Connected: Rich NxT > FUSE

DJ/producer Rich NxT is a core FUSE artist and original resident having played a major part in the brand’s evolution, helping take it from its afterparty roots to being one of the most established party crews and labels in electronic music. Below Rich tells us a bit more about this journey ten years in.


the history

Along with the rest of the crew I spent some informative years in the East London party scene, with a fine choice of parties to choose from, including venues like the T-bar, On The Rocks and Public Life. The mid ‘00s was an incredibly uniting and important time for many upcoming DJs. From 2004-2007 I was resident at a Sunday morning after party in Shoreditch called D-LATE to which none other than a younger Rossko used to come and rave at from time to time. His Dad used to drop off him and his mate on a Sunday morning to see me play, though we never got to meet at the time. Not long after this Fuse was to start up in the same area in November 2008.

the parties

Before Fuse begun, Enzo and I developed a kinship over musical tastes and played one another’s parties. One night I caught up with Enzo and Tony about starting a weekly event. We all wanted the same thing- Sunday daytime, after party vibes with a wicked crew, which would end up being Fuse. They agreed I would be one of the residents and later on after I got my first tracks together for my first EP on Fuse, these along with Enzo and Seb’s music, were the inspiration for Enzo wanting to start the Fuse London label.

the labels

I have strong memories of having Enzo over for dinner during the first couple of years. I played the stuff I was working on- tracks that would end up being ‘Bristle' and ‘Seize' and when I eventually played them at 93 Feet East, Enzo ran over to me and said ‘WTF are these???’. I said ‘Those are those tracks, man!’. The week after he texted me saying he was starting a label and wanted these to be the first signings.

the collaborations

Fuse has become well known for the constant collaborations and I have been in the studio with Enzo, Archie and Seb over the years. Rossko’s the only one I haven’t explored a collaboration with yet. The 5th EP on Fuse London was entitled 'Gophers In The Cupboard' which marked mine and Seb's first work in the studio. We literally sat in my studio at the time which was reminiscent of the CBBC broom cupboard, it was so small, just enough space for us to stand up with monitors, an iMac and a keyboard. It was all we needed! On the track ‘Prove’, Enzo had popped over for a listen and we all sang on the track, pretty much the only time that has happened so far! This EP was then followed up with 'The Root' on INFUSE from Seb and I, which was an interesting moment in the musical history of INFUSE, with a certain rawness that came out in that bassline.

the b2bs

As in the studio, b2b’s and b2b2b’s have become a staple part of the Fuse London experience with all the combinations of DJ's having happened at one time or another. I remember when I first spent all day on the decks at 93 Feet East- I opened up, then went b2b2b with Seb and Enzo for the rest of the day. One of the important pieces of the Fuse story is just how incredibly fun it is behind those decks, thinking about one particularly entertaining b2b with Archie in Birmingham when our similar musical likes became very evident. No less than twice did we follow each other’s track with the same track! Yes you wouldn’t believe it. We’d both been out and ended up buying the same tunes and as you sometime do with new music just give it a go while learning it. It was funny and weird at the same time. We could only laugh!

To mark a decade into its existence FUSE are taking over fabric this Sunday for a 12-hour showcase in conjunction with fabric’s own 20 year celebrations. Joining the line-up are all the heavy hitters that have laid FUSE’s foundations since the beginning: Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Seb Zito, Rich NxT and Rossko: tickets

Rich NxT’s ‘Hard To Be’ is out now on Fuse London.

Words: Ben

Q&A with Earthly Measures


We recently caught up with the Earthly Measures crew to have a quick chat about their upcoming event showcasing Multi Culti, trips down memory lane and what the future holds for the dynamic duo.


So tell me a little about Earthly Measures, how long have you guys been going for and what’s your vision that separates you from the rest?

So we’re childhood friends from North East London who have grown up together within a larger, incredibly close-knit group, that since our adolescence has heavily revolved around our intense love of music, and we're now trying to spread this love at our events. Earthly Measures has been running for around a year and a half now, in and around where we grew up which is important, not just because of the logistics but we also want to give back to the community that gave so much to us. We look towards global music focusing on sounds that help bring us closer to the authenticity of the world's different cultures and to the multi-ethnicity surrounding us.

Our vision is exploration, to feel and hear the new, the unexplored and the different. Noticeably bringing indigenous, tribal sounds on board is becoming a prominent feature of Earthly Measures from Lagartijeando to our upcoming Multi Culti event. But to restrict it to that would be a disservice to our exploration of music and the sounds created from every corner of the globe. What is unmistakable about our nights is bringing delicate downtempo, psychedelic tunes to the forefront for the first couple of hours easing your way into the groovy rhythms beyond.


