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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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Releases

Recommended: Sleepyhead – Untitled

The label at hand, ASL Singles Club, seemed to be onto something from the start with its first single in the final quarter of last year, and has since justified any sense of nascency we’ve felt the label displayed from it. Trailing well-documented singles from Nick Wisdom, Autem, Rook Milo and Heartbeat(s) and 8prn—the latter couple who helm the […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Chronicles: Nell – Vice City

One of the best things to come out of Miami since DJ Khaled is rising rapper Nell. Atlanta is awash with young rappers jostling for our attention, but just a stone’s throw away, somewhere low-key in Florida (Zone 4 Carol City to be exact), you can find him steadily building a name for himself. Metro Zu […]

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Interviews

Introducing: Afterhours

If you ever find yourself cruising through LA’s Chinatown with an itchy hand on the radio dial you may just land on pirate station KCHUNG. Like all broadcasters that skirt the guidelines, they operate from an undisclosed studio somewhere in the neighborhood. Thankfully if you’re not within their transmitter radius you can tune in online […]

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Releases, Various

Recommended: Rainer Veil – New Brutalism EP

Mancunian Boomkat-offspring imprint Modern Love certainly has its hallmarks, from the manufactured decay of Demdike Stare to the cold warmth of Andy Stott. One prominent aesthetic of the label is its multiple-shades-of-grey approach that encases and enshrouds much more than embraces its listeners. In the midst of all this lies Rainer Veil’s latest, the “New […]

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