Featured, 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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Chronicles, Featured, Releases

Chronicles: D.R.A.M.

Artists such as D.R.A.M., Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, iLoveMakonnen and Chance the Rapper hold a charismatic aura that’s present regardless of whether they use it for inspiration or introspection. That character is tied to an emotional vulnerability that they all willingly share with the world through their music – perhaps more visibly on their […]

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Featured, Interviews, Releases

Interview: CKtrl

As a long-running show host on NTS Radio, CKtrl has gained respect both as a DJ and producer over the years ever since first appearing on Boiler Room at the age of 19. Fast-forward four years, the South London producer continues to shed light on his talent as a music artist, releasing projects which showcase […]

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Releases

Recommended: Vlaysin – Acid Dedication EP

Voitax burst onto the scene in 2013 with a release from label heads Paàl and Ezuri. During a time where minimalism and hypnotism were en vogue in techno, seeing a grittier strand of techno was very refreshing. It was made clear from the maiden voyage that the label was not akin to the output apparent […]

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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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Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. XL

E-Saggila is a Canadian producer with ties to Toronto’s Summer Isle label, which deals in esoteric industrial cassette releases. Old Orders Of Beauty sees her cross the Atlantic to hook up with Opal Tapes. It is a crystallisation of the sounds heard previously on solo and compilation cuts for Summer Isle, honing in on and […]

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Interviews

Interview: Elysia Crampton

Elysia Crampton’s Demon City diverges from the bittersweet warmth of previous releases, instead offering up a collection of tense and often unsettling collaborations. Tracks like “Fire Gut”, released under her previous moniker E+E, were overwhelming in their emotional depth – immersive like a salt bath. Meanwhile, 2015’s American Drift was characterised by melancholic synths weaved […]

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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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Releases

Recommended: Zomby – Ultra

After 2013’s long-winded With Love, many wondered whether Zomby would find new directions to explore on another LP. The years since have brought a relative chill to his previously trigger-happy Twitter account whilst  a pair of Let’s Jam EPs on XL revealed a level of polish and depth that the producer had once only hinted […]

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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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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 155: SHALT

The Astral Plane has long been one of our favourite music blogs, with its mix series one of the best places on the internet to find hypermodern dance floor bangers and experimental manipulations of existing club modes. It’s the latter that the newly formed label arm of the site has concerned itself with thus far. With the word “deconstructed” approaching […]

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