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Matt Edwards In The Studio

In retrospect, 2001's "bastard pop" phenomenon was all about the triumph of wit over production prowess. However, as Radio Slave, Matt Edwards and Serge Santiago were among the few artists able to balance both. Their mash-up of Kylie Minogue and New Order ("Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head") became so popular that Kylie performed the remix at the 2002 Brit Awards–a move that legitimized mash-ups and scored Radio Slave more high-profile remix work.

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Animal Collective: Magical Universe

Animal Collective is secret languages and psychic messages, the sound of strange jam sessions lasting late into the night, the echoing of laughter over ancient stories, the wonder of sunrises watched together around the world. It's hundreds of textures layering over each other to create nuances of feeling: the fuzz of a distortion trail suggesting a wisp of campfire smoke, vocal whorls spiraling 'round and 'round like a carnival carousel.

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Mike Paré Makes Mystical Delights

Mike Paré grew up in the suburbs of the Bay Area with parents who encouraged him to draw pictures of their favorite bands (like Led Zeppelin). These days, the New York-based illustrator, filmmaker, and designer is most interested in furthering the mysterious New Energy Movement, and takes inspiration from all manner of things, both earthly and otherworldly. In his video Transmagon #5, geometric shapes drift down city streets on skateboards, slowly merging into a psychedelic kaleidoscopic trip. Read more » 

Swayzak's Artist Tips

As Swayzak, U.K. tech-house dons James Taylor and David Brown have been honing their revelry-inducing craft for more than a decade. With several albums under their belt, year-round DJ duties, and a knack for exciting artistic reinvention, Swayzak has achieved master status in the dance-music community. Their latest disc, a 10th anniversary offering entitled Some Other Country (!K7), is all the proof the world needs to confirm these peak-hour blasters' penchant for creating hedonistic bangers full of heady atmospherics. Read more » 

What Is It? Krautrock

When critics use "Krautrock" as a descriptor, they usually mean the mesmerizing motorik rhythms pioneered by Can and Neu!, as exemplified by "Mother Sky" and "Hallogallo," respectively. Awesome touchstones for a genre, but they represent merely a tiny fraction of the music that emerged from Germany during Krautrock's Golden Age (1968-1974).

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