Chocky will release his new EP ‘Thinking Cat’ via Dutch label STUG Music on Friday 5th April.
A headsy mixture of minimal house, deep grooves, clever sampling and balearic atmospheres, the six track EP has a lot to offer for dancefloors and home speakers alike. It’s all capped off with a sprawling, ecstatic breaks-led remix of the title track by fellow UK producer R.O.S.H. who turns the minimal original cut into a vast, frenzied jazz cut. It’s marvellous. Check it out below.
Horror, when done well, isn’t about constant jump scares and incessant gore. The scariest stories, films and shows are rather the ones that feed on suspense – on their unpredictability and potential to make blood run cold with the most subtle shift in tone.
There are plenty of artists who proclaim the influence of hardcore, but there are very few whose birth was possibly induced by it. “She used to go out raving constantly, even when she was pregnant with me,’ laughs Etch, aka Brighton-based DJ and producer Zak Brashill, on his mum’s story that she was at The Zapp club when, aged just 18, she went into labour with him.
“When I first started making music I was just soundtracking my walk to school,” says Zak of his earliest productions in 2005 using Fruity Loops. Although conversant in hardcore and jungle, helped by inheriting his uncle’s record collection after he’d moved to the States to work for a computer games company, it wasn’t until he came to London in 2011 that he started thinking about the dancefloor.
Local Group will release their ‘Laser Dome’ EP via Ritual Poison on Friday 19th October.
The London-based duo of LMajor and Corporeal Face are fresh off a summer that saw them demolish the festival floor at Field Maneuvers as well as continuing their residency at a “dirty little rave” playing alongside Mark Archer and Storm. Inspired by those sets, the duo’s new EP is rich with gritty breaks, jungle shapes and the unhinged glory days of early ‘00s hardcore rave.
Emerging producer Patrick Conway delivers the goods on the second EP to be released on Art E-Fax.
Danish experimental electronic artist Astrid Sonne released her debut album ‘Human Lines’ in February via Copenhagen-based label Escho. A classically trained musician and composer, ‘Human Lines’ found Sonne venturing into complex, otherworldly territory, fusing technical prowess with an exploratory sensibility, crafting an album which blended intense synth bass stabs and throbs with gripping melodies and rich textures.
Hugo Massien is back on E-Beamz this month with a four-tracker titled 'Almost Becoming Lucid'.
Dark, deep and rolling, the title-track harks back to classic Burial, with a lazy breakbeat and ghostly samples, yet there's an autonomic vibe too, with synth notes reminiscent of dBridge's late noughties work.
Elsewhere, Massien turns out more straight techno and house, but with that dusty, cosmic coating both he and the label have become famous for.