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Watch Richie Hawtin Share the Inner Workings of Plastikman Live

For anyone who's had the pleasure of seeing Richie Hawtin's alter-ego Plastikman in its recent incarnation around the world, it should be fairly obvious that there is quite a complex system behind the multimedia experience that is Plastikman Live. Hawtin recently shared some in-depth insight into the elements that make the show possible with Burn Studios (who also had the techno legend briefly discuss his thoughts on art, technology, and success in another video, which you'll find after the jump). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/08/2011

Download: Pneumatic "Urda Real Thing"

Label: Hsüan

Over the past 14 months, the Irish Hsüan imprint has been carving out its own space in the bass music world with releases from up-and-comers Drop/Dead, Blacktee, and EOMAC, among others. Now, the label has passed along a track from another burgeoning producer, Pneumatic, who has a forthcoming release for Hsüan slated for later this month. Humbly beginning as a sparse, soulful beat of the futuristic variety, the Irish producer takes to chopping a pitched-up female vocal amongst a host of cyclical synth lines for the first half of the six-plus minute track. Then a few hints of what's to come start to appear—sped-up percussion, a brooding bassline—and finally Pneumatic lets it all go, launching the track into garage territory at just the right moment.  

Average: 8 (46 votes)

Review: JTRP Hypnotise EP

Quick Spin

Although JTRP hails from Germany, the duo's relatively short career to date has found the group seemingly inextricably tied to London, most likely because of its relationship with the Deep Teknologi collective. The Hypnotise EP is JTRP's second release on the label, the first being a self-titled EP which dropped early in the year. Read more » 

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  • 08/08/2011

Download: Mochipet "Yoshi's Dinosaur Egg Hunt"

Label: 1320

The purple-dinosaur-suit-wearing producer known as Mochipet is a week away from releasing his latest LP, Chicxulub (artwork above), for the 1320 label. Here, we have the record's first single, an energetic slice of epic beat work that matches videogame-style arpeggiators (check the title) along with an over-powering breakbeat and a healthy dose of low-end rumble. Considering "Yoshi's Dinosaur Egg Hunt" is only the second track of the album, which is said to serve as "the soundtrack for an animated novel in which the dinosaurs make their way through the impact of the comet believed to have destroyed them," it's safe to say that Chicxulub is going to be one propulsive collection of boom-bappery when it drops August 16. You can check the full tracklist (which begins to outline the dinosaur novel's plot line) after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (63 votes)

Video: Teebs "Moments"

One of the many standouts from burgeoning LA beatsmith Teebs' debut album, Ardour, "Moments" recently received a whimsical video treatment from director Paul Trilo. Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2011

Download: Air France "It Feels Good to Be Around You"

Air France is so good. However, they aren't exactly prolific, last releasing a single in 2009 and only a couple of EPs before that. Earlier this morning, the Swedish dream-pop duo arose from its lengthy slumber and offered up "It Feels Good to Be Around You" as a free download via the Sincerely Yours website. The song doesn't have any real surprises, as the pair fills the track with wispy, vaguely Balearic synths, steel drum samples, subtle dance beats, and pleasantly melancholy vocals. Unfortunately, the group didn't offer any clues as to whether more new music is on the way. That said, these guys are Swedish. Can't we start some kind of petition for the government over there to finance an Air France full-length? That's how those Scandinavian countries work, right? (We admittedly have no idea.) 

Average: 8.1 (109 votes)

Dinky Readies New EP For Visionquest

Chilean-born techno adventurer Dinky is set to add to her decade-spanning discography (which includes releases for Cocoon, Osgut Ton, and Wagon Repair) with a new EP for the Visionquest imprint next month. Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2011

Scion to Release Omar-S' 'High School Graffiti' EP

Like many of his peers in the Detroit metro area, Alex "Omar" Smith (a.k.a. Omar-S) has a strong working relationship with the auto industry. Reputedly working for the Ford Motor Company as a quality control inspector, Omar-S just might be a perfect fit to release tracks on the only dance music label owned by a car company. Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2011

Hyperdub to Release Debut from Walton

Throughout the years, London's Hyperdub imprint has managed to maintain a distinct aesthetic across its releases that is clinical, hyper-serious, and wildly avant-garde. Yet while staying true to these principles, the label has managed to successfully adapt to the mercurial topography of a post-dubstep UK by extending itself into new territory. Case in point is the Walton EP (artwork above), the debut release from fresh-faced 20-year-old Mancunian producer Sam Walton (a.k.a. Walton). Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2011

Download: Jennifer Cardini "Thewayitusedtobe"

First Listen
Label: Kompakt

Jennifer Cardini is the kind of person that remembers, and that's a good thing when you consider that her career spans from the mid-'90s to today. With productions that stretch from the glory days of acid house to the popular explosion of minimal techno, she's in a unique position to reference the totality of dance music in her work. "Thewayitusedtobe" is a perfect example, an exclusive track she sent our way in support of an upcoming tour with dates in Europe and North America (the first show is tonight, check below for the specifics). With a slinky, contemporary tech-house bassline, breathy spoken-word vocals, and an overall ambiance indebted to the poppy experimental minimalism of people like Ellen Allien, she creates a track that remembers the past while staying immediately present.  Read more » 

Average: 6.4 (47 votes)

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