With a roster of boundary-pushing musicians who’ve collaborated with everyone from Kanye West to Björk, Tri Angle records has become one of the coolest, queerest labels of the decade. Here, our picks for its most innovative players.
Though his roots are in the grime scene, gay Houston beatmaker Eric Burton dove into dark, frantic territory with his 2015 electro-collage album, Communion.
Listen to: “Black Dragons” (feat. Riko Dan), “Burnerz”
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Self-described “club terrorist” J’Kerian Morgan is explicitly queer when titling his music (see his Heterocetera EP, the moody track “Slay”). His cuts, however, play like abstract fever dreams.
Listento: “Heterocetera,” “Bravado”
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On his debut EP, Blisters, classically trained vocalist Josiah Wise layers his smooth falsetto and meditations on gay romance over swelling instrumentation from the Haxan Cloak.
Listen to: “Blisters,” “Redemption”
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The Haxan Cloak
Bobby Krlic’s not queer, but his 2013 album, Excavation, was so chilling and wire-taut that Björk tapped the chameleonic English producer for her acclaimed 2015 album, Vulnicura.