Essex’s Stuart Howard a.k.a. Lapalux is Brainfeeder’s most recent signing – coming to the forefront with influences from his UK counterpart James Blake, and weaving it together with the more crunchy synth lines that…
We’re a little bit late on this release, but it’s just too good a discovery not to share with you guys. Two of the most seasoned beatmaker collectives came together this summer to put out the first volume of a fresh new producer series entitled ‘Faces’. Every edition showcases two different producers from the hubs of PROJECT: Mooncircle (Mike Gao, Long Arm, fLako) and Finest Ego (Om Unit, Floating Points, Dorian Concept), with unique cover artwork for each artist designed by the aspring LNY, ‘known for his surrealistic portraits, blending humans and animals’. This first volume brings together Russian-born Pavel Dovgal and Ta-Ku, who has Philippine roots and grew up in Australia. The cultures they’ve grown up in are worlds apart, and through this they bring their own unique blend of music; Pavel Dovgal’s Kiss Purple sparking future-garage pads alight with some up-tempo snaps and claps, whilst Ta-Ku’s Confessions features John Robinson aka Lil’ Sci (Scienz Of Life) flowing smoothly over some J Dilla/Madlib inspired production. You can listen to the full 8 tracks here.
Setting time aside from Quadron and Boom Clap Bachelors, producer-by-trade Robbin Hannibal recently released his debut solo EP Bobby, where he also provides the vocals, lyrics and instrumentation. Amends is the pick of the bunch, and with the loud yelps punctuating the track you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a Wu Lyf side-project…
The unique sounds of singer-songwriter Liz Green created a stir after winning Glastonbury Festival’s emerging talent competition all of five years ago, but it has certainly taken her time to perfect her debut album, O Devotion!, released only this month. It’s easy to tarnish Green with the same ‘Folk’ brush that is afforded so many other bands these days, but it would be doing her music a big diservice…
…including tracks from Jonwayne, Shabazz Palaces, Jneiro Jarel, Ben Butler & Mousepad, The Tallest Man On Earth, Willie Hutch and Nina Simone
Britain’s reggae and dub scenes are currently riding a wave of resurgence, and no outfit embodies its quality better than The Drop. There is good reason why the 9-piece have been praised to the skies by David Rodigan and DJ Derek, with Looking to the Sky and Takeover their own celebration of the genre..
A blend of Gabonese traditional folk and soukous on the first release from French label Into The Deep Treasury.
Discom unearth a lost former Yugoslavian synth-pop gem.
A cosmic reggae rework from the My Rules Record owner on Cultures of Soul.
1978 German ambient krautrock, Spanish minimal rock and 2007 leftfield UK electronics.
A 100% original material mix from the Holding Hands family member.
A homage to his unpublished Houghton set from the EON Records boss.
A behind the scenes look at Berlin’s unassuming open air party spot.
An in-depth discussion with Emma-Jean Thackray, Joe Armon-Jones and Nik Colk Void from Factory Floor.
Highlights from Alex T, dBridge, Dan Shake, Ilija Rudman, Jan & Regis, SNO and Will Lister.