Various

Premiere: Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf – Public Love

Having curated one of our favourite mix series on the internet, the Astral Plane’s move into release with their excellent Heterotopia compilation is all kinds of hype. Alongside Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf sit other Truants faves Air Max ’97, Victoria Kim and Divoli S’vere who all contribute club-ready fireballs. Heterotopia, the theme driving the compilation, refers […]

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Interviews

Interview: Chris Farrell

Chris Farrell has been a major player on the Bristol scene for some time now. He set up the Idle Hands label with a release from Peverelist in 2009, and followed that up with releases from local boys and girls like Kowton, Shanti Celeste, Lily and Bass Clef, as well as from artists based further afield […]

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Releases

Review: Function / Vatican Shadow – Games Have Rules

For good or ill, techno will be techno. There’s huge space for variation under that umbrella, but for every serious-looking white male photographed in ominous shadows, there seems to be a dozen new different aliases to keep track of. Games Have Rules is the child born of two such men who also share the virtue […]

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Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. XXXI

Hotline Recordings, a label set on maintaining the mystique of tracking down music by making a mobile number its source of contact, accommodates Hodge warmly. He presents the label’s fifth release, following Kahn and Neek, Lurka, Rachael and DJ Sotofett, and Commodo. When we contacted the label at the start of the year, anonymous fingertips […]

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FOTN

Functions Of The Now IX: Sharp Veins

After a long hiatus Functions Of The Now returns with someone who has been bubbling up with some of the most idiosyncratic soundcloud transmissions to come from the nebulous grime-ish scene we’ve been covering. Described by Mixmag’s Seb Wheeler as “Hieroglyphic Being mak[ing] grime”, Sharp Veins (formerly known as William Skeng) has hit a purple patch since […]

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Releases

Review: Photay – Photay

Of the many acolytes known of Obey City’s increasingly seminal and always delivering Astro Nautico imprint, Photay is perhaps the least known or busy. If you let fairly modest online following statistics smother the nascency of his producer status, you’ll let what is one of the most original bodies of work this listener has come across this […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 102: Deadboy

In 2010, we saw the release of tracks that are now considered classics such as Wut, Work Them, CMYK, Maze and of course a little edit of Drake’s Fireworks by a South London producer named Deadboy. At the time, it was a remix that gained a lot of attention and, more close to home, it […]

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Releases

Recommended: De Leon – De Leon

Anonymity is a funny game. For every shy, retiring bedroom producer who claims “it’s just about the music, man” there may well be a celebrated artist attempting to cash in on a hyped new style without the shackles of their reputation, or someone else equally well known hiding their own connections and position from plain […]

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Releases, Various

Premiere: Mount Bank – 316

Happy fifth birthday to Donky Pitch! As any keen reader of ours will know, we’re big supporters of the Donky Pitch imprint and have continued to showcase and highlight the talent coming from their camp. To mark their fifth year of existence (congratulations guys) they’ve put together a compilation of tracks from everyone on their […]

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Releases

Recommended: Call Super – Suzi Ecto

“I think you’ve got to aspire to something more than loop techno.” So said Houndstooth-affiliated Call Super in an interview for RBMA last year. While you could never mistake JR Seaton’s three releases for the fabric offshoot label as something so reductive (yet nonetheless effective) as loop techno, they’ve still been very firmly focused on the dance […]

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Various

Recommended: ATM – Xerox

1080p is steadily becoming one of the premier house/techno cassette labels, as such coming to grips with electronic music being a medium “more for the mind than the body.” It’s not just the analogue-birthed bleeps and bloops, the withered drum sounds or the generally languid vibes that give the label its steady reputation. Rather, it’s how […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 101: Interstellar Funk

‘Two Degrees of Separation’ is the theory that everyone and everything in Amsterdam is two or fewer steps from each other, by way of introduction. This is how we first got in touch with Olf van Elden – alias Interstellar Funk – a few years ago. Not only does Olf know how to run an impeccable party […]

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