What has been your favourite moment with Earthly Measures so far?

We’re lucky to have had the opportunity to book so many great artists in the short time we’ve been putting on these events- Digital Zandoli with their Zouk set would be up there, Eddie C’s Balearic summery vibes at our all day party, Alex Rita playing downtempo jams in the sun was another highlight. It’s hard to choose just one, but an event that stands out for us is Lagartijeando, the vibe was perfect, he’s an Argentinian producer who has released on Wonderwheel and brings local sounds to the forefront of electronic music by playing various live instruments encapsulating the preciousness of a culture, and he was fantastic, you have to check him out!


Are you particularly drawn to a certain style of music? I noticed your previous events include artists from the more middle-eastern / world genres such as Habibi Funk and Mehmet Aslan.

We love lots of styles and genres but there’s something special about listening to someone expressing themselves from a completely different place in the world, different culture, beliefs, thoughts, experiences and sound yet the music still harnessing the same connection. There’s definitely an aspect of being drawn to things that are different and the deep-rooted need to explore, whether that’s cultures or food or adventure, and that difference and exploration is where you really start to learn and understand about yourself and the world especially in the case of artistic expression; things start to align, the glass gets clearer and gradually your reflection changes. From this we made a conscious decision for Earthly Measures to represent music from around the world and bring the diverse cultures of London together.


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Can you tell us a bit about your next event showcasing Multi-Culti? How will this event differ from your previous events? 

Multi Culti are a label based in Montreal, Canada that explore their many global connections through sound & art. Releasing music from around the world, they have a real sense of existing in their own, fantastically fun, sub-genre. Music from Dreems, Von Party, Nicola Cruz, Sascha Funke & more show how wide-reaching the soundscapes amongst their releases really are. Besides from owing a record label, Dreems & Von Party show a desire to really let loose and enjoy themselves, something that is far too easy to forget to do. To match the music on the night, we're going to put a lot of focus on the aesthetics. We're aiming to create a colourful, psychedelic & earthly playground for everyone to enjoy the music & each other too. This will also be the first event where we will be working with the charity Tree Aid, donating proceeds of the event to them.


What’s next for Earthly measures? Are the whispers true of a potential record label being drawn up?

Label wise, nothing is concrete as of yet, but we have been working on some music with artists who we have previously worked with in the past, as well as some up and coming UK based producers. We’re aiming to have something ready for middle to end of this year but can’t really reveal much more than that! Event wise, we are going to start focusing on intimate shows where we have more freedom to express ourselves, concentrating on our Earthly Measures vibe and vision. We’ve found a great small spot in Hackney, Paper Dress Vintage, that we believe in, and will make our home for the foreseeable future after our Multi Culti event. We got some pretty cool things lined up there! Also, starting from our next event, we will be working with environmental charity Tree Aid, who help to create thriving & sustainable communities throughout Africa by planting trees. We will be donating 50p of every ticket sold as well as 50% of all profits made! This has an undeniably positive impact on the communities directly involved in this project but also a wider-reaching effect, calling people to wake up and do what they can in the race to save this planet. Environmental issues are something we feel passionate about and we now feel like we have a platform to do our bit.

Make sure you roll on through to Earthly Measures at Five Miles on 15th March showcasing Multi Culti with Dreems & Thomas Von Party



Words: Max

Premiere: Loure - Club Shade [13th Hour Records]

13th Hour Records are concluding 2018 with their third release. The record is full of sultry, jazzy goodness produced by Felipe Gordon and Loure. Both artists have a loyal following and have produced some incredible records on labels such as Toy Tonics and Noir & Blanche. 

Wrapping up this EP is ‘Club Shade’ by the very talented Thomas Guida a.k.a Loure. This 22-year-old Melbourne based producer opened up his last year with arguably one of the best jazz influenced deep house releases of the year. The serenity of tempo, the multitude of soft hi-hats and hazy vocals are spell binding. Guida follows on from his previous success with ‘Club Shade’. The track does draw many similarities from ‘Westside Movements’, however this track has a punchier club ready feel to it. The track is orchestrated by the sample used throughout. It reminds me of Cheaper Shephard’s track, ‘Fiat 500’ with that undeniable vocal driven groove. It induces a wonderful daydream that transports you back to New York in the late 80’s, making you feel like Eazy-E cruising in a 64 Chevrolet Impala through Compton.

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Words: Max

Premiere: Doctor Dru - Ambius (Moscoman Remix) [Jeudi Records]

Jeudi Records are closing 2018 with another gem by the label head Doctor Dru. Supported by the remix work of YO favourite, Disco Halal boss and Israels own Moscoman. Together they present a diverse selection that will bring happiness to your crate.

