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Download: Graphics "Fine Yarn"

First Listen

"Fine Yarn" is a somewhat deceiving title for this dark venture into techno-infused UK bass from up-and-comer Graphics. Showing a flair for rhythm and texture, the young artist carves a methodical path trough rich soundscapes, brooding bass, and trance-inducing drum patterns, resulting in a powerful outing where the vibe floats between meditatively introspective and deeply dance-worthy. Graphics seems poised to propel his name into forward-thinking electronic music circles with a recent GETME! Guest Mix (which touts an impressive tracklist with plenty of his own unreleased tracks which you can peep after the jump) and a handful of forthcoming releases and remixes set to hit the streets in the coming months.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (52 votes)

Listen to the New Samo Sound Boy EP Before It Drops Next Week on Trouble & Bass

LA dancefloor manipulator Samo Sound Boy has a new EP slated to drop next week via NYC bass outpost Trouble & Bass, his first release since January's Heavy Bass Champions of the World Vol. XIII EP. The new record is entitled Shuffle Code, includes a stellar remix from Ikonika, and all four of its tracks can be heard exclusively on XLR8R before the EP is officially released on August 30. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/22/2011

Tru Thoughts To Release Quantic Retrospective

The adventurous producer and musical troubadour known as Quantic will have his decade-long career given a comprehensive double-disc retrospective next month courtesy of UK imprint Tru Thoughts. Read more » 

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  • 08/22/2011

Download: Semtek "TBC"

Don't be Afraid label head Benjamin Semtek (usually found operating solely under his last name as Semtek) drops the new "Pizza" 12" today and has shared this bonus track to help spread the word. "TBC" finds the Londoner stepping away from his usual techno fair, instead navigating a host of space-age melodies with a slow-moving beat gently bubbling below. The ever-so-slightly off-kilter percussion and slap-bass-reminiscent low end seem to flirt with Dam-Funk-esque future-boogie territory, but Semtek stays true to his roots, leaving the precise techno vibes he's known for deep down in the tune's core. 

Average: 7 (29 votes)

Review: Sun Araw Ancient Romans

Label: Sun Ark / Drag City

Cameron Stallones doesn't do small. Maybe it's just not a part of his musical vernacular, or maybe he doesn't see the point in creating only three and a half minutes of sprawling psychedelia. Regardless, the prolific vibe merchant isn't likely to release a record that isn't massive (at least by today's standards) in both size and concept. The eight-track, 80-minute-long Ancient Romans LP is the latest transmission from the Southern Californian's Sun Araw moniker, and though it may be nearly twice the size of his Off Duty EP—something that doesn't exactly bode well in this age of rampant, ADD-fueled consumption—the room Stallones allots his music is both warranted and beneficial. Read more » 

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  • 08/22/2011

Download: Rainbow Arabia "Boys and Diamonds (Atropolis Remix)"

First Listen

Sure, it's a little strange that this Afrobeat-meets-Latin-rhythms style track is in fact a combination of efforts by artists hailing from LA (Rainbow Arabia, pictured above) and NYC (Atropolis). But who wants to waste time analyzing this seeming contradiction when the results are this irresistible? Not us, and apparently not the husband-and-wife duo of Rainbow Arabia, who are busy as ever with a slew of upcoming Japanese/European tour dates (which you can check after the jump) and a new 7" single for "Boys and Diamonds" (from their recent LP of the same title) coming out on Kompakt this week, a record which will feature another reworking of the track from South Carolina resident Hard Mix.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (34 votes)

Download: Ben Westbeech "Something For the Weekend (Roska Remix)"

With the second solo album from London vocalist/producer Ben Westbeech a little less than a month away, the remixes for the LP's chosen single, "Something For the Weekend" (peep the video here), have come flooding in from the likes of Gerry Read, Lee Foss & Robert James, The Revenge, Joey Negro, Westbeech's own Breach alias, and this one from UK badman Roska (pictured above). Reducing Westbeech's vocal contribution to a few key phrases and one essential "uhh," Roska spins the disco-house vibes of the original into menacing dancefloor gold with enough distorted drums, funky percussion, and screaming, siren-like synths to do some serious damage. (via FACT

Average: 6.8 (75 votes)

Oliver Huntemann Readies New Solo Full-Length

One of Hamburg's most notable techno veterans, Oliver Huntemann is set to return this fall with his fourth solo LP, Paranoia. Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2011

Video: Regal Safari "Light"

One of the wistful tracks taken from Brighton-based outfit Regal Safari's free R G L S F R EP, "Light," is given a mesmerizing video here. Read more » 

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  • 08/19/2011

Download: Ryan York "If I Am This Forest"

First Listen

Last year, LA beatsmith Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) splashed onto the music scene with a string of well-received singles and, Asura, his debut full length. Not content with just a big entrance, the Topanga Canyon resident is currently hard at work on a proper follow-up and a collaborative album with Ana Caravelle. Considering such a busy workload, it's a pleasant surprise that York has announced the imminent release of If I Am This Forest, a brand-new EP to be released on Non Projects. As a teaser, he's offered up the title track, which features a wild combination of haunting vocals, organic atmospherics, and shambling 8-bit rhythm synthesis. If I Am This Forest will see release September 13, and pre-orders for the limited-edition vinyl pressing are currently being taken on Non Projects' website. The perpetually curious can check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (56 votes)

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