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Review: Klaus Tusk EP

Label: R&S

R&S is undoubtedly one of the coolest electronic music labels around these days, but we're starting to suspect that it might also be a front for some sort of (not-so) covert Fleetwood Mac fanclub. Last month saw the release of the Lostwithiel EP from UK duo The Chain (Hint #1), and now the imprint has signed young Londoner Klaus, whose debut is entitled the Tusk EP. (Hint #2) Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/12/2011

Download: Com Truise "Ether Drift"

Label: Ghostly

The New Jersey synth-whisperer known as Com Truise is about to embark on an absolutely massive tour and has offered up another track from his recently released Galatic Melt LP to help spread the word. As one might expect, "Ether Drift" is an epic synthscape of a beat, complete with retro-sounding drums, glistening arpeggios, electro bass, and an incalculable number of watery delay trails. Drifting from one melancholy theme to another, the first half of the tune moves similarly to the arch of a side-scrolling video game—first enticing you with an inviting melody, then leading you through ever greater struggles. Sounds like somewhere around the two minute mark, we fight the boss (and win), before Com Truise takes us out with a vast, lengthy outro. You can peep the seriously substantial list of international tour dates after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (69 votes)

Download: The Rapture "How Deep is Your Love? (Wax Motif & Neoteric Remix)"

As most of you probably know by now, The Rapture is back, and with a hell of a single, too. The "How Deep is Your Love?" tune is just a small taste from the now-trio's forthcoming In the Grace of Your Love LP (The Rapture is pretty into love, apparently), which is tweaked into a pulsating disco-house cut by Aussie DJ/producer Wax Motif and Berlin/Vancouver-based artist Neoteric on their bootleg remix (that's the fake label art up top). The pair do away with the original version's "Thong Song"-reminiscent chorus—keeping the catchy piano riffs, rhetorical vocal hooks, and sultry sax solo to layer over their deep dance rhythms. Check out a slew of upcoming tour dates for The Rapture after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7 (85 votes)

Numbers Reissues Classic DJ Pierre Single

Chicago acid-house veteran DJ Pierre can now be counted among the crop of dance music pioneers stepping back into the spotlight, thanks to a solid mix he dropped over on FACT this week and a well-deserved reissue of his 1987 cut produced with Felix Da Housecat as Pierre's Pfantasy Club, "Mystery Girl (Set Me Free)." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/11/2011

Silkie Embarks on North American Tour

While in the midst of some rather ambitious release plans set for this year (including four two-song singles and his sophomore LP, City Limits Volume 2, for Deep Medi), another name from London's talented pool of dubstep producers, Silkie, is set to hop over the pond and descend on North American audiences for the month of August. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/11/2011

Strut to Release Factory Records Retrospective

The legend of Factory Records should be known far and wide within the electronic music community, but, without a doubt, a more detailed audio history of the Manchester label is certainly welcome. The people at London's Strut imprint seem to agree, and are prepared to deliver a double-disc compilation featuring a comprehensive collection of Factory's early output. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/11/2011

Download: Contakt & Mayster "Korak (Matt Shadetek 3Ball NYC Remix)"

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Label: Dutty Artz

Two of the mixmasters behind the monthly Brooklyn-based and XLR8R-sponsored TURRBOTAX® party, Contakt and Mayster, have a joint EP ready to drop via NYC world-bass hub Dutty Artz on August 23. The four-track release includes two originals, a remix by Doc Daneeka, and this massive effort by Dutty Artz label head Matt Shadetek, who puts his own spin on Mexico's tribal guarachero sound and builds upon the punchy bounce of "Korak" with an extra-large helping of pattering percussion and other tropical sounds. 

Average: 7.5 (53 votes)

Andy Butler and Jason Kendig Announce New Single

The man behind Hercules and Love Affair, Andy Butler (pictured above), and SF DJ/producer Jason Kendig have announced the follow-up to their original collaboration, last year's vintage-house-inspired ""And I'm (So in Love With You)." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/11/2011

Endless Flight: Swedish Duo Air France Talks About Its Forthcoming Album and Mounting Expectations

Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt, the 29-year-olds that comprise Swedish pop duo Air France, and I are talking about their fans' mounting anticipation behind the band's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled LP. "I think it's a little bit too late," says Karlsson. Like the momentum from their last gloriously breezy EP, 2008's No Way Down, has died? "Yeah, a little bit," he says. "We will see." Read more » 

Download: Offshore "Pepper"

Label: Big Dada

Big Dada recently released the third EP (and second for the label) from burgeoning London-based producer Offshore. Here we have a track from his new EP, Pacer, which brings together massive bass, menacing percussion, and a sparse, string-like melody for a mechanically driven outing that exists somewhere in the ever-growing regions of bass music. This tune is a little uncharacteristic of Offshore's output to date, which usually finds the Londoner diving into more chord and melody-popluated territory, but it's not necessarily a bad thing to have the focus put on the young man's drum programming for a change. Who knows what evil pieces of machinery inspired, or perhaps were sampled to make, the intensely percussive layers? And are those tuned timpanis we hear firing off in the background? Nice. The Pacer EP is out now, and will be followed by another EP and an eventual LP in early 2012. 

Average: 6.6 (57 votes)

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