Rachael Philip Talks Nature, Decay & Sound

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Blending electronics, field recordings, and chamber music, Wax Ephemeral is the debut album from Manchester-based composer Rachael Philip. Described as ‘a tribute to the carousel of life, death, and recycling and revival into new forms,’ the record is absorbing and immersive. With a background in film and commercial soundtracks, Philip’s sound worlds are strikingly visual. … Read more

Reza Pahlevani: The Story Of His ‘Roozmaregi’ EP

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Born and raised in Iran, Reza Pahlevani has lived in the north of England since 2012. Reza is no stranger to the world of showbusiness in the Persian music scene – establishing himself in a new community in the UK where he is basically unknown has been an exercise in patience and growth. But for … Read more

Noya Rao Talk Trees, Karate, and The Creative Process

From the fertile ground of Leeds’ verdant music scene springs Noya Rao. The band, whose name refers to the mystical Amazonian ‘tree of light,’ describe themselves as ‘electronic soul’ – deriving their sound from the playfully fluttering vocals of Olivia Bhattacharjee, the OB6 synth, and a rhythm section that specialise in getting heads nodding. It … Read more

GracieSouz Gets Spooky In Electro-Pop Video ‘Before, An Apparition’

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Before, An Apparation’ is the new single from Sheffield electro-pop artist GracieSouz. Exploring themes of ephemeral moments and memory, she creates a strange and dark sonic and visual world. An interdisciplinary artist, GracieSouz is the solo project of Grace Strickland de Souza. Her other projects include the likes of alt-pop band KIN. ‘Before, An Apparition’ … Read more

Sleepsang Reflects The Bitter And Complex Present In Ambient ‘Beyond’

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It feels as if ambient and experimental soundscapes are the most suitable musical response to our times. With sentiment around the ongoing pandemic decaying from a fragile optimism to a dreary, head-down resignation, music that tries to address the situation with words often grates, and misses the mark. Listen: Sleepsang – Beyond Beyond, the new … Read more

A Change of Tempo: Embracing The Softer Side of Electronic Music

It’s been a strange year for the electronic music community, with the steady pulse of UK nightlife grinding to an abrupt halt. A sense of loss is hanging over those of us who long to gather at the DJ booth like an altar. There have been several commendable efforts to distill the club atmosphere into … Read more

Noé Solange Contemplates Freedom in Ethereal Trip-Hop EP ‘Bound’

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Noé Solange’s welcoming moods on Bound offer a comfortable familiarity in stressful times. There’s a mass of noise which grows steadily throughout the title track. As Solange whispers enigmatically, repeating “I can’t hold on too long” in the choruses, you know that you’re in for some mid-90s Bristol vibes as the song reaches its climax. … Read more

Zyggurat Journey Through Imagined Landscapes In Earth II

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The debut EP from Birmingham-based future jazzers Zyggurat represents a passage through imagined landscapes. Travelling across abstract wilds to urban civilisation and beyond, the band arrive at Earth II. Led by Pete Grimshaw (synths, trombone, samples, production), Zyggurat combines elements of jazz, electronica, experimental, and ambient music. The journey is cerebral and sonically pleasing. Underpinned … Read more

Spacey Basement Cult Continue Down The Rabbit Hole With New Wonk-Pop Single

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Spacey Basement Cult’s new release sees the Leeds trio continue down the experimental-wonk-pop rabbit hole. The tongue-in-cheek description on their Bandcamp (“chill beats you can’t study to”) is suggestive of the artistic milieu the group push off from, if not where they land. There may be a quick nod to seminal electronica artists of the … Read more

Skeltr Elevate With Spiritual Jazz Rave Album ‘ Dorje’

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Skeltr seamlessly blend spiritual jazz and rave in their epic debut album Dorje. In a distinctly unusual fusion of genres and ideas, the Manchester-based duo pull off a crossover that feels unwaveringly coherent and organic. Drawing inspiration from Buddhist philosophy and practice on the one hand, and Manchester‘s rave scene on the other, the record … Read more

HENGE Transport You To Space With Prog-Rave ‘Exo’

Psychedelic prog-rave band HENGE have developed a cult following thanks to their wild live shows, their message of joy, and their journey from outer-space. Combining tremendous abandon and energy, with unflinching commitment to their story and purpose, HENGE are a band who are actually doing their own thing. Their new single ‘Exo,’ from the much … Read more

Soccer96 Drop Sardonic Analogue Electro EP ‘Tactics’

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Soccer96 mark their debut release for Mushi Mushi with a triple threat of analogue electro tunes. Featuring Alabaster dePlume’s sardonic spoken word, Tactics is at the same time cerebral and wildly rhythmic. The driving beat of ‘I Was Gonna Fight Facism’ is the first offering. DePlume’s blossoming lyrical cynicism is about as on-the-nose as you … Read more

ONIPA Take You To A Vibrant Future In ‘We No Be Machine’

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We No Be Machine is an uplifting and groove-filled reminder of the deep power of human community, connection, and creativity. Formed of the core partnership of KOG (Kweku of Ghana, KOG & the Zongo Brigade) and Tom Excell (Nubiyan Twist), ONIPA is the word for ‘human’ in Akan, the ancient language of the Ashanti people of … Read more

What Is Algorave? Live Coding With Alex Mclean

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In the world of live coding, Alex McLean is a prime mover. His open source TidalCycles software is used by musicians across the world to code music quickly and dynamically in real time. He co-founded the Algorave movement, bringing programming out of obscurity and onto the dancefloor.   Writer Sarah Sharp (proficient in Microsoft Office, handy … Read more

Long Legged Creatures Drop Menacing Electronica-Punk Banger ‘CMAD’

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Long Legged Creatures are simmering to the boil. The Leeds quartet have been steadily making a name for themselves with their dark, twisting, groove-based brand of electronica, served with a helping of punk. This is the sound of sweaty rave caves, walking wet streets at night, and a trip that may or may not end … Read more

Toya Delazy Takes You To Utopic South Africa

East-London based Toya Delazy’s new release ‘Funani’ is a breathtaking synthesis of South African and UK sounds. The South African emcee, who calls London home, joined forces with Henry Counsell of Joy Anonymous, creating a sound that they’ve dubbed ‘afro rave.’ In Funani, Delazy raps in Zulu over a beat that’s influenced by garage, grime, … Read more

Open Your Heart To Galaxians’ Ecstatic Electronic Funk

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It’s hard not be affected by the live energy of Galaxians. Blending dense rhythmic synths, live and sampled drums, and insanely powerful vocals, Galaxians – preferably in some sweaty underground venue – are a band you need to open your heart to and experience. I caught up with the Leeds-based trio’s drummer, Matt Woodward, to … Read more