Lines like “I don’t want to be here all of my life” and “Living my life, doing what I say,” are empowering and resonate universally. There’s a Nai Palm-esque (Hiatus Kaiyote) flavour to Squidgenini’s vocal tone–each note dripping in soul and indefinable magic.
Today, we’re lucky enough to premiere the live stream of Henry’s set – a journey sprinkled with never before heard edits from the man himself. By the looks of things, this was one hell of a time at the controls as well as for those on the dancefloor.
A fitting soundtrack to an elegant bank heist montage; iconic of a turn-of-the-century film. Or the diegetic music spilling out of our protagonist’s radio, as they drive at a mysterious hour; slightly tinted sunglasses, sardonic silk shirt & cigarette smoke plumes a gogo.
‘Wish’ is the one we keep playing over and over. Founded on soft snares and hazy synths, Hynes has crafted a record that’s purpose-built for car rides. We’re talking about those trips where you’re driving on auto-pilot and your mind’s in far-off places.
Buried deep in the album lies ‘Silent Hill’ featuring Florida native Kodak Black. Defined by rib rattling bass, sweet keys and shots fired from a futuristic firearm – this one is nasty. Deliberately spacious, the production gives both MCs the opportunity to speak their minds.
Eli’s path into this entrepreneurial multiverse began with a passion for music, in particular, the club kind. What started with absorbing family records and sacrificing overseas travel to purchase his first set of decks, soon became a fully-fledged love of dance.
Combining textural sound design with clean, beautiful beat-work, Willo has conjured something that is both current and nostalgic. ‘Past Time’ gives a musical sense of deja vu, capturing cravings for life’s little things in a neat four-track offering.
With a deft touch, the producer marries peculiar and disparate sounds as few others can. There’s a ricochet-like feeling to the notes like they’re glancing off a wall or skimming across the water’s surface. It’s intricate. It’s clever. It’s joyous.
Not a whole lot is known about this producer whose bio reads “DJ & Artist from London.” This isn’t an issue, as ELLES lets the music do the talking, and it speaks gorgeously. Released by the all-inclusive Naive imprint out of Lisbon, this record is sure to make you beam!
‘Promises’ feels like an exploration of familial dialogue usually left untouched. The track has a gospel aura, where spacious rhythms carry lyrics with emotional weight. Within a letter full of promises, Cleo alludes to her mothers’ absence and makes space for forgiveness.
Streaming platforms provide an algorithmic buffet of falsetto professionals, making standing out in a sea of talent increasingly difficult. This is what makes the emergence of Q Marsden so unique. The virtually unsearchable solo artist is forging his own distinct path in a very crowded space.
Glitchy effects and snatches of conversation create their own urban network; uploading images of busy trains, digital billboards and peak hour rush. Inspired by Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 2001 film Millennium Mambo, ‘Life Is Perfecto’ launches you through flashing tunnels, eases you down coastal highways, bringing you safely back to the city fringe.
Opening with a monologue about his nomadic nature, Tyler recalls some of his memorable stops along the way from chasing dolphins on jet skis to holidays in Vienna. Right now though, it’s all about an undisclosed patisserie that leads him to his dream girl.
From heaving Mumbai side streets, to the starkly beautiful Unyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia, back to intimate moments shared with strangers over meals, Mandy’s work brings a wise wanderlust into our lives. It’s as though she has been perpetually wandering the earth documenting its most beautiful and secret places just for you.