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Download: Fatima Al Qadiri "Hip Hop Spa"

Label: UNO

In case you missed our glowing review, Genre-Specific Xperience, the freshly released EP from Brooklyn's Fatima Al Qadiri, is one special record. "Hip Hop Spa" leads off the five-track EP, and quickly establishes a serene, tropical vibe with its simple steel-drum melody and ghostly, new-age atmosphere. Hints of percussion and zooming synths begin to appear as the song progresses, but the proceedings remain mellow throughout, as "Hip Hop Spa" is a superbly crafted piece of chillout retro-futurism. 

Average: 8.1 (75 votes)

Download: Hackman "You Deliver"

This brooding-but-touching production from UK tunesmith Hackman just dropped in our inbox moments ago with the unlikely message that we could give it away for free. We say unlikely because, well, releasing label PTN and the Leeds-based artist are more or less on fire right now, and we're sure you wouldn't mind spending a small handful of your hard-earned dollars on one of their fine cuts of dancefloor music. That's not to mention that "You Deliver" is an excellent tune from the get-go. Make sure to keep an eye open for Hackman's next 12", "Agree To Disagree" b/w "Sunburst," which drops via PTN on November 7. 

Average: 8.1 (63 votes)

Podcast 221: Asura

Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) may be affiliated with the increasingly nebulous "beat scene," but the young artist is not the typical LA producer. While he now crafts intricately detailed electronic compositions, his formative years were spent enmeshed in the world of jazz. He clearly brings a formally trained ear to his production and creates music that's as equally informed by ambient and classical sounds as it is the more hip-hop-oriented sounds favored by many of his contemporaries. Read more » 

Download: High Places "Dry Lake (Urulu's Backroom Edit)"

LA-based producer Urulu (pictured above) delivered this edit of High Places' "Dry Lake," a bouncy cut taken from the duo's brand-new Original Colors LP. His version elongates the original tune by a couple of minutes in order to make room for extra bits of percussion, denser washes of reverb, and understated dance breaks. As Robert Barber of High Places puts it, "When we write, we have a tendency to make the songs jump from part to part, maybe a little too fast sometimes. It is nice to see how somebody else can feel it out and extend it, without worrying about 'the song.'" The man has a point, but we still very much hear a song in this mix. It's a good one, too. 

Average: 7.7 (50 votes)

Review: Scuba DJ-Kicks

Label: !K7

Could there be a better icon for the current state of future-leaning dance music than Hotflush label head Paul Rose? Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 10/25/2011

Check Out T. Williams' FACT Mix

You all should know very well—and hopefully agree with us—that T. Williams is a standout producer. Between everything he's done for the Local Action label, the work on his own Deep Teknologi imprint, and the stellar podcast he sent our way back at the very beginning of the year, the producer's track record is pretty solid, and this mix he did for FACT is no different. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/25/2011

Download: Steve Hauschildt "Batteries May Drain"

Label: Kranky

Steve Hauschildt, who splits time between his eponymous solo project and the Cleveland, OH-based Emeralds trio, gives us this taste of his forthcoming Tragedy & Geometry LP before it drops on November 14 via Kranky. "Batteries May Drain" boasts much of the same drifting analog synth melodies and indelible warmth that we loved on Emeralds' Does It Look Like I'm Here? record, but without the guitar noodling and with some driving, krauty rhythms carrying it all into spacey oblivion. 

Average: 8 (35 votes)

Amsterdam Dance Event Wrap-Up, Part 2

After the hustle and bustle of the first two nights of the Amsterdam Dance Event, I wasn't quite ready for what happens in Amsterdam on Friday and Saturday nights—the population seems to double. All of a sudden, venues that previously had 100 or 200 bikes outside their ADE-associated shows now had 400 or 500. This meant that every club would be packed to capacity before the night was through, requiring some tough and hasty decisions as to who to see and where to go. Here is the slice of performances I was able to cut out of ADE's weekend offerings. Read more » 

Stream a New Track from Damu

UK producer Damu has had himself quite the year, dropping tunes on the Local Action and Keysound labels, and, of course, being tagged as a Bubblin' artist here on XLR8R. (OK, maybe that last one isn't that exciting.) He's also just released his debut full-length, Unity, and sent over the LP's closing track as a little taster. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/24/2011

Jonwayne to Release 'The Death of Andrew'

LA beatmaker and Low End Theory regular Jonwayne has completed a new EP, The Death of Andrew, which will be released October 25 on Daddy Kev's Alpha Pup label. Full of wonky drums, synthesized melodies, and spacey atmosphere, the six tracks that make up the release fall within the kind of leftfield hip-hop fare we've come to expect from the greater Los Angeles area. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/24/2011

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