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Listen to a Track From the New Hudson Mohawke EP

He wowed us with Butter in 2009, and now he's about to do it again as Hudson Mohawke (the UK beatmaker known to his mam as Ross Birchard) just announced he'll be releasing a new EP on Warp, entitled Satin Panthers, on August 2. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/02/2011

Download: Ghost Feet "Bog"

Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Ghost Feet is a pair of musicmakers who have come together under the banner of handmade electronics and cinematic soundscapes. The duo's debut EP, Wires and Chords, was just unveiled via Portland's Dropping Gems imprint, and is currently available as a free download or limited-edition cassette tape. Here, we have one of the four original tracks available on that release, possibly its most understated. Ghost Feet coalesces spacious field recordings, lilting synth tones, reverb-soaked guitar plucks, and crunchy rhythms into the tarnished shimmer that is "Bog"—always looking toward the stars, though never quite reaching them. If the wide scope of Mogwai's melodies and the intimate sounds of Morr Music's alumni appeal to your ears, we'd suggest you snag the Wires and Chords EP. 

Average: 8.2 (68 votes)

Bubblin' Up: Clams Casino

Who: Clams Casino
Where: Nutley, New Jersey

Twenty-three-year-old otherworldly hip-hop producer Michael Volpe makes beats for fun, but actually spends most of his waking hours interning full-time at a local hospital. Yet that hasn't stopped the bedroom auteur from previously lending his eerily melodic and charmingly lo-fi creations to high-profile MCs such as Lil B and Soulja Boy. Read more » 

Gear: Numark NS6 DJ Controller and Mixer

Combining the most sought-after features of its existing digital DJ controllers and mixers into one unit, Numark has aimed to build a comprehensive four-channel controller for DJs of all sorts with its newest product, the NS6 ($999). Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 06/02/2011

Download: Munchi "Mamajuana"

It looks like Dutch party-starter Munchi is well on his way to a full recovery from his recent brush with illness, as he just yesterday dropped a free EP via Mad Decent's blog. The hot-footed "Mamajuana" is one of the six jams offered on the young DJ/producer's Rotterdam Juke EP, and finds him infusing the breakneck beats of footwork with some jittery bachata guitar riffs and other more explosive sound effects. As Munchi himself puts it, "The whole track feels drunk to be honest, but not in a bad way though." You can grab the rest of Munchi's free musical offering here

Average: 6 (44 votes)

Benoit & Sergio to Drop New 12" Via DFA This Month

Following closely after the release of their Let Me Count the Ways record for Ghostly's Spectral Sound sister label, the multinational tech-house duo Benoit & Sergio will drop another 12" on the longstanding DFA imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/02/2011

Grab XLR8R's Top 25 Downloads of the Month

Ah, May... traditionally considered in northerly climates to be the gateway by which summer is accessed. The spring rains die down and are replaced by constant sunshine, beaches, BBQs, outdoor parties, and lazy days in the park. Err, actually none of that happens in San Francisco, so really we're just going off imagination here. Read more » 

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  • 06/02/2011

Download: Soft Metals "Psychic Driving"

Portland synth-pop duo Soft Metals soften up their analog-rich sound for this dreamy number, which is nabbed from of a forthcoming LP that producer Ian Hicks and singer Patricia Hall will soon release via Brooklyn's Captured Tracks. Hall's airy croon floats in the midst of a dense bed of silky electronics, just above a simple and driving rhythm—drawing the listener deeper into the mix with its quietly alluring tones. "Psychic Driving" is part Chromatics/Glass Candy, part early-'80s Kraftwerk, part My Bloody Valentine, and all good. The rest of Soft Metals' self-titled record will be available on July 19. (via Altered Zones

Average: 8 (50 votes)

Download: dOP "Half Naked"

Ripped from the b-side of dOP's forthcoming record, the three-track Your Sex EP, "Half Naked" is another fine example of the French trio's brand of deeply subtle and playfully coy techno sound. Percolating electronics and analog percussive sounds bounce and flutter about in the mix while fragments of whispered vocal melodies slide in and out of the track, seemingly at random. If you crank the volume and allow this one to envelop your head space, you'll likely find yourself transfixed by its quiet nuances and airy disposition. We expect to find more of these finely crafted sounds on dOP's new 12" when it drops on June 20 via Supplement Facts. 

Average: 7.2 (40 votes)

The Crystal Ark Release New Single Via DFA; Hear it Now

From the outfit that brought you the propulsive, Latin-tinged psych-disco of "The City Never Sleeps," Gavin Russom and Viva Ruiz (a.k.a. The Crystal Ark), comes a brand-new single released on NYC dance music giant DFA. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/01/2011

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