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Skullkid has found a way to match clear Kaytranada-esque influences with a subtle, perhaps accidental nod to the two-step swagger of UK garage. ‘Even a demon cries’ ebbs and flows seamlessly with outright charisma and class, taking steps back into deeper melodic side lanes before bursting back into his well-oiled beat work.

It’s been too long since we’ve heard from our man, Xander Milne… he was a staple around the DB office just a year ago but we lost touch. Well, fear not because the man is back and he comes baring gifts!

First up, we get a bit of a curve ball, a downbeat EP with three, exceptionally head-nod-able, boom-bap styled tunes. The “Message Home EP” sees Milne channel some Dam-Funk-esque electro-boogie on the title cut while he blesses the mic with some deep rhymes on “Rugged Child.” Closing cut, “Beyond The Stars,” is a bittersweet ode to perseverance and staying the course, no matter what obstacles may stray you… if I had to guess, I’d assume we’d have to thank the one and only Bald Head Slick aka Guru for the words of wisdom and encouragement. #rip

Shout out to MARGAUX SOLAND for the collaborative artwork!

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As an added bonus, Mr. Milne keeps all the house heads happy with his latest joint, “Troubles feat. Vera Hall.” This uptempo, deep-house cut utilizes the instantly recognizable hook popularized by Moby in his timeless classic, “Natural Blues.” Here, we get and irresistible revision that features a bouncy, 808 bass line and some slick, filtered chord stabs. Proper dance floor biznezz on this one…. show the man some love for all of his generosity!


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This one slipped through to the keeper, to use a trite slither of cricketing argot, but the keeper, realizing his clumsiness, went and picked it up again. He then put it on a music blog. He then had a sandwich, followed by a quick nap.


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‘Progressive Trap’ is not a genre I really want to take off and/or even exist but if some of it sounds a tad like this – classic Deadmau5 on that Lean – one shan’t complain too vociferously.

Styalz is an Australian multi-instrumentalist with credits ranging from Chamillionaire to Joel Compass. Stuck Note is the new nom de plume for point zero-five of a well known big room act from Australia with Axtone affiliations – one we’ve featured on the Belle recently. Guess who.

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LA-based siren, Banks, gets the remix treatment from UK duo, Snakehips. The original version of “Warm Water” is a sparse, melancholic number that showcases Banks’ breathy vocal talents, however, this Sankehips version turns the soulful elements up to 11 and soaks us with an irresistible air of good times. Find a pool party quick and jam this one, post haste!

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Jun 6 2008

I don’t know if you heard of this boxset that Adam Weissman (Stussy) and James Sheffield (Turntable Lab) has put together? Well, it’s called Beats and it’s collection of instrumentals from up and coming producers. It is limited to 500 and was released on the 31st of May. Anyway, Nosaj Thing got a wicked track on there and since I’m a fan of him I asked if we could get it up on Discobelle. So if you like his track, you should go over to his MySpace and check out remixes/beats he has made for Daedelus, HEALTH, and others.

Nosaj Thing – 1685 (direct link)