FOTN, Interviews

Functions of the Now V: Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf

The fifth mix in this series comes from Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf, ram-jam full of his remarkable original material. Again we take a step back from grime’s purer strains, instead honing in on the international peripheries of a style that continues to force us to consider the limits of sound, music and dance. The mix provides […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Chronicles: OJ Da Juiceman – Alaska In Atlanta 2

Last week, Winter Storm Pax pulverised Georgia, coating the state in sleet and ice and making travel nearly impossible. In a city like Atlanta that rarely sees debilitating winter weather, the storm was a major concern—the second of two this year that left the metropolitan area paralysed and in a state of emergency. On the […]

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Releases

Recommended: Lil Jabba – Dusty

Some have called Lil Jabba (real name Alex Shaw) the ‘Prince of Footwork’ and the title aptly fits. Scrolling through the producer’s SoundCloud page you will see he has a thorough understanding of the intricate and dizzying rhythms of footwork and juke, seeing as he mastered his chops being a member of the perpetually-unfuckwittable Teklife […]

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Releases

Recommended: Archie Pelago – Lakeside Obelisk EP

The saxophone has always occupied an unfortunate territory. Originally fashioned for use in military bands by a clarinetist who desired an instrument with the agility of woodwind and the projection of brass, it then found favour in symphonic ensembles and big bands. Its reputation in popular music, however, is tainted by scores of soft rock […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 90: Dakini9

For our 90th Truancy Volume we’re proud to present Dakini9, a New York based producer and DJ, whose work as one half of Plan B Recordings alongside DJ Spider (of recent Trilogy Tapes fame) has made her a long-standing figure in New York’s deep, underground music scene. Joining Plan B after its first release in 2008, Lola Rephann has […]

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Releases

Recommended: Akito – Metamessage EP

We first became familiar with the producer/DJ known as Akito through his near perfect remix of Jeremih’s anthem “Fuck You All The Time”. The remix blended the accapella with both Wiley’s Ice Rink, and Joe’s Claptrap, and reshaped the original slow-jam into something more suitable for the UK-leaning crowds and DJs. Around the same time […]

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Releases

Recommended: Mark Du Mosch – Bay 25

David Spaans might have been responsible for a series of hot records under a collection of different aliases such as Hustler, Barracuda and Piranha throughout the late nineties, but something David might hold closer to heart is the number of producers who say they owe their career to the mentoring and advice given by him. […]

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Downloads, Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 89: Avalon Emerson

Our 89th Truancy Volume comes from San Fransisco native Avalon Emerson, who’s just put out her debut release on Icee Hot. “Pressure/Quoi!“ is a full-on assault, combining tough beats and frivolous samples. Her mix for us, meanwhile, throws together classic rave anthems and more recent house jaunts, all in the name of the party. We […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Review: Young Thug & Bloody Jay – Black Portland

If you’re unfamiliar with the newer generation of artists who are jockeying to be Atlanta rap’s heirs apparent, it looks as though 2014 will provide plenty of opportunities to get acquainted. Early January’s Lobby Runners was an enormous group effort from three (!!!)  DJs and six (!!!!) rappers gathered under Peewee Longway‘s watchful eye. Tracks and […]

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Releases

Recommended: Marina Rosenfeld – P.A. / Hard Love

What do art installations, sound system culture and Marcy Playground have in common? Not much, except maybe this record by Marina Rosenfeld. Her latest release for Australian label Room 40 heavily blurs the lines between the gallery and the club. Often Rosenfeld is on the other side of the divide, bringing her dub inspired audio […]

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Releases

Recommended: Karman – 2005 Forever EP

At 19 years old, Karman released his debut EP 2005 Forever out of nowhere in late December of 2013. A young beatmaker from Beverly Hills, Karman makes melancholic dance music, or better yet, “devotional dance” as described on his bandcamp. 2005 Forever takes the misery of loneliness in the internet age and gives it rhythmic […]

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