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This Week’s Essential Releases: Cat-Inspired Synthwave, Folk, Dance and More

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Welcome to Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend crucial new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed.

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Rising Manchester Label Swing Ting Was Born On the Dancefloor

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Photos by Louis Reynolds

The U.K.’s underground has a rich history of iconic labels incubated in sweaty club spaces. Today, nightclubs appear to wield a diminishing cultural heft—deserted by youngsters, stifled by pernickety and expensive regulations, and consistently under threat from cultureless property developers. Building a club-based label and following on such shaky ground has arguably become more difficult. 

But Balraj Samrai and Ruben Platt, 31 and 30 respectively, aren’t sitting in a pub in East London to chew over the city’s night-time economy or the city’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé. They’re here to talk about Swing Ting, their Manchester-based club night which turned 10 at the end of 2018, and their record label of the same name, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year. Continue reading

Discover the Cutting-Edge Dancehall Sounds of the Mixpak Label

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By the time the Brooklyn independent label Mixpak took the stage at the Red Bull Culture Clash in 2016, they had already established themselves as a favorite label among forward-thinking dancehall artists and fans. But Culture Clash was something different; as the biggest soundclash in the world (28,000 people turned out to watch the 2016 clash), it had the ability to make or break a crew’s reputation. Winning would put them on the map as fiercely competitive selectors, and the clash was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the label’s producers and DJs to put their ingenuity front and center, going head-to-head with other world-renowned artists. Naturally, Mixpak wasn’t taking the opportunity lightly. They assembled a murderer’s row of artists and producers: label head Dre Skull, New York bass expert Jubilee, famed Kingston selector Tony Matterhorn, dancehall queen Spice, reggae and dancehall artist Kranium, and world-famous dancehall vocalist Popcaan. And then, they got to work.

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