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Surkin Announces New Single, Debut LP

Parisian party starter Benoit Heitz (a.k.a. Surkin) has a couple releases coming down the pipeline via his Marble imprint before the year's end, a three-track 12" and his debut long-player. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

RIP DJ Mehdi

Although the details are still not completely clear, it is being widely reported that DJ Mehdi has died at the age of 34. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/13/2011

Download: Onra "Change of Heart"

First Listen
Label: All-City

We mean this without any negative connotations at all: Onra is apparently big in Japan. The French electro-funk producer at least seems to frequent the country more than most of his peers do, and even crafted a two-track 7" of edits (pictured above) exclusively for his next Japanese tour. "Change of Heart" is one of those cuts, and finds the tunesmith working a little more on the dark side of his '80s-inspired production style. Grab that tune here, and make sure to check out the list of Onra's forthcoming performances after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (151 votes)

Podcast 215: Sully

UK producer Sully (a.k.a. Jack Stevens) is a bit of a mysterious figure. When his tracks first began surfacing three or four years ago, Sully was praised for his infusion of melancholy 2-step-garage sensibilities into thicker, bass-heavy rhythms. While this now seems commonplace in today's post-everything UK bass spectrum, Sully was undeniably ahead of his time, yet was never properly celebrated for his boundary-pushing ways. Read more » 

Download: Ben Butler & Mousepad "Mag Mag (Shigeto Remix)"

First Listen

Taken from Ben Butler & Mousepad's Gif N Run EP (pictured above), which dropped just yesterday via French label Musique Large, this lovely, shuffling remix comes to us courtesy of Brooklyn-based producer Shigeto. The Ghostly acolyte reformats "Mag Mag" into a mixture of plinking harp melodies, swelling synth tones, and bouncing rhythms for his contribution to the EP. You can hear bits of what the rest of Ben Butler & Mousepad's new record sounds like in the teaser video after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (76 votes)

Review: Ben Westbeech There’s More to Life Than This

Let’s just get it out of the way: Ben Westbeech can sing. It’s something he’s proven before, whether on his own tracks or in the fruitful collaborations (like this one with Soul Clap) that display his soulful crooning. But Mr. Westbeech can produce, too. He's done his time crafting drum & bass as Lean, and, more recently, penning one of 2010’s most massive tunes, “Fatherless,” under the Breach pseudonym. That said, it's a bit disappointing that Westbeech’s vocal talents are so much of the focus throughout There’s More to Life Than This, an album for which the multi-talented Brit enlists a slew of producers to "co-produce" (whatever that exactly means) 11 uneven and rather bland tracks. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/13/2011

Sound Pellegrino Announces New Series of Collaborative EPs

The online imprint helmed by French producers Teki Latex and Orgasmic, Sound Pellegrino, has announced it will soon release the first in a series of collaborative EPs, which was produced by Night Slugs co-owner Bok Bok and Swedish space-disco patron Tom Trago over "one week session [of] total experimentation." Read more » 

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  • 09/13/2011

Download: Active Child "Playing House feat. How to Dress Well (Chad Valley Remix)"

At the risk of allowing How to Dress Well and Chad Valley (pictured above) to effectively commandeer a sizable portion of XLR8R's online real estate, here's a remix of "Playing House," a collaborative track from Active Child and singer Tom Krell, by the UK producer. Hugo Manuel strips down the instrumentation to a bare piano adorned by two plaintive vocal performances, and eventually adds in layers of synths and percussion—lifting the tune just a few inches above the ground before dropping it back down again. (via Pitchfork

Average: 6.2 (38 votes)

Download: How to Dress Well "Suicide Dream 3 (Solar Bears Remix)"

Just last month, the internet appropriately lost its shit over a breathtaking remix of How to Dress Well's "Suicide Dream 2" by the producer known only as Holy Other, and today we get this treated version of lo-fi R&B crooner Tom Krell's latest track, "Suicide Dream 3." The Irish synth explorers of Solar Bears give the tune a lush, slow-pulsing rework that calls to mind some of the more somber and engrossing moments in Air's discography. 

Average: 8.3 (63 votes)

Listen to Jamie xx's FACT Mix

One of the UK's biggest producers at the moment, Jamie xx, just relinquished an exclusive mix to FACT as the music hub's latest podcast. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/12/2011

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