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Download: Solar Bears "Cub (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)"

The Grecian duo Keep Shelly in Athens recently unleashed this remix of the Solar Bears' (pictured above) "Cub," which first appeared on last year's excellent She Was Coloured In LP. The originally sparse, ambient guitar track has been given a full orchestration by the chill-waving duo, stacking epic layers of fuzzy synths, distant pianos, and distorted guitars that soar past the programmed drums. The song, buried somewhere deep below the added elements, gets completely manipulated through layers of delay. Brief glimpses of the original do occasionally pop out when the timing of the delays is tweaked, only to be quickly buried once again below the mass of instrumentation. Keep Shelly in Athens even manages to weave a sort of narrative into the remix, constructing half-time "verse" sections that eventually give way to the all-out choruses that could perfectly accompany some sort of reminiscent montage sequence. (via Pitchfork)  

Average: 8.3 (81 votes)

Video: Rainbow Arabia "Without You"

LA's Rainbow Arabia is busier than ever these days, what with its forthcoming debut LP, impending world tour, and, of course, music video making. Reminiscent of the crazy clip the husband-and-wife duo made for its "Holiday in Congo" track, the "Without You" video once again finds Daniel and Tiffany Preston taking to the streets in makeup. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Ricardo Villalobos Teams Up With Anthony Collins and Los Updates for New Single

Techno icon Ricardo Villalobos (pictured above) has been relatively quiet on the production front during the last couple of years, but he'll soon be getting back into the game with a new collaborative EP. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Battles Announce New Album, 'Gloss Drop'

The talk has been brewing for some time: Ever since Tyondai Braxton announced he would be leaving Battles, and the remaining trio said it would soldier on without him, a follow-up record to 2007's monumental Mirrored has been imminent. And now, we're finally seeing the light at the end of that tunnel. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Panda Bear to Release Single on Kompakt with Actress Remix

Normally, we're not the go-to spot on the internet for updates on whatever Animal Collective—or its various members—is up to lately, but this bit of news caught our attention. It seems one of the band's foremost solo-projects, Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox), has a new single coming out before the release of his next LP, Tomboy, and it will drop via house/techno mainstay Kompakt on March 14. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Download: Drugg "Shackled"

Label: Less Music

If you're just going to go ahead and call your band Drugg, you had better make damn sure that your music sounds at least remotely trippy. Thankfully, this London-based outfit doesn't disappoint, and delivers quite the array of pill-driven, psychedelic soundscapes on its debut EP, Shackled. The title track, which we have for download here, even goes one step further—coalescing some of our favorite musical styles as of late into one warbling explosion of textured atmosphere and hypnotic beat work. Drugg boasts the droney, effects-soaked vocal delivery of Panda Bear, the warm tape fuzz of Matthewdavid, the tweaked live instrumentation of Sun Araw, the swirling sample play of (enter name of any artist making contemporary electronic music here), and the downtrodden, lo-fi moods of Forest Swords. What that all adds up to is pretty great, and you can hear more examples of that satisfyingly trippy sound on Drugg's Bandcamp, too. And don't skip the equally mind-expanding video for "Shackled," which you can view after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (25 votes)

Download: Klaus Pinter "Soul Flipper PART 2"

Remember that weird compilation we told you about, like, a week ago? The one based around the story of a music-obsessed Czech millionaire and his failed artist community that existed for six weeks in a Polish forest during the early '70s? Well, we're revisiting that music again, but this time we have a more amorphous piece of "vintage" audio to share with you. Klaus Pinter's "Soul Flipper PART 2" sounds like a would-be touchstone for ambient/noise/synth-centric artists such as Oneohtrix Point Never, Stellar OM Source, and Emeralds, though with a noticeably darker and cinematic edge than we're used to hearing from those camps; the song could easily be mistaken for a demo version of any theme Angelo Badalamenti composed for David Lynch in the late '80s or early '90s. Also, unlike Pinter's successors, the song floats in and out of earshot relatively quickly, only allowing a brief glimpse into the bubbling sonics the auteur may or may not have crafted during his time at the Endless House. 

Average: 7.8 (31 votes)

Download Martin Kemp's Exclusive Mix For TURRBOTAX®

This Friday in Brooklyn, the wonderful TURRBOTAX® party will go down at The Cove, as it does every month, with headliners Karizma and Blunted Robots' Martin Kemp dropping the music that'll move you. Getting you ready in a right way, here we have an exclusive mix from Kemp, downloadable to all those who are so inclined. Read more » 

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  • 02/23/2011

Download: Siriusmo "Einmal in der Woche Schreien"

Germany's Siriusmo has been DJing and producing music for a long time—dropping singles and EPs on labels like Exploited and Boysnoize Records since the early '00s (remember this one?). Only now is producer Moritz Friedrich readying the release of his debut album, a 17-track record to be released via Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records on March 1. The lightheartedly ominous track "Einmal in der Woche Schreien" (which translates to "Once a Week, Shouting") is lifted off of that forthcoming LP, and finds Friedrich loading mass amounts of synth tones, chopped vocal bits, electronic sound bytes, and straightforward dance beats into four minutes of choice electro-pop. And if that makes you wish you knew what the rest of Mosaik sounds like, you can listen to a preview of the whole thing on Siriusmo's Soundcloud

Average: 8.3 (94 votes)

Svarte Greiner, Black Metal, Supersilent, and More From Oslo's By:larm Festival

Thing one about Oslo in the winter: It’s cold. But really, that should sorta be thing two, because thing one in Oslo in the winter is the city’s By:larm Festival, which took place last weekend. (Actually, Oslo residents would tell you that the world skiing championship is thing one, but whatever…) Read more » 

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  • 02/23/2011

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