Jon Convex / Lusine
Jon Convex has been omnipresent recently: hot on the releases (‘Lied to Be Loved’ with dBridge) and now releasing a mix for xlr8r. Perhaps unsurprisingly from the man who formed half of Instra:mental, they’ve all been smoking. His latest cut is the Idoru EP, featuring the dark ‘New Model’ and ‘Shadows’ and the more upbeat ‘Fade’ and luscious...
Old Apparatus - Sullen Tone and Derren
Old Apparatus, an anonymous collective from London, are releasing their first EP on their new label Sullen Tone tomorrow. Entitled Derren, it continues OA’s pursuit of dextrous and intense electronic expedition, previously formed through LPs on Deep Medi Musik. Old Apparatus understand how to push sonic boundaries without slipping into visceral and decadent aural-wasteland. Their OA001...
Not sure if the full stop is superfluous or intentional, but I am certain of an increasing admiration for 2nd Drop. Fifteen year old (yeah, dats right) Happa. from Leeds, UK, is releasing ‘Freak’ soon on the label - and ‘Freak’ is certainly an apt title for this effervescent piece of music. This dunt ape genres; it just jumps around, selecting the vital fruits and...
DJ Rum: Watermark/The Darkest Hour
I’ve been waiting absolutely ages for this one. First appearing on Synkro’s RA mix, ‘The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn’ embraces Felix Manuel’s deep heartbeat kick, reggae-tinged vocals and drum and bass timbres. Beautiful atmospherics in comfortable time are interrupted with a subtle change of gear, with the tune rollicking along with a hi-end on fourth and...
This dude’s back story is pretty amazing. Michael Moppert was a Swiss musician, initially influenced by pop artists such as David Bowie but later focused on electronic production. Presumably as he reached the stresses of third decade-adulthood Moppert got involved in business, and entered the dirty world of capitalism (or a ‘successful start up’, as he puts it). In 2008 Moppert...
2nd Drop Records Hyponik Mix
Hardly surprising, this. I mean, it’s just so damn good. The great bass music blog Hyponik has an excellent mix series, and the latest in the sequence is from UK label 2nd Drop Records. Formed by James Bliss and Mark Gurney 2nd Drop was initially a bass music label but it has recently explored further forms of electronic music. It now releases cuts from artists as varied as DJ Rum, Gerry...