Chronicles, Releases, Various

Chronicles: August Heat

August was a crazy month in hip-hop. Between the flood of mixtapes released and Kendrick’s bar-raising verse, there was a lot to take in and sort through. Not to worry though, as we’ve corralled the heatwave of hip-hop here at Truants so you don’t get lost in the sauce. Here’s the notable drops of the month […]

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Chronicles, Downloads, Various

Review: Gucci Mane – World War 3: Molly, Gas, Lean

Gucci Mane is no stranger to working prolifically, but 2013 has been an especially fruitful year for the Atlanta rapper. He’s dropped five solo mixtapes, four collaborative projects, and the Bricksquad compilation album is set to debut this fall. Earlier this month, Gucci released “World War 3: Molly, Gas, Lean”, a triumvirate of mixtapes rivaled […]

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Releases

Recommended: Black Orange Juice – Alone

Anyone with any knowledge of the UK underground house music scene will have heard of Ossie; a more than promising producer with some hefty releases under his belt to boast about; most notably ‘Supercall’ on 2020 Midnight Visions, ‘Tarantula’ on Lightworks, and his ‘Set The Tone‘ and ‘Ignore‘ EPs on Hyperdub. Now, we know what you’re thinking, you’re hyping […]

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Releases

Recommended: Kelpe – Monte Verita

“In the 90s … house music 12″s were generally populated by an original vocal mix, a radio edit, a club edit and the all-crucial ‘dub’ (or vox-less) mix. We launch our house music 10″ series by cutting out the dodgy vocal mixes and heading straight for the dub…” So read the press release for the […]

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Downloads, Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 78: Aerobiz

The enigmatic Aerobiz (previously L.W.H.) debuted back in 2011 on Main Attrakionz’s “Chandelier” alongside Julian Wass. Filled with synths that would make an Albert Pyun film proud and mixed by current Canadian prince Ryan Hemsworth, the release was a bit of a departure from the typically lo-fi sound Main Attrakionz had been known for. The […]

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Various

Recommended: Unklone – Designated #41

Brooklyn’s Fifth Wall, run by Hound Scales and Divvorce, have taken it upon themselves to release the debut EP from Unklone, an alias for a somewhat mysterious Leeds-based producer who’s been very busy in the studio recently. “Designated #41” is just under half an hour of techno productions, lead by the wonderful “Tetsuo”, which rightfully […]

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Various

Review: Visionist – Snakes

With an inauspicious start as one of a multitude of 808 sample pack wielders, not many people would have tipped Visionist to emerge as one of the singular talents of 2013. Despite this, after a couple of Swamp 81-esque releases and minor infamy as a Boiler Room backing dancer something special happened. Reconnecting with an […]

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Downloads, Releases, Sunday's Best

Sunday’s Best Pt. XXIX: 2013 Downloads

Welcome to another edition of Sunday’s Best! Today we’ll be discussing some of our favourite downloads from this year so far. Light a candle. Enjoy your stay. Cassie’s eponymous debut positioned her as r&b’s ingénue –barely twenty years old at the time, her voice trembled across slow jams like “Kiss Me” and “Not with You” with […]

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Downloads, Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 77: Asusu

Even though Craig Stennett wishes he spent a little more time picking his artist name, the background of his alias Asusu tells us an interesting story about his bygone days. Asusu is a verb as used in the endangered Bodo language (spoken in the the north east of India among other places) and it translates to […]

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Releases

Review: Moderat – II

When Sascha Ring, Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, also known as Moderat, speak about themselves they try to emphasize that they’re just three guys making music. Unfortunately, when you’re three guys that are some of the most influential in the Berlin electronic music scene, your past achievements tend to come up often. Bronsert and Szary are […]

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Various

Three-Peat Vol. XXI: Aus Music

Three-Peat is our feature spanning genres and labels to bring you three select releases from the past – whether the past month or the past year – that still deserve your attention. 1. Ramadanman & Midland – Your Words Matter / More Than You Know An obvious choice, maybe, if we had to pick a “Greatest Hits” […]

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Releases

Review: Ciara – Ciara

It’s no secret that the music press tends to draw comparisons between female artists regardless of how much (or how little, as is more often the case) they actually have in common. We’ve seen it with the endless female DJ thinkpieces and the lazy cliché that any emerging female rapper is coming for Azealia’s throne […]

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