Written by on May 2, 2016


Darker Than Wax are an electronic music label based from the island of Singapore, breaking all bounds and grounds progressing the music scene in their city and influencing globally. They have been tirelessly pushing for diversity in music, proving that categories in music are totally irrelevant and through a growing stable of international artists and selectors, they continue to grow from strength to strength.

More importantly, it is essentially a statement on the pervasiveness of black music and the influence it has had on countless genres and sub genres. A statement that it’s all about bringing it into the future. A statement that music should have depth, and that your racial/genetic/ cultural make-up is irrelevant – only your soul is.

Troy Samuela (formerly Samuel Truth) is an Auckland-based beatmaker who has been making waves worldwide for a few years now. When we first featured his music (precisely 3 years ago this week) he had already released a couple of EPs and had just come to the attention of the Darker Than Wax label. His growing catalogue of tunes has cemented his place in the local beat scene as someone with a recognisable style which incorporates heavy drums with intricate patterns with heavy synths: modern club music with an attention to detail.

‘Can I’ was released as a free download to celebrate the Darker Than Wax showcase in China, featuring Troy Samuela (New Zealand) alongside label-mates Funk Bast*rd and William J (both from Singapore).

Troy Samuela

Darker Than Wax

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