Introducing a warm melancholic mood with a solid foundation ‘Ambius’ reveals its bulky bass line right away and turns into a straight deep techno moover balanced by a sweet kalimba atmosphere.

With layers of a hypnotic ever repeating bass line pattern and shifting trancy steps ‘Botah’ is lifting you to a higher level but keeping you grounded with Dru’s deep and profound signature punch.

Moscoman is keeping the dreamy vibe of ‘Ambius’ counteracted by a restless driving arp pattern which is giving the tune an undeniable seductive touch.

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Premiere: Pablo Color - Interstellar [Ish Records]

Zurich based Ish Records return with a 7“ featuring local artists Pablo Color and Berlin Lama. Both artists released their debut albums earlier in the year on the label and here we see them reinterpret a track from the others album.

In the labels words, “our mariachi from the woods of the good ol' days Pablo Color blessed us with one more song before winter is taking over. His rendition of Berlin Lama's ‘Interstellar’ is leaving the summer and us with a blissful feeling as we are carelessly slurping our mojito, arguing that David Pajo couldn't possibly have joined Sly Stone on a late machine ride out in the studio. Berlin Lama on the other side took ‘Parasol 2pm’ down memory lane called George Duke Avenue, stopped on the corner to Roy Ayers Street to jazz over a rolled arpeggio, arguing whether to report Donald's bird or not. We are really just thundercatting this one.”

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Premiere: Joyce Muniz - Morning Stories [Gruuv]

Joyce Muniz joins the roster of Audiojack’s Gruuv imprint this week with her ’39 Degrees’ EP, backed with a remix from Bushwacka.

Brazilian, Austria-based producer and DJ Joyce Muniz has been releasing her contemporary twist on classic house sounds since 2006, regularly on Shir Khan’s Exploited imprint as well as the likes of DJ Hell’s International Deejay Gigolo, 20/20 Vision and Culprit amongst others.

Kicking off the EP is the original mix of ‘Get ‘Em’, fuelled by a bumpy drum workout, choppy bass hits and vintage string stabs whilst the hooky vocals and sporadic atmospheric fillers further fuel the groove. ‘Morning Stories’ follows, this time round laying focus on a pulsating low-end drive and off-kilter, ethereal stab sequences as organic percussive hits wander amongst the composition.

The third and final original from Joyce is up next, title-track ’39 Degrees’, taking a more groove- led approach via modulating drums, subtly blooming chord lines and unfolding atmospherics. Bushwacka steps up to close the package next with his take on ‘Get ‘Em’, bringing robust, shuffled drums into the limelight alongside fluttering chords and classic dub stabs, stirring in the original’s vocal throughout to keep things moving.


Earliest musical influences?

Since I was a child, my influences came first from my mother who is a huge Bossa Nova fan. My family are musical and we have a lot of percussionists, that no doubt inspired me throughout my childhood. When I grew up and started to go out in Austria as a teenager, that’s where I found my first love - Drum n’ Bass. Drum ‘n’ Bass was also what made me start DJing.


The ideal setting to listen to this? 

The name ‘Morning Stories’ says a lot in itself as to where and when you should listen to this track. I think it’s a nice early morning beat, for when the sun is rising on the dance floor at a festival or club and you can feel the energy of the new day. It’s also a great track to be in the car driving down the coast to, maybe in your convertible with the roof down, feeling the ocean breeze in your hair and the sun on your skin.


File it next to? 

Hmmm well I think if a fan would ask me this, then it should go almost on its own, or next to all your other Joyce Muniz records are! Ha. But no, seriously I think this should be somewhere in-between the old school deep house is kept. This record has a lot of old school vibes in it.

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Premiere: Reaction Control (DJ Monchan Edit) [Razor-N-Tape]

Brooklyn based, DJ Monchan, steps up to perform some surgical edit wizardy on four mouth-watering tracks for the ever-dependable Razor-N-Tape.

'Reaction Control' kicks things off with a joyous disco gem extending and echoing those killer groovers to create a whirlwind of dancefloor delight. Next up, 'Dance It All Out' has a touch of the exotic highlife sound to it but reworked into a DJ friendly irresistibly bouncing jam.

Flip it and it's back to the late-night NYC soirees of the 70's with 'Can't Promise' channelling that pure unadulterated fun into an ethereal edit of magnetic proportions. Taking the final slot of RNT042 'Get Down With Your Love' closes out proceedings with a sliky smooth soulful heater.

Earliest musical influences?  

I was in a punk band in high school and started going to clubs in the late 80’s where I was introduced to Disco & House music. In the early 90’s, I came to New York and got to know David Mancuso and The Loft. David changed my whole spectrum of music & DJing!


