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One single track from a whole year… Pretty impossible, right? Especially when lockdown had our favourite artists sat at home twiddling their thumbs, leading to waves of unplanned new and exclusive music, with that extra incentive of Bandcamp Friday… How to go back and pick just one?! However, our trusty Melodic family have done just […]

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes have announced the launch their collaborative album, What Kinda Music, which is set for release on April 24 on the iconic Blue Note Records. The collaboration is an exciting one, pitching two supremely talented artists at very different ends of the jazz spectrum together in what’s sure to be one of the […]

Picking your favourite track is difficult at the best of times, but it was especially tough this year when one takes into account the absolute plethora of quality music that’s been released in 2019. Nevertheless, after much umming and ahhhing and with the help of you, our lovely hosts & contributors, we were finally able […]

Longer than a single but shorter than an album, the EP has long been the preferred medium for releasing electronic music. 2019 proved to no exception to this rule, with some of the year’s most exciting music coming via the format.  MDR’s favourite Extended Play releases from 2019 are as diverse as they are awesome, […]

2019 sure has been a turbulent year (no expansion needed – y’all know what we mean). But at least we’ve always got one constant: the music (cannagettan AY-MEN?). And boy, did this year certainly deliver on the album front. A few LPs certainly blew the roof off our studio – Floating Points’ Crush did just […]

A totem of the Chicago Jazz scene, Kahil El’Zabar has not only performed with some of the genre’s most legendary players (including, but by no means limited to Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone and Pharoah Sanders), but is also a leading figure within the spiritual and afro-futuristic spheres of jazz music.   El’Zabar is renowned for his awe-inspiring live […]

Okay so, admittedly we had a bit of a tough time with this one – selecting 10 top tracks of the year with so much choice has certainly proved the hardest compared to all our other 2018 round-ups! From some of our well-known favourites artists returning with fresh material, like the face-slamming ‘Same’ by Oneohtrix […]

Following on from our albums of the year, we look into the seminal shorter body of works delivered to us in 2018. From the fiercely abrasive introduction to Shygirl with Cruel Practice to the softer tones of  Jenny Hval’s The Long Sleep, it’s been an equally ground-breaking year for EPs.     Sinje Hawke and […]

2018 has been a year of unexpected football successes, unusually hot summers, cars launching into space and ever-predicted political turbulence. But in uncertain times, there’s always one thing we can rely on: interstellar music. It’s been a huge year for electronic music, with albums like Skee Mask’s genre-busting Compro and SOPHIE’s audacious Oil of Every Pearl’s […]

The concept of a mix is something that has undoubtedly come into its own  in 2018. With online sites like Mixcloud increasing in popularity, mixes are more accessible than ever. Sites like Mixcloud are pushing forward with their recent ‘fan-to-creator’ subscription which enables listeners to contribute to licensing costs in return for access to downloading offline […]