vocals into something more alien and prickly. Where the original is touching and corporeal, the remix is cold and synthetic – […]

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Various

Recommended: Linda Catlin Smith – Dirt Road

Dirt Road started its life as dance music. Commissioned by a choreographer, this near 70 minute piece for violin and a glowing array of percussion (including vibraphone, gongs, cymbals and triangles) by the Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith achieves ambitious and euphoric heights through a startling shy set of musical materials. As the title suggests, the music wanders, […]

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Interviews, Various

Interview: 8ULENTINA & DISMISS U Artists

Released in April, Tobago Tracks’ DISMISS U compilation is one of the most vital of the year. Assembled by producer, DJ and installation artist 8ULENTINA, the compilation showcases seven femme artists weaving diasporic narratives into dance tracks that reference, subvert and/or ignore Western club tropes. Although the release is cohesive, it resists easy categorisation: featured on the […]

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Releases, Various

Recommended: Rhythmic Theory – Circulation

Idle Hands, whose boss man Chris Farrell spoke to us at length in 2014, recently released the debut full-length of Rhythmic Theory. This release, Circulation, follows a hefty number of 12″s on a small number of labels over the past few years. Between his own label, BRSTL (which he runs with Farrell and Shanti Celeste), […]

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Various

Premiere: Ziúr – Taiga

Infinite Machine have hit a real purple patch in 2016, having focused their efforts on releasing a steady stream of exploratory and non-geographical internet club music. Recent months have seen the sugar rush inducing “Leaving Thrice” from Iydes of essential London party Tropical Waste, a bombastic EP of synth and noise from recent Planet Mu […]

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