The ideal setting to listen to this? 

In the club. When I make disco edits, I always imagine myself in the middle of the dance-floor.

File it next to? 

DM: Disco.

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Premiere: Anja Schneider - It's Like That [Sous]

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“It’s been a year of transition to find myself again as an artist and music lover,” says Anja. Change is good, and that’s an ethos Anja Schneider took onboard last year with the announcement of her brand-new label, Sous. The launch was marked with the release of her critically acclaimed album, SoMe which has no doubt been the beginning of new era for the talented producer.

Sous continues to be a platform focused on Anja’s drive and desire to focus on expressing herself creatively. So far, we have seen remixes from Butch, Argy and Billy Turner and an EP from Francesca Lombardo.  

‘Run The City’ out this week, see’s Anja taking some of that new found freedom, drive and passion to deliver three original cuts full of soul and visceral energy. “I finally finished my new studio, where I have enjoyed a lot of time this year, which lead to this release being very much an organic one. Music which feels like me and something I want to dance to,” adds Anja. 

Quickly getting down to the groove in the title track, with sparse percussive elements providing perfect juxtaposition to the bass and powerful 909 drum arrangement. The vocal adds depth along with the sweeps and stabs of this elegant soulful track. ‘Follow Me’ takes a more meandering and thoughtful edge, the sonic landscape of this track evolves over its lifecycle. Rounding off the EP is ‘It’s Like That’ - a gritty basement jam with overdriven drums and eerie sonics. “I see ‘Run The City’ as a soundtrack to life, influenced by every day struggles yet something we cannot live without,” Anja.

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Debut: Bel - Ready To Die (Mudd Mixes) [Claremont 56]

Claremont 56 continues to champion new, previously unheard talent with ‘Ready To Die’, the beautiful debut from Charlie Bell AKA Bel – a young, Liverpool based singer-songwriter, musician and producer.

‘Ready To Die’ is an emotion-rich chunk of catchy, loved-up Balearic pop with heart-aching, gut-wrenching lyrics about unrequited love, Bell’s debut is as catchy, infectious and heartfelt as anything the label has released to date. Such was his love for the song, Paul “Mudd” Murphy, Claremont founder, decided to remix it for release, completing extended vocal and instrumental versions that enhance the track’s sun-kissed, glassy-eyed appeal. Both mixes are magical, with the vocal version in particular capable of making the hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention. 

Bell’s impassioned vocal and breezy acoustic guitar playing naturally takes centre stage, with the track’s sweeping synth-strings, toasty bass and a few trademark Murphy flourishes – think well placed delays and fluid electronics – on hand to amplify the song’s bittersweet mood. The beautiful and beguiling quality of Bell’s musicianship and Murphy’s subtle remix comes to the fore on the equally beautiful instrumental version.


Both you and your brother are in a band called, Phaedra but you both are also pursuing your solo projects, yours being Bel. Did you grow up surrounded by music or was it a later development?

Yes music was all around me as a kid, my dad is a record producer so there was always a recording studio in our house and loads of musicians knocking about, we learned how to use the gear and started making music pretty early 


What artists initially influenced you to take up music yourself? 

I really liked old rootsy blues when i was a teen, also Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Beatles etc. Later on I got into The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Kurt Vile, Here We Go Magic and stuff like that.


Who are you currently listening to at the moment?

I'm travelling round Portugal and Spain at the mo with my friend Elfie who plays the fiddle, I’ve got my acoustic with me so we are just jamming all the time and writing new stuff so I suppose I'm listening to myself a lot!


Released without an original but as two mixes from Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy on his label Claremont 56, a label we love – how did this association came about and what’s the reason for not releasing the original?

Paul at Claremont heard the demo I had done and remixed it, I'm back in the UK this winter to record an album and ‘Ready to Die’ (original version) will feature on that record.


What’s on the horizon for Bel and Phaedra?

New album for Bel in January and album in June for Phaedra also touring both projects in the spring.


Finally, what three records would you take with you to a desert island and why?

John Martyn - One Day Without You
The Police - Message in A Bottle
Nuyorican Soul - I Am Black Gold Of The Sun
No explanation necessary :)

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Interview: Ben

Premiere: PROPE - Neve [Ogasm]


Based out of their Brussels studio, Thierry Botteman and Pierre Dozin are Belgian techno duo, PROPE. Both well-renowned producers in their own rights, Thierry spent the 90s working on multi-genres projects from Trip-Hop to Underground House and was a key component of the studio teams behind Royksopp and Groove Armada. Equally, Pierre gained his 15 years of studio experience starting out in Drum n Bass and working with Robert Glasper, John Paul Jones, Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt80, and labels such as Mute, Ninja Tune and Deutsche Grammophon.

