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Dubbel Dutch Readies First EP for Mixpak

It was recently announced that Austin producer Dubbel Dutch had officially joined the ranks of Dre Skull's Mixpak label, and now, the Brooklyn-based imprint has let slip the details—and some sound clips—of his first Mixpak release. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Download: Teebs "Pretty Poly"

Of all the leftield Southern California beatmakers, Teebs is unquestionably one of the best, and now he's ready to follow up his stellar debut full-length, Ardour, with a new set of songs he's calling Collections 01 (artwork above). It's not an album in the strictest sense of the word, but instead the first chapter in a series Teebs describes as, "Just mini collections of ideas... I hope to release them randomly through my life as if they were paintings in a drawn-out series." The song "Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)" surfaced yesterday on Pitchfork, and now the Brainfeeder camp has sent along "Pretty Poly," a hazily gorgeous slice of loping beat work. Collections 01 will be released on November 8. The complete 10-song tracklist can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (146 votes)

Video Premiere: RBMA World Tour in Rome

Word of enticing lectures and events continues to trickle in from this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, but we haven't forgotten the litany of cool stuff that made up the RBMA World Tour in the months prior to the Academy's official launch in the Spanish capital. We've been premiering each part of the video series summarizing that global trek right here on XLR8R, and the latest chapter comes from Rome, where the RBMA braintrust celebrated Italy's storied history with film soundtracks. Read more » 

Podcast 222: Damu

Damu (a.k.a. Sam Schorb) sure hasn't wasted any time while working his way into the UK bass conversation. In less than a year, the Manchester-based producer—and one-time subject of our Bubblin' series—has released an impressive series of EPs, including offerings on the Local Action, Silverback, and Keysound labels. Read more » 

Download: Royalty "Heart Strings"

London duo Royalty is getting set to release a new EP, the five-track Purple Nights. The EP, which includes a remix from Jimmy Edgar, drops November 21 on vinyl, with a digital release a week later, but the pair has let slip "Heart Strings" in the meantime. Although the boy-girl duo hails from London and rubs elbows with the local house/garage/post-everything crowd, its music takes more cues from '80s electro-funk than the so-called hardcore continuum. With its slappy basslines, vintage synths, and generally funky vibe, "Heart Strings" is a perfect example of what Royalty has on offer. Check the Purple Nights EP artwork and tracklist, along with an audio preview, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (53 votes)

Review: KiNK & Neville Watson "A Saturday in November (feat. Kim Ann Foxman)"

How long can one suspend disbelief? That’s the principle question raised by "A Saturday in November (feat. Kim Ann Foxman)," KiNK's & Neville Watson’s latest release on Rush Hour sub-label Hour House Is Your Rush. The two-track release explores a retro-hued territory that doesn’t just wax nostalgic, but instead strives to disappear from the present and place itself squarely in the past. Granted, it’s an aesthetic that has consistently worked for the duo on club-rocking instrumental tracks like the acidified "Inside Out" and techno-hued "Blueprint." But, in the case of "A Saturday in November," the formula just doesn’t work. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Watch Hot City and DJ Stingray on Intruders TV

The folks at Intruders TV continue to pin down an interesting array of DJs and producers for in-depth chat sessions, and the latest chapter features a sit-down with Hot City's DJ Haus and Detroit veteran DJ Stingray. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Download: Ango "Better for You"

Label: LuckyMe

Between Jacques Greene and his sometimes partner-in-crime Ango, the LuckyMe family has stumbled onto quite the nest of quality music in Montreal. While Greene's love of R&B has been well documented, it wasn't really clear how Ango weighed in on the subject until "Better for You," from his new Another City EP, found its way into the world. Taking cues from the smoothed-out feel of '90s radio R&B, the slow-burning tune finds the lovelorn producer cooing over his own sultry beats and washy synths. Another City comes out today. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.1 (59 votes)

Video: Shlohmo "Trapped in a Burning House"

Just in time for Halloween, Shlohmo has unveiled this haunting clip for "Trapped in a Burning House." Read more » 

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  • 10/31/2011

Moogfest 2011 Wrap-Up

For the second year in a row, the city of Asheville, North Carolina celebrated the legacy of former resident and innovator of the synthesizer Robert Moog with a festival featuring the eclectic, electric sounds that he was integral in making possible. This year's Moogfest fell once again on Halloween weekend, which lent the festivities a bit of a rave-ish vibe. Colored wigs, reflective jumpsuits, and various accessories of the glowing variety were a common sight when glancing across the throngs of festival-goers spread throughout the small college town that is still home to the Moog factory (pictured above). I had to wonder if Mr. Moog would be entirely pleased with being honored in this way, as the festival largely feels like a suburban Burning Man. Regardless, all performing artists in attendance were there to pay tribute to the visionary with some of the best music that can be seen and heard today, and did so in spades. Read more » 

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