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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Releases, Various

Recommended: Infamous Boogieman – Boogieman EP

While it’s unfortunate that we’ve had to wait four months for a new release from the Vancouver label ASL Singles Club, its founders Project Pablo and Heartbeat(s) made sure the wait was worth it. The label’s outstanding new EP resembles the quality to which we’ve held it since its inaugural single, but assembled with a rawer attitude. Perpetuating the quasi-less-is-more sonic […]

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Chronicles

Recommended: Que – The 6th Man

The NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award is given to the player who has been the most important over the course of the season, while not being part of the starting lineup.  They usually move to another team to be the main piece, “a smartass pawn/James Harden”, and can then potentially compete for MVP. […]

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Various

Premiere: Simic – Dust

Irish label Major Problems are only on their fourth release, but they’ve already shown a breadth of ideas and a willingness to flirt with a range of styles across the house and techno spectrum. Following two releases from the Levon Vincent-approved Terriers and the shadowy Compassion Crew, the label eases gradually into 2015 with a 12″ from Seattle-based Simic. […]

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Releases

Recommended: Ondness – Them Corja

If -ness denotes the quality, state or character of an abstract noun, then what is ond? An abstract abstraction, perhaps. An empty signifier, signifying nothing, on to which the reader can project whatever they so choose. Confounding meaning further is the title of the latest release from Bruno Silva’s ever-busy Ondness project, Them Corja, on […]

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Chronicles, Interviews, Various

Interview: Suicideyear

Since his debut release Japan back in 2012, James Prudhomme alias Suicideyear has come a long way. Japan was a self-released project that started as a vivid dream he had  in the period where he quit smoking weed in his bedroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It soon circulated the internet and eventually caught the ear of Swedish […]

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Chronicles, Downloads

Chronicles: Ratking – 700-Fill

Livening the discourse surrounding the health of New York hip-hop in recent years (and concurrently providing somewhat of a chew toy for salty genre purists),  Ratking made their full-length debut a year ago on the XL offshoot Hot Charity. The tripartite of Wiki, Hak, and producer Sporting Life have sidestepped label mediation however, for a new surprise […]

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Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 113: Where To Now?

We’ve been fans of Brighton’s Where To Now? for some time, writing some effusive praise for Morkebla’s Nowhere, OK last year. Since then they’ve put out stellar releases from Roger Tellier-Craig, Nadia Khan, Tom James Scott and Beatrice Dillon to name but a few, and they’re soon to release their first full-length LP from Eugene Ward. We asked the guys behind […]

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Chronicles, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. XXXII

If Truly Blessed was a departure from the excellent Life Of A Savage 3, SD’s latest mixtape sees him continue evading confinement to any particular style. Young Chop drinches the record here and there with splashes of intricate organ melodies, while “Amnesia”, produced by Zaytoven & Will A Fool, makes for a more unusual track than you’d expect […]

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Various

Premiere: Samrai & Platt – Bad Riddim

Manchester’s Swing Ting crew are big favourites of ours at the Truants mansion. The crew of Samrai, Platt, MC Fox, Joey B and Murlo have steadily been building up a reputation for putting on one of the city’s most essential regular club nights. They also expanded into releasing music and following on from their label’s […]

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Interviews

Interview: Billy Nasty

With the Bloc festivities and travel plans officially on their way, we’re excited to interview a DJ and producer who has been a resident at every Bloc Festival since its inception in 2006. To put it simply, Billy Nasty has a lot of experience, whether it’s running labels, record shops and booking agencies or putting on […]

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