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Review: Walton Walton EP

Label: Hyperdub

2011 has been an interesting year for Kode9's Hyperdub imprint. After a torrid 2010 that included full-lengths from Ikonika, Terror Danjah, and Darkstar, not to mention high-profile singles from the likes of Cooly G, DVA, Kyle Hall, LV, and others, 2011 has seen the London-based imprint scaling back on the number of releases and largely focusing on a new crop of genre-blending artists. The latest is 20-year-old Manchester producer Walton, whose four-track, self-titled debut came out this week. Read more » 

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  • 09/07/2011

Roska's Kicks & Snares Label Announces Latest Release

Started in 2007 as a platform for Roska's own tracks, London-based imprint Kicks & Snares has since done its part in promoting the new talent of the burgeoning UK bass scene. That trend continues with the release of Call 4 Backup, the latest EP from British producer Tickles. Read more » 

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  • 09/07/2011

Download: Robot Koch "Lights"

Berlin-based producer Robot Koch (a.k.a. Robert Koch) is back with his third full-length LP, The Other Side. This comes following a recent collaborative album with New Jersey-based MC John Robinson, Robot Robinson, and last year's sophmore LP, Songs for Trees and Cyborgs. To get us prepared for The Other Side's release on October 7, Koch slipped XLR8R a teaser in the form of leftfield-leaning album cut "Lights." Continuing in the vein of poppy experimentation that has marked previous Koch releases, "Lights" explores a wobbly dub soundscape of Asiatic arpeggiations, reverbed-out synth washes, and percussive glitches. The resulting product finds an approachable middle ground between the far-out experimentation of Brainfeeder and the futuristic pop of artists like Jamie Lidell, The xx, and Jimmy Edgar. 

Average: 8.2 (92 votes)

Download: Ralphi Rosario "You Used 2 Hold Me (Brenmar Remix)"

Ever get the sneaking suspicion that Brenmar's sound is really just an update of classic Latin house? Such thoughts might have more weight than you'd think, as the Brooklyn-based DJ has just released a remix of Ralphi Rosario's 1987 classic, "You Used To Hold Me." Yet, while the original record was emblematic of the sparse vibe characteristic of house music in the '80s, Brenmar's remix pushes the song towards the more spastic sound of the present. "You Used 2 Hold Me (Brenmar Remix)" flips the track from druggy, freestyle-leaning house into hypnotic (and druggy) hi-NRG, complete with arpeggiated bassline, dubbed-out synth stabs, and a straightforward four-on-the-floor. 

Average: 5.8 (67 votes)

Rustie Shares More New Tunes

As we continue to wait patiently for October 10 to roll around and bring us the release of Glass Swords, the debut long-player by young Scottish beat aficionado Rustie, we're treated to more fresh streaming audio from the producer. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

Download: The Field "Then It's White"

Label: Kompakt

From the third LP by Stockholm's resident ambient-technoist, The Field, we get this entrancing piece of loop-based music as our first taste of its sounds. It's somewhat odd that this is our introduction to Looping State of Mind—"Then It's White" could very well be the mellowest and most dissimilar of its seven tracks—but seeing as how the album is available digitally now (exclusively through Bleep), you could easily discover for yourself how this somber, piano-heavy composition fits into the rest of the tracklist. 

Average: 8.3 (58 votes)

Watch Resident Advisor's Berlin Documentary

Here, we have yet another fine installment of Resident Advisor's ongoing documentary shorts series, Real Scenes, in which they continue to investigate the many fertile music hotspots around the world, this time focusing their lenses on the bustling techno epicenter of Berlin, Germany. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

Video: Sleep ∞ Over "Casual Diamond"

Blurry images and decades-old psychedelic effects meet burnt colors and artsy symbolism in the video for "Casual Diamond," a lush, angelic cut from Austin songstress Sleep ∞ Over's forthcoming LP, Forever. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

R&S Announces Forthcoming Blawan Single

The R&S imprint is set to unleash another pair of tunes from a forward-thinking Brit, this time tapping London badman Blawan for his second contribution to the label so far this year. Read more » 

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  • 09/06/2011

Podcast 214: Marcellus Pittman's New Forms Mix

Plainly said, this exclusive mix from Marcellus Pittman is probably the deepest, most soulful DJ session in the history of the XLR8R podcast series. The Detroit veteran, who will be headlining Body on the second night of this weekend's New Forms Festival in Vancouver, certainly dug deep when assembling this all-vinyl mix. Read more » 

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