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Gear: Korg Kaoss Pad Quad

An offshoot of Korg’s popular Kaoss Pad line, the Quad ($299) allows for four simultaneous effects. Simply press an effect’s button to turn it on or off, and let your fingers dance on the XY touchpad to modulate it. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Download: Sigha "HF029A1"

Label: Hotflush

The increasingly prolific UK producer known as Sigha will soon be able to say he's released two EPs on two labels in under a month. After dropping The Politics of Dying on May 23 via his own Our Circula Sound imprint, the artist will release a four-track record on Paul "Scuba" Rose's Hotflush Recordings, the aptly titled Sigha EP. "HF029A1" is the first of those mechanically titled original tunes, all of which feature a brand of bass-informed techno that is equally cold and precise. Maybe cold isn't the right word—the churning rhythms and rumbling electronics of Sigha's production are strangely warm and full-bodied, but there's no denying it all sounds like some kind of well-oiled machine twisting and turning its gears in order to make you dance. You can check out the artwork and tracklists for both of Sigha's new releases after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (49 votes)

Casual Fridays: Unisex footwear, rave t-shirts, and crystal earrings to keep it open-minded.

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

Download: Drifter "Please Stay"

23-year-old Helsinki producer Drifter isn't exactly a newbie when it comes to crafting his style of slow, gloomy beat music, but his first-ever EP under that moniker won't be available until next week. This lovely tune comes from that self-titled debut, and exhibits the artist's penchant for wavering melodies, micro-sampled rhythmic patterns, and deeply soulful vocal samples, all of which are left with lots of breathing room to operate. We know those aren't exactly 'original' ideas, but the way Drifter applies them on "Please Stay" sounds both familiar and fresh—like Mount Kimbie and Shlohmo covering an old Portishead tune. You can grab the rest of the Drifter EP (pictured above) for free when it drops May 30 on Bandcamp

Average: 8.3 (90 votes)

Video: Omar & Zed Bias "Dancing"

If you've been paying attention, chances are you've heard snippets and praise for "Dancing," the second collaboration between Zed Bias (a.k.a. XLR8R podcast veteran Madslinky) and Omar. Taking full advantage of their diverse backgrounds, the two scored high marks with last year's epically soulful garage joint "Special." Back again but this time taking on the more complicated rhythms of UK funky, "Dancing" is a certifiable summer banger that melds nostalgic Inner City-like stabs and strings with a tight soca-snare drum pattern. Riffing off the vibe, the video is a house party dance-off shot in a jerky time-lapse style. The single comes out June 27, but in the meantime you can check out the video above and check after the jump for the tracklisting and album art.

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  • 05/27/2011

The Heatwave Preps a Massive Party With Wiley, General Levy, and More

It's putting it mildly to say that there's a lot going on in London these days. Like any hyperactive metropolis, it can sometimes be a challenge to plan your night out so as to not miss out. That being the case, might we suggest that Londoners make a point to check out Showtime, an absolutely massive stage show put on by DJ and production outfit The Heatwave. Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2011

Download: HxdB "Mustard (Cure Rerub)"

How can you speculate on the future of something as inherently futuristic as bass music? Since its inception, the subgenre's parallel relationship with new developments in technology has always placed it at the event horizon of the soon to be. Enter Canadian producer HxdB with his upcoming compilation, Future of Bass Volume 1, which features 19 bleeding-edge tracks from the likes of up-and-comers DFRNT, Submerse & Resketch, Cedaa, and HxdB himself. Now, to get you thinking about the future, HxdB has offered up Cure's "Rerub" of his own "Mustard." Built on a blur of undulating synth pads and a funky, snare-led, stop-start rhythm, "Mustard (Cure Rereub)" drops into a deep pocket that suggests the future might not be so elusive after all. Download the cut below and check out the rest of Future of Bass Volume 1 when it drops June 27.  

Average: 8.1 (78 votes)

Nicolas Jaar to Release Remix EP With Pépé Bradock and Dave Aju

Nicolas Jaar should be no stranger to XLR8R readers. The NYC-based techno producer released Space is Only Noise, his excellent debut LP, back in February, and has been busy running his Clown and Sunset imprint and touring ever since. It's safe to say that fans of Jaar (pictured above) have not been left wanting, as the producer has recently been churning out a string of excellent remixes for artists like Ellen Allien and Matthew Dear. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2011

R&S to Drop New 12" From The Chain; Listen Now

The more-or-less-infallible R&S imprint just announced its next release, and this time we've got one of the label heads to thank. The Lostwithiel EP comes from the British production duo of Dan Foat (half of R&S' administrative driving force) and Nathan Boddy, collectively known as The Chain (yes—inspired by the Fleetwood Mac tune), and will be released on June 20. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2011

Download: Nyx "Letting Go"

Label: Rebel

Continuing with its recent record label endeavors, Rebel Magazine will launch its first-ever compilation series, called Heretic, which tastefully spans the realms of bass music, beat music, and other club-friendly styles—including sounds from the likes of Clicks & Whistles, Mike Gao, Abel, and more. The culture hub will celebrate the release of its first volume this Friday, May 27, with a party in Silverlake (check out details here), but before that, we bring you an early taste of the featured music with Nyx's "Letting Go." This hot-footed 2-stepper takes its time swelling to full size, and lays down its skittering groove for a while longer before it's through. It's a propulsive cut that begs a few repeat listens if only to hear the infectious "Oh, baby" sample again and again and again. 

Average: 8 (66 votes)

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