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Download: Touchphonics "Ragga Style (feat. The Ragga Twins) (128 Mix)"

Here we've got a bit of a different step from the usual fare over at San Francisco's Elevated Press imprint, which usually focuses more on drum & bass and hip-hop. SF-based producer Touchphonics slows this track down to a steady 128 BPM, utilizing an army of percussive elements, including some colossal kicks and snares, to pound out a steady UK funky-esque pattern. Rhythm is definitely the focus of this track, as the only signs of melody can be found in the gurgling synth warbles and occasional shouted vocals of the Ragga Twins. Not that it's a bad thing; rhythm is also "Ragga Styles" strong point too, as the unrelenting clattering of hand percussion and giant drums are impossible to escape, as if you would even want to. "Ragga Styles (128 Mix)" can be found with its original counterpart on the forthcoming "Ragga Styles" 12" (artwork above) slated for release on March 29. 

Average: 8 (27 votes)

Check Out Drop/Dead's Excellent Mix for FADER

If you'll remember with us, it was some time late last year when we posted a surprising new tune from London/Bristol-based newcomer Drop/Dead, and thankfully, the young producer born Jay Donaldson hasn't let up—most recently delivering a stellar DJ set for FADER. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Class B Band Announces Debut Album for Wagon Repair

Class B Band, the collaboration between Spaniards DJ Bea Tricks (perhaps better known as one half of the Dollz at Play duo) and beatboxer/multi-faceted vocalist Beatmaster G, has announced they are set to follow up the 2010 Bea at Risk EP with their debut LP, Movie T. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Africa HiTech to Drop Debut LP Via Warp, Listen to First Single Now

The collaborative effort between veteran DJ/producer Mark Pritchard and singer Steve Spacek, Africa HiTech, is set to release its debut album on May 10 via Warp. The 11-song 93 Million Miles LP follows closely after last year's Hitecherous and Blen EPs, and is said to be "an unflinchingly ambitious product of international globe-trotting that carves a new faultline into the rapidly expanding terrain of 'bass music.'" Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Download: Golden Girls "Kinetic (Lone Remix)"

Apparently crafted to help spread the word of his forthcoming new EP for R&S, Lone's (pictured above) remix of vintage cut "Kinetic," originally by label alumni Golden Girls, finds the hotly tipped producer still digging deep into his bag of old-school rave and classic Detroit techno sounds—presenting them expertly mixed with his patented woozy synth tones and underwater atmospheres. And even though he's sampling the much of his melodic backbone from the early '90s dance jam, everything here sounds exactly like an original Lone track. It just goes to show that tunesmith Matt Cutler is an artist with a singular vision, one he fully realizes time and time again, and always in fresh and exciting ways. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.4 (104 votes)

Fat Beats Launches Monthly Pop-Up Shop in Brooklyn

The Fat Beats chain of record stores was a legend in the hip-hop community, a legend that sadly came to an end last year when founder/owner Joe Abajian (a.k.a. DJ Jab) was forced to close the final two stores in Los Angeles and New York due to slow sales and a decision to focus on the label/distribution side of the company. Apparently, Abajian still has the bug to sell actual vinyl to people in traditional record-store fashion and has announced that Fat Beats will be hosting a monthly pop-up shop in its Brooklyn warehouse starting tomorrow, March 5. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Listen to a New Appleblim Mix Before He Plays Fabric's Room One

On Saturday, March 12, Apple Pips boss and UK bass wrangler Appleblim will help take over Room One at London's illustrious Fabric club with the likes of Shackleton, Ricardo Villalobos, and Craig Richards. To further excite everyone planning to attend the auspicious get-down (not to mention those of us who just enjoy really good music), the producer/mixmaster had a chat with the Fabric blog and also crafted a slick mix of tunes you're likely to hear at his performance. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Download: Om Unit "Prawn Cocktail"

Label: Civil

London-based producer Om Unit is one of those producers who operates outside of traditional genre definitions, melding together sounds and trying on different styles whenever it suits him. On his latest EP, The Timps, which comes out March 21, Om Unit delves into the world of electro—real electro, not the buzzsaw bangers that have been masquerading underneath its banner in recent years. "Prawn Cocktail" is a prime example, a track that sounds a lot more like Cybotron than MSTRKRFT. Powered by pulsing synths and 808 beats that recall vintage Detroit, the song doesn't have many bells and whistles, but it doesn't really need any. It's just a sleek piece of dancefloor-friendly magic, a tune that's also prime for remixing; the re-work by Salva, which also appears on the five-track release, is quite potent. To hear more, check out the EP's teaser video, posted after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (48 votes)

John Maus to Release New Album in June

Minnesota's resident weirdo-pop auteur and one-time XLR8R TV subject, John Maus, has another LP ready to be unleashed on the music world come this summer, and it bears the absurdly long, heady title We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. The record will drop via Maus' longtime label home Upset the Rhythm! in the UK and Ribbon Music in the US on June 27 and 28, respectively. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Casual Fridays: Flowered Up!

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

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