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Download: Swarms "Stay Close"

First Listen
Label: LoDubs

Bristol production outfit Swarms recently released a brand-new record via the bass-lovin' LoDubs imprint, called Old Raves End. This massive jam won't be found on that release, but is nonetheless a choice example of the kinds of mysterious aural subtleties and overwhelming low-end at work in the trio's understated dubstep experiments. The eclectic percussion and bouncing riddims of "Stay Close" tumble and skitter about within its meticulously crafted and airy sonic realm—offering some of the densest and most rewarding soundscapes of its kind that we've heard in some time. You can check out all of Swarms' LP here, and watch a video for the soulful album cut "Roulette" after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.7 (46 votes)

Sonar Festival Auctions Off DJ Set

2011's Sonar Festival is barely over a month away, but news from the massive electronic music celebration continues to pour in. The latest: Sonar is offering one of its fans a chance to perform a DJ set, for a price. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/28/2011

Download: d'Eon "Transparency (How to Dress Well Remix)"

If you're at all like us, you've had a hard time unclicking the Repeat button on your iTunes whenever d'Eon's existential R&B jam "Transparency" pops up in the player. Now, after that tune has already made it to the top of our play count list, we get this exponentially ethereal remix by lo-fi soul man How to Dress Well (pictured above), an instant rival for the original's high ranking. Though singer/producer Tom Krell maintains much of d'Eon's Pure Moods-inspired instrumentation, he makes this version very much his own with a large dose of thickly layered vocal ambiance, heavy washes of reverb, a bit of textural grit, and his inimitable falsetto croon. "Transparency (How to Dress Well Remix)" is also the longest track (almost eight minutes) that we've ever heard from Krell, which will surely have no adverse effect on the frequency we'll be listening to it. (via Dis Magazine

Average: 7.6 (34 votes)

Brownswood to Release Gang Colours' Debut EP

The latest young producer to join the ranks of Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings imprint is Southampton resident Will Ozanne, who crafts smooth, bass-centric tunes under the name Gang Colours. The exciting new artist just announced he will release his debut EP, called In Your Gut Like a Knife, via Peterson's label on June 6. Read more » 

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  • 04/28/2011

Video: Pulseprogramming "First They Fire"

Marc Hellner's long-running electro-pop poject, Pulseprogramming, has dropped this video for the lead single from his forthcoming Charade is Gold LP. Similar to the nonchalant feel of the wispy tune it accompanies (which we posted for download a few weeks back), the video seems to carelessly jump through a variety of serene images, including a handful of glimpses of the song's vocal contributor, Chanel Pease, who does her best to look as ambivalent as possible while delivering the tune's airy whisperings. Charade is Gold is set to be released May 3 through the Audraglint imprint. Read more » 

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  • 04/28/2011

Download: InfinitiRock "Autumn Sunrise"

First Listen

Here we have a pleasant surprise from the diverse roster Sufjan Stevens and company maintain over at Asthmatic Kitty. "Autumn Sunrise" comes to us from 18-year-old producer InfinitiRock, whose press release claims that he's been crafting instrumental beats for the last 12 years–which means while all the other kids were playing hide-and-go-seek, InfinitiRock was putting in work "in the lab." Sure sounds like the time spent early on has paid off, as this track can certainly hold its own amongst the current wave of stoney, blissful beats with its distant pitch-shifted samples and delicate percussion programming that bounces between the track's monstrous low end. With its calming flow, it's no surprise that "Autumn Sunrise" serves as the last full track on InfinitiRock's contribution to Astmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music series, a chapter entitled Music For Primordial Recollection (artwork above). And for those whose curiosity is piqued from this first taste, a full stream of the album can be found here

Average: 8.2 (57 votes)

Review: Gatto Fritto Gatto Fritto


There are artists who construct a wall of inscrutability around themselves through misdirection and anonymity, and then there are those who are simply not there. Gatto Fritto is one Ben Williams from the UK, and like many of his ancestors from the world of leftfield disco, we don't know, and just don't need to know, much more than that.


  • Filed under: review
  • 04/28/2011

Vis-Ed: Forbidden Kingdom–A look at the mystical, spiritual, and symmetrical work of Melbourne-based cover artist Leif Podhajsky

Obsessed with symmetry and geometric shapes, Melbourne-based artist Leif Podhajsky is attempting to harmonize the universe one piece at a time. Read more » 

Vybz Kartel Offers Up Free Download of "Go Go Wine"

Yesterday we posted a stream of the single "Go Go Wine," off the forthcoming Dre Skull-produced Vybz Kartel LP, Kingston Story. Now Dre Skull's Mixpak label is offering up the track for download for the meager price of an email address, so gwaan grab dat!


Download: Clicks and Whistles "Cranberry Goose (Distal Remix)"

Label: Embassy

As Atlanta-based Embassy Recordings readies its next release, a two-song single from Virginia-based duo Clicks and Whistles (pictured above), label owner Michael Rathbun (a.k.a. Distal) offers up his own remix of the track "Cranberry Goose." The remix showcases Distal's unique take on juke, albeit with a Southern twist. Swirling, pitch-bent leads accompany rolling, pitched 808 toms, snares, and kicks. The end result is a high-energy, floor-ready track that shifts between full-time frenzy and half-time swagger. Grab the remix now and cop the release when it drops on May 2. 

Average: 8.2 (114 votes)

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