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Chafik Chennouf

Chafik Chennouf heads up the uncompromising Leyla Records and straddles the increasingly familiar verticals of DJ, producer and label owner. An approach that we could all learn from in 2019. Of course, music paints a million words, so we took the opportunity to draft in Chafik to provide a mix to showcase his sound and share a rare selection of words.

Beige

Beige’s mix naturally reflects the broad-mindedness, fun-loving wit and unquenchable zip of his live approach, colliding the distant realms of GAS, SpaceGhostPurrp, Toulouse Low Trax and more.

Perko: NV Auto

Perko’s ‘NV Auto’ sounds fresh in a way that’s somehow true to the Glaswegian label’s DNA and has consistent elements for it to be considered one of this year’s finest debut releases.

Molly

We caught up with the ever-personable Molly to find out more about her musical upbringing, the making-of ‘Waves’ and why she ultimately decided to release her extended player on Giegling. Molly also suggests ways in which younger women can get involved with electronic music culture.

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Pom Pom: Untitled II

Untitled II’, is a subtle trip deeper into what makes Pom Pom tick. Essentially a direct sequel to ‘Untitled’, this LP is a black hole that you don’t see ahead of you until you’ve slipped into the event horizon.

Perko: NV Auto

Perko’s ‘NV Auto’ sounds fresh in a way that’s somehow true to the Glaswegian label’s DNA and has consistent elements for it to be considered one of this year’s finest debut releases.

Deeat Palace: KSX

Taking on her Deeat Palace guise again after releasing her debut extended player on Mind Records in February, Marion Camy Palou returns to treat us to one of her signature stormy, malevolent hybrids of post-apocalyptic atmospheres, bleeding riffs and blazing electronics.

Oceanic: Live At De School

‘Live at De School’ is a provoking LP that sets an excitement for where Oceanic can push things musically and what De Nieuw will capture from within De School’s walls in the near future.

Vester Koza: loader mither

Vester Koza’s debut album on Houndstooth takes an intriguing look back over the nineties dance music scene. You may not think that statement alone is particularly unusual, however the IDM slant of ‘loader mither’ sets itself apart from other retrospectively minded works that mine the strait-laced tropes of the era.

Objekt: Cocoon Crush

‘Cocoon Crush’ pushes the boundaries of experimentation even further than his previous releases did, and that without ever falling in self-referentialism or redundancy. Speaking of what goes on across ‘Cocoon Crush’ may be quite a challenge at times for the reason that – as happens with the most futuristic forms of art – what’s on display here is new to the extent that a new lexicon would be required.

Crave: Loco

Pursuing his transgressive dismantlement and reshaping of current hip-hop and trap motifs as seen from a proto-technoid perspective – fitting somewhere betwixt the growingly influential legacy of the chopped-and-screwed sound of the Memphis and Houston rap scenes and Merzbow at his most savage, French producer Crave does it again on his new EP ‘Loco’ for Mind Records.

Posthuman: Mutant City Acid

Posthuman deliver some of their finest work to date with ‘Mutant City Acid’ LP. Created as a soundtrack to a mythical dystopia called New Reno City, the album is replete with nods to ’80s and ’90s computer gaming and sci-fi including Fallout, Bladerunner and Ian M. Banks.

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Best Music Videos of 2018

To mark our final end of year list, we have searched high and low for the very best music videos of 2018.

Music Video: Landon Speers – Wild Rose – “II”

Such magic is undoubtedly at work in today’s visual premiere. The footage set to ‘II’, a cut from Landon Speers’ exploratory ambient record ‘Wild Rose’, is not as much a music video as it is a kind of visual poem, its wordless meaning made audible in the achingly soft tones of Speers’ poignant composition.

Music Video: Arad – Inti

Best known as part of the production duo Lakker, earlier this year Dara Smith released a record on Bedouin Records under his new solo alias Arad. Ahead of his forthcoming mix, today we’re premiering this lysergic music video for ‘Inti’

Music Video: Teenage Arab – No Me No Mine

We are proud to present the music video for Teenage Arab’s debut release ‘No Me No Mine’ EP out on Not For Fun Records. The politically charged video, shot during a large-scale anti Putin protest in Moscow by director Danila Gulin, makes for a blunt depiction of police and military violence.

Music Video: Asa 808 – Love Trumps Fear

Asa 808 ‘Love Trumps Fear’ is part of a double headed single whose flip side ‘Woke’ is already seeing mileage from Avalon Emerson, Breach, Frits Wentink, George FitzGerald and Whitesquare – that acts as a pre-cursor for a forthcoming mini-LP. Already the entrée bodes well for the main course.

Music Video: Nathan Micay – First Casualty

We are proud to present the music video premiere for Nathan Micay’s ‘First Casualty’ on Whities. Directed by Masha Batsea & Alex McCullough, the video winds its way along an anonymous tree-lined road, overlaying the neutral landscape with incongruous shapes and colours.

Music Video: Tourist Kid – Bacterial

Directed by Will Galperin & Evan Stalker, the music video for ‘Bacterial’ features simulated macro-shots of cellular mitosis, a natural process that somehow renders organic and ordered forms out of disorienting complexity and chaos.

Music Video: Bary Center – Shell

American producer Bary Center shares his self-directed music video exclusively on IA – evoking the weird cult rituals of Eyes Wide Shut, kodachrome sorcery of Hausu and demoniac ambience of The Ninth Gate. Interlarded with cutaway shots of Bary himself, the dancers’ convulsive moves fit the rhythm and sound like a glove, mesmerising as can be.

In The Studio with Efdemin

In this special feature we get up close and personal with Efdemin at his studio in Berlin to reflect on his early DJ career and learning the ropes at Golden Pudel, to meeting the Dial family and his working relationship with Berghain.

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