Adjectives like “rising” and “up-and-coming” have been used to describe London-based drum ‘n’ bass duo GLXY on countless occasions over the past few years. During this time their fresh, liquidy sound has evolved over the arc of various productions, where they’ve consistently presented engaging musical concepts. In the process, their profile has risen and they’ve amassed a legion of faithful believers.
With the April release of their flawless debut album, Research & Development (Shogun Audio), Tom and Jonathan from GLXY have officially arrived.
Their 12-track full-length is a brilliant musical statement, one of the best long-players of the first half of 2020 for sure. Research & Development features five sleek vocal tracks (our fave is “Conclusions” feat. Steo) as well as expansive, atmospheric rollers like “Changed Forever” and a funky, red-hot head-nodder called “The LP Track.”
From lockdown in London, the guys wax poetic about their five favorite tracks of the moment.
Calibre – Years
Been waiting for this tune for literally years! Calibre’s Shelflife releases are always a special time for his fans so we’re glad that number six is finally here!
Submorphics, Pola & Bryson – Albion
Put simply, one of our favorite releases of the year so far. Three friends joining forces to make some quality music!
Halogenix – Reminisce
Laurence can do no wrong. His latest Dragonforce EP absolutely bangs, and this is our fave cut from it.
Break – Got a Feelin’
It’s Break – not sure much else needs to be said. What a guy!
Sustance – Squirt
Oscar has been relatively in the shadows, mastering his sound. His productions are so cutting edge it hurts. Glad to see his latest release get the widespread attention it deserves. He’s dangerous!
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Red-hot German DJ/producer Ben Delay made quite a transatlantic splash with his snazzy contribution called “Brooklyn (Back In Time)” heard on the four-track Brooklyn Sessions 2020 EP, a release that dropped in April on Nervous Records. The famed NYC label invited Ben, along with London-based biological brothers in rhythm Ash from Trutopia and Lisbon’s Moullinex, to collaborate in a Big Apple studio in September 2019.
After Trutopia shared their five tracks of the moment, now it’s time for the Cologne-based house music maestro to tell us which tracks are floating his proverbial boat. Read on to find out more. Continue Reading
Wales-bred and currently London-based house DJ/producer duo Trutopia – brothers Ash and Kris – were doing well by all accounts before the COVID-19 pandemic reared its ugly head at the beginning of 2020.
Since taking the plunge into production several years ago, they’ve been cultivating their deep, ’90s-influenced sound on releases for labels like Strictly Rhythm, Madtech and Armada Subjekt. They’ve also worked hard in the DJ booth, taking their vibes to clubs all over the world.
Before the world went sideways Ash and Kris traveled to New York City in September 2019 at the invitation of Big Apple dance label institution Nervous Records, who’ve previously released Trutopia jams like “4 The Show” and “Can’t Let Go.” They took part in a recording session along with Germany’s Ben Delay and Lisbon’s Moullinex. The result is the four-track Brooklyn Sessions 2020 EP that dropped on April 24. The EP features two stirring contributions from the pair, “You Can Not Hold Back” feat. Koffee and the “Galesa” collab with Moullinex.
Currently in lockdown in London, we caught up with the lads and asked them to share their favorite tracks of the moment.
I’m going to spare you the hand-wringing we’re-living-in-unprecedented-times spiel. That sentiment has been conveyed ad Infinitum in every unsolicited bullshit brand email I’ve received since I entered isolation in March here in New York.
But do allow me to point out the obvious – how music has the power to soothe the soul and raise one’s spirits during difficult times.
When the chips are down, there’s no better genre to turn to than deep house to maintain one’s spirits. The style’s soulful roots, fluid grooves and simple messages never fail to elevate the mind, body and soul.
Fresh from releasing his rousing deep-house collaboration with Aaron K Gray titled “P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens)” on his recently launched SPRY Records, we asked artist/musician/producer Michele Chiavarini to share a handful of soulful tunes that are helping him get through the pandemic. Continue Reading