Alphabets Heaven is the alias of Brighton-based experimental beatmaker Jonny Wildey…
This time last year I must admit I wasn’t the biggest fan of House Music, put off by its minimal and repetitive side. Little did I know there is much more to it than that and that a resurgence was well under way, with a bass-heavy and club-friendly variety. Maya Jane Coles is now at the forefront of this resurgence making her a perfect candidate for the latest instalment in the DJ-Kicks compilation series.
After the interview and freestyle sneak peek comes the whole shebang…
One Little Plane combines the singer-songwriting talent of Kathryn Brint with the production of Keiran Hebden (a.k.a Four Tet) to form a quite charming slice of Acoustic-Pop. It’s a far cry from Hebden’s solo material and surprising release for his Text label But if there’s one thing we’ve learnt about Hebden, it’s his eclectic taste
While he may be making waves in his native Australia, Oliver Tank remains a fairly unknown entity in these parts. Probably the best way to describe his music is using his own words: accessible tracks disguised in a more interesting instrumentation. Accessible because they definitely have some pop sensibilities, but are given a twist by his own electronic production, like other newcomers Polica.
Although in the last 5 years UK Hip-Hop has been commercially superseded…
In the wake of their recent 10th anniversary and compilation release, Gareth Hobbs gives his Top Five…
Hailing from the Basque Country in Northern Spain, 25-year-old House producer El_Txef_A probably hasn’t hit your radar just yet. His debut album, Slow Dancing In A Burning Room, was released this March on his own imprint Fiakun – a mecca for contemporary House music. Not being much of a dance music fan himself, El_Txef_A has drawn inspiration from a wide host of different musicians; citing A$AP Rocky and John Mayer as significant influences upon his sound (the title of his debut album is a reference to a song by John Mayer of the same name). As a classically trained musician, his creative approach to music-making revolves around intricate chord progressions and beautifully dark vocal melodies (sung by himself). Think James Blake, pitched-down and post-House. Also check out his edit of Bon Iver’s Calgary right here, it’s a free download as well!
Soft experimental textures and haunting spoken word on Sydney imprint Best Effort.
Reflective new age signals new direction for the Renate resident.
Amazonian rhythms from the London promoters.
A Venezuelan folkloric tradition takes on the form of a South American Sade.
Latvian ambient from founding member of avant-garde group NSRD.
A ten minute ambient waterfall on ESP Institute.
A heap of jazz-sampling hip-hop, NYC rocksteady and a boogaloo Beck cover.
Contemplative songs for a lonely winter night from the Coastal Haze family member.
Cape Verdian new wave, Cameroonian jazz-funk and Utrecht electronica.
Calming ambient, jazz funk fusion and soul pop, all by way of Japan.
80s synth-pop, Balearic and Italo from the NTS and dublab resident.
1971 Jazz fusion, 1978 emotive Lebanese tones, and 1986 Ivory Coast reggae.
Hong Kong mix, plus interactive map and favourite spots around town.
Showcasing Bulgaria’s rich heritage and vibrant present from a DJ who counts Zip as a fan.
Funk, soul, rhythm n blues, biscuits and coffee make up this gorgeous mix and delightful city guide.