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Rave New World: Palms Trax, Juniper, Toner Head


Antoin Lindsay and Aidan Hanratty look at the best gigs, tracks, mixes and releases of the week.


Footwork presents: Citizenn, Schmutz, Eddy Kennedy & Brien at The Bunatee, Belfast
Friday 16 September

Tonight the Bunatee hosts a new night in the form of Footwork. Their first night will be headed up by Citizenn, the Kerri Chandler-approved London via Nottingham DJ who had an album out on Crosstown Rebels last year. Main support comes from local heroes Schmutz who’ll also be joined by Eddy Kennedy and Brien. Good stuff. AL

Sense with Palms Trax, Button Factory, Dublin
Saturday 17 September 

Palms Trax is a joker on Twitter and on Berlin Community Radio, but don’t let that fool you. His productions are effortlessly mature, while his DJing is crowd-pleasing and educational in equal measure. Expect throwbacks and new gems together in perfect harmony, and maybe he’ll run out one of his jams from releases on Lobster Theremin and Dekmantel. AH

Pyg Sundays presents Lauer, Pygmalion, Dublin
Sunday 18 September 

Tuff City Kid Lauer brings his brand of silky but tough house to Pyg this Sunday. He and Gerd Janson have their Adoldesscent album coming out soon, but it’s in his solo capacity that he’ll be in town. Think balmy grooves and jumped-up party vibes. AH


Juniper – Movement From The Fade [Nous Disques]

Lovely, scuzzy techno from meandyou co-founder Juniper. It’s part of a forthcoming compilation #3 Black LP on the outstanding Greek Label and RNW favourite Nous Disques, the entirety of which can be heard over on their SoundCloud as well. Get on it. AL

Jay Daniel – Knowledge Of Selfie [Technicolour]

This track, from Jay Daniel’s forthcoming release on Technicolour, starts off feeling like Joe’s ‘Studio Power On’ on Hemlock, but soon veers off on its own jazzy course. Across its eight minutes it shuffles and jams at a pace that’s speedy without being frantic or rushed; a bit like Usain Bolt really. And what about that title, eh? AH

Lockah – Freaks Come Out [Moveltraxx]

Edinburgh’s Lockah drops this surefire jam from a new compilation on Moveltraxx, a Miami-influenced mélange of cowbells and vocal chop-ups. I’ve been getting tired of ‘Think’ breaks but they’re tastefully (and sparingly) deployed here, for maximum effect. AH


Trushmix 92:Skatebård

The inimitable Trushmix series continues with selections from the ever-reliable Skatebård. Expect cerebral and weird house music from the cult Nordic maestro in this one. AL

JINN RADIO #3: Yoshinori Hayashi

An intriguing and meditative mix from Yoshinori Hayashi who has recently had a release out on Jinn Records itself for their podcast series. Expect Japanese ambient, swirly jazz and psychedelic vibes from this one, a surefire winner. AL

Juno Plus Podcast 148: Bruce

This is a sad one to cover. Juno Plus has come to an end, and with it goes a distinctive voice covering the weirder ends of electronic music. To mark its passing, the team have signed off with one final podcast from scene superstar Bruce, ahead of his I’m Alright Mate release on Timedance. It’s deep, a low-and-slow hour of rolling house vibes, lots of them unreleased (of course), culminating on a truly melancholic note, a fitting elegy for a wonderful site. AH

Octal Step – Toner Head EP [First Cut]

Writer and techno enthusiast Richard Brophy has branched into the world of label-dom, and the First Cut on this imprint comes from Matt Flanagan, best known as DeFeKT, under the name Octal Step. The Toner Head EP is a three-track affair, each culled from a 30-minute hardware workout. It’s wiry, electric and banging, and sets the tone brilliantly for this new venture from both parties. Full support. AH

Willow – Workshop 23 [Workshop]

Manchester-based Willow’s full-fledged debut on Workshop came out a few weeks ago, and here we have a full stream to enjoy. It manages the feat of being both muted and floral, with extravagant synth lines appearing out of nowhere among muffled vocals and deep bass lines. ‘A2’ is particularly restrained, while the plucked strings of ‘B1’ are a joy to behold. AH