Om Unit, aka Londoner Jim Coles, is a producer of bleeps and bass who views genres as something to mess with. Over ten years of music making has seen him record as 2tall and Philip K Dick as well as his current guise and produce electronics which zorb recklessly across the sphere of underground beats. His collaborators include everyone from Goldie to Machine Drum while his debut album as Om Unit is out via Civil Music on 28 October.
Edinburgh’s Young Fathers are hip-hop alchemists who have fostered a new sound that melds the DNA of rap with leftfield R&B, punk and dark electronica. Working out of a Scottish basement, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham 'G' Hastings have hit on a bold combination of beat, rap and song that smells of its dank birthplace. Intent on owning their sound and visual identity, they have delivered an aesthetic perfect for recession-era Britain.
Across a triology of EPs, Peckham’s Mo Kolours has stitched together a melee of sounds to create a psychedelic tapestry that’s tantalisingly tricky to pigeonhole. His lush palette puts flipped-out dub at its heart, with the roominess of Studio One’s former glories appearing to blink back to life.
Erol Alkan’s latest signing to his Phantasy record label is Nadia Ksaiba – an ascendant DJ and radio presenter who’s debut single Virtual Lover delivers a nifty slice of clubbed out eighties pop. The track, which emerged following a series of studio sessions with Matt Waites, fizzes with enthusiasm, carrying traces of DFA’s trademark rhythmic efficiency with the tropical funk of Tom Tom Club. The pair has previously worked together as G&S, but this is Nadia’s first outing as a singer and songwriter.
This weekend, Liverpool will become a mecca for fans of the weird and warped, as The International Festival of Psychedelia brings a smorgasbord of experimental psych, electronic and drone acts to various venues around the city. To celebrate we’ve dedicated our weekly playlist to some of the weekend’s most exciting acts. Tune in now for a mind-melting selection of tracks by Spectrum, Mugstar, Moon Duo, The Oscillation and Mo Kolours, plus some unexpected remixes and more.