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Review: Brenmar Let's Pretend EP

Label: Hum+Buzz

It's not easy to put your finger on exactly what Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chicago producer Brenmar is making nowadays. Is it ghetto house? Is it futuristic R&B? Is it the smoothest take on juke ever attempted? Truly, his productions are somewhere between all of those sounds. But no matter where in the wide world of bass music Brenmar finds himself, his tracks have always come completely ready for the dancefloor, and Let's Pretend, his third official EP, continues with his efforts, featuring three surefire heaters and a brilliant remix from the most recognizable ambassador of New York's ballroom scene, DJ MikeQ. Read more » 

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  • 11/02/2011

Listen to the New Album by Oneohtrix Point Never

Brooyln's Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) announced some months ago that he would soon release Replica, the follow-up album to last year's excellent Returnal. As that release date continues to inch closer, we can whet our appetites for the synth-loving experimentalist's latest with a stream of the full LP. Read more » 

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  • 11/02/2011

Download: Planetary Assault Systems "Human Like Us"

Label: Ostgut Ton

Of all the monikers belonging to techno veteran Luke Slater, Planetary Assault Systems boasts the longest shelf life, and arguably the most success. The music he produces as PAS fits the name well—it's otherworldly and atonal, as if the scattered pitches were attacking all preconceived musical sensibilities. In "Human Like Us," a track from The Messenger (released last week via Ostgut Ton), Slater stacks noises that would be at home as Twilight Zone background music on top of heaps of percussion for a dark, anxiety-inducing space-techno journey.  

Average: 7 (34 votes)

Download: Zed Bias "Koolade (feat. Toddla T & MdCL)"

First Listen

One of the many collaborative tracks featured on veteran tunesmith Zed Bias' new LP for Tru Thoughts, Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud (out today), is a surprising cut that finds the artist working alongside Toddla T and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We use the word surprising because instead of the soulful garage or skittering 2-step productions we're used to hearing from Bias (or his Maddslinky moniker), "Koolade" is a squelching, '80s-funk-indebted jam that we'd expect from a few DFA affiliates or a more disco-centric Dâm-Funk. 

Average: 7.4 (66 votes)

Kingdom Announces New EP for Night Slugs

Despite having just inaugurated his own Fade to Mind imprint, LA-based DJ/producer Kingdom remains part of the Night Slugs crew and has announced that he will release his next record via Bok Bok's and L-Vis 1990's UK bass hub. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Video: Modeselektor "Shipwreck (feat. Thom Yorke)"

Last month, Berlin duo Modeselektor released Monkeytown, its third LP and just one of many things the pair discussed in its lengthy recent conversation with fellow electronic-music veteran Martyn. Now, the guys have unveiled the album's first video. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Dubbel Dutch Readies First EP for Mixpak

It was recently announced that Austin producer Dubbel Dutch had officially joined the ranks of Dre Skull's Mixpak label, and now, the Brooklyn-based imprint has let slip the details—and some sound clips—of his first Mixpak release. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Download: Teebs "Pretty Poly"

Of all the leftield Southern California beatmakers, Teebs is unquestionably one of the best, and now he's ready to follow up his stellar debut full-length, Ardour, with a new set of songs he's calling Collections 01 (artwork above). It's not an album in the strictest sense of the word, but instead the first chapter in a series Teebs describes as, "Just mini collections of ideas... I hope to release them randomly through my life as if they were paintings in a drawn-out series." The song "Cook, Clean, Pay the Rent (New House Version)" surfaced yesterday on Pitchfork, and now the Brainfeeder camp has sent along "Pretty Poly," a hazily gorgeous slice of loping beat work. Collections 01 will be released on November 8. The complete 10-song tracklist can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (146 votes)

Video Premiere: RBMA World Tour in Rome

Word of enticing lectures and events continues to trickle in from this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, but we haven't forgotten the litany of cool stuff that made up the RBMA World Tour in the months prior to the Academy's official launch in the Spanish capital. We've been premiering each part of the video series summarizing that global trek right here on XLR8R, and the latest chapter comes from Rome, where the RBMA braintrust celebrated Italy's storied history with film soundtracks. Read more » 

Podcast 222: Damu

Damu (a.k.a. Sam Schorb) sure hasn't wasted any time while working his way into the UK bass conversation. In less than a year, the Manchester-based producer—and one-time subject of our Bubblin' series—has released an impressive series of EPs, including offerings on the Local Action, Silverback, and Keysound labels. Read more » 

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