Words: Andrew Moore
As part of a new series on District, we’ll be delivering the month’s very best electronic patterns and rhythms fresh from the hard drive and straight to your ears.
Whether it’s the heavy dubs of Pugilist’s sound system culture or the ambient, left-field leaning experiments of Facta and K-Lone’s Wisdom Teeth label, there’s something for everyone here. Dive in and enjoy the very best of June’s electronic delights.
Footwork, jungle and all round 160 don Sherelle’s debut release was worth the wait. Future-facing sound delivered at ferocious velocity, here she channels the dizzying energy from her sets into a cut of sunshine soaked, bass-driven techno that is a sure bet to set sound systems all over the world alight.
No one does emotion quite like Dark0. Undoubtedly ahead of the game from early, he seems to have fitted in perfectly at YEAR0001 (home to Yung Lean, Drain Gang and more) with his blend of sad trap, grime, wave and ambient. Eternity plays out like a Japanese RPG, and ‘Wait For Me’ is the chipmunk-vocal led highlight that you need.
The new school and old school of UK garage link up for some serious bass pressure on this cut of bubbly 2-step. Bakey cements himself as the one to watch emerging from this re-rise of UKG, whilst Sam Binga and Redders channel that low-lighting, bad-boy MC energy that they’ve been shelling for years.
It’s Andrea on Ilian Tape, need we say more? Honestly, we could have picked any one of the four tracks from the Italian artists Sktch EP on the Munich label. ‘Wired’ is as devastating as it is beautiful; inspired atmospherics meet lairy basslines and screwface energy on a true trip through light and dark.
Earlier this month Loraine James released what is an album that is an absolute cert to be breaching those top ten lists come the end of the year. Channelling pop-influenced drill, glitch, IDM and series of killer link ups – it’s a diamond found amongst the rough. James’ link up with Nova is particularly special, we think you will agree.
Moon Paw Print’s sophomore album – The Importance of Flowers – is a perfectly imperfect sequence, one inspired by the paintings of Van Gogh that used to hang in his childhood home. Black Coffee is the pick of the bunch – a kick-back, sample-heavy voyage that cements the producer’s reputation as one of Ireland’s most exciting experimental beatmakers.
Yorkshire producer Youandewan follows up four killer releases from Butter Side Up with a rolling cut of left-field turning minimal that is dying to be heard in the club. Malfunctioning electronics, playful humour and an ear-wriggling synthline all make for a serious, hands-in-the-air groover.
Melbourne producer is known for his bass-heavy productions of dub, breaks and broken techno (see the excellent Heavy Lies The Crown on Al Wooton’s TRULE label) but here he mixes it up, going down a dancefloor-focused, experimental hip hop route. ‘Undone’ is the most visceral example of these influences coming together.
Belfast based producer HY:Y’s debut track was first heard as part of a live-performance series that blended the new future sounds of the city with old and beautiful buildings. As a part of a growingly diverse sounding group of artists in the North’s capital, HY:LY serves psychedelic, pop-leaning drum & bass that highlights just why we should be getting excited.
Truss & Tessela do garage. Yes, you heard that correctly, and it’s every bit as good as you knew it would be.
His fourth full length record on the fabric in-house label is perhaps his finest work to date. Bold and eclectic blends of live instrumentation, off-kilter percussion patterns and emotionally captivating electronica meet on ‘Halos’ – a frantic, in-your-face piece of anxious energy.
Cult UK producer Iglew and K-lone and Facta led Wisdom teeth are a match made in heaven. After a six year hiatus the producer has found a new home and ‘Microfunk Lament’ feels like the perfect blend of influence from artist and label: glitchy futurism and minimal dreamscapes designed to make you melt.
Does what it says on the tin. Butterz legend Flava D comes through with a typically dutty hybrid of UK bassline and drum & bass for a proper heads-down affair.
Anyone who claims that techno has gotten a little too grey clearly haven’t been listening to Manni Dee. Now cemented as one of the finest in his hard dance field, every track screams emotion and soul. ‘Take Time’, taken from his most recent album A Low Level Love, is a swirling pit of energy that threatens to boil over at any moment. Tense, cinematic and forward-thinking, Manni Dee’s contemporary take on techno is a breath of fresh air.
Mid 00’s internet culture, anime aesthetics and Playstation soundtracks crash together in this beautiful mess from Evaboy. The producer blasts through a head-turning number of genres and sub-genres on …jook ‘til i die, from Chicago juke to jungle and experimental wave, sampling everyone from Drake to Jeremih along the way.
Yet another incredible release form the ridiculously consistent Casablanca based record label Casa Voyager, this time from label regular Detroit’s Filthiest who turns the heat up to eleven on ‘Space Invaders’, a mind-bending, arcade journey through neon-lit streets and sleazy clubs.
Coming in hot on NTS and Local Action regular Finn’s 2 B Real label, LOFT represents two cuts from the Aya archive as she serves up this love letter to Baltimore club. Urgent, emotional and brimming with soul, this is a huuuuuuge tip!
145bpm broken grime straight from the depths of hell. This icey shelling on Moscow based label United might be the best grime instrumental we’ve heard this year.
London based DJ and producer Bailey Ibbs shows that he has much more to his sonic palette than the UK garage and breaks that he is known for on ‘I’ll Always’, taken from his Helter Skelter release on the Berlin based label. Wifey-riddim vocals and classic dubstep aesthetics blend wonderfully with Ibbs instinctive skippiness for the perfect emotional, UK techno tool.
The 3 Feet Deep Records co-founder and Parisian producer delivers a furious cut of peak-time UK garage, complete with robotic vocals, gun-finger inducing basslines and enough left turns to keep the experimental heads interested.