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An adventure into the raw, groove-driven sound of West Norwood Cassette Library's WNCL

 

Named after its founder, West Norwood Cassette Library, WNCL has spent the past decade delivering a steady stream of club weapons without getting pigeonholed or bowing to trends. For this month’s The Sound Of, Ben Murphy delves into the collection with boss, Bob Bhamra, who records a mix of cuts from the label’s catalogue

Dark and heavy d&b-techno fusionism from Shiken Hanzo

Shiken Hanzo records and hour of dark and heavy d&b-techno fusionism for the Fresh Kicks mix series

Inspired by the dusty, crunchy sound of old rave tapes, Western Lore is twisting up modern jungle with a wavy, freeform sound and equally psychedelic visuals

Inspired by the dusty, crunchy sound of old rave tapes, Western Lore is twisting up modern jungle with a wavy, freeform sound and equally psychedelic visuals. Committed to physical formats and with intricate hand-drawn artwork, it’s one of the UK’s most exciting labels both sonically and visually. Ben Hindle catches up with label boss Dead Man’s Chest, who delivers a whirlwind mix of cuts from label’s catalogue

Percussive heat from the More Time catalogue courtesy of Ahadadream and Sam Interface

In just three short years, More Time Records has become a go-to imprint offering a diverse selection of percussive club music. In this month’s The Sound Of, Dhruva Balram catches up with founders Ahadadream and Sam Interface, who deliver a storming mix of sounds from the label’s catalogue

A whirlwind trip into contemporary jungle from the unstoppable Tim Reaper

Tim Reaper records a whirlwind trip into contemporary jungle for the On Cue mix series, and speaks to Gabriel Szatan about his Future Retro label, earning the respect of veteran headz, and the art of creative sampling

Mesmerising sounds from the ever-expanding Banoffee Pies catalogue 

Bristol-born Banoffee Pies Records is best known for its sonic diversity, V/A compilations and plethora of series and sub-labels. But as its founder Ell Weston begins a new life in Berlin and continues to navigate an industry torn apart by the COVID-19 pandemic, DJ Mag discovers his priorities are changing, and a label that’s maturing with them, evidenced in a mesmerising mix of cuts from its ever-expanding catalogue

From frenetic breaks and jungle to percussive club cuts and pop edits, Bored Lord’s Fresh Kicks mix is an electrified trip into her communal sonic universe

From frenetic breaks and jungle to percussive club cuts and pop edits, Bored Lord’s Fresh Kicks mix is an electrified trip into her communal sonic universe

DJ Spinna delivers a joyous mix of disco, house, hip-hop and rare groove from British label BBE's sprawling catalogue

In this month's label focus, The Sound Of, Ben Murphy catches up with Peter Adarkwah, founder of BBE Music, a longstanding haven for hidden gems and all-time classics, from disco, house and jazz to hip-hop and rare groove. Label affiliate DJ Spinna also steps up with a joyous mix of cuts from its sprawling catalogue

Radiant grooves from the 100% Silk catalogue, recorded in 2015 by the late, great, Cherushii

Our monthly label showcase, The Sound Of, puts the focus on the imprints we love; outlets that are championing new artists, dropping key releases and driving their respective scenes. This month, Kristan J Caryl catches up with Britt Brown, co-founder of beloved Los Angeles DIY imprint, 100% Silk, who shares a previously unheard mix of tracks from its catalogue, recorded in 2015 by late, great label affiliate Cherushii

With frenzied breaks, high-speed hardcore and sizzling 160 sonics, FFF takes the Fresh Kicks mix series by storm

With frenzied breaks, high-speed hardcore and sizzling 160 sonics, FFF takes the Fresh Kicks mix series by storm

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