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Versalife – Aegis

Conforce was already one of my favourite producers even before launching his Versalife alias a few years back. Now I love him and his music even more. This is pretty much perfect: big emotional pads, little acid line bubbling happily away…. just brilliant. And if you like this you should definitely listen to his recent Live in Los Angles mix, it’s ace.

https://conforce.bandcamp.com/

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Yaeji – MONEY CAN’T BUY (feat. Nappy Nina)

This is taken from Yaeji’s debut album What We Drew, although she refers to it as a mixtape. I’m still not entirely sure what the difference is, despite multiple conversations and Google searches. Regardless, this is really, really good and the entire album/mixtape is definitely worth checking.

https://www.instagram.com/kraejiyaeji

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Lady Wray – Piece Of Me

Just heard this on Huey Morgan’s 6 Music show – it’s so good. Sounds like it could have been made in the heyday of 60s soul but actually came out last year. Perfect ‘bbq and beer in the sun’ soundtrack… if only.

https://twitter.com/Ladynicolewray

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Empress Of – Bit Of Rain

Frothy pop from the eternally effervescent Empress Of today to celebrate surviving another week of #lockdownlife. Really love this, and serves as a reminder that at some point we’ll all be able to drink ciders in the sun and watch actual live music again. Won’t that be something.

http://www.empressof.com

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Windy & Carl – Recon

Michigan duo Windy Weber & Carl Hultgren have been making incredible, often very delicate, atmospheric ambient for close to thirty years, and this is one of the best things I’ve heard from them. Taken from their new album Allegiance and Conviction: it’s absolutely magnificent.

https://windyandcarl.bandcamp.com

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Childish Gambino – Time

I never really got the hype behind Childish Gambino’s last album. Redbone was clearly incredible, but the rest of it just kinda washed over me. Conversely, his latest (surprise) LP 3.15.20 doesn’t seem to have gone down so well, but Time is without doubt a toweringly brilliant piece of work, and I will arm wrestle to the death anyone who says otherwise.

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Jessie Reyez – ANKLES

This is taken from the Jessie Reyes new album BEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL US ALL, which I think is a really brilliant title. Not sure the album really lives up to it to be honest – it includes a couple of really forgettable features from Eminem and 6lack – but this is a total banger.

http://www.jessiereyez.com

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Alva Noto – Uni Normal (Ben Frost Remix)

Ben Frost absolutely terrifies me. This is one of the more melodic records I’ve heard of his, and it’s still pretty brutal. Really amazing though, and exactly the kind of thing you want to play really loud first thing on a Monday to properly kick start your week: lovely, doomy industrial techno all over your quietly weeping face.

https://benfrost.bandcamp.com/

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Ecco2K – AAA Powerline

Groggy cloud rap meets downtempo breaks from Zak Arogundade aka Ecco2K. Includes the lyric “Crushing rocks with Oyster card, so nauseous, can’t sleep it off” which tells you everything you need to know about the tone. Does very little, but remains completely engaging throughout.

https://twitter.com/ecco2k

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Patricia Taxxon – You

Pop meets trance in a hyperactive bubblegum echo chamber. About as positive a record as you’re likely to hear this year. Plus the entire EP Beauty is on YouTube, which is what I’ve posted below: You is the first song on there. Or there’s a pay what you like option to buy via the Bandcamp link. Florescent pink gold.

https://patriciataxxon.bandcamp.com