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Download: Dave.I.D "SumR (Actress' AZD RAIN Remix)"

Sometimes, weirdos just gravitate toward one another. Take this remix of Dave.I.D's (pictured above) "SumR," an unusual pop-industrial-hip-hop hybrid that first appeared on the mysterious Londoner's debut album, Response, which came out over the summer via !K7. Now, months later, fellow London recluse Actress, who also heads up the Werk label, has turned out an "AZD RAIN" remix of the song. Stripping out the original's hip-hop drum patterns and the vast majority of the vocals, Actress instead relishes in the song's dark, droney synths and adds in his own lo-fi, rapid-fire percussion, creating something that comes off as a warped homage to no wave and '80s goth/industrial. Mapping exactly how he arrived at a sound palette shared by the likes of Suicide, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242 is no easy task, but there's no quibbling with the pulsing paranoia of the end result. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.9 (62 votes)

Review: Scuba Adrenalin

Label: Hotflush

With an impressive and varied discography behind him, Berlin-based producer and Hotflush label boss Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba, SCB, and Spectr) has thrown another curve ball with Adrenalin, his latest three-track single. Released under his Scuba alias, it marks an important turning point, both for the producer and for similar artists that come from the UK dubstep milieu. It's Rose's most adventurous outing yet—a release that pushes past stylistic lines to construct a fresh form of dance music. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/03/2011

Download: Icona Pop "Manners (Deniz Kurtel Remix)"

We're not entirely sure why Deniz Kurtel (pictured above) decided to remix "Manners," Icona Pop's saccharine 2010 single on Kitsuné. Frankly, the original is a pop-culture nightmare, right on down to its clichéd "ba ba ba" chorus and the subsequent Chiddy Bang remix. Given such questionable source material, it's a credit to Kurtel's talents that her mix ends up sounding pretty good. She accomplishes this by detuning the vocals, stripping the track of its instrumentation, and rebuilding from zero. Kurtel begins with a dusty Rhodes bassline, adds a loose four-on-the-floor, and finally brings in a percolating synth strung through a rising low-pass filter. The resulting track achieves a dynamic range entirely absent in the original. More importantly, it's a solid remix that stands on its own as a distinct work. (via Discobelle

Average: 6.8 (44 votes)

Decibel 2011 Wrap-Up, Part 1

For those of us on the West Coast, Decibel Festival is a big deal. With a deserved reputation for gathering an immense roster—which includes some of the most established names in electronic music along with a generous sampling of burgeoning up-and-comers—the Seattle festival is arguably the most comprehensive gathering of electronic producers, DJs, and artists to take place this close to the Pacific each year. Here's what Decibel's first two days had to offer. Read more » 

Video Premiere: Martyn "Viper"

Just over a week away from the release of Washington, DC-based tunesmith Martyn's highly anticipated sophomore album, Ghost People, here is its first music video, an animated piece for the beatless, hard-edged "Viper." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/30/2011

Sepalcure to Release New Single Ahead of Forthcoming LP

Another day, another piece of news about Brooklyn duo Sepalcure. Fresh off the announcement that Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma are set to release their collaborative project's self-titled debut album, and only 24 hours after the pair offered up "Deep City Insects" from the forthcoming Surreal Estate compilation as a free download, it appears that Sepalcure fans will have a chance to get their hands on another piece of new music in the weeks ahead. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/30/2011

Tom Trago, Juju & Jordash, Dexter, and More on Rush Hour's 'Amsterdam All Stars' Comp

Amsterdam-based house and techno hub Rush Hour continues with its non-stop outpouring of high-quality dance music, the latest installment being a brand-new compilation that highlights the house-loving heroes of its hometown. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/30/2011

Download: Harmonizer "Landline"

Label: Software

Earlier this week, synth explorers Toby Aronson and Greg Davis (a.k.a. Harmonizer) released a brand-new EP via Joel Ford's and Daniel Lopatin's Software imprint, called World Complete. "Landline" is one of the four drifty excursions offered therein, a lushly handcrafted landscape rife with analog tones, hypnotic rhythms, and undulating layers of dizzied melody. 

Average: 7.6 (44 votes)

Review: xxxy "Kerpow" b/w "Down Wit U"

Label: All-City

xxxy (a.k.a. Rupert Taylor) has kept himself quite busy in 2011. "Kerpow" b/w "Down Wit U" is his third solo single of the year, and finds the up-and-coming UK producer exploring one of the year's most popular sonic themes—at least in the bass-music world—the glory of the 808. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/30/2011

Check Out Plaid's Mix For Altered Zones

No matter your thoughts on Scintilli, the latest LP to surface from veteran UK production duo Plaid, there's no arguing that Ed Handley's and Andy Turner's outfit is an electronic-music institution. So, when we saw the pair dropped an exclusive mix over on Altered Zones, we just had to share it with you. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/30/2011

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