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Review: Various Artists Surreal Estate

Label: Frite Nite

With only 12 releases to its name so far, Salva's Frite Nite imprint has, for one reason or another, decided now is the right moment to put together a compilation of tracks from its circle of producers, along with some beatmakers who could be described as extended family. As could be expected of most things Frite Nite-related, futuristic bangers are the focus for much of Surreal Estate, and when this focus is sharp, the results are as alluring as they are danceable, and when it isn't, another good track is usually only a few skips away. Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2011

Video: Junior Boys "Banana Ripple"

The Canadian duo known as Junior Boys is in the midst of a North American tour to support their latest LP for Domino, It's All True, and have dropped this video for the colorful, nine-plus-minute diisco track "Banana Ripple." Read more » 

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  • 10/07/2011

Download: Essáy "Old Times"

Essáy has been responsible for a steady stream of music since first appearing on the scene earlier this year with his free EP for the net label Cut. "Old Times" is the burgeoning producer's latest offering, and one that finds him taking a pretty generous sampling of "Soft Days," a track from Irish producer Thought Tempo. In true Essáy form, the sample is transformed into an entirely new space, combined with lush atmospheres, distant percussion, and a number of memorable melodic touches to yield yet another piece of emotive electronics to add the German producer's growing discography. 

Average: 8.2 (91 votes)

Download: Water Borders "What Wi Want (Damu Remix)"

Recent Keysound signee Damu and Tri Angle-signed outfit Water Borders (pictured above) go head to head on this remix of the latter's "What Wi Want" single, a track from the forthcoming Hardbored Mantras LP. The original song's percussive sounds and ghostly samples are reformatted and its vocals are stripped away—making for a glittery and frantic rework by the Manchester-based tunesmith. You can hear all of Water Borders' debut album after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (39 votes)

XL To Release Portishead's "Chase the Tear" On Limited 12"

As part of the second-ever Independent Label Market—an event which will host a number of independent imprints selling "a combination of new, old, and exclusive releases" on North 6th Street in Brooklyn this Saturday, October 8—XL will be releasing a limited 12" single of Portishead's "Chase the Tear." Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2011

Hemlock to Drop New Guy Andrews 12"

Bubblin' Up UK bass head Guy Andrews is set to follow up his solid Your Notion EP for Discobelle with a fresh two-track 12" record for Untold's Hemlock imprint. Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2011

Video: King Midas Sound "Earth a Kill Ya (Gang Gang Dance Rework)"

Before the UK's cross-pollinating dubstep outfit King Midas Sound drops Without You—an album of "reworks" of tracks off the With You LP from an all-star cast of producers—on November 1 via Hyperdub, we're treated to this whimsical version of "Earth a Kill Ya" by Brooklyn psych lovers Gang Gang Dance. Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2011

Download: Taragana Pyjarama "Sudanese Blonde (FCAN Remix)"

Simply put, Taragana Pyjarama (pictured above) makes real nice music. The Denmark-based artist released his self-titled debut EP back in March, but it's basically incomprehensible that its fuzzy tones and Balearic melodies could ever grow tiresome. This new remix of EP cut "Sudanese Blonde" is no different, as FCAN has taken the dreamy swirl of the original tune and punched up the low end with some thicker, club-ready beats. It's not a wholesale reinvention, but it should help tide everyone over until new Taragana Pyjarama material appears sometime in the months ahead. 

Average: 7.2 (31 votes)

Stream the New Rustie Album

Several big albums are dropping this month, yet it seems like none of them have received the pre-release accolades being showered upon Glass Swords, the debut full-length from Scottish producer Rustie. Read more » 

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  • 10/06/2011

Download: PEACE "BBlood (Wax Cotton Remix)"

While the new UK foursome PEACE (pictured above) is a touch too straight-ahead indie rock for our tastes here at XLR8R, this remix by Wax Cotton is a little more our style. The fresh-faced DJ/production duo from London creates a midtempo, electro- and disco-tinged house vibe with a newly amplified bassline and four-on-the-floor kick while removing the distortion and leaving only traces of the original vocals and guitar behind. 

Average: 7.8 (52 votes)

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