Pandæmonium by Slugabed [Activia Benz]

Following on from his sort of nihilistic but also maybe kind of apocalyptic Inherit The Earth LP (April 2017), Slugabed’s Pandæmonium EP appears to be the result of him tumbling deeper into his own insides and finding some pretty hellish things. It has a nice front cover, painted by Parker S Jackson. Look him up on the internet! 

Pandæmonium is the Capital City of Hell, according to John Milton’s Epic Poem, Paradise Lost. It is all full of beasts and demons and stuff. It’s AWFUL! But it’s also very well designed (by an architect from Heaven, no less!) and fairly well-run. There’s a nice John Martin painting of Satan, like, presiding at, um, the infernal council. It’s based on Paradise Lost. This EP is about fallen Angels and stuff. Big, grand horridness. The devil in us all, or something. There’s a track called Boney Horse. 

There’s some jazzy bits, sure. There’s some noisy bits, yeah. Overall, a slightly unsettling atmosphere, okay! But it’s also quite a beautiful lil record, and I’m hoping Slugabed has worked through some stuff and feels a bit better. 

Pandæmonium features two remixes from Sluga’s sworn enemies, Kai Whiston & IGLOOGHOST respectively. ALSO A BANDCAMP EXCLUSIVE MENTAL REMIX FROM S280F, WOW. 

The EP drops October 12th, on Slugabed’s own Activia Benz imprint, preceding his (mildly less spooky) third LP which is scheduled for um, like, February 2019, I think. 

Released October 12, 2018 via Activia Benz

magicnumber by Uyama HIroto / Segawa Tatsuya [Roph Recordings]

Uyama Hiroto is back with the Nujabes chill vibes with amazing relaxing soul style vocals that are mixed to perfection. -Rekapper

“magicnumber” feat. Marter produced by Uyama Hiroto 
”behind the peak” produced by Segawa Tatsuya

released May 31, 2017 via roph recordings

Spurz - Drifter [Aufect]

Written over the span of a few years and two continents, ‘Drifter’ is the latest work by Spurz, originally from British Columbia, Canada and now based in London, UK. 

‘Drifter’ sees a continued focus on the melancholic bass weight found on last year’s ‘Loud Futures’ LP, with production inspiration from early dub pioneers in a considered stripping-back of elements to allow for more control of aural spaces. 

A key element to Spurz’s sound practice, there’s balance here; unrelenting heaviness leading to ambient-leaning bridges that build up only to fold in on themselves (“Fall in2 Pieces”), alongside medative expeditions that slowly boil into brash abstractions (“I Hear Do Tell”). 

While cues from dubstep, jungle, and footwork can be picked out, ‘Drifter’ sets itself apart with it’s own singular sound, never satisfied to remain in one place for too long.

Released September 21, 2018 via

Watching Airplanes - Psyop [Peur Bleue Records]

The two versatile record labels Banlieue and Peur Bleue are joining forces for a very special occasion: PSYOP, the outstanding debut album by WATCHING AIRPLANES, a production duo breaking through in 2018. 

PSYOP opens up an alternate reality where dance music is freed from the yoke of genre-based distinctions and is no longer tied to any dancefloor norms. By exploring different moods with smooth sailing and rough patches, PSYOP is an intense journey in the murky world of psychological mass conspiracy. This LP could very well be the soundtrack for an cutting-edge Orwellian sci-fi movie or an imagined futuristic venue where music and dance of a new kind are performed. Forward-thinking dance music from the future seems like the most accurate description for this album devoid of any tropes or nostalgia.

Released May 4, 2018 via Peur Bleue Records

Rudow - Lost Tape [Take It Easy Policy]

Lost Tape is the second album by Rudow. It’s a remix album featuring Mental Overdrive, Ost & Kjex, Charlotte Bendiks, +plattform, Espen Hangård, Snasen, MIND over MIDI, Center of the Universe, Admir Korjenic and Sprutbass. 
Behind the name Rudow stands sound artist and electronic producer Alexander Rishaug from Oslo, Norway. Rishaug started to release experimental and ambient music in the late nineties and his music has been released on international labels such as Smalltown Supersound, Asphodel, Dekorder, Cronica, Jester records, Lucky Kitchen and Rune Grammofon. 

Released August 17, 2018 via Take It Easy Policy Records