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Netil Radio's Summer
Hello and welcome to our special summer edition,
It’s hectic, it’s hot(ish), it’s the festival summertime + we all need a little mind-balance moment, don’t we? We have only two newsletters until club season starts and this is one of them. And some exciting news – the weekly version will be back soon with a small revamp and more contributors joining the forces.
Summer is the time we call “the cucumber season” in Slovakia and you should not see any poetic sub-message in it, it’s just, in fact, the boring part of daily life when politicians are on holiday and journalists have nothing controversial to talk about. Although with up-and-coming climate change, this might change as quickly as our habits will. Let’s be honest, it’s becoming pretty boring to watch all the silly old men in charge of things show how they just don’t want to give up their personal comfort zone and do the actual politics.
So before scrolling down to discover Izzi’s 5-song guide to emerging genre Mutant Dancehall, our resident’s new music tips and finally enjoying the cucumber season, please remember that it’s been 511 days since the emperor of an imaginary empire decided to make the second best army in the world the second best in Ukraine. Such an achievement is impressive and we have to make sure that Ukraine will defend their country and our freedom. Yes, our freedom that we are losing because plutocrats and criminals corrupted democracy, and finance populism to create chaos and suffering.
As a true pacifist, it’s hard for me to accept the reality of the war, but I feel it’s necessary right now. There is no time for political shortcuts anymore and we are still lucky that it’s just weapons and money we have to help Ukraine with. The brave country is fighting for the core principles of freedom of choice. It’s been 511 days since they are proving it and it’s time that our intellectual pacifist elite will accept this reality too. слава Україні!
Thank you for reading and stay connected
Miro / edited by Amris
On the block
✧ Porcelain w/ Maiden ✧ 1st Tuesday of the month 3-5pm
Inspired by sonic installations, Porcelain is an exploration into alternate realities with a focus on intricate sound design. The show will transport you through beatless ambience, textural noise to experimental club sounds while celebrating artists and record labels that are carving out a new sonic landscape
Kinetic founder DJ wiggles is joining NR fam
✧ Vinyl Delivery Service ✧ 3rd Wednesday of the month 11am-1pm
London branch of Japanese records specialists Vinyl Delivery Service as our new residents? Yes, please!
Five song guide to Mutant Dancehall
“Mutant dancehall” is an emerging genre which describes a range of music: experimental dancehall whose production textures draw from forward-thinking club genres; techno/UK bass which uses dancehall rhythms or vocals, and many other styles that fall between and around.
It’s caught my imagination recently - inexplicably compulsive Caribbean rhythms along with some of the textures I love most in UK bass and techno is too much to resist. I recently played a one-hour set of all experimental, 100 bpm, dancehall-adjacent numbers and it reminded me just how much this genre has grown since I first became aware of it. I thought I’d share and I hope the Netil newsletter readership enjoys my suggestions as much as I do!
Like many burgeoning movements in 2023, mutant dancehall has an international ecosystem of innovators. As usual, the Caribbean leads the way in terms of synthesis: definitely check out experimental Jamaican collective Equiknoxx (Label head Gavsborg’s latest album, 1 Hour Service, has plenty of mutant dancehall to sink your teeth into). Other notable leaders in the genre include Livity Sound affiliate Kouslin (UK), Congolese producer Rey Sapienz, French label Le Ciel Records and many more.
Here are some of my favourite releases - spanning just some of the breadth that this scene has to offer.
New music tips from our residents
Babi / Hootenannies / 3dr Monday of the month 5-7pm
area127 / 2nd Sunday of the month 10pm-12am
That’s all for this week, stay tuned