Introducing artist picks, worthwhile releases handpicked by artists close to us. This installment, DJ Plead breaks down why Iceboy Violet's 'Drown to Float' stoot out to him this month.
Iceboy Violet - Drown to Float, picked by DJ Plead
July 30, 2020
DJ Plead: "Iceboy Violet is a producer and vocalist from Manchester. I don't know much about them yet but I've been left haunted by this ambient record Drown to Float. I've since heard a sharp, Henzo produced grime tune with Iceboy Violet vocals across it - very high quality and quite strange."
Listen to Drown to Float here:
traumgarten - Flowers that Bloom at Midnight, picked by Nazira
July 9, 2020
Nazira: "I chose this beautiful 30-track compilation, the first release of traumgarten’s label endeavors. The collective did a lot, from ambient sessions in the gardens and collaborating on bigger festivals to releasing the most beautiful t-shirts in the business. Along the way they grew a community of friends with similar vision and different ways to express it, who they asked to contribute and this compilation was born. With a focus on ambient, it shows all the edges of the genre, it’s breathing and evolving and dynamic. The compilation brings you a sense of peace and takes you for a walk in its dreamscape, in 'the place we all go to in our sleep'. There’s a poem by Manal Aziz released with the compilation and I want to share my favorite bit of it: "
and when you see Her you will know:
She had a dream
and in it, She found everything She never was,
She never wanted
and with it, She would bond like the stars that come and go.
and from this bond, a light would be born.
Listen to auratekh - Lunar Talisman here:
Xzavier Stone - XZ, picked by Loraine James
June 27, 2020
"I’ve chosen ‘XZ’ by Xzavier Stone which I found on good ol’ Bandcamp. The EP is a great taster of what’s to come from this guy honestly. It's an awesome mix of rap with experimental electronic music that would sound amazing in the clubs!" - Loraine James
Listen to Shea Butta here:
RAMZi - Malaga Trancehall, picked by Jamie Tiller
May 26, 2020
"Despite the pretty bleak climate we’re in there’s been quite a lot of inspired and also hopeful new music to surface the last couple of months. It was hard to pick a favourite from Phoebé Guillemot’s beautiful new digital-only album ‘cocon’ but I’ve gone with the brilliantly titled ‘Malaga Trancehall’. Planet RAMZi is a place I’m always happy to visit, a real maze you wanna get lost in, and this track really sends me somewhere else. I loved the use of the sitar, performed by Bear Bones Lay Low, which glides across the gentle dancehall rhythms, bubbling sounds and dreamy keys, and gives the track this real celestial feeling." - Jamie Tiller
Listen to Malaga Trancehall here:
RAMZI's new album cocon is out on FATi Records, and available on Bandcamp.
Isabella - Melody Depleted, picked by CEM
May 14, 2020
"I’ve chosen Isabella‘s debut album on iDeal Recordings called "Melody Depleted“ as one of my favourite recent releases. This one hits every nerve of mine. It’s really a great release from an upcoming producer, and she seems to effortlessly mix of industrial soundscapes, sweaty EBM and traces of trance and electro. It shows a lot of versatility in her vision, I’m super excited about her development." - CEM
Listen to Take One And Two here:
Melody Depleted is out on iDEAL Records, and available here.
Azu Tiwaline - Draw Me A Silence Part 1, picked by Lena Willikens
April 29, 2020
"Some weeks ago, when I received the promo of 'Draw Me A Silence Part 1' I was intrigued right away. It doesn't happen often that I could barely decide which of the tracks I want to include in my radio shows and mixes — but in this case all of them were so good! I know that I'm an easy target for dubbed polyrhythmics… but this album is so much more, it makes you soflty move while giving you a warm tender hug.“ - Lena Willikens
Listen to Berbeka here:
Tomás Urquieta - Síntesis de Fricción, picked by Darwin
April 16, 2020
"'A bitter message of hopeless grief' was the note Tomás Urquieta left on his latest record 'Síntesis de Fricción'. The release was meant as a sonic commentary about the riots that were taking place in the Chilean's country, but its mood could easily be translated to our current global situation. 'Dopamina' envokes a taunting rebellious spirit when you listen to it, dark pressure but with the fire of Latin percussion. My favorite thing about this record is that Tomás is able to fuse my love for chest-rattling bass-heavy rhythms with the fuck you attitude of the punk and hardcore scenes we both came from. The title track 'Síntesis de Fricción' is a buzz saw club roller while the B2 'Céfiro' is a definite check as a head trip and a half. One final dorky note... I was super stoked to see the LATAM connection between him and Colombian label Insurgentes!" - Darwin
Listen to Dopamina here:
Síntesis de Fricción is out on INSURGENTES, and available on Bandcamp.
Tornado Wallace - Midnight Mania, picked by Lauren Hansom
April 3, 2020
"Tornado Wallace’s new LP titled 'Midnight Mania' is one of my favourite releases of the month. Perhaps it's because I am back in nature in Australia and the layered textures of psychedelic melodies and organic percussion are fitting... Or perhaps 'Midnight Mania' is my pick of the month because the whole 5 track mini LP is absolutely genius and wild (not to mention Stacie Ant's accompanying video to the title track of the album). Definitely one not to miss." - Lauren Hansom
Listen to Midnight Mania here:
Midnight Mania is out on Optimo Records, and available at the label's Bandcamp.
3Phaz - Three Phase, picked by Deena Abdelwahed
March 18, 2020
"When first heard 3Phaz Live in Lyon during Nuits Sonores, it got me super excited and emotional. The chances to attend live shows or DJ set of an artist who deconstructs music of your local surroundings, and adapts it to this context contemporary club, is rare. He goes way beyond just using sound references to exoticize his tracks — he surely was inspired by today’s club culture to express Mahraganat music. Classy mixing and exciting arrangements, I use and abuse his tracks in my DJ sets." - Deena Abdelwahed
Listen to Dawayer here: