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Premiere: Rounder & Option – Emeralds

Detached Audio are back in our spotlight today with a new single from Devon producer Rounder alongside Hawaii liquid don and label regular Option. Crispy drum production, warm bass, soft pads and twinkling melodies…this one ticks all of our deep liquid boxes. Look out for the release dropping Sep 28th at all the usual stores!

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Tokyo Prose – Wild Grace [The North Quarter]

The arrival of a new album from Kiwi liquid maestro Tokyo Prose last month took everyone by surprise; in a world where even EP releases are often stage managed and teased one track at a time over a period of weeks, to find out that a full album was in the offing and the first tracks were available instantly was a breath of fresh air. But when the artist and the material are as good as this the hype is unnecessary.

Tempting as it was to jump in with an instant reaction review, this one seemed worthy of a little contemplation…so with the dust now having settled and Wild Grace having been on rotation fairly regularly for a month, how does it stand up in the cannon of Tokyo Prose?

The first thing to note here is that Tokyo Prose hasn’t lost his gift for understatement; as the only artist besides LSB who really gets close to Calibre in the evocative roller stakes, the “less is more” aesthetic of previous work is present again here. Moving piano chords and crisp breakbeats reign supreme, and any temptation for over-editing tracks has been ignored in favour of smooth progressions and disarming simplicity of form.

Wild Grace lives up to it’s title too; the tracks conjure a sense of natural beauty through soft, mostly organic instrumentation and a deftness of touch. Highlights include Trick of the LightInnate Motion and Impressions, all of which tread that fine line of mellow yet uplifting, beautiful but not cheesy, a kind of muted euphoria that is at once imbued with a sense of speed and also a sense of stillness.

If we have a complaint, it’s that the vocal work on this album doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by 2014’s Presence; whereas the Riya and Zoe Klinck collaborations of that LP are among the highlights, the instrumentals are definitely the tracks we’re more drawn to at Dojo HQ this time around. Overall though it’s still a stunning collection of music from an artist we’d love to hear from more often. Wild Grace is out now on vinyl and digital at all good stores.

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Premiere: rOhmz – Vagarious

Greazus’ label Aufect are back in our spotlight today with a beautiful new tune from fellow Canadian producer rOhmz. Combining a deft sense of melody and melancholy with a keen ear for sound design, Vagarious contrasts deep wobbly sub with quirky percussion and soft, hypnotic hints of piano and synth. Think Tokyo Prose crossed with Kimyan Law, and worthy of those comparisons! Look out for this coming Aug 30th at all good stores.

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Premiere: Seas of Grease – Sojourn

Today’s premiere comes courtesy of Melbourne electronic artist Seas of Grease. Taken from his debut self-titled LP, Sojourn provides an unusually uptempo interlude amongst a mostly ambient /downtempo album. That softer atmosphere is retained on this track too though, with lush synth work set to a driving D&B backbone. Check it out below and hit up his Bandcamp to grab the whole album right now.

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Premiere: Science of Man – Deeper Thoughts

Rolling liquid vibes with some classic breaks on our latest exclusive as we present the premier of Science of Man – Deeper Thoughts! Out to Triplicate Audio…look for the release on Beatport from Nov 26th.

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