DVA (a.k.a. Leon Smart) is a weird guy. Even with his gully London roots and a musical coming-of-age that took place amongst the gritty backdrop of grime and UK funky, he's never been a menacing character. That said, he's never been what most people would call normal, either. Until recently, DVA spent six years as the morning-show host on Rinse FM. During most of his tenure, the station wasn't even legally broadcasting, which begs a couple of questions. First, what sort of pirate station has a morning show? Second, and most importantly, what kind of person takes the job? As it turns out, the same kind of oddball who would put together a jumbled collection of tunes like Pretty Ugly. Read more »
London-via-Angola producer Brey's debut EP, Brasil (artwork above), is out this week on vinyl, but it won't see digital release until April 2. We've already shared the wild video for "Bengela," Brasil's opening track, and now we're offering a download of its second track, "Juno." Here, Brey expands the boisterous sound of "Bengela," overlaying strings, horns, and raucous electric guitars over big, lively percussion. The track could be superficially grouped in with other syncopated UK garage rhythms, but this is a bold, orchestrated work that subverts the genre's existing palette.
"Wooly Mammoth" is the opening track from San Diego producer Room E's upcoming debut LP, Penguin Child (artwork above). The work of ambient, instrumental hip-hop is anchored by live drumming, as it shuffles along its three-minute course. It glistens with breezy samples and buzzes with hints of bass for its first two minutes, until a more subdued, string-laden outro closes the last minute of the affair. Look for Room E's new album to drop via London-based imprint Proper Songs on May 28.
This short, haunting composition comes courtesy of Mancunian producer Synkro, who will be releasing the first offering from revamped R&S offshoot Apollo on April 2. While "I Miss You" will not be on the forthcoming release, titled Broken Promise, the tune's spacey darkness reflects the vision of the label, which, in its previous incarnation, served as R&S' ambient sub-label. After the jump, you can find the artwork and tracklisting for Broken Promise. And for interested readers in the London area, Synkro will be sharing a bill with Deadboy and Disclosure on March 30 at XOYO. More details on that can be found here. Read more »
It comes with the territory: Every so often, a website not entirely unlike your own publishes a story that was running through your works, as well. Such is the case with Resident Advisor's latest Label of the Month profile on Loefah's excellent Swamp81 imprint. Read more »
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