Released on thier own imprint, OGASM, PROPE have teamed up with the neo-classical ensemble, Echo Collective for their new EP ‘Void’. Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant aka Echo Collective breath new life into a multitude of genres. The collective has gone on to collaborate with Nils Frahm, Johann Johansson, Stars Of the Lid and Erasure. . Their association with non-classical artists has certainly ruffled some feathers, take for instance their reinterpretations of Radiohead’s ‘Amnesiac’ or their treatment of 80s Pop sensations Erasure’s latest album, World Be Gone

The ‘Void’ EP features four tracks, two of which are collaborations. Deeply emotive and wildly original, ‘Void’ sashays onto the floor and beguiles you with clever instrumentation and a solid percussive underbelly. ‘Backslider’ sees PROPE power forward into more recognisable Techno waters. Never far from melody, it marries the orchestration of the likes of Booka Shade with the guttural energy of Adam Beyer. ‘Another Void’ sees Echo Collective take charge for a sonic journey of some merit. Powerful and understated. Rounding off the EP is our pick ‘Neve’. Decidedly lighter in tone than the rest, it is no less energetic and dance floor-ready.

The first original version of Void will include a music video directed by the acclaimed Belgian producer Damien Chapelle, with an ambient/avant-garde vibe.


How did your association with one another come about? Did one of you unanticipatedly approach the other or had the idea of PROPE been brewing between the two of you for a while? 

Two years ago, Thierry had some demos to produce and mix. He asked for a quote at the Jet Studios in Brussels, where he met Pierre, who is a well-known recording/mixing engineer and producer in Belgium; working with many international artists. At the time, Pierre was also developing a solo project, and as the friendship grew quite fast, as we shared a common taste in music, it seemed obvious to start a project together. 

On the topic of associations…how did you guys get involved with Echo Collective for this release?

We always enjoy merging influences in music. On the ‘Void’ original track, we found that it would be great to add some strings to increase the organic feeling. Pierre has worked with Echo for long time in many studios for projects with K7!, Mute, Ninja Tune. So, we proposed it naturally to Neil’s and Margareth’s ensemble (Echo Collective), and they were enthusiastic to collaborate.

This EP feels somewhat more melodic than your past productions - is this a new style you are going for and aside from the collaboration aspect how did the creative process differ from previous releases?

It’s not really new. Even in the more raw productions, we always maintain a melodic approach. For this one, indeed, we wanted globally to let a more coherent melodic feeling to the listeners. The difference between the previous releases is that we have firstly written the keys, and then we recorded acoustic instruments, and after, we finalized the production, mix and mastering.

There’s no doubt that Belgium is a hot hub for talented techno producers - what artists from your native country do you think highly of?

Sure, we have in Belgium rising stars like Amelie Lens, Charlotte de Witte, and also upcoming artists such as Farrago. But we also have a strong experimental scene with artists like ssaliva, Acid Kirk…if you haven’t heard of them, check it out!

Can we expect anything more from PROPE before the end of the year?

Yes, we actually just finished our release plan for the next 6 months. First up will be a remix of an electronic anthem and then a single followed by a full EP, which will be at the start of 2019. As for labels and such, we can’t unveil who just yet!

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Interview: Daisy

Record of the Week: Phenomenal Handclap Band - Judge Not (Ray Mang Mixes) [Toy Tonics]

Gospelhouse from heaven! Yes - this is a very special record: NYC‘s Phenomenal Handclap Band meets YO favourite Ray Mang - the psychedelic soul disciples meet the disco champ by way of remix.

Ray Mang is a hero to fans of underground disco: remixer, collector, producer, DJ - he is part of that magic circle of London DJ connoisseurs around DJ Harvey. He has the magic disco touch and has applied it with great effect to PHB’s ‘Judge Not’. Since we heard what we now know as the ‘Special Mix’ in Ray’s set with Bill Brewster in August last year we have been pestering him about this release and finally the time has come! Certainly worth the wait, on top of the sensational ‘Special Mix’ are four other versions by Ray which are all brilliant too. If only we were on the dancefloor at Pikes in Ibiza when DJ Harvey recently played this record!

The four-track remix EP is the first of the three-part series which PHB are putting out with a different producer behind each one!

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Words: Ben

Field Maneuvers proves that bigger is not always better...

Photo credit: Jake Davis

It’s our first time at Field Maneuvers- a festival which has been described as the last remaining bastion of ad hoc 90’s rave culture in an increasingly over-commercial electronic music festival scene. It’s fair to say we are excited. With a crowd of a mere 800 people- an increase on the 700 of previous years- it is the smallest festival I have ever been to and feels more like a private party than a ticketed event. I emerged on Monday morning with a desire never to go to a big festival again. Here’s how it went down and why FM proves to me that smaller is better.

