Interviews

Interview: 6th Borough Project

Three years ago 6th Borough Project, the Scottish duo comprised of Craig Smith and The Revenge, brought us their debut album One Night In The Borough. This followed a few years of releases and remixes across different labels. A relatively quiet period followed, as each pursued his own ends. Back on Delusions of Grandeur in […]

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Releases

Recommended: Spike – Orange Cloud Nine

Reissues, and the dawning age of the Internet have made it slightly less challenging for our generation to find lost classics and hidden gems. Record labels and blogs have made it easy, yet exciting for record buyers and fans to purchase them, many of which, would have virtually gone unnoticed 20 years ago. Labels such […]

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FOTN

Functions Of The Now VI: Gage

For our next edition of Functions Of The Now, we travel from Berlin to Bristol, a city with an enviable history of dark ‘n’ deadly soundsystem music. The last decade saw Bristol rise to prominence as a second centre for eyes-down dubstep and sub-bass driven mutations only for the overground explosion of more straightforward instantiations […]

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Releases, Various

Recommended: Oscar Key Sung – Holograms EP

Independent record labels can be a bit wishy-washy. Always having strong written statements on their websites which claim they are the new sound of the generation and are hoping to find likeminded music artists to help achieve their goal. It’s the ambitious tale that leads most independent record labels to only last for a month. […]

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Various

Seven Plays I

Welcome to our new feature, Seven Plays. Each week one of our contributors will keep a personal music diary for seven days, handing the feature over to another Truant at the end of the week. The idea is to keep sharing great music with our readers, but with a more individual touch than our more […]

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Various

Announcement: Happy Fourth Birthday!

Happy fourth birthday, Truants! Officially, I missed the date by a couple of days but I wanted to take this opportunity to write you all a little thank you note. Shouts out to you all for building such an inspiring platform over the last years and for continuously pushing great content and music, and with […]

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Interviews, Releases

Interview: Dan Shake

Moodymann; now there’s a name that needs no introduction, but just in case let’s talk for a minute about the respect and influence a name like that holds. Known for his own brand of Detroit chauvinism and confrontational stance in a typically non-confrontational electronic environment, Kenny Dixon Junior ain’t no one to fuck with. As label […]

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Releases

Review: Kangding Ray – Solens Arc LP

Solens Arc arrives at an enthralling time for the techno album; the most widely-discussed LPs seem to have had at least a vague direction, from Actress’ inner city transliterations to Perc’s lamentative narration of politics and addiction to power. Spit approached the dark corners of ‘civilisation’, and the album was doubly en vogue due to […]

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Releases

One On One: Yellow Magic Orchestra – Floating Away

“The ‘Net is a waste of time, and that’s exactly what’s right about it.” William Gibson’s cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer, follows the life of protagonist, Case, who is rescued from drug addiction by street samurai, Molly. Gibson, who actually coined the term cyberpunk, when talking about his artistic vision, said that “modern Japan simply was cyberpunk.” In ’80s Tokyo, […]

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Releases, Various

Recommended: Karen Gwyer – New Roof EP

We’ve come into 2014 following the few years where ‘analogue’ seems to be one of the most ubiquitous words in underground electronic music. Opal Tapes has been one of the most visible proponents of analogue music in recent times and following a prolific year in which they released no less than 20 tapes, usually released in batches […]

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Interviews, Releases, Various

Interview: Kerri Chandler

You can’t throw a rock in a club these days without hitting a Kerri Chandler track, or one that sounds strikingly similar. While it’s no revelation that producers are strip mining the sounds of the 1990s, his brand of buoyant New Jersey House is in high demand. While his imitators are legion, there’s only one […]

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Releases

Recommended: Futures Collective – Futures Vol. 2

Born of LA but rapidly expanding their reach outwards, the Futures Collective come exactly as advertised. Armed with a heightened sense of emotional awareness, their production software of choice, a healthy dose of talent and, of course, a strong wi-fi signal, the youthful roster of Futures artists is growing, both in numbers and exposure. The […]

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