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B-Ball Joints: Glass

Two years on since the release of his debut LP as B-Ball Joints on PRR! PRR!, which broke all kinds of fences between frantic proto-tech analogue-isms and muscular EBM motifs, Hallais puts on his lesser-known guise again with ‘Glass’, due out in March on the ever bold and ambitious Mind Records.

Reza Athar

Reza Athar serves up a polyamorous blender of styles and tempo, steering far, far away from the no-nonsense 4/4 galaxy to settle halfway guitar-strewn psychedelia, kosmische-informed keyboard motifs, tribal jams and cross-pollinated ’80s synth-pop and exotica hybrids.

Lee Gamble: In A Paraventral Scale

‘In A Paraventral Scale’ is the first part of ‘Flush Real Pharynx’, a triptych being released via Hyperdub throughout 2019, accompanied by a new audio-visual live show. According to Gamble, the work is a “sonic documentary”, aiming to explore the “three stages of the Semioblitz” – the aggressive onslaught of visual and sonic stimuli of contemporary cities and virtual spaces.

Howes: Cold Storage

‘Cold Storage’ is free-form and experimentalist, the sound of an artist exploring his tools and their exponential capabilities. It rarely feels random or unconsidered, just weird, cryptic and beautiful.

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B-Ball Joints: Glass

Two years on since the release of his debut LP as B-Ball Joints on PRR! PRR!, which broke all kinds of fences between frantic proto-tech analogue-isms and muscular EBM motifs, Hallais puts on his lesser-known guise again with ‘Glass’, due out in March on the ever bold and ambitious Mind Records.

King Midas Sound: Solitude

This record is the antithesis of glamourized pop abstractions about romance that don’t hold true today, if they ever did. This is, the turning of a man inside out.

Code Walk: Distance

Code Walk’s latest EP disrupts this notion of monosyllabic representation over six tracks of varying emotion, energy and attitude.

Stanley Schmidt: Smart Replies

Released on his and DJ Boring’s imprint Vienna, the record is a formal expression of Schmidt’s creative acumen and a continuation of his flirtation with the golden sounds of yesteryear.

Mikron: Severance

‘Severance’ is an accomplished and compelling listen, exploring twilight territories set in both the past and future, a technique Mikron have perfected here. Once again, that black and white logo and the brothers Corcoran deliver the goods.

Hoover1: Hoover1

Once more touching on the sounds of UK hardcore (most recently via his EP on XL Recordings as the Higher), the amorphous but distinguishable stylings of Shedism are presented to us in a new light.

Lee Gamble: In A Paraventral Scale

‘In A Paraventral Scale’ is the first part of ‘Flush Real Pharynx’, a triptych being released via Hyperdub throughout 2019, accompanied by a new audio-visual live show. According to Gamble, the work is a “sonic documentary”, aiming to explore the “three stages of the Semioblitz” – the aggressive onslaught of visual and sonic stimuli of contemporary cities and virtual spaces.

Silk Road Assassins: State Of Ruin

Silk Road Assassins have unlocked the inherent but underused therapeutic properties of trap and grime production, refined to the point of purity and elevate their value to the point of becoming music that can sit comfortably alongside any contemporary sub-genre of electronica.

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Music Video: Yves Tumor – Noid

The video depicts Sean Bowie being arrested and assaulted by police officers on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, raising the widespread issue of police brutality in the USA.

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.

In The Studio with Efdemin

We reflect back on Efdemin's early DJ career, learning the ropes at Pudel Club in Hamburg and his relationship with Berghain.

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