Releases

Recommended: Wen – Finesse EP

Wen’s purple patch of releases during 2013 and 2014 propelled him from relative obscurity to one of the most talked about producers in a sub-genre. His Commotion EP outlined his uniquely distinctive sound; dark and bumpy constructions, strewn with snippets of MC vocals that married together the elements of dubstep, garage and grime at 130bpm. The […]

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Releases

Recommended: E.R. – Qen Sew ቅን ሰዉ

Addis Ababa is bumping. Ethiopiyawi Electronic, a hybrid of traditional and international sounds, is the output of a crop of young Ethiopians with open ears and serious production chops. One of the forefathers of the genre, Endeguena Mulu, serves as an ambassador showcasing the style across mixes, like this one for Dazed, and speaking to […]

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FOTN, Interviews, Various

Functions Of The Now XIII: Glacial Sound

After meeting LA native Guy Fridge for the last edition of Functions Of The Now, we move across the Atlantic to hit up Paul Purcell in Dublin, the man behind one of our favourite labels: Glacial Sound. On the cusp of its fifth release, it’s testament to Glacial Sound’s precision that with just a handful of […]

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Releases

One On One: Kronos Device – Distress Signal

Our One On One feature has been on a slight break over the past year – but our record collections haven’t gotten any smaller. The idea originally started as a means to shine some light on camouflaged gems, rare undiscovered B-sides and decade-old tracks that we thought could slip their way into sets amongst some […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Review: Young Thug – The Barter 6

I told Wayne I was ready for the paper like Usher He said cool, sit back, stay away from busters Now Thug got the big (?), I am a gusher I am not the best but I am better than others Young Thug there on “Achieve” (from I Came From Nothing) at one of his many […]

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Releases

Recommended: Kreng ‎– The Summoner

Throughout his four albums released on Miasmah under the moniker Kreng, Pepijn Caudron’s music has played on the tension between intense, ominous drone and more “light” – even pretty, modern classical motifs. When delicate bell tones occasionally break through the murk of sombre violin strings and mournful piano, the affective impact of one is made more […]

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Releases, Various

Recommended: Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf – Ecologies

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since Berlin resident Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf provided us with the fifth edition of our Functions of the Now series. There we were given a taster of what Biberkopf does. As Tobias put it so succinctly “JGB works with Jersey and grime most prominently – yet smothers them […]

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Interviews, Various

Interview: Big Dope P

You would be forgiven for thinking that Big Dope P spends all of his time running Moveltraxx, such is his dedication to spreading the music made by the artists he loves. While it’s true that a new release from Da Movelt Posse is never far from your ears, it’s also undeniable that Dope P is […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 115: Hubie Davison

We’ve had a few Irish born producers grace our Truancy Volumes in the past, be it Krystal Klear, Boya and Orquesta, but apart from that you could say we’ve been slightly slacking on that front. Having recently moved back to Ireland after living and studying in London for a few years we’re happy to have another Irish […]

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Releases, Various

Recommended: VA – Peace Edits Vol. 1

So many rnb remixes/refixes/edits from people that don’t even like rnb. — Mr Mitch It must be easy to take apart a track that means nothing to you, chopping up lyrics and ad libs until they become little more than empty signifiers; Cassie’s heavy breathing little more than a hint at sensuality, an Ashanti hook a play […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Recommended: Father – Who’s Gonna Get F***** First?

It feels like surprise release drops have been the talk of major labels town ever since Beyoncé’s self-titled tornado tore through social media, towards that increasingly rare thing – actual album sales. Even though Beyoncé is hardly the first artist to have gone down that route (though she may have been the first to successfully […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 114: The Large

When The Large first contacted Mixpak asking if she could contribute to their blog, who’d have known that years later she’d become label manager and have a hand in Popcaan’s Where We Come From, possibly one of the best records of 2014. Once one-third of the Style & Swagger radio show (which, after a brief stint on Reel Rebels Radio, settled […]

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