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21 unreleased tracks that need an official release

As we patiently wait for gold by Four Tet, Burial and many more to drop...

  • Harrison Williams & Jasmine Kent-Smith
  • 29 March 2017

Waiting for an unreleased track to drop is an agonizing experience, one filled with just a glimmer of hope, but also sobering disappointment that the day when the record reaches the market may never come. Rumours circulate and are later revoked as time passes and still no official announcement surfaces. Rips are available, but none are of high quality that are worth having. The waiting game ensues.

That said, as a DJ, playing a tune that no one else has is a special feeling and one that will attract avid listeners and connoisseur. Just one example is Skream's early work; listeners could only hear certain dubplates during his performances (of course, he and many others are carrying on a dubplate lineage that stretches back years).

Having rare music in your arsenal is something that can make a DJ set unique. In the early days, DJs would buy all the 12" copies of a track in a record shop just so they would be the only one in town playing it. Those days are long gone, but unreleased music continues to take over the airwaves, leaving fans guessing. Shazam won't work in these instances and though The Identification of Music Group is buzzing, sometimes no one can help with an ID. Maybe check the Reddit thread and see if anyone has the inside scoop. Sometimes years go by and the elusive track won't see an official release. It's a frustrating run around, but one can still hope.

Here we highlight 21 unreleased tracks that beg for an official release. View the list below.

1 Dan Croll - From Nowhere (Âme Remix)

With numerous rips circulating the internet, and none delivering sound quality sufficient enough to be played on a club system, Âme’s remix of ‘From Nowhere’ by Dan Croll is an elusive unreleased track. Some say it will never be released, as apparently Dan Croll’s management and the label decided not to include it on the EP. Three years ago there was even a petition launched to get the track a proper release, but to no avail. The petition accumulated just shy of 3,000 backers and the track has yet to see the light of day.

2 Zomby 'Ice Lake'

Despite toying with our hearts on Twitter as of late, (“Will he leak new tracks, will he not?”) many Zomby fans are just as familiar with his unreleased rips as they are his official discography. ‘Ice Lake’ is a prime example, a chilling instrumental with the hypnotic hardcore edge so stylishly attributed to the man behind the mask. Airhorn.

 
 
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