Liam Bailey – When Will They Learn

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Liam Bailey is a soul and reggae artist from Nottingham, England. He’s collaborated with drum n bass producers Chase and Status and Shy FX, as well as Amy Winehouse and more recently, Gorillaz.

The reggae-infused track ‘When Will They Learn’ originally released on vinyl in 2011 but got a rerelease in 2013 on Magic Records. An untrained vocalist, Bailey says his raw singing is reminiscent of the sounds of vinyl, something the greatest rock DJ John Peel also echoed.

“I don’t want to compare myself to magic, but imperfections are what make us human.”

Jan Jelinek – Tendency

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Jan Jelinek is a Berlin-based electronic producer. He’s known for his abstract style of moiré in which he reduces beat patterns to a third dimension.

The minimalist track ‘Tendency’ appears on the album Loop – Finding – Jazz – Records, originally released in 2001. So it predates the dub-techno framework later adopted by Burial and the likes of Forest Swords.

Essential.

Alix Perez & SpectraSoul – Synergy

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The Synergy EP is a joint release between drum n bass elites Alix Perez and SpectraSoul, featuring four tracks of a soulful, smoother side of drum n bass.

The track ‘Synergy’ rides out like a perfect liquid wave, laced with a classic Perez piano and lush vocals: “I already know you before I even met you.”

Drums ✔ Piano ✔ Vocals ✔ Vibes ✔ Dazzling stuff.

Snag the EP on Bandcamp

Slowthai – Wiseman

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Slowthai is a rapper/producer from Northampton, England. His latest solo release slowitdown packs a serious punch of grime beats and lyrical jabs, most notably on the track ‘Wiseman’ which originally premiered on Boiler Room and played more recently on the Gilles Peterson show.

Keep an eye on this emerging talent.

“no space no caps”

Hector Plimmer – Let’s Stay

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Hector Plimmer is an electronic producer from South London. His latest record, Sunshine, is an exploration of trippy synths and jazz drums. “It represents (in no particular order) my musical journey over the past 4 or so years, some of which may never have seen the light of day,” says the musician.

The opening track ‘Let’s Stay’ is a sublime mix of dreamy keys laced to a head-nodding drum kicks. It’s no surprise his influences range from Flying Lotus, Portishead, to Theo Parrish.

Download the album on Amazon

Kara-Lis Coverdale – Grafts

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Kara-Lis Coverdale is “one of the most exciting young composers in North America,” proclaims The Guardian. It’s not hard to understand why.

Her new 22-minute track ‘Grafts’ is gorgeous, rolling in hypnotic piano layers and echoes, “never fully coming to a resolution,” as Boomkat describes it, “Lingering on like a slowly dispersing plume of smoke.”

Between listening to this and the new Actress record, I feel like I’ve been living in another world for days.

Oumou Sangaré – Yere Faga (Natureboy Flako Remix)

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Flako is Dario Rojo Guerra, a Berlin-based producer known for his helter-skelter beats. I first discovered him in 2010 with his jaw-dropping Pharcyde sample on the track ‘Love.’

He’s since expanded his sound beyond hip-hop to include more live instruments and global soundscapes, paying tribute to his German-Chilean heritage. Now releasing music under his rebranded name Natureboy, Flako has done some reworks most notably with Malian Wassoulou Oumou Sangaré’s track ‘Yere Faga.’ A worthy listen.