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Listen to Untold's and Samuel Chase's Debut EP as Dreadnought

It was just over a month ago when we reported that UK bass music badman Untold had unveiled a new collaboration with Samuel Chase (of Samuel and the Dragon), called Dreadnought. Well, it didn't take too long for the four selections that make up the pair's debut to become available for you to stream in all their dirty, experimental-pop glory. Read more » 

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  • 07/05/2011

Donae’o Announces New Single For Strictly Rhythm

London soul singer and producer Donae'o has announced plans to release his first effort for the Strictly Rhythm imprint next week. Read more » 

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  • 07/05/2011

Podcast 205: Nguzunguzu

XLR8R has been gleefully following the exploits of globally minded bass outfit Nguzunguzu for quite some time, but it appears as though 2011 might be the year when the LA-based duo comes into its own. Today marks the release of the Timesup EP, which is not only the pair's latest collection of energetic, R&B-flavored tunes, but also the first salvo from the newly christened Fade to Mind label, an imprint headed up by Kingdom that Nguzunguzu also has a hand in running. Read more » 

Download: Marco Del Horno and T.Williams "Brown Leather Chair"

First Listen

This track stems from a collaboration between Marco del Horno and T.Williams, two burgeoning UK producers who at one time had plans to craft an EP together. Unfortunately, the EP never came to fruition, but now the pair has decided to give away the sole track which resulted from their partnership rather than let it gather virtual dust in some hard drive. The intriguingly titled "Brown Leather Chair" sits nicely between the producers' respective styles, blurring the details as to which artist we can attribute the dark, pumping drums or chopped and glitched chords to. One thing Horno and Williams seem to collectively acknowledge is that a song like this is most potent when left to its rhythmic elements, which may explain why each drop placed throughout "Brown Leather Chair" seems to lead us right back to the track's powerfully deep, brooding drums. 

Average: 7.3 (47 votes)
 
 

Review: Deepchord Hash-Bar Loops

Label: Soma

What is there to say about Deepchord that hasn't already been said? For close to three decades, the producer and mastering engineer behind the now-solo affair, Rod Modell, has been ably mining the depths of techno's core sounds through a dubwise filter, and he reliably brings up gold. Hash-Bar Loops, his latest LP, is, no exception. Read more » 

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  • 07/05/2011

Marble Announces Forthcoming EP From Canblaster

The Parisian party wunderkind Canblaster has been tapped by the still-fresh Marble imprint to deliver the label's sixth release in the just over three months since its founding. Read more » 

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  • 07/05/2011

Download: Miracle Fortress "Raw Spectacle (Pantha du Prince Remix)"

Montreal's Miracle Fortress (pictured above) makes perfectly pleasant pop music, with songs that combine the seaside breeziness of the Beach Boys with the radio-friendly synth-pop stylings of Bronski Beat and other like-minded '80s groups. We're not complaining about any of those things, but it all adds up to a formula that isn't exactly what XLR8R tends to cover. Enter German producer Pantha du Prince, who has applied his trademark melodic techno approach to "Raw Spectacle," giving the track just enough dancefloor oomph to land in our downloads section. The remix keeps the song's woozy vocals largely intact, but Pantha du Prince dials down the synths and inserts a steady techno pulse, creating a sort of Balearic pop tune that is undeniably pleasing to the ear. The original "Raw Spectacle" first appeared on the Was I The Wave? full-length, which came out a couple of months back, and those looking for even more Miracle Fortress music will be happy to know that he's made two non-album cuts available for free download, which you can grab after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (64 votes)
 
 

Stream the New James Blake Single

It was only last week when we announced that James Blake was readying a single for Untold's Hemlock imprint (artwork above), and today both sides of the forthcoming release have found their way to the world wide web for all to stream. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2011

Roots Manuva to Release New Album This Fall

Witness the fitness of a man that just won't stop: Rodney Smith (a.k.a. Roots Manuva), one of the UK's most well-respected MCs, has just announced his latest studio album, 4everevolution. Moving through a kaleidoscope of styles, the new album promises to touch on everything from pop-locking funk joints to sultry ballads crooned by the man himself. He won't be doing it all on his own, though. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2011

Stream the New Caribou and Jacques Greene Remixes of Radiohead Now

You may recall us recently telling you about Caribou and Jacques Greene taking on some Radiohead tracks for remixing. Well, we're pleased to announce that you can hear them right now, a few days before they are officially released on July 4. Read more » 

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  • 07/01/2011

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