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Review: Damu Unity

Label: Keysound

When describing the work of Damu, the "post-everything" tag is about as succinct as one could get, and on Unity, the Manchester producer seems ready to dip his hands in everything from sleek R&B to island pop, grime, and house in order to craft his brand of glistening bass music. The resulting 12 tracks present a debut LP that is all over the map, usually landing in favorable destinations, but every now and again losing the listener along the way . Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2011

Listen to Dusk & Blackdown's Mix for FACT

FACT Magazine recently premiered a new mix from Dusk & Blackdown, two producers at the forefront of dubstep's constantly evolving landscape. The mix, described by Blackdown as an attempt to "capture a fleeting moment of a scene in transition," serves up an hour-long offering of UK bass sounds both old and new, with selections from names like Loefah, Benga and El-B. Read more » 

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  • 11/08/2011

Download: When Saints Go Machine "Parix (Taragana Pyjarama Remix)"

This past June, Copenhagen electro-pop group When Saints Go Machine released its sophomore offering, Konkylie, via !K7. The dreamy soundscapes of "Parix" is taken from that album, and is remixed here by fellow Copenhagen resident Nick Eriksen (a.k.a. Taragana Pyjarama). Eriksen's take on "Parix" retains all of the cavernous space found on the original, with vocals falling to the background to make room for an enchanting melody that seems to weave around and into itself as the song runs its course. To hear more of Taragana Pyjarama's deep and heartfelt tones, be sure to check out his self-titled debut EP, released in March. 

Average: 7.7 (40 votes)

Berlin Music Days Wrap-Up

Last week, our editor Shawn Reynaldo made a quick trip to Berlin for Berlin Music Days, a multi-day happening capped off by the Fly Bermuda Festival. Unlike many of these journalistic expeditions, which usually involve nothing but one party after another, this trip was sponsored by the German government, which meant that the itinerary included some more "official" bits of cultural exchange. Make no mistake though—Shawn went out. A lot. Here are some of the highlights of what he saw. Read more » 

Listen to Guy Andrews' Forthcoming 12" for Hemlock

As we reported last month, Bubblin' Up Brighton producer Guy Andrews was supposed to release a two-track 12" for Untold's Hemlock imprint today, but that date has since been pushed back to November 21. However, you can stream the music now. Read more » 

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  • 11/07/2011

Pinch & Shackleton Release Collaborative Album

News of a collaborative project between UK dubstep producers Pinch and Shackleton has been floating around for awhile, and today the physical product sees the light of day. Pinch & Shackleton, released via London's Honest Jon's imprint, offers nine original tracks and—based on the available song snippets—sounds much like what one might expect from a collaboration between two producers of such weight. Read more » 

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  • 11/07/2011

M A N I K Preps New EP for Culprit

New York producer M A N I K has been featured on XLR8R a couple times now (most recently for his remix of Toro Y Moi's "All Alone"), and for good reason; his take on house music is nothing short of infectious—borrowing from disco, funk, and everything in between for a sound that's equally at home in headphones and on the dancefloor. M A N I K has a new EP, She Watches Me, due via Los Angeles' Culprit imprint in the coming weeks, with vinyl slated for a November 18 release and digital copies set to drop November 30. Read more » 

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  • 11/07/2011

Download: Behling & Simpson "Play Games"

Bristol duo Behling & Simpson produce what their Facebook page professes to be "slow house," an accurate (if somewhat reductive) description of the languid grooves the pair creates. With remixes and edits for the likes of Faith Evans and Julio Bashmore under their belts, Behling & Simpson now turn their sights on Chuckii Booker with a take on "Games" that comes described as "kind of a refix." "Play Games" supports Booker's soulful lyrics with smooth chord work and cowbells, and eventually gives way to a synth melody that brings to mind future-funk purveyor Space Dimension Controller. Though this cut isn't featured on it, Behling & Simpson recently released a four-track self-titled EP (pictured above) on Futureboogie, which you can stream in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (48 votes)

Video: High Places "Sonora"

Rob Barber and Mary Pearson have been making forward-thinking pop music as High Places for a little over five years, with the band's most recent output seeing the light of day last month when Thrill Jockey released Original Colors. Above, you can watch a new video for album cut "Sonora", directed by Keith Musil. Read more » 

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  • 11/07/2011

High Five: Onra

Multi-faceted French artist Onra might be best known for the neon-soaked permutations of '80s-funk featured on his lengthy 2010 LP, Long Distance, but—like any bonafide beatmaker—his tastes and production styles are widely varied. As his ongoing Chinoiseries exhibits, the producer born Arnaud Bernard also has a soft spot for vintage Southeast Asian music and hip-hop. His latest offering, Chinoiseries Pt. 2 (out November 15 via All City), once again melds those eclectic tastes into a deft fusion of dusty samples and head-knocking beats (as previously heard on "A New Dynasty" and "No Matter What"), so much so that we had to ask the tuensmith to divulge some of his secrets to us. Read more » 

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