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Download: Bicep "Silk"

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Globe-trotting, Irish-born duo Bicep has offered up a track from its new EP, which came out earlier this week on Throne of Blood. "Silk" is a throwback house tune with toned-down percussion and thick, driving 808s pulsating under a soft-square bassline reminiscent of traditional acid squelch. The song—which owes no small debt to such classic offerings as Mr. Fingers' "Can You Feel It?"—builds patiently as reverb swells to fill the silence between the syncopated rhythms. Progressing swiftly, this floor-oriented track is geared toward the early-morning crowd with its intricately modulated synth work that seems to effervesce between and behind the underlying beats. Apart from turning out top-shelf house productions, it's worth noting that the pair also helms the excellent Feel My Bicep blog. Give it a read, snag "Silk" below, and be on the lookout for the new EP. 

Average: 7.6 (48 votes)
 
 

Review: Matias Aguayo I Don't Smoke EP

Label: Kompakt

Out of all the musical contributions Matias Aguayo has made throughout his prolific career—whether as himself, through his Cómeme imprint, or as one-half of the fabled, but short-lived, duo Closer Musik—he has always managed to inject his sophisticated productions with an undeniable element of fun and his latest EP is no different. Read more » 

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  • 06/09/2011

Four Tet, SBTRKT, Gang Gang Dance, Matthewdavid, Holy Other, Nguzunguzu, and More to Play PS1's Warm Up 2011

An impeccably curated string of live performances and DJ sets will soon take over New York City this summer, courtesy of MoMA PS1 and just about all of your new favorite bands. Read more » 

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  • 06/09/2011

Download: Warrior One "Bullring Riddim (Chaos in the CBD Remix)"

This smooth take on Warrior One's "Bullring Riddim" comes from an up-and-coming pair of New Zealand brothers operating as Chaos in the CBD (pictured above). Virtually absent of anything remotely resembling the original instrumental, the duo seems to have simply lifted the track's original dancehall-flavored vocal contribution (courtesy of Serocee) and laid it on top of their own slow-brewing production. Sure, there's not much to Chaos in the CBD's instrumental, but that's because it doesn't need much. They get the chord progression just right at the onset, along with the infectious beat that gradually builds into a skittering, half-time stepper. Throw in a few tasty fills here, the occasional shaker pattern there, and some distant organ stabs throughout and you've got yourself a tasty slice of down-under beat work.  

Average: 8.2 (53 votes)
 
 

Shlohmo to Drop Debut LP This August, Shares Free Remix EP

The music of young SF/LA resident Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo) has been a constant part of XLR8R's coverage more or less since it surfaced. We reviewed his first EP, Shlomoshun Deluxe, profiled him in our Bubblin' section, and even enlisted him for a podcast, so you can imagine that we're especially pleased to tell you Laufer will at long last be releasing a proper LP this August via Friends of Friends. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Orca to Release New xxxy Single Next Month

Manchester DJ/producer xxxy has just announced his latest single will be dropping sometime in July via the up-and-coming London imprint Orca. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Download: Joakim "Forever Young (Discodeine Remix)"

Label: TigerSushi

Braxe and Falke, Bengalter and Homem-Christo, Augé and Rosnay. Looking back on the history of recent French house music, it seems as though the best stuff is the fruit of collaboration. Case in point, take Discodeine's (a.k.a. Pilooski and Pentile) remix of Joakim's soon-to-be-released single, "Forever Young." Heartfelt and funky, Discodeine shears off the original's wall of sound and strips it down to a Loose Joints-style workout. Joakim's sad lamentation of the passage of time is accompanied by the off-kilter oscillation of a hot-weather-tuned analog synthesizer and the uncertain tempo of a live-disco drummer. Check below to download the track, you can grab the single June 20, and keep your eyes peeled for Joakim's forthcoming album, Nothing Gold (album artwork pictured above), out September 20. 

Average: 7.6 (74 votes)
 
 

Bubblin' Up: Guy Andrews

Who: Guy Andrews
Where: Brighton, UK

XLR8R has always been partial to new artists, particularly in the Bubblin' Up section, but 23-year-old Guy Andrews is really taking the newcomer tag to another level. Read more » 

Listen to Laurel Halo's 'Hour Logic' EP Now

Since we're already offering you folks a chance to win the brand-new record coming from multi-talented Brooklyn artist Laurel Halo, the Hour Logic EP (pictured above), we thought you might also like to know you can hear that music before it's released on June 24 via Hippos in Tanks. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

Pictureplane to Tour US With Teengirl Fantasy

Two musical outfits dedicated to the sounds of homemade dance music, Denver's Pictureplane (pictured above) and Oberlin, Ohio-based duo Teengirl Fantasy, are set to tour the US together this summer. Read more » 

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  • 06/08/2011

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