1) Practicality

a. Maybe it’s because I am advancing into the responsible mid-point of my twenties, but practicality is key to a positive festival experience for me. Field Maneuvers was unparalleled in this respect. We were through the queue, searched and putting up our tent within 15 minutes of arriving at the site. Security were incredibly friendly and unintimidating, and we were greeted with smiles and welcomes from all members of staff we encountered. There was loads of space to sprawl out in the campsite. Forget the competitive tent Tetris that is an inevitability at any other festival- we had a vast grassy patch to ourselves, and no one asking if they could shift us over.

b. The festival has 4 stages, and the whole site is walkable in 5 minutes- THIS IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION. This creates an added element of relaxation and immersion into the carefree hedonism that is the aim of festival-going. No longer do you have to stress about leaving your portable charger in the tent and maybe running out of phone battery and then losing your friends and also not knowing what time it is and how long it is until Bicep is playing on the main stage a 15 minute walk away and do you have time to go to the loo first. You can dash back to your tent and be back on the dance floor before the peak of ‘Blue Monday’ has had time to play out (real life example), without the fear of being separated from the group.

Photo credit: Mike Massaro & Jake Davis

2) People

Perhaps because of the seriously relaxed atmosphere, the crowd was the best I’ve ever experienced. People were genuinely friendly because it was impossible not to run into the same people time and time again, so it was actually possible to make and retain festival friends throughout the weekend. There was also a majority of returning F.M punters- in the queue I witnessed several reunions between people who had met at the festival last year- and this meant that I felt buoyed along by a crowd of willing hosts eager to ensure we shared the magic that they had experienced in previous years. There was even a full-festival group photo on the Saturday afternoon, where some geezer up a ladder shouted for everyone to gather and took some snaps from on high with a drone.

3) Music

a. When I booked tickets for Field Maneuvers, it wasn’t on the merits of the line-up alone but on trust of the reputation of the festival. I was reassured by the fraction of the artists advertised that I knew and loved, such as Jane Fitz, Andy Blake, Shanti Celeste and Shed, that the music would be up my street. However, most of the programme rang no bells with me and my relative ignorance to the artists was in fact a godsend. Without the pressure of ticking off a list of sets which can sometimes seem copied and pasted across festivals all summer and which reads like an index of RA’s top picked nights for the whole of the last two years, I actually discovered a load of new artists that I wouldn’t have known to check out if I’d been distracted by trying to catch all the big hitters. Furthermore, with Field Maneuvers having a 50/50 female/male line-up- something which in 2018 is still shockingly rare- I got to see so many awesome women tear up the decks throughout the weekend, which is always a treat. Artists also had a lot of freedom to play around- there were a number of crossover sets- Ben Sims did a reggae and dub set, Auntie Flo played an italodisco set and Grooverider played a jungle set (too packed to get into the tent, but I heard it was great). These experimental forays seemed to come out of a lack of pressure to play just what the people wanted to hear, and an expectation of openness from the crowd that was unhesitatingly given.

Here are sets that were especially notable for me:

Jane Fitz, Jade Seatle & Powder | Photo credit: Jake Davis


This Japanese DJ and producer played a stonkingly mischievous set on Friday night in the main tent. Thick with acid lines, weighty low ends and fantastically unfamiliar sounds, she took us on a heady journey that took no prisoners and kept everyone marching. She’s popping up loads in the coming months so make sure to check her out.

Listen to a recent recording of Powder.


Once you know Iona, you’ll start to notice her on line-ups everywhere. An old hand on the London club scene, she used to work the door at Dance Tunnel, and worked her way up the ranks to playing their closing party. She ripped up the daytime stage on Saturday with some breakbeatty techno goodness, effortlessly coaxing the tentative mid-afternoon sitters onto the dancefloor which was packed by the end of her set.

Listen to a recent recording of iona.

Ivan Smagghe & House Of Slopluence | Visuals: Avva Studio. Photo credit: Sassiru

Jade Seatle b2b Jane Fitz

Jade Seattle is often seen on line-ups with Jane Fitz, who is already one of my favourite selectors, but I’ve never had the chance to see the two together myself. Jade and Jane's set left me rattling. It was deep and surprising, and one of those ones you remember for seamlessly carrying you through an ebbing, flowing sticky soundscape which seems as if it is being sculpted for you in the moment. In less abstract terms, they played some really good dark techno. I can't wait to see them again, and will definitely be making time to give Jade Seattle's sound more of a listen.

Listen to a recent recording of Jade Seatle.

