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Download: Robot Koch "Lights"

Berlin-based producer Robot Koch (a.k.a. Robert Koch) is back with his third full-length LP, The Other Side. This comes following a recent collaborative album with New Jersey-based MC John Robinson, Robot Robinson, and last year's sophmore LP, Songs for Trees and Cyborgs. To get us prepared for The Other Side's release on October 7, Koch slipped XLR8R a teaser in the form of leftfield-leaning album cut "Lights." Continuing in the vein of poppy experimentation that has marked previous Koch releases, "Lights" explores a wobbly dub soundscape of Asiatic arpeggiations, reverbed-out synth washes, and percussive glitches. The resulting product finds an approachable middle ground between the far-out experimentation of Brainfeeder and the futuristic pop of artists like Jamie Lidell, The xx, and Jimmy Edgar. 

Average: 8.2 (92 votes)

Download: Ralphi Rosario "You Used 2 Hold Me (Brenmar Remix)"

Ever get the sneaking suspicion that Brenmar's sound is really just an update of classic Latin house? Such thoughts might have more weight than you'd think, as the Brooklyn-based DJ has just released a remix of Ralphi Rosario's 1987 classic, "You Used To Hold Me." Yet, while the original record was emblematic of the sparse vibe characteristic of house music in the '80s, Brenmar's remix pushes the song towards the more spastic sound of the present. "You Used 2 Hold Me (Brenmar Remix)" flips the track from druggy, freestyle-leaning house into hypnotic (and druggy) hi-NRG, complete with arpeggiated bassline, dubbed-out synth stabs, and a straightforward four-on-the-floor. 

Average: 5.8 (67 votes)

Rustie Shares More New Tunes

As we continue to wait patiently for October 10 to roll around and bring us the release of Glass Swords, the debut long-player by young Scottish beat aficionado Rustie, we're treated to more fresh streaming audio from the producer. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

Download: The Field "Then It's White"

Label: Kompakt

From the third LP by Stockholm's resident ambient-technoist, The Field, we get this entrancing piece of loop-based music as our first taste of its sounds. It's somewhat odd that this is our introduction to Looping State of Mind—"Then It's White" could very well be the mellowest and most dissimilar of its seven tracks—but seeing as how the album is available digitally now (exclusively through Bleep), you could easily discover for yourself how this somber, piano-heavy composition fits into the rest of the tracklist. 

Average: 8.3 (58 votes)

Watch Resident Advisor's Berlin Documentary

Here, we have yet another fine installment of Resident Advisor's ongoing documentary shorts series, Real Scenes, in which they continue to investigate the many fertile music hotspots around the world, this time focusing their lenses on the bustling techno epicenter of Berlin, Germany. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

Video: Sleep ∞ Over "Casual Diamond"

Blurry images and decades-old psychedelic effects meet burnt colors and artsy symbolism in the video for "Casual Diamond," a lush, angelic cut from Austin songstress Sleep ∞ Over's forthcoming LP, Forever. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

R&S Announces Forthcoming Blawan Single

The R&S imprint is set to unleash another pair of tunes from a forward-thinking Brit, this time tapping London badman Blawan for his second contribution to the label so far this year. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

Podcast 214: Marcellus Pittman's New Forms Mix

Plainly said, this exclusive mix from Marcellus Pittman is probably the deepest, most soulful DJ session in the history of the XLR8R podcast series. The Detroit veteran, who will be headlining Body on the second night of this weekend's New Forms Festival in Vancouver, certainly dug deep when assembling this all-vinyl mix. Read more » 

Download: Distal "Mamanimal"

First Listen
Label: Frite Nite

If you recall from a few weeks back, we shared the news that Salva's Frite Nite imprint was readying a compilation of "tribal-influenced, spacey dance grooves, progressive footwork, modern electro-funk, and UK-centric dubstep rhythms" for an early October release (full details can be found here). Now we've gotten our first taste of Surreal Estate (artwork above) in the form of this contribution from Atlanta-based purveyor of futuristic club music Distal. Anchored by a constantly evolving beat of the most intricately skittering nature, "Mamanimal" begins as R&B-infused, half-steppin' house before locking into a ridiculously enticing funked-out synth riff and bursting into absolute space-age club music gold. Mark this one somewhere between the "tribal-influenced" and "spacey dance grooves," with just the right touch of "modern electro-funk." We can't wait to see what the "progressive footwork" and "UK-centric dubstep rhythms" have in store for us when Surreal Estate drops October 4. 

Average: 8.3 (93 votes)

Review: The Rapture In the Grace of Your Love

Label: DFA

To be frank, no one really expected a new record from The Rapture. It's highly doubtful the band did either. The quintessential NYC dance-punk outfit kept just about silent after the lukewarm reception of 2006's Pieces of the People We Love, seemingly spending their time starting families and running the Throne of Blood record label. And they really didn't need to write another album, either; between Out of the Races and Onto the Tracks and the seminal Echoes, The Rapture's legacy of teaching the indie set that it's okay to dance was already set in stone. However, maybe Pieces wasn't quite the note Luke Jenner, Vito Roccoforte, and Gabriel Andruzzi wanted to end things on, or perhaps the last five years brought about enough life experiences to inspire another album about the intricacies of love and personal relationships. No matter what compelled The Rapture to return to the spotlight with In the Grace of Your Love, the fact remains: this 11-track LP is on par with some of their best work, and is certainly their most mature record to date. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/06/2011

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