ADD TO PLAYLIST is the monthly column brought to you by MELODIC DISTRACTION RADIO, delving into the fold of the newest releases on the dance music spectrum. If you’re into 808s, sample pads, DJ tools and everything in between, then you’re in good company.
NH Vol. 3
Nervous Horizon have swiftly established themselves as one of the most potent labels in the game. Nominated for Best Breakthrough Label in the DJ Mag awards this very year, they’ve become synonymous with experimental yet club-ready sounds and the new, percussion-driven London style. Drawing on a global palette of reggaeton, taraxxo, gqom and dabke, as well as techno and bass, old favourites DJ Plead and label co-head TSVI join newcomers Tzusing, Object Blue and hard drum prodigy, Ehua, who plays in Liverpool on the 6th December.
Once Upon A Passion
Studio Barnhus’ latest release features LA producer Bella Boo with a debut full-length. Following on from a smattering of EP releases and guest appearances, the LP oozes with signature Barnhus pop sensibility. Born out of a desire to capture the fullness of a creative era following the news that her studio building would be repossessed, Bella Boo craftily dives between melodic house, Balearic, post-dubstep and ambient while even finding the time to squeeze in a sultry R&B jam. Head to She’s Back for the standout track.
The boys’ club of UK bass ’n’ breaks ’n’ techno is in a healthy place, and a number of the month’s releases have been stellar (shout out to Facta, Desert Sound Colony, Yak and 96 Back). However, in the interest of platforming only one white man per month, the crown’s gotta go to Jabes. Quietly perfecting his hyperactive melodies over the last few years, he’s becoming one of the tightest producers of the neonate scene. More importantly, you get a fetching yellow techwear cap if you buy the record.
Words: Nina Franklin and James Zaremba
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