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  • A selection of the best released goodies for springtime 

    Nomine - Blind Man (Tempa)

    Out: 13th April

    Spoken word over brooding, minimal dubstep? Yes, pls. A sparse Middle Eastern inspired beat runs under an eerie sample from TV series Kung Fu in EP opener 'Blind Man'. As the atmosphere builds a tense nature is retained throughout. The other two cuts from his 5th appearance on Tempa follow suit with a sublime framework, 'To The Sky' featuring vocal work from Iustina.

     

    Eagles & Butterflies ft. J.U.D.G.E. – Love (Noir Music)

    Out: 20th April

    Just when you think Noir music may take a break from their killer start to 2015, they release yet another solid addition to their back catalogue. The collaboration between Eagles & Butterflies with singer J.U.D.G.E. results in a beautiful, vocal-led deep groover. 

     

    Bring Joy Youandewan Rmxs Rsd Special  (Aus Music) 

    Out: 17th April [Cat No. AUS1576]

    Youandewan's 2011 remix of Midland's track 'Bring Joy' sees the vinyl light of day as it's finally pressed on wax for this year's Record Store Day, four years after the digital release. His warehouse dub doesn't hold back from the offset with its wall-shaking bass. The B-side is a treat for those who fell in love with Youandewan’s edit of ’93 to infinity’ last year, as it too materialises onto vinyl. The 300 pressed copies will not last long.
     

    Skepta - Shutdown (Boy Better Know) 

    Out: 26th April

    Grime veteran Skepta has been on fire as of late. 'It Ain't Safe' left us awaiting more details on his 4th full-length Konnichiwa. Next up is 'Shutdown', sampling Drake in the intro "trus me daddi", while the second sample touches on any disapproving BRIT watchers as Kanye West brought Skepta and 20+ man on stage. The bars aren't bad either. 

    Joseph and Devilman have been throwing cusses at each other too. In Nastyover Wiley's 2005 instrumental 'Morgue', after mimicking his phrases rather convincingly, Skepta tells Devilman to keep his name out of his nasty mouth. Wun sen. 

     

    Zed Bias - Couch Life (Swamp 81) 

    Out: 13th April

    It was never going to be long that Zed stayed away from the Swamp. 'Couch Life' is the title of Zed Bias' return to the label since 2013 LP Boss. The A side sees a minimalist approach at the start, with stripped back drum sequences, transforming to a reverbed bass note buzzing around for a solid 20 seconds. Cowbells flying amongst some acid charm. 

     
     

    Drew Lustman - The Crystal Cowboy (Planet MU) 

    Out: 20th April

    Drew Lustman abandons his Falty DL alias for his latest album The Crystal Cowboy. 'Angel Flesh' is a meditative choir type affair.

     

    Tei Shi - Go Slow (Double Denim Records)

    Out: 10th April

    This cut from Tei Shi's second EP Verde has the Argentinian, Brooklyn-based singer whispering for us to 'Go Slow'. Her urges apparently so she can hear the phone box scream. Whatever that means - you'll find pop and R&B vibes with this one.

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