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Download: Bop "Intercontinental Meltdown"

Label: Med School

Adventurous Russian producer Bop has just released The Amazing Adventures of One Curious Pixel (artwork above), his sophomore album which features "Inercontinental Meltdown" along with eight other originals and one remix. Bop's production style is perhaps too easily described as "hybrid," seeing as he can be found pulling from a wide-range of sound sources and genres, which for this MP3, culminates into a microhouse-meets-minimal-dubstep-meets-chiptune endeavor. Juxtaposing 8-bit percussion with dense low-end rumblings, the St. Petersburg-based producer twists and turns a distant vocal and string sample which eventually reveals itself to be pulled from a decades-old Indian-sounding tune. Despite all the disparate elements, Bop deftly manages to fit the pieces together into one intriguingly cohesive unit. The Amazing Adventures of One Curious Pixel is out now in digital and 12" vinyl fomat

Average: 8.4 (117 votes)
 
 

Review: Junior Boys It's All True

Label: Domino

Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus, the bi-continental pair behind Junior Boys, offer a fascinating new permutation of their melancholic electro-pop vision with It's All True, the duo's fourth full-length album. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 06/13/2011

Download: Washed Out "Eyes Be Closed (Grimes Remix)"

As we draw closer to the July 12 release of Washed Out's new LP, Within and Without, the first-generation chillwaver has tapped a few like-minded producers to give the album's lead single the remix treatment for a forthcoming 12". Alongside reworks from Starslinger and Lovelock is this icy take on "Eyes Be Closed" from Montreal's resident dream-pop enchantress Grimes (pictured above), who buries the original song beneath layers of her own snowy vocal whisperings. Exercising a generous amount of remix prowess, Grimes does not allow the tune to approach any sort of tangible beat for a good while, choosing instead to pile distant soundscapes together, effectively drawing Washed Out further into the depths of stark ambiance than he's previously ventured. Of course, a beat eventually makes its way through the fog, and, of course, it's a glistening slice of blissful electro, and, of course, it all culminates in another solid production, adding more fuel to the fire that is our growing affinity for Grimes' work. (via FACT

Average: 7.7 (52 votes)
 
 

Planet Mu to Release New Tropics EP in July

One of the more warm and tender producers to grace Planet Mu's extensive roster, England's Chris Ward (a.k.a. Tropics), will soon release a new EP via the UK label, preceding a full-length album scheduled to drop this fall. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/10/2011

Casual Fridays: Going green with vintage, and going blank again with shoegaze-inspired gear!

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more » 

Gear: A wrap-up of the best in gaming

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  • Filed under: gear
  • 06/10/2011

FaltyDL to Drop New 12" Via All City

Hot on the heels of his second LP for Planet Mu, the excellent You Stand Uncertain, comes a brand-new 12" single (pictured above) by Brooklyn producer FaltyDL. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/10/2011

Brennan Green and Andy Butler to Collaborate on New Kid Creole Album

No wave-affiliated, tropical-funk veteran Kid Creole apparently has a new album in the works for the patently nostalgic Strut imprint, which is scheduled to drop on September 13. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/10/2011

Five Minutes at MUTEK with Floating Points

Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Here, London producer and Eglo Records boss Floating Points breaks down his musical evolution, discusses his big-band aspirations, and sounds off on the myth of good poutine. Read more » 

Download: The Miracles Club "Light of Love (The Whendays Ecstasy Remix)"

This thumping tech-house offering from Swedish production duo The Whendays is apparently a remix of "Light of Love" by Portland-based house revivalists The Miracles Club (pictured above), though we can't exactly suss out how. Maybe the ghostly vocal samples that call out from beyond the discordant groove of bass, synth, and percussion loops are cut from singer Honey Owens' original performance, but beyond that, this sounds like an entirely original track with its own kind of woozy bounce. And it's pretty damn good, so we're okay with that. 

Average: 8.3 (397 votes)
 
 

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