Teklife has marked the beginning of a new year with the release of a new compilation titled 'TEKLIFE VIP 2020'.
It follows on a year from 'TEKLIFE VIP 2019' and much like its predecessor, takes in a number of previously unreleased tracks from key Teklife label artists and affiliates.
Crypticz and Itoa will release a collaborative EP, ‘How It’s Done’ via Belfast’s Rudimentary Records this Friday 9th August.
Marking both producers’ debut on the label, the four track release finds the pair blending their own distinct styles into a jukey, dubby, drum & bassy fusion – with some electrifying results.
Africa has been getting a lot of attention within the Western dance music sphere over the last few years, with the rise of reissue labels such as Awesome Tapes From Africa, the homegrown gqom phenomenon and superstars like Black Coffee. In East Africa, Uganda’s Nyege Nyege festival has been a driving force for new artists with wholly unique sounds — a description which couldn’t be more apt for Freddy Njau, aka Slikback.
When Chicago’s DJ Rashad, one of the leading lights of the city’s footwork sound, passed away in 2014, aged just 34, it sent reverberations around the world.
Now his estate has signed an exclusive publishing deal with Waxploitation Records, the LA label which has released music from artists including Danger Mouse, Gnarls Barkley, Black Moth Super Rainbow and MF Doom since being founded in the mid-90s by Jeff Antebi.
Sinistarr has been at the helm of Detroit’s d&b scene for a decade now. In that time, the prolific DJ/producer – real name Jeremy Howard – has released on some of the most revered jungle and d&b labels in the business, from Metalheadz and Renegade Hardware to Hospital.
Hey Jeremy! How has 2018 been treating you? What’s been going on? What have been some highlights?
“2018 has been wild so far and it’s still not over! I’ve had steady releases and remixes throughout the year from labels around the world, and I just came back from a crazy summer tour, playing across mainland China, Australia and Taiwan -- all for the first time, and it was all quite incredible.”
How have you grown and developed as a producer since?
Bahrani-British experimental jazz artist Yazz Ahmed left us stunned last year with her stunning LP on Naim Records. In ‘La Saboteuse’ the composer, trumpeter and flugelhorn player – who has previously worked with Radiohead and These New Puritans – pushed traditional jazz tropes to the edge, crafting a sprawling, ambitious album that was at once challenging and thrilling.
Detroit bass producer Sinistarr is the latest artist to step up on Italian label Beat Machine’s Swinging Flavours 7” inch series.
The footwork aficionado and sound designer supreme takes us on a typically fervent outing on ‘55555’, a melodic dish of flute-like synths, gripping bass, chopped vocals and hectic percussion.
Sherelle joins our Fresh Kicks mix series with an hour of 160 madness!
The South Londoner is coming up fast in the capital thanks to her Tuesday night show on Reprezent radio, through which she spotlights key artists across the full range of the 160bpm spectrum.
A veritable goldmine of killer tunes, a listen through her own mixes reveals a keen ear for vocal-led tracks — whether it be footwork reworks or uplifting hardcore-tinged numbers — and a love for jittering junglistic breaks.
Fybe:One returns to future drum & bass label Diffrent Music for his debut solo EP in September, and we've snapped up a luscious little collab with veteran spitter Sense MC for an exclusive first listen.