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DJ Sabrina the Teenage DJ – Under Your Spell

More dope beats from the other realm courtesy of the queen of electronic witchery. If you’re familiar with DJ Sabrina’s previous work, this follows in pretty much the same vein: 90s-heavy samples blended with bright, open-hearted production. An out-and-out nostalgia-fest, in other words that will make you yearn for the days when aspect ratios were square and TV audiences pissed themselves laughing at literally everything.

https://djsabrinatheteenagedj.bandcamp.com

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Tess Roby – Century

I really liked Tess Roby’s 2018 album Beacon – especially the song Plasticine Hills – a perfect balance of haunting synths and her extraordinary vocal – so the release of her new LP Ideas of Space last week was very welcome. Century is the opening track and immediately draws you into her intimate, fragile world, with glistening chords and hushed percussion providing the ideal framework for her wonderful voice to work its magic.

https://tessroby.com

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Andrew Ostler – Crossing the line, part 1

Andrew Ostler, you had me at “unashamedly nostalgic for the polyrhythms of 70s Berlin”. One of two extended pieces from his new album, Ostler’s penchant for modular synthesis is expressed across a 20 minute recording that evokes not only the electronic polyrhythms of acts like Tangerine Dream, but also the epic prog-rock of Pink Floyd. No mean feat, but it’s handled here with both skill and subtlety.

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Whatever the Weather – 25°C

Unlike pretty much every other person in the world, I didn’t really enjoy Loraine James’s 2021 album Reflections very much. It’s obviously really good, I just found it a bit jarring and after a few time thinking “everyone loves this, so you should too!” kinda just stopped trying. It felt too much like hard work, which absolutely does not apply to her new album recorded as Whatever the Weather, which seems tailor-made for me: all the rough corners of Reflection sanded down to a soft sheen, and the machine-driven claustrophobia replaced by hazily shimmering vistas. Opener 25°C is about as calming as music gets, and that’s what I need in my life right now.

https://whateva.bandcamp.com/album/whatever-the-weather

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36 – Fantazia

Fantazia came out on the brilliantly-named album Weaponised Serenity around six months ago, but aside from this piece from A Strangely Isolated Place I can’t find any coverage for it at all. Recorded by Dennis Huddleston under his 36 alias for the 9128.live label – which asks artists to push their creative boundaries by presenting new and experimental approaches to music creation – Weaponised Serenity is a joyous journey through Huddleston’s rave heritage, exploring both the deeply meditative qualities and drug-fulled hedonism of the rave, often within a single track.

https://9128live.bandcamp.com/album/weaponised-serenity

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Tomu DJ – Morning Groove

Lush, broken beat electronics for you today courtesy of California-based Tomu DJ, who has a real knack for squeezing a huge amount of emotion out of whatever machineware she uses to make music. If you missed it last year her debut album FEMINISTA is well worth checking out and features many tracks of the same tone and structure that makes Morning Groove such a breezy delight, albeit mixed with some far darker more disquieting introspections.

https://soundcloud.com/tomu-dj

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Mabe Fratti – Aire

This came out close to a year ago as one of the tracks on Mabe Fratti’s album Será que ahora podremos entendernos, however it’s one of the most extraordinary pieces of music I’ve heard for a while so wanted to bring it to as many people’s attention as possible. The Guatemalan musician combines raging synths and layered feedback with her incredible mastery of the cello to create a singular sound that ranges from the super-chilled meditations of track like Mil Formas de Decirlo to the almost unbearable tension of Aire. Honestly, I don’t know how I missed this when it came out, but I’m very glad I’ve found it now.

https://tinangelrecords.bandcamp.com/album/ser-que-ahora-podremos-entendernos

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Patricia Taxxon – Lensing

While the majority of us have been patting ourselves on the back for avoiding alcohol for an entire month, or looking at festival lineups with a curious mix of hope, anxiety and outright terror, Patricia Taxxon has already released two entire albums, the latest of which, Gloria, includes this soothing, glitchy gem. Her output is hard to keep up with, especially given the almost celebratory inaccessibility of some of it, but this is definitely one that hits the mark.

https://patriciataxxon.bandcamp.com/album/gloria

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Vegyn – Beat step Twoards Nothing [120 BPM]

Nope that’s not a typo: it’s really spelt ‘twoards’, which gives some indication of the approach Vegyn has taken on his new mixtape, Don’t Follow Me Because I’m Lost Too!! – as if he banged out the titles in 10 seconds and just thought ‘fuck it that’ll do’. Of course there are Aphex comparisons – not least in the inclusion of the track BPMs – but the entire project has an unpolished, ramshackle vibe that I’m really into and sets it in its own distinct space.

https://www.instagram.com/vegynvegyn/

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Laurie Anderson – Big Science (Arca Remix)

An unpopular opinion: I don’t really like Arca’s music and find it fairly hard, even borderline impossible to listen to. I’m wrong, obviously, and if I think about it it’s objectively ‘good’ (many would argue peerlessly groundbreaking), I’ve just never got on board with it. So it’s a rare treat to hear her remix of the equally experimental Laurie Anderson and enjoy it, so I’m finally free to jump on the Arca Appreciation Juggernaut ™.

https://laurieanderson.lnk.to/BigScienceArcaRemix