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Review: DVA "Madness" b/w "Polyphonic Dreams"

Label: Hyperdub

After having itself a relatively quiet 2011, Kode9's Hyperdub imprint is wrapping up the year with a small flurry of releases, including the latest single from UK funky oddball and Rinse FM morning man DVA. "Madness" b/w "Polyphinc Dreams" is the London producer's first proper single since 2010's "Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)" b/w "Step 2 Funk," and while it shows him to still be a master of the seasick synth line, the record also features an unusual collaboration with soulful crooner Vikter Duplaix. Read more » 

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  • 11/11/2011

Listen to Champion's Mix for Dazed Digital

Already boasting a considerably prolific 2011 to his name, rising UK funky DJ/producer Champion shows no signs of slowing down with a new EP, Sensitivity, slated for release in the coming days on his own Formula imprint and another EP set to drop early next month on Roska's Kicks and Snares. Through it all, the folks at Dazed Digital somehow managed to reel the man in for a quick interview and a 30-plus minute mix of drum-laden gems. Read more » 

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  • 11/11/2011

Download: Thefft "Stares"

Label: Cut

From the seemingly neverending pool of talented producers claiming London as their home base, Thefft is a burgeoning bass-music aficionado who recently dropped a three-track EP for the consistently quality net label Cut. Here we have the Primer EP's (artwork above) closing track, "Stares," a sharp, methodical voyage into the more dancefloor-friendly regions of dub-techno. Following a solid minute and a half of letting his drum programming take the lead amongst a cloud of noise, Thefft eventually introduces layers of fuzzy, ever-evolving chords which weave in and out as the unquestionably deep bass moves things along in a slightly laid-back fashion underneath it all. After giving "Stares" a listen below, you can download the whole EP for the price of "Pay What You Want" (and your email) over at the Cut imprint's Bandcamp

Average: 7.3 (53 votes)

MK and Scottie Deep Form New Label, Say Ahh!

Amidst a revival of the sounds Marc and Scott Kinchen (better known as MK and Scottie Deep) helped cement as part of the '90s NY house and garage scene, the brotherly duo has decided to form a new imprint by the name of Say Ahh!. Read more » 

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  • 11/10/2011

Download: Submerse "Your All Mine"


When we tagged young UK producer Submerse as a Bubblin' artist earlier this year, we mentioned his move toward harder, bass-driven sounds—and although this unreleased track, "Your All Mine," isn't a raucous banger, it certainly drives. The tune finds Submerse masterfully taking soft string-synth pads, gentle trumpet sounds, lilting piano melodies, and sultry contemporary R&B vocals and laying them over seemingly incongruous hard-edged drum patterns, a heavy kick, and a solid bassline to create a piece of catchy, almost romantic 2-step.  

Average: 8.1 (85 votes)

Download the Instrumentals of Joker's New Album

This week saw the long-awaited release of The Vision, the long-awaited debut album from UK producer—and former XLR8R cover boy—Joker. Then today, just a few days removed from the LP's official release, Joker decided to make instrumental versions of all the album cuts available for free download. Read more » 

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  • 11/10/2011

Download: Outkast "Unhappy (Deebs' Dreary Dayz Rework)"

Even with a close listen to Cedaa's recent XLR8R podcast, you still may not have picked up that you were hearing the vocal stylings of Outkast's Big Boi towards the end of the mix. The rework of "Unhappy"—whose initial release on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was largely overshadowed by mega-hits like "Hey Yeah" and "The Way You Move"—comes courtesy of Canadian remix guru Deebs (pictured above), who edits the mainstream rap track into a piece of dreamy, boundary-pushing hip-hop.  

Average: 7.7 (74 votes)

Video: Pictureplane "Black Nails"

Somehow, Pictureplane is slowly becoming the Anthony Bourdain of the art-weirdo underground. His last video for "Negative Slave" featured footage of the globetrotting Denver artist atop an ancient Mexican pyramid, while this latest clip was largely shot during a recent tour in Russia. Read more » 

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  • 11/10/2011

George FitzGerald to Release New EP via Hotflush

London-based producer and ManMakeMusic head honcho George FitzGerald is set to release another EP this year on Scuba's Hotflush imprint. The three-song EP, Shackled, sees FitzGerald continuing to combine the emotive aspects of UK garage and soulful house with dubstep and techno. The release comes out on December 5, but the title track was already featured on Scuba's recent DJ Kicks mix. Check out the artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 11/10/2011

Download: Slackk "Girl Song"

Label: Diskotopia

On "Girl Song," one of five tracks from UK producer Slackk's forthcoming She's A Vector EP, the grime-loving beatmaker cross-pollinates the track with garage and Chicago-house influences and a Motown-indebted vocal sample. The EP, which comes out November 14 via the Tokyo-based Diskotopia imprint, sees Slackk (a.k.a. Paul Lynch) fusing his influences together to create another chapter of edgy "eski-house" rhythms. Check out the EP artwork and full tracklisting after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.3 (53 votes)

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