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Video: Vybz Kartel "Go Go Wine"

"Go Go Wine," Vybz Kartel's ode to stripper gymnastics, has been out for a little over a month now. Riding a red-hot riddim constructed by the inimitable Dre Skull (check out a recent interview he did with Strictly the Best), we just can't get enough of it, which is why were stoked on the release of the official video. Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2011

Gear: Africa Hitech's iPhone Production Tips

It's doubtful that when Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek named their new collaboration Africa Hitech, their production techniques were in some way trying to approximate African technology. Case in point: One of the commonly used pieces of gear on their new record, 93 Million Miles, is actually an iPhone program called iSyn. So we had Spacek tell us a bit about the process, and which other iPhone-compatible software is out there: Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2011

Download: Myd "Octodip"

Label: Marble

As a young co-founder of the Club Cheval crew, French DJ/producer Myd hasn't released that much material, but what he has released, we've liked. Last year, we shared with you his "Train to Bamako", a playful romp through an imagined African soundscape. Now he's back with the titular track from Octodip, his new EP on Marble. Sharing similarly playful atmospherics as his previous work, "Octodip" takes the rhythm of funky and melds it with a distinctly Gallic club sensibility, complete with pulsing compression, a "funky worm" synth line, and chopped-up vocals that wouldn't sound out of place coming from an ambulance. The Octodip EP is out now. 

Average: 7.2 (52 votes)

Review: Ada Meine Zarten Pfoten

Label: Pampa

What is it with the standard bearers of minimal techno these days? If it's not Isolee noodling around on his bass, or Wighnomy Brother Robag Wruhme going ambient, it's Ada (a.k.a. Cologne-based producer Michaela Dippel) testing out jazzier waters with finger-picked Spanish guitar. Whatever the case, it's clear that nearly a decade after the great minimal hype, the style required a bit of a makeover... and we're probably just in its foundation stage right now. That said, while it's not an impeccable album, Ada's Meine Zarten Pfoten (German for "my tender paws") does offer some pretty exciting experimentation and a few really great pop songs. Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2011

Toddla T to Release 'Watch Me Dance'

Fans of Sheffield-based DJ/producer Toddla T will be happy to know that the eclectic and prolific artist has announced the imminent release of Watch Me Dance on Ninja Tune, his second album. Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2011

Download: Light Asylum "Shallow Tears (Like a Storm) (Salem Remix)"

Really, it was only a matter of time before these two dark-pop outfits came together on a track. Taking sparse elements of an unreleased cut from 2009 by Brooklyn duo Light Asylum (pictured above), fellow goth fiends Salem create an ominous remix of "Shallow Tears" that sounds much more like a cover than anything else. The Midwestern band uses its own deep synth sounds, skittering drum-machine beats, and warbling, distorting effects to give the already sullen ballad a blown-out, far-gone tone. And though we miss the soulful, commanding baritone of Shannon Funchess, the treatments Salem uses on her voice really drive home the otherworldly vibes. (via Altered Zones

Average: 7.2 (24 votes)

Listen to Unreleased Flying Lotus Tracks Now

Did you guys know Flying Lotus has a SoundCloud account? Apparently, he does, and, according to his Twitter feed, there are some never-before-heard originals and remixes of his on it, right now. Read more » 

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  • 06/14/2011

Apple Pips to Release New Arkist 12" Next Month

Bristol's Appleblim-run bass music hub, Apple Pips, just announced its next release will be a two-track record from local UK producer Arkist. Read more » 

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  • 06/14/2011

Download: Darling Farah "Picture"

First Listen

Detroit-born, Abu Dhabi-based techno producer Kamau Baaqi (a.k.a. Darling Farah) is set to release his first EP, Exxy, on June 28. At a youthful 19 years of age, the influence of Baaqi's birthplace shines through his music. A gentle blend of dubby house and techno, Exxy is exactly what you would expect to hear in the early morning hours drifting out of a cavernous warehouse in Detroit. "Picture" is a perfect example of Baaqi's dub-tinged style with its lush, chordal stabs filtered and drenched in delay, sweeping amorphously over the top of a swung house rhythm. Faint voices reverberate in the distance as the stabs pulsate around the beat, demonstrating Kamau's ability to strip back beats while maintaining his productions' simplicity and patience. 

Average: 8.3 (70 votes)

Download: Native Underground "Night Vision (Jimmy Edgar Remix)"

Henry Maldonado (a.k.a. Son of Sound) and recording artist Javi Silva are the men behind Brooklyn-based vocal electro duo Native Underground. Reared in New York's underground music scene, Maldonado first made a name for himself during the late '80s and early '90s by releasing cuts on various esteemed US house labels such as Strictly Rhythm, MAW, and King Street. It wasn't until 2009 that he would meet future partner Javi Silva while auditioning male vocalists for a new project. The collaboration came to fruition with the release of "Til it Hurts" in 2010 and now the pair has released a new single, "Night Vision," on Under the Shade. The new record features remix work from Ultracity, Iron Curtis, and Brennan Green. Here, the group has offered up a free download of the prodigious Jimmy Edgar's (pictured above) disco-house-inspired rework of "Night Vision." Known for his sultry beats, unrivaled production technique, and eclectic taste, Edgar manipulates Silva's vocals and turns them into a syncopated rhythm of syllables and phonemes. Take a listen to his handiwork and also check out the video for the original version of "Night Vision" after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (33 votes)

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