Seb Wildblood – Wet Summer

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Seb Wildblood is a jack of all trades. He runs South London’s house label Church and its imprint All My Thoughts in addition to DJing and producing his own music.

‘Wet Summer’ is his latest groove, set to appear on a mini-LP on the emoji-titled album :~^ (yes, that’s the name!) via Omena Records. Says Wildblood, “Hopefully there’s something for every occasion, the club, cooking dinner, walking the dog… that’s the hope anyway.”

Nostalgic vibes.

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Goldie – I Adore You

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The legend Goldie returns with his first album in nearly two decades, 22 years after his seminal release of Timeless. His new album The Journey Man drops this June.

Based on the early release of ‘I Adore You,’ we can expect to hear more drum n bass classic cuts but also some experimentation.

In an interview with Dazed Digital, he thanked David Bowie for some sage advice:

“David (Bowie) always said to me, ‘You’ve always got the opportunity to reinvent yourself no matter what it takes,’ and that stuck with me.”

Watch the music video for ‘I Adore You’ below:

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Oddisee – NNGE (feat. Toine)

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Beats, rhymes, and pieces. That’s what you’ll hear from prolific musician Oddisee, a native of the Diamond District. He’s back again with his third release in a dozen months with The Iceberg, an album that sees him grapple with the issues related to culture, race, and politics. The White House barred him from performing at Obama’s Farewell for his “controversial” lyrics on the track ‘Lifting Shadows.’

If the tune ‘NNGE’ is any indication, Oddisee is prepared to sharpen his words to meet these darker times.

“I grew up witnessing many protests come to Washington DC. This song continues that tradition by using words of encouragement over production inspired by the native sounds of DC music.” — Oddisee

Ennanga Vision – Otim’s War

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Gulu singing legend and ‘Acholi folk pop’ pioneer Otim Alpha teamed up with London producer Jesse Hackett and multi-instrumentalist Albert Ssempeke to produce Ennanga Vision“deconstructed musical forms from the kingdoms of Uganda.”

The album’s single ‘Otim’s War’ mashes together techno elements into traditional choral signing. The result is something like you’ve never heard before. The music video is fascinating too.

Pre-order the album on Bandcamp

Joy Orbison -Rite Ov/Walworth Window

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“I still have a lot of time for putting out 12 inches.” – Joy Orbison

He wasn’t lying. It’s been five years since his last solo release, but Joy Orbison is back with all new EP on his own label TOSS PORTAL.

‘Rite Ov’ steps into a dub groove that even Mark Ernestus would appreciate. I just wish I had a better sound system to do the bass justice.

The frequencies on ‘Walworth Window’ sour into a testy beat for the ages. Vocal sample A+.

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Richie Brains – Buss It 

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Who is Ritchie Brains? According to Exit Music label boss and music producer dBridge, Richie Brains is a collaboration between label artists Alix Perez, Chimpo, Fixate, Fracture, Om Unit, Sam Binga and Stray.

“The idea of getting these guys together came about around 2 years ago. I’d been (and have been) releasing great music from all of them, and most have collaborated with each other individually in some form or another, but I felt that there was a common thread in their sounds that would work great as a whole. So I sent them all an email suggesting they got together.”

The resulting work is a hodgepodge of dance, drum n bass, funk, footwork, jungle, and techno vibes. The track “Buss It” is one of the standout tracks, a throwback back to early 90s Prodigy.

As for the band name, “Richie Brains just sounded like the name of a great electronic punk character to us,” said dBridge.

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Andy Stott – Selfish

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Always pushing forward. That’s how you could describe Manchester electronic producer Andy Stott‘s music. He gave up making formulaic club tracks to focus on pionneering weirder “knackered house,” combining “sludgy tempos, grainy sounds, dense atmospheres.”

He continues exploring new sounds on his latest album Too Many Voices. Perhaps the most interesting track is ‘Selfish,’ where Stott shapeshifts between grime and a distorted dancehall beat. Pay extra attention to catch the noise in between.

Overlook – Misty

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Overlook is Bournemouth drum n bass producer Jason Luxton. To describe his music is nothing less than proper jungle. Taken straight out of the LTJ Bukem playbook emerges his new track ‘Misty’ on London’s independent drum n bass label Repertoire.

You can classify this tune as ‘contemporary jungle & drum and bass.’ It also appears as one of Boomkat’s tracks of the year.

Oh, and don’t overlook the dark and hard-stepping ‘Motif.’

Pessimist – Balaklava

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Pessimist is Bristol electronic beat maker Kristian Jabs. According to his discography he’s released tracks on a slew of drum n bass labels since 2010. But his latest 12″ ‘Balaklava’ on the Blackest Ever Black’s imprint A14 appears to be one of his filthiest releases to date.

The tune cracks in minimalism, as the label page says ‘moody-as-f**,k’ gnawing at the ears like the post-dubstep darkness of CO/R’s ‘Bells, Walking.’