Ivan Smagghe

Hosting a show on NTS, this Frenchman has been stomping around the UK for about 20 years and seems to have got fingers in lots of pies genre-wise. He is unafraid of weirdness- I listened to one of his shows pre Field Maneuvers to try and understand his vibe, and was delighted and also confused. He played a phenomenal set at Field Maneuvers. His eclectic influences and desire to push boundaries was evident throughout. It was decidedly moody and dance-driven, and he really blew it out of the water for me.

Listen to a recent recording of Ivan Smagghe.


Words: Dora

Record of the Week: Lawrence Hart & Casually Here - Wanderlust / Chimes [Hotflush Recordings]

Hotflush Recordings present 'Wanderlust / Chimes', a collaborative EP from Lawrence Hart and Casually Here released this week. Both multi-instrumentalists based in London, the duo unite for a two-track package of glistening, melodic house. The title track was a highlight of George Fitzgerald's acclaimed Essential Mix earlier this year.

Lawrence Hart (aka Duncan Tootill) is a classically trained musician working with a broad spectrum of styles, who, under his solo moniker produces ambient-leaning house and electronica. He is one third of Little Cub and a long-term collaborator of George Fitzgerald. Casually Here (aka Nic Nell) is an experimental composer and the label boss of Algebra Records, whose debut album Kept was released in 2015.

‘Wanderlust’ is an atmospheric trip through glitching melodies and immersive harmonics replete with minute details. ‘Chimes’ opens with a serene soundscape, evolving into a chugging dose of sun-drenched house led by trippy vocals and an animated bassline.

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Premiere: Thomas Hessler - Senses [IMF]

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Marcel Fengler’s IMF label is putting out a three-part compilation this month to celebrate their tenth release. A project that has taken almost two years to complete, it will feature artists new and old to the label including Shed, Luke Slater, Scuba, Arthur Robert and AVION.  Across 18 tracks, Fengler has said the project hopes to showcase the eclectic nature of the label and the full range of music its artists have produced.

Long-time label collaborator Thomas Hessler features heavily across the compilation producing an original track, providing Luke Slater with the means for a remix and putting together a mix using the entire compilation which will be released with the final product. However, Hessler’s involvement with IMF goes far deeper than that and his relationship with Fengler is a crucial part of the label.

As well as being kind enough to send us over his track, the melancholic, euphoric and funky ‘Senses’, to premiere, Hessler was kind enough to answer some of our questions and give us a greater insight into the compilation as a whole.


What is it that has drawn you and Marcel together into such a close working relationship?

First of all the appreciation for music and not having any fear to enter new territories when it comes down to sound. We can talk about more than just records or production techniques and became good friends that value each other’s opinions.

How is this reflected in IMF and more specifically IMF10?

IMF is a very diverse label and you can hear that especially on IMF10. Dark, funky, melodic but also more experimental stuff can be found on the label’s back catalogue. It all makes sense together and in my eyes the output always has this special spiciness a track needs to be timeless.

The project took almost two years and features a significant amount of material, why do you think it was so important to Marcel and the label?

I think if you run a small label with a clear vision you wanna do it right. For the label to be at the point to release its 10th release is special. The label is like a baby for him and when you do most of the work on your own it takes time, especially if you wanna showcase such a great amount of talented artists. In the end its all about patience, passion and love for the music.

Where do you think your track 'Senses' fits into the compilation?

I wanted to make a ‘closing’ track. Normally I don’t follow concepts when I write music but this time I knew where I wanted go with this. In my eyes the track perfectly showcases some of the most important aspects the label stands for. It’s melancholic yet energetic and funky yet experimental - especially towards the end of the track.

What was your wider involvement in IMF10?

We often exchange ideas, talk about fresh artists and what could be next. In the case of the compilation I suggested to get some remixers on board for some of the IMF ‘classics’. I was especially honoured and proud that Luke Slater touched one of my tracks.

Curating a mix for the compilation must have been a special responsibility, how did you approach the task?

Yes it was humbling but I also had a lot of fun because I love those tracks. Like I always do I tried to keep the energy level as high as possible with those cuts and tell my story. I enjoyed the ride and I hope people can feel that.

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Record of the Week: Frank Beat - Gloom EP [Phunk Traxx]

Frank Beat’s 'Gloom' EP, three mesmeric house tracks released this week in a flurry of excitement, are typical of the Phunk Traxx label sign-on; moody, club-ready and addictive.

