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Left: 10 album packshots chosen by Nkisi. Right: Nkisi performing live, leaning over a table of electronic equipment while blowing on a digital wind instrument

In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Nkisi spotlights ritualistic acid rhythms, “electronic voodoo music”, Belgian new beat, EBM and more

Nkisi’s fiercely rhythmic music maps a route from ancient rituals to futuristic hard dance. In her live performances and catalogue of releases for labels like...

On the right: A photo of NEXCYIA standing in front of a black fence, behind which there is a bush of tall reeds. He has a black hoodie on with the hood up and a baseball cap. On the left: 10 album packshots chosen for his Selections

In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, NEXCYIA spotlights adventurous ambient music filled with “exceptional sound design and captivating textures”

Chaos is inevitable, and it is everywhere. How do we find our place within it? It’s a question posed in the debut album from the...

Left: Selection of album and EP artwork chosen by Purelink for this feature. Right: Press of Purelink standing side by side outside at night

In this series, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Purelink spotlight low-key experimental pop, smoky dub-folk, peak-time minimal techno and more

Purelink are among a flourishing new wave of artists exploring the bioluminescent depths of downtempo, ambient and dub techno. The Chicago trio of Ben Paulson...

Premiere: ex.sses ‘bite down’

ex.sses returns to London’s TT Label next month with the ‘undo me’ EP. Listen to ‘bite down’ below. The experimental electronic DJ, producer, Netil Radio...

The Pointless Geometry logo, depicting a multi-coloured cube above the label's name on a grey background with a cracked black line texture

Poland’s Pointless Geometry challenges the sonic and economic norms of both the music industry and its home country’s ruling power. Alongside a mix of tracks from its catalogue, label heads Copy Corpo and FOQL explain how they put community building, an egalitarian approach, and uplifting local artists at the forefront of everything they do

Pointless Geometry is a Warsaw-born label which is now based in the post-industrial Łódź, a city that’s currently being aggressively redeveloped. A couple of weeks...

Purelink release new album, ‘Signs’, via Peak Oil: Listen

Purelink have released a new album through US label Peak Oil. Titled 'Signs', the six-track record sees the Chicago trio further explore the hazy electronic...

Photo of L’Rain crouching in a red dress in front of a shadowy red background

L’Rain has announced a new album, ‘I Killed Your Dog’, for release via Mexican Summer. Watch the video for the second single, ‘Pet Rock’ below...

A selfie style press shot of Barbara Braccini aka Malibu

As Malibu, the French DJ and producer Barbara Braccini writes diaristic ambient music with a distinct sense of melancholy. As dj lostboi, she’s more playful, repurposing pop anthems into ethereal epics. Alongside a blissful Recognise mix evoking the vibe of “long summer nights”, she chats to Heléna Stanton about these projects, field recordings, the influence of vaporwave, film scores and trance on her sound, and her monthly NTS show, United In Flames

Barbara Braccini explores the space between ethereal ambient music and deconstructed pop. As Malibu, the French DJ and producer crafts diaristic songs with a distinct...

Festival of experimental music from SWANA region and its diaspora, Another Sky, announced for London

London is getting a new festival which will focus on experimental music from the South West Asia & North Africa (SWANA) region and its diaspora...

A an image showing four people in the '90s set on a background with typography reading "chillout rooms"

Back in the day, every self-respecting club had a chillout room for those in need of some down time — an ambient space to lie down, kick back, roll one. But by the end of the ’90s, they had all-but disappeared. Here, Manu Ekanayake asks: where did they go? And what's the modern equivalent?

The ’90s were a boom time in dance music. Clubland’s main rooms were full of DJs going full-pelt towards rave Armageddon — something nascent superclub...

KMRU launches label, OFNOT, with new album, ‘Dissolution Grip’

KMRU is back with a new album, titled 'Dissolution Grip', to kick off his new label OFNOT. Listen to 'Along A Wall' below. The Berlin-based...

The experimental-jazz track inspired by UK garage

Nubya Garcia has dropped a new single, ‘Lean In’. Check it out below. Out now, ‘Lean In’ – a nimble jazz track inspired by UK...

Logo for PC Music record label

PC Music will cease releasing new music after 2023 as the label marks its 10th anniversary. Moving forward, the experimental electronic and hyperpop record label...

Maral sitting in front of a glass door, her fender stratocaster at her back and her studio equipment laid out on the floor in front of her

Los Angeles-based, Iranian-American artist Maral celebrates Nowruz – Persian New Year – and the arrival of spring with her 80-minute, genre-spanning Fresh Kicks mix, and speaks to Eoin Murray about sampling, the influence of nature on her music, her unconventional DJing technique, and the inherent beauty of resistance

“Music, poetry and nature: those are the tenets of being Iranian,” says Maral, the Los Angeles-based artist whose innovative releases and DJ mixes merge elements...

Flora Yin Wong announces new label and book publisher, Doyenne

Flora Yin Wong has launched a new record label and book publishing platform, titled Doyenne. Listen to clips from the debut collaboration on the platform...

Selections: KMRU

In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, KMRU spotlights blissful synths, tactile guitars, streetscape sound design, indie rock and more

For Berlin-based Kenyan artist KMRU, the art of listening is a crucial facet of music-making. “I feel like the things around us have something to...

Maral’s new album, ‘Ground Groove’, combines Iranian folk and club music: Listen

Maral has a new album, titled 'Ground Groove', out now on Leaving Records. Watch the visual for the latter half of the LP below. 'Ground...

Get To Know: Salamanda

Get acquainted with Salamanda, the Seoul duo whose new album for Human Pitch is a dreamworld built from ambient soundscapes and minimal beats

It’s fitting that the title of Salamanda’s new album, ‘ashbalkum’, derives from a Korean phrase for the realisation that ‘reality’ is in fact a dream...

Emeka Ogboh explores the soundscape of Lagos’ Ojuelegba district on new album

Emeka Ogboh will release his new album, ‘6°30′33.372″N 3°22′0.66″E’, via his newly launched Danfotronics label in July. Listen to the track ‘Ayilara’ below. The Berlin-based...

Semibreve announces KMRU, Jana Rush, BLEID, more for 2022 festival

Semibreve has announced the dates for its 2022 edition, and revealed the first names on its festival programme. The experimental electronic music festival returns to...