Paul Hartnoll, one half of electronic dance music duo Orbital, and poet and performance artist Murray Lachlan Young recently announced their lockdown-inspired musical collusion album as ‘Hartnoll & Young’. Hopefully apturing the covid zeitgeist, ‘The Virus Diaries’ is a lighthearted wander through the ever-shifting scene of the first lockdown. The 15-track album aims to bring light to an otherwise dark scene and the result of a workflow between the close pair.
New York’s Alan Nieves makes a return to South Of Saturn with ‘My Man EP’ this month. Following releases on elrow, Circus and Deeperfect, Alan lines up his second release for Lee Foss’ imprint, bringing a package of house tracks to the table.
Bedrock’s Nick Muir remixes Russian Linesman’s ‘The Road Back’ this month on Loki Recordings. Featuring the spoken word poetry of poet, playwright, and actor Ben Norris, ‘The Road Back’ originally appeared on the DJ/producer's ‘Monomyth’ series in 2020. A six-part project, it delved into a concept based on Joseph Campbell’s book ‘A Hero with a Thousand Faces’, with each track named after a part of the protagonist’s journey.
Booka Shade combine with Bontan on Blaufield Music for their first ever collaboration, ‘St. Kilda Nights’. 2021 looks set to become one of the most productive and diverse years of German duo Booka Shade’s career, delivering a wealth of solo and collaborative material with emerging and established producers, plus vocalists via their home imprint.
Mason takes his ‘tongue in cheek attitude’ to music and runs with it in his new video for ‘Givin’ Up.’ In the video, he plays a parody of himself: a producer under pressure to make another big record while being stuck in lockdown. He’s seen reminiscing about previous live gigs and going about a very mundane life while trying to motivate himself to make a big record - a follow up to 2007’s ‘Exceeder’.
Riggi & Piros return to Armada Music for ‘Longshot’, a blend of progressive and tropical house released just in time for the summer. To assist with their latest release, the duo enlist EL3CTRXX for production support and The Chainsmokers’ ‘Good Intentions’ featured artist BullySongs for vocal work.
Sander van Doorn’s 2011 release, ‘Drink To Get Drunk’, returns to the release radar a decade since its initial release. This time around, the Eindhoven-based artist has enlisted remix duties from DJ/production pair Eli & Fur. The London natives reinterpret the track into a driving techno one, infusing it with brooding sonic sensibilities.
With 'Zero’, Claptone finally dropped some new music, before inviting UK-based dubstep artist Skream and Chicago’s Gene Farris, to remix the original, with both versions out now on Different Recordings.
MK, Lee Foss and Anabel Englund reconvene as Pleasure State for ‘Break Away’, marking Repopulate Mars’ 100th release. Their first collaboration since the 2014 track ‘Ghost In The System’ on Hot Creations, the trio now return on Lee Foss’ label.