Interviews, Various

Interview: Rival Consoles

For the past two years, Rival Consoles has put out two hefty EPs on Erased Tapes each time autumn has rolled around. This year, he’s returning to the label with his third album, Howl. Like his previous work (some of which we’ve covered on these pages), it’s melliflous, heartfelt and muscular. Ahead of its release, […]

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Chronicles, Downloads, Releases, Sunday's Best

Summer’s Best Pt. XXXIII

What a time to be a Truant. Autumn’s release schedule is like a cheesecake, real late at night: sensational. But we couldn’t proceed without giving the summer its due, so we’ve got a bumper edition of our Sunday’s Best column to top it all off. We’ve kept ourselves busy with various mixes and features popping […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 129: Bicep

Today’s Truancy Volume comes from our favourites AKA the boys behind Bicep. We first heard of Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar a few years ago through their very own blog Feel My Bicep, and they have been two of our top selectors ever since. Seeing the London-via-Belfast duo establish themselves as some of the most […]

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FOTN

Functions Of The Now XVI: Rushmore

Functions Of The Now is a mix series charting modern developments at the innovative edges of dance music. Originally conceived in 2013 to shine a light on the once-again fertile grime production scene and its influence, the remit of the series quickly widened to incorporate all manner of interesting manipulations of existing club modes. Whether […]

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Releases

Premiere: Dan Beaumont – Spirit Talkin’ (Patrik Sjeren Remix)

Time management may well be a particular skill that London-based Dan Beaumont has successfully grasped and mastered over the years. As well as being the mind behind setting up clubs Dance Tunnel and Dalston Superstore – two of East’s most ventured nightclubs – he’s found time in the last year to focus on Chapter 10, a […]

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Interviews, Various

Premiere: Jack Sheen – Jupiter/Saturn

To many, classical and club music inhabit completely different worlds. For Jack Sheen, however, he brings influences from both in his own work. A recent transplant to London from Manchester, Jack is a classically-trained composer and conductor who has worked alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra among others, […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 128: Damon Bell

Based in Oakland, Damon Bell‘s sets of of nu jazz, 80’s boogie, Brazilian bossa and afro-beat has made him a much revered DJ in the state of California, holding down famed residencies at places such as Supper Club, Green Circle Bar and Bar Dynamite. Forming his still long-standing relationship with Deepblak in 2009 with his […]

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FOTN, Interviews, Various

Functions Of The Now XV: E.M.M.A.

For the fifteenth edition of Functions Of The Now we’re extremely pleased to present a long time Truants favourite E.M.M.A. The world’s first introduction to E.M.M.A. came via clubnight-turned-label Wavey Tones’s inaugural release Rainbow Dust Part II, featuring the exceptional grime-gone-funky banger “Dream Phone”, but 2013 was the year her musical identity solidified. Appearing as part […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes

Truancy Volume 127: Samrai & Platt

If you’ve been reading Truants closely over the past couple of years, you’ll know we’ve sung Manchester-based collective Swing Ting’s praises on a number of occasions. Originally formed as a radio show, Swing Ting now manifests itself as a clubnight and a record label, championing their own productions within UK club and soundsystem culture. The […]

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Chronicles, Releases

Chronicles: Retch – Finesse The World

We usually shutter to ascertain authenticity in music, but Retch’s rap is such that his ability to seamlessly integrate his incriminating extra-curriculars into it makes it most tantalizing as a square outsider looking in. Among the preeminent rappers actively occupying the classically-oriented street narrative stratum, like the more popular Roc Marciano, Black Milk, and Meyhem Lauren, […]

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Interviews, Truancy Volumes, Various

Truancy Volume 126: Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy’s interest and love for music takes on a number of expressions: as a producer under his own name; as a meticulous chronicler of mixes and musical obscurities that has lead many to lovingly refer to him as The Techno Detective; and as a curator in the form of several excellent mixes. At Truants […]

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