Actress – Dancing In The Smoke

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After teasing his new track ‘X22RME‘ two weeks ago, Actress is back with another dark, grinder of a single.

‘Dancing in the Smoke’ sounds as Actress sees music, as bits of data, and the hypnotic loop and accelerating orchestral keys allude to our electronic ‘future,’ a vocal that punctuates throughout the track.

Actress’s album seems to be pairing well with today’s gloomy times.

The album aptly titled AZD launches later this month. Snag both tracks on the Ninja Shop.

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Sherwood & Pinch – Itchy Face

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Sherwood & Pinch are London-based dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Rob Ellis aka Pinch. This is the second collaboration from the duo that originally met at the Fabric London night club. “Having spent around five years working together, our work flow has developed and improved considerably, and we both feel that the music we’re making now is something neither of us could or would do alone,” says Ellis.

‘Itchy Face’ is one of the standout arrangements on the latest record
Man Vs. Sofa, trickling with their trademark bassline punches before stepping into soft touches of the piano. Meanwhile, ‘Roll Call’ and ‘Gun Law’ ring with murderous dread overtones.

“I’m really proud of Man Vs. Sofa – Pinch and I have developed a proper great sound together and this is a real step forward,” affirms Sherwood. A grand step forward from two heavyweight producers, indeed.

Download Man Vs. Sofa 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+.

Download the EP on Bandcamp

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DJ Nervoso – Ah Ah

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Artwork by Márcio Matos

DJ Nervosa is one of the founders of Lisbon’s funky electronic kuduro and batida scene, championed by the Príncipe label who have consequently put out Nervosa’s first record.

The combination of a wonky rhythm and a non-verbal vocal sample on the track ‘Ah Ah’ evinces the city’s unique hyper-energized interpretation of dance music, further corroborated by the seemingly unstable beat of ‘Kuia.’

The Príncipe label is rightfully ambitious. As it states on its SoundCloud page:

“We want to make sure that the amazing work being produced here, be it house, techno, kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha or any other new aesthetic development, will not remain unheard outside of our clubs, cellphones and homes anymore.”

The emerging sounds coming out of Lisbon’s suburbs and ghettoes stand on their own. So too does the artwork. Label founder and artist Márcio Matos individually designs all vinyl copies of the EP.

If you like fresh new styles, be sure to check out Durban, South Africa’s interpretation of house music in an emerging genre called Gqom.

Godriguez – Maxlushcarloswc

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“Do the thing.” Those are the words that appear on Godriguez’s Soundcloud page. The urgency to make interesting beats drives this Sydney-based producer, known for the sweet sounds behind MC Sampa the Great.

‘Maxlushcarloswc’ is his latest jazz-infused drop, contributing it to Mixtape #6 – The Dreamy One released from the Wondercore Island imprint.

Grab a copy of the album here. All profits raised go to the Australian-based Yothu Yindi Foundation Indigenous Education Project supporting indigenous cultural maintenance.

Ensemble Entendu – Peel Back

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Sam O.B., one half of Ensemble Entendu

Ensemble Entendu is Brooklyn-based duo Sam O.B. and Photay, both representing the Astronautico dance label. Their debut album Selected Rhythm Works, Vol. 1 is a melange of sounds including house, dub, reggae, and dancehall. The track ‘Peel Back’ is a particular bouncer that pairs 80s funk to African drums. Proper listen.

Download the album on Bandcamp


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Low Leaf – Psychlez

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Low Leaf is a singer and songwriter from Los Angeles. ‘Psychlez’ is her second single to drop from the self-released album Palm Psalms: A Light to Resolve All Darkness due out November 11.

The track launches with a soft piano and a mellow flute, before the singer’s soulful vocals make way to a drum beat. The overall experimental vibe of the album seems to match up with the artist’s earthy sensibilities. Her mastery of the electric harp is also fun to watch.

Learn more about Low Leaf in the video below.


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Earth Trax X Newborn Jr. – Sax & Flute 

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“Euphoria Guaranteed – or your money back!” That’s the tagline from Polish house producers Earth Trax and Newborn Jr.

Their two-track EP blends saxophone and flute samples into respective jazzy balearic cuts. I expect nothing than the less than timeless dance music from South London’s Rhythm Section International. Stream ‘Flute track’ after the jump.


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