— Issue 8 —

Genres in this issue: indie-pop, indie-punk, queer-punk, afrobeat, house, disco

The Spook School

Try To Be Hopeful

Selected by Luke (Wax & Stamp)

DJ Khalab & Baba Sissoko

Kumu / Tata

Selected by DJ Cull (Wax & Stamp Subscriber, DJ)

The Letter

let us introduce Russell Barton, who goes by the name DJ Cull. Russell has chosen our first record this month, DJ Khalab and Baba Sissoko‘s Kumu / Tata 12”.

Here’s what he had to say about it: “Like a lot of new music I found this via Tom Ravenscroft on BBC 6music. I love how the dark, throbbing beats from Khalab compliment the Malian sounds from Sissoko. It’s a perfect, hypnotic blend of European electronica and African tradition that’s even better because it’s so unexpected.”

Next up is my (Luke) choice for October. The Spook School have been one of my favourite indie-pop bands since I first heard them in 2013. On Try to be Hopeful, the jumpy, DIY punk feels merge perfectly with the janglier side of C86, and when mixed with the subject matter of vocalist Nye’s lyrics, the band really emerge as one of the most important queer indie bands of today. I also defy you to listen to Binary and not get ‘0 1 0 1 0 1’ stuck in your head…