Impey – The Alchemist
Hyp favourite Impey has established a reputation as a key player of the new wave of producers creating some of the most exciting grime-leaning club constructions on the circuit since his emergence in 2014, with ties to notable imprints like Sector 7, Astral Black and Coyote Records.
However, after a recent quiet patch, it seems the South London producer has been crafting up something bigger, returning with a debut record for his new label – Ghost Notes.
Conceptualising the project alongside close affiliate O-Dessa, the idea to expand their NTS show to that of a label has reportedly been in the works for over twelve months. Its debut record, The Deluge, sees Impey turn in two original productions that display a maturing in his work, expanding his already crystallised sound palette with a number of organic elements, as well as a darker, club re-work of second cut ‘The Alchemist’ from dubstep hero Kromesta
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Let’s Eat Grandma – Ava
There’s pain in Let’s Eat Grandma’s new song “Ava.” The fourth single off the British teen duo’s upcoming sophomore album I’m All Ears doesn’t have the usual loud, electro-pop flair of recent tracks “Falling Into Me” and “Hot Pink.” It’s gentle but still powerful.
“Ava” feels grounded in honesty and intimacy. And its sonic simplicity — just a piano and vocals — makes the track’s subject matter of mental health and struggle more striking, more prominent, more important.
In a recent press release, Jenny Hollingsworth said the song explores “the realization as you get older that some things are more complicated, and from the outside looking at a person you can’t always see how difficult some problems are to solve.”
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Know V.A. – Citizens
Know V.A. are two Amsterdam-based experimental producers that play around with the concept of dystopian club music. In their monthly show they showcase their latest discoveries and productions inviting guests from time to time.
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Miranda Winters – The Futuristic District
In case you’re just coming out of a coma, or have consciously missed out, Melkbelly are one of the absolute best bands in the country. It’s a bold statement, but one I stand by with every fiber of my being. While the band thrash through colossal riffs and brilliantly chaotic rhythms, at the heart of the band is guitarist/vocalist Miranda Winters. Her vocals and clever lyrics twist delicate word-play around the ensuing pummel she and her bandmates are consistently perfecting. Slight uses of near-repetition and warm melodic touches cut through the noise, it’s the counterpoint in their sound that makes it so special (and the drumming… hot damn, that drumming, but that’s not what this post is about). Back in January, Winters treated us to “The Future District,” a solo effort that stripped everything back and confirmed what we all knew, she’s a gifted songwriter in any capacity, context be damned. That song has since been mysteriously pulled from Bandcamp, but we’re happy to present it once more – the first song from Winter’s upcoming solo album, Xobeci, What Grows Here?. Due out June 15th on Sooper Records, the lo-fi cassette release is a pleasing blend of Winter’s songwriting and field recordings.
Perhaps its the time the band has spent with The Breeders over the last few years, but “The Futuristic District” definitely shares a lot in common with the Deal sisters’ sound. It’s an influence that can be heard in Melkbelly, but it’s increasingly apparent in her solo music, Winters shares a similar vocal timbre to Kim Deal, and a knack for creating slightly off-kilter pop songs. The lyrics are sweet but caustic, with imploding hearts, ringing ears, and those are who are not what they seem. There’s a great clarity between the distorted verses and the clean breaks, each offering their own nuances as they song unfolds, winding with singular lines that cut deep and shift beautifully.
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Tom Misch – It Runs Through Me (feat. De La Soul)
Tom Misch the internet born producer phenom releases new single “It Runs Through Me” featuring De La Soul ahead of the release of Tom Misch’s much anticipated and upcoming debut album.
“It Runs Through Me” opens with loose hi hats that give way to a guitar line that shimmers like an early morning summer glow the same way, “the music gives me sun when winter starts.” Then comes Tom’s soft voice delineating the way music runs through him and Tom, we too, “love the way it flows / love the way it grows.”
The prescient way Tom Misch lays out this track from start to finish is the definition of a vibe one could only call smooth. Any week a new Misch single blesses us we are having a collective smooth semana.
De La Soul help Tom round out the depth of some hooks and verses throughout showcasing the mixing prowess of Misch and his ability to interweave vocal pads together. An already dynamic and stimulating song about music is capped with a verse that is nothing short of vivacious in its bottling of the vibe.
“I wear notes like coats, blues like dues / Warm from the rhythm, soul that glues / The bounce through my bones, jazz in my spine / The hop is my home, rap is my grind.”
The new album, Geography, from Tom Misch is slated to be released on April 6th which can be pre-ordered here. The album will be inclusive of this single featuring De La Soul as well as the two previously released singles “Water Baby” feat. Loyle Carner and Movie.
Released along with the single “It Runs Through Me” is the official tracklist which you can view below. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that the most notable thing about the tracklist, beyond it not being 100 tracks (a boy can dream and desire can’t he?), is that there are the two previously unknown features of GoldLink and Poppy Ajudha.
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