- With a rich discography under his own name – as well as with revered dub project Rhythm & Sound and his techno offshoot Basic Channel, Moritz von Oswald is easily one of the most influential figures in electronic music. The core group – comprised of von Oswald alongside Max Loderbauer and Vladislav Delay- has previously collaborated with pioneering dubstep imprint Digital Mystikz, and now presents its latest venture, this time with Afrobeat-luminary Tony Allen replacing Delay. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the emphasis here is very much on rhythm, with Allen’s intricate snares complimenting von Oswald’s percussive mastery. Mixed by minimal techno aficionado Ricardo Villalobos, a stripped-back, brooding quality pervades this hypnotic, synth loop-laden journey.
- As full-time beat-maker in The xx, Jamie Smith has long been content to lurk in the shadows behind his band-mates, while quietly pursuing personal production projects on the side. This solo debut-proper marks the moment that his musical hobby becomes a genuine limelight-stealer. Boasting both emotional depth and an impressively progressive sonic scope, In Colour seamlessly weaves a broad spectrum of styles, moods, samples and types of instrumentation into one brilliantly cohesive electronic album. From the Popcaan and Young Thug-starring ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times’ to Romy Madley-Croft co-write ‘Loud Places’, this is the soundtrack to the summer and beyond.