Donell by Joy Orbison
Metal by Jam City
Sea Synths by Ikonika
Ikonika (aka Sara Abdel-Hamid) has been somewhat quiet over the past few years, releasing nothing in 2011, and only one EP last year. It would seem however that at least some tracks from her new Lost Dubs EP date back even earlier, with ‘They Didn’t Bury You Deep Enough’ first appearing in her FACT mix from November of 2010. She also mentioned this track as forthcoming in an interview accompanying that mix, so for some of you keen eyed Ikonika fans, it’s probably been a rather long wait. Fingers crossed Hamid is a little more active on the release front this year.
Spray by Boddika
Al Green (or as most of us know him, Boddika) really is the man of the moment. Since his first solo release in 2010 away from Autonomic idols, Instra:mental, Green has become one of the names in the UK Electronic music world. When not doing his solo stuff or collaborating with Joy O, he runs the excellent Nonplus records, which is set to see the release of the giant Think And Change compilation. ‘Spray’ however is one of his lesser known bits - never seeing a proper release, instead being offered as a free download online. Regardless of this, we dig it, and have done since it first appeared on XLR8R all the way back in May of 2011. Enjoy.
No More by Hackman
Bristol based Ben Hackman has been in the scene for a little while now, with his first release dating back to 2009. In the time since that release he’s developed somewhat of a signature sound: bubblin’ synth-heavy House, with a 90s Garage influence. It’s a vibe we’re pretty fond of, and surely one with great crossover appeal if other perpetrators of that sound are anything to go by - Disclosure, Julio Bashmore, and Bondax to name a few. In our August 2011 interview with Hackman he mentioned a full-length album in the works, and while that hasn’t yet eventuated, we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait.