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Download: Soft Metals "Psychic Driving"

Portland synth-pop duo Soft Metals soften up their analog-rich sound for this dreamy number, which is nabbed from of a forthcoming LP that producer Ian Hicks and singer Patricia Hall will soon release via Brooklyn's Captured Tracks. Hall's airy croon floats in the midst of a dense bed of silky electronics, just above a simple and driving rhythm—drawing the listener deeper into the mix with its quietly alluring tones. "Psychic Driving" is part Chromatics/Glass Candy, part early-'80s Kraftwerk, part My Bloody Valentine, and all good. The rest of Soft Metals' self-titled record will be available on July 19. (via Altered Zones

Average: 7.9 (49 votes)

Download: dOP "Half Naked"

Ripped from the b-side of dOP's forthcoming record, the three-track Your Sex EP, "Half Naked" is another fine example of the French trio's brand of deeply subtle and playfully coy techno sound. Percolating electronics and analog percussive sounds bounce and flutter about in the mix while fragments of whispered vocal melodies slide in and out of the track, seemingly at random. If you crank the volume and allow this one to envelop your head space, you'll likely find yourself transfixed by its quiet nuances and airy disposition. We expect to find more of these finely crafted sounds on dOP's new 12" when it drops on June 20 via Supplement Facts. 

Average: 7.2 (40 votes)

The Crystal Ark Release New Single Via DFA; Hear it Now

From the outfit that brought you the propulsive, Latin-tinged psych-disco of "The City Never Sleeps," Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz (a.k.a. The Crystal Ark), comes a brand-new single released on NYC dance music giant DFA. Read more » 

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  • 06/01/2011

Goldie to Mix Next FABRICLIVE Installment

Goldie, the drum & bass pioneer, Metalheadz label boss, and occasional James Bond-villain lookalike, is set to mix FABRICLIVE 58, the next installment in London super-club Fabric's taste-making FABRICLIVE mix series. Read more » 

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  • 06/01/2011

Planet Mu to Drop New Kuedo EP

On July 4, the wonderful Planet Mu label will drop a brand-new EP by Berlin bass producer Kuedo (a.k.a Jamie Vex'd), called Videowave. Read more » 

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  • 06/01/2011

Download: Kastle "I Know"

It's been about a year since Kastle (a.k.a. Pittsburgh-based bass music producer B. Rich) released his debut on Starkey's and Dev79's Seclusiasis label. Now, he's back with Time Traveler, a brand-new six-track EP also on the same label, which fuses classic hardcore rave elements with the theoretical beat programming of future garage. Kastle rides the lines between many genres on "I Know," where he throws together pitched-up vocal stabs, floating electric pianos, wobbly bass, and jangly broken beats for a dancefloor killer. Download the MP3 below, and grab Time Traveler at your favorite retailer. 

Average: 8.1 (63 votes)

Hype Williams to Release Hyperdub Debut in July

No doubt about it, Hype Williams has been pretty busy as of late. The enigmatic Berlin/London-based duo of Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt (a.k.a. Hype Williams) has spent the year pumping out their signature hip-hop-tinged sampledelic lo-fi sounds. Read more » 

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  • 06/01/2011

Full House: Jackmaster, Oneman, and Ben UFO sit down for a state of the union on UK bass music.

“Smell this,” says Glaswegian DJ and Numbers label co-owner Jack Revill (a.k.a. Jackmaster), as he hands me a piece of freshly pressed vinyl. “It’s the best smell in the world,” adds his friend and London native Ben Thomson (better known as Ben UFO), a DJ who co-runs Hessle Audio and has, today, brought this new Peverelist tune for his peers to check out. Read more » 

Download: Babe Rainbow "You'll Wanna Be"

For this dark-yet-bouncy tune, Canadian artist Cameron Reed (a.k.a. Babe Rainbow) adds a bit of house influence (he even says so on Twitter) to his usual chopped-and-screwed production approach. And it's not just because he sampled The Weeknd's underground mega-hit "High for This" that his track works; the cracking percussive sounds, hypnotic bassline, and dense thump of Reed's experiment are what really make "You'll Wanna Be" interesting. It's certainly a nice change of pace from Babe Rainbow's usual output of sludgy electronics, but you can hear more of those kinds of sounds when his Endless Path EP drops on June 20 via Warp. (via Dummy

Average: 8 (46 votes)

Review: Benoit & Sergio Let Me Count the Ways

Sometimes it feels as though there are two different sides to Washington, DC/Berlin-based production duo Benoit & Sergio. Sure, at a basic level there are literally two of them, but moving beyond the physical, there appears to be a concerted attempt to meld two musical halves into a cohesive whole. Nowhere has this been more obvious than with "Let Me Count the Ways," the duo's new single on Spectral Sound, which once again finds Benoit & Sergio blending clinical tech-house with a slick, European synth-pop aesthetic. Read more » 

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