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Triad God

Bland Day Tumm My Tung Joe Ter Ruler

Triad God

Bland Day Tumm My Tung Joe Ter Ruler

Palmistry-produces for New Cross, London-based rapper, Vinh Ngan

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Slackk

Almost Transparent

Slackk

Almost Transparent

Paying tribute to Wiley and Ruff Sqwad's sino grime visions

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DUBBEL DUTCH

Mirror Test

DUBBEL DUTCH

Mirror Test

Hauntingly sheer, minimalist R&B/Dancehall modernism

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OFFSHORE

Downer

OFFSHORE

Downer

Uncannily evocative union of folk pipes and rugged hip hop by the late Ewan Robertson (RIP)

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Crackatoa

Clock Tower

Crackatoa

Clock Tower

Wickedly odd grime instrumental pulled up from Notts-based youth

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DEAN BLUNT

CORONER

DEAN BLUNT

CORONER

Off-road Hip Hop psychedelia from the Hype man

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James Ferraro

Booty Call

James Ferraro

Booty Call

America's #1 digital playboy does skewed R&B sensuality

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Yong Yong

Bujuman

Yong Yong

Bujuman

Hypnagogic midnight heat from the enigmatic Portuguese duo

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Jack Dice

Radiant City

Jack Dice

Radiant City

Type's John Twells and Main Attrakionz' DJ Walker Chambliss get they digickal smoke on

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ACTRESS

Silver Cloud Dream Come True

ACTRESS

Silver Cloud Dream Come True

Darren Cunningham at his most blunted, crushed and psychoactive

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Matt Shadetek feat. Troy Ave

La Vida Loca

Matt Shadetek feat. Troy Ave

La Vida Loca

Futuristic, badboy hip hop dissonance from the Big Apple

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KEYBOARD KID 206

BasedExorcism

KEYBOARD KID 206

BasedExorcism

Such a strange, hyper joint. Produced by Lil B's beat man

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Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels

Gay Dog

Mykki Blanco & The Mutant Angels

Gay Dog

Bittersweet, blown-out hip hop/noise abstraction

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HOW TO DRESS WELL

Say My Name Or Say Whatever

HOW TO DRESS WELL

Say My Name Or Say Whatever

Spine-tingling, elegiac R&B pop brought in from the outer limits

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This time on 14tracks:

“14 tracks: Digital Smoke”

We're tracking the comtrails of vaporwave and digickal road folk this week; electronic hip hop, grime and R&B from the fringes. As commentary on life, art, music, there's a subversive, cryptic message to be deciphered in the curdled consumer grooves of James Ferraro or the accelerationist tendencies of cloud rap producer, Keyboard Kid 206, while the likes of Mykki Blanco and Dean Blunt's sidelong takes on hip hop and R&B afford unique new perspectives on the dominance and ubiquity of road culture. We also check for the stranger strains of folk influence - both Sino and UK - from classic early '00s grime absorbed by Offshore, Slackk and Crackatoa, beside the compelling new mutations of Triad God's Chinese raps or Matt Shadetek's Latino trills on 'La Vida Loca', complemented with virtual lungfuls of digital piff from Actress, Jack Dice, Yong Yong and Dubbel Dutch.

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On 21 Feb 02:10 Willis Ellmore said:
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“Fine Selections...”

From front to back...I echo Boomkats fine sentiment; R.I.P. Offshore, a huge and extremely premature loss. For those who've not had the pleasure, lend a keen ear to his back catalog and look for an LP released later this year that he recorded for Big Dada before he passed.

Not to be missed. Much unlike the man himself.

Here's to Ewan.