This month sees Ciaran McAuley release his debut long-player. After a dozen years as a recording artist and five since he became a standalone operator, he's released ‘Permission To Exhale’ on Black Hole Recordings.
New on Zatar Music, the new label by Phonique, is a three track release by Bauarbeiter der Liebe. The EP kicks off with the title track, ‘Haunted’, a low-slung house groover with a vocal. The track showcases production, merging synths with drums and a warm, melancholic feel. The vocal is delivered in a husky, world-weary tone with honest, crafted lyrics that aim to push this track into the realm of classic.
Gary Beck has featured on some of Techno’s leading imprints, including Drumcode, Cocoon and Saved as well as his own BEK Audio imprint, a label which has hosted the likes of Floorplan, Mark Broom, Slam, DJ Rush, and more. Now arriving on Patrick Topping’s Trick, he drops two tracks this month.
Liverpool’s Tenzella steps up for his debut appearance on Ben Sims’ Hardgroove this moth with the six-track ‘Hard Grind’ EP. While the rhythmic intensity of the tracks are drivingly present throughout, each track on the EP brings a distinct direction.
GoldFish are possibly known for their upbeat, live instrumentation-infused music and their latest offering on Armada Music – made in tandem with Australian artist Xavier Rudd – is of the same disposition. After connecting with the fellow multi-instrumentalist over a mutual love for music and surfing, the South African duo built on Xavier’s 2021 single ‘We Deserve To Dream’ and turned it into this latest version.
When it comes to winter albums, Belgian imprint Smash The House has apparently already begun to forge a reputation for delivering year-end releases. Following 2020’s Christmas special, the label has unveiled its 2022 album release, The Crystal Winter, featuring 31 of the scene’s artists. Across 22 tracks, the album possibly includes some of the most prominent artists from the world of dance music, such as Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Brennan Heart, MATTN, Blasterjaxx, Tujamo, VIZE, Dr Phunk, Bassj
Following the apparent success of the first edition of ‘On the Waterfront’, plans were recently announced for its return in 2023, kicking off the summer season for another series of shows and live performances, with the first phase headliners featuring some of Liverpool’s homegrown talent. First up on Friday 30 June is Jamie Webster who has gone from a modern-day local folk hero to an established solo artist in his own right.
In line with the release of her sophomore album ‘Black Girl Magic’, Honey Dijon delivers the official music video for one of the album tracks ‘It’s Quiet Now’ featuring Dope Earth Alien. Directed by LA-based vocalist, songwriter and visual artist Cor.ece and featuring Clare Richè and Brandon Lucas as the leading roles, the video aims to demonstrate Honey’s impact as a multi-disciplinary artist across the project.
Franky Nuts is back for his fourth Circus Records EP as he releases ‘Choose One’ on the label. Apparently few producers get the label’s attitude like Franky, with his melodic and bouncy bass music and studio know-how. 2022 is the year they aim to bring back that spirit with this release.
As artists in their own right, Sue McLaren and Suzanne Chesterton have covered a good deal of stylistic ground. However, as Siskin, they’ve shaped, focused and honed that into their artistic quintessence, doing it all in a little over 12 months and, as of today, seven singles as they sign off their ‘Seratonin EP’ with ‘Always You’.