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TOTW: Frederic Robinson – ‘Particles’

October 18, 2013 |

For an album as universally excellent as Frederic Robinson‘s debut Mixed Signals, it’s surprisingly hassle-free choosing a single track from the bunch as our track of the week and the symbolic centrepiece of the LP itself. ‘Particles’ has been floating around … Read More

REVIEW: Rounds – Proof EP [LOODMA]

October 10, 2013 |

So we featured another of Loodma‘s illustrious alumni Kaiori Breathe back in May at the time of his wonderful ‘Kokoro’ EP release, an elegantly realised four-track collection that really confirmed our belief in Loodma’s proficient selection and intriguingly strange musical … Read More

REVIEW: Villem & McLeod – ‘Another Star’ / ‘Keeper Of The Sun’

July 18, 2013 |

‘Liquid’ is perhaps DnB’s most recognisable sub-genre upon listening, borrowing elements from the past with its sample-dominated structures and elegant musicality. Yet perhaps this continuous cycle of homage prevents its evolution as a sub-genre; we could argue that liquid is … Read More

REVIEW: Exit Records presents Mosaic Vol. 2 Album Launch

July 12, 2013 | 1

First of all, I’d just like to give a huge big ups to the following: gyrating couples; the ever-present oversized rucksack and briefcase (!) crew; the sweaty ogres who thought they were at a Ram night; and all those who … Read More

REVIEW: Subtension – ‘Black Haze’

June 9, 2013 |

The refreshingly experimental juggernaut that is Samurai Music has been on fire this year so far. All three divisions of the main label, including Samurai Red Seal and Samurai Horo have put out a host of quality, often exceptional releases … Read More

EVENT: Swamp81 @ Fire – 27/04/13

April 30, 2013 |

More Carhartt than you can shake a stick at. Girls sporting bulging rucksacks cos it’s obviously the ‘in’ thing. Joey Essex slicked-back hair everywhere. ‘Wash your finger for the minger’. Cold air jets through strobe lighting. Shoes held aloft in … Read More

Beastie Respond – Fictitious Nostalgia LP

January 14, 2013 |

Testament to the globality of 170 Drum & Bass as we now know it that such a unique, spellbinding release can emanate from the Danish heartland of all places, a wonderful triumvirate of artist, label, and Kasper Pyndt’s icy, conservatist artwork.

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Gerwin & Nuage – Lying Portraits Ft. 2Shy / Soul Truth

December 11, 2012 |

Ushering in a new breed of talented unknowns since its inception in 2009, the Parisian-based IM:LTD has always remained slightly off-kilter not only in terms of output but also approach with a truly multinational roster of artists and some of the most … Read More

Fis – Duckdive EP

September 3, 2012 | 1

We’ve been supporting Samurai’s vinyl-only offshoot Horo since the early days of HORO001 back in December and now, moving into the murky depths of Summer’s end, the sub-label has firmly established itself as a standalone bastion of intelligent creativity, perhaps even surpassing … Read More