MAGAZINE

10 years ago, Ian Loveday passed away at the age of 54. A vibrant, passionate artist, Loveday spent more than 20 years shaping modern underground dance music, producing many EPs that can be rightfully called classics of their era. Semtek asked me to pen something about my favourite Ian Loveday record to celebrate his life and work, and “Outside The Window” immediately sprung to mind.
10 years ago, Ian Loveday passed away at the age of 54. A vibrant, passionate artist, Loveday spent more than 20 years shaping modern underground dance music, producing many EPs that can be rightfully called classics of their era. Semtek asked me to pen something about my favourite Ian Loveday record to celebrate his life and work, and “Outside The Window” immediately sprung to mind.
The PANG! artwork doesn't give much away regarding its origins but a short trip around the Internet ends up on the discogs entry for OQKO, a Berlin label which is home to artists like Lvis Mejía, Lukas Grundmann, astvaldur and various others.
As half of Origin Unknown alongside Andy C and a member of the Ram Trilogy, Ant Miles was behind some of the best known and most fondly cherished tracks in the history of UK dance music. We had the rare opportunity to sit down with Ant and hear how, from starting out as a tape op in Romford, he went on to become a key player in the drum'n'bass scene which remains one of the UK's best loved musical cultures.
Robert Heel is one of a number of experimental artists operating on the bleeding edge of dance music. His Seldom Seen label describes itself as a 'private label', and it operates on the obscurist principles adopted by many diy labels in the experimental music world. His latest outing, In Between, features soaring ambient and drone first off, but flip the record over for a series of intermingled cuts reminiscent of artists like Felix K and Collect
Semtek asked me to write something about a piece of music that had really touched me through the years to help kick off a new series called On Record which chronicles artist’s experiences with their favourite music. I pined over it constantly for about a year until it dawned on me after a really good mix session. I decided to choose the mix that I feel changed my life for the better: DJ 3000’s Somewhere in Detroit (SID) mixtape.
Max D is a beatmaker who operates on the fringes. His style feels classic but almost impossible to place in today’s landscape. The same could be said of many mavericks who have emerged from the 202 area code which covers Washington DC and Maryland. We sat down with him to find out more about the roots of the city’s current music scene.
Tax Free Records hit the ground running last year with a various artists 12″ featuring Max Graef amongst others, followed by a breakthrough single from the aptly-named GRRRR (nothing to do with the UK 80’s band who sport only four Rs in their name).
Lord Tusk is the sound archivist and producer behind the Sun Runners 女神の恋人達 project, which debuted on Japanese label Ultra Wave Visions in 2015. Lust For Life is Sun Runners's second release on Apron, and it leans towards the blissed-out West Coast sound which artists like Ashtre Jenkins and Dreams have explored with the label.
Paul Du Lac returned at the end of 2018 for his first outing on wax in five years and needless to say it was worth the wait. The producer and DJ, known for his work on Clone, and on his own genre-leading Biorhythm label, is a master of minimalist, trippy Dutch west coast jams. Across four tracks he explores the outer limits of the dancefloor for new label ADD, with Ganzfield Cookie undoubtedly the standout.