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END OF THE MONTH : 9 tracks that deserve your attention

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Selected by: Jonathan Holst Bruus, Adam Emil Schierbeck & Magnus Hjortlund

For the this edition of our monthly highlights, we present you with nine tracks from this past month which may, or may not have gone under your radar. Either way, we definitely feel like these tracks are worth another share.

Shygirl - BB

New bad boy banger “BB”, from UK artist Shygirl is for the true riders out there. The characteristic production by Sega Bodega is full of chopped vocal samples, stabby synths, and drum-rolls, all kept together by a proper lowrider beat, which turns out to be the perfect match to Shygirl's sleazy speed‑rap.

Sega Bodega - U Suck

Once again Sega Bodega made his way into our list. This time with his new single, U Suck. The track is the first sneak peek from his upcoming debut album and is a natural progression from last year's self*care. The tune is centered around his mumble-rap-like vocals and a drowsy trap beat, accompanied by some (perhaps slightly) ironic and cocky lyrics.

Yangze – DNA

The second track from Yangze's long-awaited debut EP, Event Horizon is another example of the promising Copenhagen-based producer's ingenuity. The dancy yet emotional vibe alongside the characteristic high-pitched vocals makes DNA stand out as a modern ballad with all the right breaks in all the right places.

Astrid Sonne - Strong Calm Slow

The final track off Astrid Sonne's Cliodynamics perfectly summarizes the thoughtfulness and effort that has been put into the recently released mini-album. The contrast between classical and electronic music is consistent throughout the whole album and ends quietly with this minimalistic tune. Soft and delicate, warm and static. A crescendo of emotions that works perfectly for the fall.

Kelman Duran - Aeons I

On a darker note, the track Aeons I, from Kelman Duran’s latest album 6AM, is a deconstructed riddim that pulls us through the lonely nights. A track centered around three elements; aggressive vocals, soft melancholic pads, and confusing melodic kicks.

Interplanetary Criminal – Maybe

Interplanetary Criminal marks his importance in the new ukg/2-step scene with a subtle stomper in the form of Maybe, released on Bristol-based Banoffee Pies alongside three other absolute bangers. There’s quite no one like Interplanetary Criminal at the moment when it comes to stripped-down and unpretentious garage tunes.

Al Wootton – Graver

Al Wootton brings a dream-like hybrid to the table with Graver on the UK label Trule Records. The track sound like the bastard child of techno, UK bass and dubstep and end up being a low-end club essential – released in September but discovered in November (!)

Gary Dinger – Pingers

The first VA release on Enchanted Rhythms contains four absolute stompers when it comes to 2-step. The Berlin-based DJ (and now record label owner) has found what seems to be under-the-radar artists for the VA – one of them being Gary Dinger with a unique take on the genre with Pingers (catch the sample at 04.05!).

Blu Terra – Western/Eastern

Blu Terra’s release on Or:la’s label Céad is a sort of exceptional take on both techno and electro. With Western/Eastern, the Warsaw producer shows what happens if you confine rave-energy in a small room. It’s hair-raising, attractive and banging. Highly recommended.

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