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Download: Cock and Swan "Stash"

First Listen

We'll excuse the horrible band name if you will. Cool? Okay. Moving forward, the Pacific Northwest duo of Johnny and Ola translate their penchant for analog synths, ethereal vocal sounds, and polyrhythmic drum patterns into something that sounds like the lovechild of Stereolab and a good part of the Thrill Jockey roster. The breakneck drum pattern of Tortoise's "Jetty," the warm swelling tones of vintage Mouse on Mars, and the pared-down aesthetic of The Sea and Cake meet with a lilting coo reminiscent of Lætitia Sadier to form Cock and Swan's "Stash." It's a tasteful combination, to say the least, and certainly excites our interest in what the other songs on the duo's Unrecognize LP hold. You can stream and download the whole thing here

Average: 7.5 (26 votes)

Download: Teebs "Anchor Steam"

Label: All City

At this point, how much more can we say about young LA beatmaker Teebs? We like him. Flying Lotus likes him. Pretty much the entire greater Los Angeles area seems to like him. His debut full-length, Ardour, comes out on October 9 via the Brainfeeder label, but those of us who can't wait that long can happily dine on Teebs' half of the recently issued sixth volume of All City's ongoing LA series. (The other half was contributed by Daedelus; check out "Fates Say" for a sample of his contributions to the record.) "Anchor Steam" finds Teebs reaching into his usual bag of tricks by employing varied percussion and washed-out melodies, but the song also sports a Balearic vibe and a sped-up tempo that's more indicative of house and techno than the LA beat scene. Yet he handles the increased bpm deftly; it's always been evident than Teebs' music sounded great in headphones, but "Anchor Steam" leads us to believe that he might also have a future on the dancefloor. 

Average: 8.3 (129 votes)

Download matthewdavid's 'Disk Collection' for Free

Like most people we now read about and listen to on a regular basis, matthewdavid was experimenting with music and sound well before anyone knew who he was. We're sure most producers wouldn't be the least bit interested in sharing those 'experiments' with their fans, but thankfully, the Leaving Records boss isn't most producers. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/04/2010

Download: Botany "Waterparker"

We certainly don't want to overuse our modicum of music-appropriate adjectives here, but we can't help but call this song from Texan producer Spencer Stephenson blissed-out. Our first introduction to Stephenson's Botany project (he used to be called Abacus) is the ecstatic "Waterparker"—a lush and vibrant number immediately bringing to mind the sounds of Bibio and Air France. The song begins with a chopped-up and hollow sample that builds to a climax before releasing the flourish of harps, bells, chimes, and drums in front of its densely ambient backdrop. Like his equally blissed-out peers, Botany has a love for rhythms that'll send you running through a grassy field, but its the uplifting melodies and twinkling sounds that garner him that certain descriptor. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.3 (56 votes)

Outbox: Chapterhouse

Remember that nasty volcano in Iceland a few months back? Well, on top of the destruction it wrought, it also managed to postpone the US tour of recently reunited UK shoegaze heroes Chapterhouse. Read more » 

Download: Shigeto "Relentless Drag"

Label: Ghostly

It's been a long time coming, but the debut full-length record from Brooklyn-via-Ann Arbor beatsmith Shigeto will finally drop on November 9 via Ghostly. We've got the first leak to trickle from that 10-track body of work here, called "Relentless Drag." The song is only the third selection on producer Zach Saginaw's Full Circle album, and already things are quite moody. Plinking synth bits à la Oval's latest sound palette, lumbering beat work, and yes, dragging melodies all darkly shade in the nod-worthy composition. It would be a stretch to say this is a cheerless moment in Shigeto's forthcoming LP, but if it's any indication of the path that Full Circle follows, things might get a bit gloomy before he makes his way back to the light. 

Average: 8.3 (139 votes)

Space Dimension Controller to Release New EP on R&S

You know we love Space Dimension Controller. We've featured him in our Bubblin' section, we exclusively hosted his inaugural live set from Sonar, and have basically sang the praises of the Belfast-based DJ/producer as best we could, so you can bet we're going slightly gaga over his forthcoming EP for R&S. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 10/01/2010

Download: Terror Danjah "Undeniable feat. D Double E"

Label: Hyperdub

News of Terror Danjah's forthcoming full-length album for Hyperdub was pretty big in and of itself, but now we've got a taste of the massive tunes to back that hype up. Danjah's production work is in top form on his shuffling grime beat for "Undeniable," and D Double E of Newham Generals adds the tongue-twisting flows of a seasoned pro. While "Undeniable" starts out with a sort of melodic lament, it quickly changes gears into the steady groove of a head-knocking club tune with only a short return to that sullen melody toward the track's end. It's certainly impressive that Danjah can nimbly straddle such disparate vibes, so much so that we can't help but wonder what other sounds he'll coalesce once Undeniable drops on November 2. 

Average: 6.2 (25 votes)

Arp: A Tussle Alum and Krautrock Aficionado Keeps Moving Forward

The conversation comes in intense waves, along with the roar of rush-hour traffic and pedestrian squawks near Manhattan's Madison Square Park, where Alexis Georgopolous, the composer/songwriter/sound mixer/producer who calls himself Arp, has stopped for a bite to eat and a long-distance chat about his life and work. The background is busy and chaotic, but Georgopolous' focus on the music he makes remains steady and razor-sharp.


Download: Walls "Gaberdine (Nathan Fake Long Mix)"

Label: Kompakt

London duo Walls is one of those acts that kind of snuck by XLR8R. We really enjoyed their self-titled debut full-length when it dropped earlier this year, but then we kind of forgot to, you know... write about it. Whoops. Well, at least now we have a chance to redeem ourselves, as Sam Willis (who also does time in Allez-Allez) and Allessio Natalizia (a.k.a. Banjo or Freakout) are set to release a new EP, Gaberdine Remixe, on October 18. The pair's Balearic-tinged psychedelia and low-key electronic pop proclivities have always been a bit odd for Kompakt, but this Nathan Fake re-work does add some crunchy techno thump to the original's laidback feel. The EP also offers an ambient Nathan Fake remix along with a few other re-works. 

Average: 8.2 (28 votes)

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