'Gloom', the opening track on the EP, sets the scene. A synth-laden sunset warm up, which if you close your eyes, brings you into a scene from Disney’s Fantasia. 'Nightfall' showcases Beat’s Spanish tech-house influences from his time in Ibiza and in Zaragoza. Inspired in his early days by Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola and Stacey Pullen, all white isle veterans, 'Nightfall' brings the best of late night Ibiza to a swelling subset roller. Only for huge sound systems, 'Intraction' boasts a wavering treble line, didgeridoo-like in its cadence. All three tracks link together perfectly in any order for a different mood, played as they appear on the EP you’re ready for the strobes to start on the dance floor and for the levels to hit the red.

Usually a pick for the mainstream, Beat’s latest productions have delved into minimal and underground zones. While playing at Pacha or DC10 sees him in his element, in the studio is where he’s pushing his art.

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Words: Bill

Premiere: Honeyfeet - Meet Me On The Corner (Crazy P Dub Mix) [Wah Wah 45s]

'Meet Me On The Corner' is taken from the album Orange Whip which was BBC 6 Music’s Album of The Day on its release.  It follows previous singles ‘Whatever You Do’ and ‘Sinner’, supported by Craig Charles, Tom Ravenscroft and Huey Morgan. The song showcases Honeyfeet at their funkiest. A pounding beat beefed up by bass, guitar and brass, propels forward while Ríoghnach Connolly (pronounced Rainer) sings lyrics that could be straight out of the playground, but suggest something a little deeper.

Remixes on this more foot friendly single come courtesy of homegrown legends of funky house music, Crazy P with both vocal and dub versions. Turning Honeyfeet’s latest opus into a straight up soulful disco monster by Hot Toddy and Ron Basejam, with Rioghnach’s rasping vocals playfully meandering over crisp beats and trademark live bass.  Much hyped Russian production don I Gemin delivers his take still aimed at the dance floor, but a deeper house affair based around jazzy keys and chopped up vocals that take the song into more sonorous territories.

For the last couple of years Honeyfeet (whose name comes from a line in the Blues Brothers film) have been a conduit for the ideas and expressions of an exotic mixture of Manchester based musicians. This genre-defying band incorporate styles including jazz, folk and hip hop into their music.


RB: Back To The Future & Point Of Ayr Colliery brass band.


RB: Sitting in a bath full of cold beans with the lights off whilst necking a pint of espresso martini.


RB: Mid-tempo stompers.

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Record of the Week: Nicola Cruz - Inversions [Multi Culti]

Nicola Cruz returns to Canada’s Multi Culti with 'Inversions', a 5 track EP featuring one original and remixes from his album Cantos De Vision. The French-born, Ecuadorian based producer clearly takes inspiration from his surroundings- manipulating Latin American sounds and afro percussion, re-working them for the dancefloor. This remix series takes that theme and expands on it going deeper, more leftfield and transforming Cruz’s original percussions into deep, chugging late-night hits.

Cruz and Uji’s title track 'Inversions' opens the EP and sets the tone for the following four tracks as it bounces along flirting with the industrial and playing with the melodic- it’s hypnotic. The following two tracks are both reworks of 'Espiritu de Proteccion' which is a clever move, both the Bawrut and Breaks remix take the track to different points of logical conclusion. Indeed, Bawrut takes the trippier elements of the original and elongates them over 8 minutes combining them with clattering percussion and a driving bassline. While the Breaks remix is more percussive, teasing the woodwind of the original and diving headfirst into the acidic.

The final two tracks 'Tzantza' (Matanza Remix) and 'Mantis' (Cain Remix) are equally strong and close the EP on a lighter, more ambient note and a nod to Cruz. So often remix EP's end up being made up of tracks that end up being a slightly reminiscent, poor imitation of the original, but 'Inversions' is an exception with the originals expanded on and made completely new.

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Words: Hugo

Premiere: Aydio - Sonrisa

Adam Harper, aka Aydio, is a UK-based musician, producer, DJ and visual artist. He uses instrumentation, samples and synthesizers to create music best described as a pastiche of trippy melodies and laid back spaced urban sounds. A keen fan of a variety of different genres of music, his own is mostly influenced by trip-hop, dub, jazz, rock as well as all kinds of electronica. Since his the release of his debut album, Nonentityin 2010, he has released two further albums and in 2013, his most popular track, 'Deltitnu', was featured on the legendary BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs, selected by mountaineer Conrad Anker.

Since we came across Aydio last year we have been loving his work and we're delighted to be premiering our pick from his latest album, Inversion, released later this month. The album continues his style of trippy instrumental music and adds yet another mesmerising release to his discography.



An LP my parents had of a compilation of TV theme tunes including the Match of the Day theme. A bit later on I'd say Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Bonobo and Four Tet.


Atop a sacred mountain at sunset. If no such mountain is available, a sacred molehill will have to do


The Avalanches and Azealia Banks - it's not just me that sorts things alphabetically is it? ;)

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