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Download: Super Duper "Circus Bird"

First Listen

Fitted with a grim arcade of murky synths and resonant drum kicks, Super Duper's "Circus Bird" is as awe-inspiring as it is bleak. A low-pitched brass loop that resembles baleful laughter opens the production before wonky, decaying synths fill the mix as it trudges along its daunting course. Somewhat resembling the early work of Hudson Mohawke, Super Duper's tune takes on a similar flavor, remaining playful while heading in a darker directions. "Circus Bird" will drop along with the rest of the Diamonds & Doubt EP via Apothecary Compositions on April 15. Previews of each of its four original tracks and three remixes can be heard after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 10 (2 votes)

Podcast 338: The Range

Although The Range (a.k.a. James Hinton) released a couple of low-profile EPs in 2011 and 2012, it wasn't until last year that the Rhode Island producer really caught fire. The Seneca EP found Hinton impressively dipping his toes into faster tempos, while Nonfiction, his subsequent debut full-length, offered a variety of bass-infused musical explorations. In terms of style, The Range is a difficult project to pin down; strong currents of hip-hop and R&B run through Hinton's work, and there's undoubtedly a certain cleanliness to his productions, but his vision extends beyond what's playing on mainstream radio. Last month, his development continued with the release of the Panasonic EP (another Hinton effort for the Donky Pitch label), but the record ultimately left us wanting a longer look at what The Range had to offer; as such, we invited him to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Steve Murphy "Relax (Route 8's Relaxed Remix)"

First Listen

Having just dropped his Dry Thoughts EP, Lobster Theremin affiliate Route 8 (pictured above) is clearly set on a certain tone with his appropriately titled "Relaxed Remix" of Steve Murphy's "Relax," an laid-back cut of buoyant house. Route 8's minimalist voyage across quiet bleeps and delicate hi-hat taps ethereally skips around a steady set of slowly changing sounds. As with most productions that are this sparse, what little elements available can make or break the atmosphere of a track. Thankfully, the meticulous producer achieves his calm aesthetic with aplomb on this version of Murphy's mellowed-out tune. 

Average: 9.2 (7 votes)

Download: Joe Howe "Zequals"

First Listen

Preparing his first release for French label Sound Pellegrino, Glasgow-based musician Joe Howe (a.k.a. Ben Butler & Mousepad) has shared "Zequels," a frisky cut from his forthcoming EXEP EP. Alternating between segments of automated grinding repetitions and whimsical synth pads, the tune shows off Howe's ability to fuse these dynamic elements into an airy composition of high-spirits and splendid textures. More of Joe Howe's effervescent works can be heard when EXEP drops on April 21. 

Average: 8.3 (9 votes)

Download: Carisma "Talento Matemático"

Label: Cómeme

The Carisma project represents the combined efforts of Buenos Aires DJ/producers Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler. Together, the pair recently delivered the Directamente EP for Matias Aguayo's consistently unpredictable and effortlessly fun Cómeme imprint, from which the loose-fitting "Talento Matemático" has been pulled. With a thick drum machine serving as the tune's backbone, "Talento Matemático" begins with a faint sequenced melody and wordless vocal echoes peppered with playful rythmic FX. Appearing to be in no rush, Carisma only begins to unfold the track well past its opening minute, lacing the tune with vintage chords stabs and new layers of charging hats which file in and out of the production as it runs its effortless course. In addition to this download of "Talento Matemático," Carisma has also passed along a video for its similarly vintage-leaning, Latin-tinged "Que Linda es tu Pradera," which can be watched in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6 (4 votes)

Gerd Readies New 12" for DFTD; Preview It Now

On the way from the recently inaugurated DFTD, an imprint of longstanding UK label Defected, Still Believe sees veteran DJ/producer and 4Lux boss Gerd using his well-honed house techniques to construct two brand-new dancefloor ready pieces, both of which are now available to preview. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/14/2014

Download: MCFERRDOG "I Wanna See"

First Listen
Label: 1080p

The 1080p tape label is set to continue building its catalog at a speedy pace with the Club Amniotics album on its way later this month from MCFERRDOG, a new alias of burgeoning NYC producer Max McFerren. Pulled from the 10 "fantastical, weird-as-I-wanna-be experiments" featured on the record is "I Wanna See," a particularly emotive piece of uptempo house which bends curiously pitched vocal snippets atop its set of pulsing piano chords and airy pads. Though a bit off-beat, there is something intrinsically catchy and surprisingly uplifting to McFerren's track. Those curious to see where else the stateside producer plans to take his MCERRDOG project will have to wait until April 22, when Club Amniotics drops in both cassette and digital form. In the meantime, a video for "I Wanna See"—featuring an endearingly miniature narrative—can be watched after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.7 (17 votes)

Review: J. Velez Territories

Label: L.I.E.S.

Following up last year's well-received MMT Tape Series collection for Rush Hour, late-blooming Jersey City producer J. Velez presents six loosely connected, genre-defying cuts on Territories, a lean LP which values open-ended sonic experimentation over most everything else. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/14/2014

20 Questions - Robert Hood Talks Underground Resistance, Kraftwerk, and Cheese Grits

An original member of Underground Resistance (alongside Jeff Mills and Mike Banks), an innovator in Detroit techno's heyday, and a pioneering DJ/producer with a 20-plus-year career that includes a wealth of ambitious projects including Floorplan, Monobox, and Sterac, Robert Hood has a resume that's all but impeccable. Now, we can add another accomplishment to the techno veteran's list, as 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of his M-Plant label, an outpost which has largely served as a home for Hood's own excursions into techno's evolving forms. With a number of upcoming reissues and events planned to celebrate M-Plant's two-decade milestone in the coming months, we decided that it was time to check in with the Motor City legend (who now calls Alabama home) via our 20 Questions series. Hood kindly agreed to answer our queries, some of which prompted him to pull out a few choice tales from his storied past. Over the course of our discussion, he looks back at Underground Resistance's early days, recalls the time when he "borrowed" a Kraftwerk record from Anthony Shakir, and describes his first meeting with Jeff Mills. Read more » 

Download: Habits of Hate "The Destruction of Words"

First Listen

Deemed Habits of Hate, the collaboration between Happa and Manni Dee will issue its debut self-titled EP via Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations label on April 28. Serving as a preview to the upcoming release, the pair of UK producers has let loose a hard-edged freebie in "The Destruction of Words." Piling machine-made percussion, overdriven textures, and bursts of straight-up noise across its six-minute run, the resulting track makes for a brooding piece of dancefloor fare unafraid to move at an, ahem, accelerated pace.  

Average: 8.6 (11 votes)


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