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Download: Magnum "All Over Me (Monster Playground Remix)"

Just a few weeks before the recently minted 92 Points imprint releases Puerto Rican producer Magnum's All Over Me EP (pictured above), we're treated to a remix of the title track by newcomers Monster Playground, which finds the London duo meshing together elements of electro and dubstep into a strange piece of bass music. This one doesn't appear on the forthcoming EP, but the record will include three original tunes and two remixes from the likes of Visionist and French Fries. You can stream previews of three of those tracks after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (55 votes)

Tri Angle Label Boss Announces Debut Solo EP

Even today as we named Tri Angle the best label of 2011, we had no idea that owner Robin Carolan was just about to announce the imminent arrival of his own debut EP, a five-track record crafted under the moniker Lie. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/19/2011

Download: New Edition "A Little Bit of Love (Brenmar Remix)"

Over the weekend, Brooklyn DJ/producer Brenmar reached 4000 followers on Twitter, and marked the occasion by giving his fans a free tune, this stripped-down remix of New Edition's classic "A Little Bit of Love." The 100-bpm cut finds the artist utilizing a healthy portion (if not all) of the original acapella, layering it over and under a bouncy, snappy rhythm and a few select synth tones. The mix of sounds makes for a lean club tune that straddles hip-hop, R&B, and even a bit of dancehall vibes quite evenly. 

Average: 6.6 (68 votes)

Grizzly Announces Forthcoming Label Compilation, Plans Tour

With the close of 2011 marking two years of existence for Sinden's Grizzly label, the growing imprint has decided to celebrate the achievement with a forthcoming label compilation that's set to drop in April of next year. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2011

Download: TreeFNGR "Fine Fright"

First Listen

Despite being a complete newcomer (there isn't even a track on his Soundcloud profile yet), British producer TreeFNGR arrives with a thoroughly conceived and well-executed sonic aesthetic on "Fine Fright." And sure, it's not the first time we've heard people play with the template put forth by Burial or, say, Scuba's Triangulations, but there are at least a couple of fresh ideas to be heard—like not using pitched vocal samples and giving each layer of sound plenty of space to ebb and flow in the mix. Seeing as how this the only TreeFNGR's production to be shared with the public, we're pretty excited to hear what comes next. 

Average: 7.4 (51 votes)

Video: Siinai "Anthem 1 & 2"

The Finnish group Siinai is preparing to drop its epic debut LP, Olympic Games, in the US come February and have passed along this equally epic video of bizarre footage from the cult film Holy Mountain to introduce their kraut-indebted stylings to a stateside audience. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2011

XLR8R's Best of 2011: Labels

These days, it's easier than ever for artists to share their music with the world. Now that Soundcloud and Bandcamp have become more or less ubiquitous, music makers can quickly link directly to their fans, which rasies the question, "Are record labels really necessary anymore?" The answer, as it turns out, is an emphatic "yes." It may be wonderful that just about anyone can make and release their own music, but the downside to that is, well, just about anyone can make and release their own music. The internet has become an endless ocean of new sounds, something so vast that it's all but impossible to navigate on your own. That's why labels just might be more important now than ever before; they've become proverbial lighthouses in the storm, particularly when they're well curated. Read more » 

Download: Capracara "House of Dolls"

First Listen

Continuing with its Ice Age Season series of 12"s, burgeoning label Unknown to the Unknown dropped a new record by London's Capracara today for its "House of Dolls" single. We've got the lead track for you right here, a percussive house jam that's heavy on the icy vibes. You can also check out the b-side of Capracara's new record after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.1 (44 votes)

Review: Julio Bashmore Riff Wrath EP

What else could Julio Bashmore possibly do to add to his incredible run this year? His original output this year has been essentially unrivaled in terms of quality—we recently deemed "Battle for Middle You" the best track of 2011—while his remixes and DJ sets around the globe have been similarly excellent. In the wake of such a blazing run, it seems that the man atop Bristol's bubbling talent pool has decided that the next thing to do is bring the mood down a touch, as evidenced by the pair of cosmic slow-burners on Riff Wrath, his final EP of the year. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2011

Alexander Robotnick Launches Year-Long Retrospective Series

Perhaps best known for his 1983 hit, "Problèmes D'Amour", Alexander Robotnick should be a name familiar to anyone with a knowledge of dance music's early history or just a love for the disco-tinged electro of days gone by. As it turns out, the now-60-year-old producer recently labored over the archives of forgotten tapes, vinyls, and hard drives that had accumulated throughout his three-decade-spanning career, and has announced an elaborate plan to release the best of this material over the course of a year. Read more » 

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  • 12/19/2011

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