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DJ Rolando on Leaving Underground Resistance and Life After Detroit

“Funky? I don’t even know what that is. I don’t even know what dubstep is," says Rolando Rocha, laughing, on the phone from his new-found home of Edinburgh, Scotland. "I’m not sure if I should be ashamed of that or something. I mean, the first time I heard [dubstep], I think it was a year ago in Spain, and someone was playing it in the car on the way from the airport. And I was like, ‘Man, this is really hot, what is this?’ And the guy was like, ‘Dubstep,’ and I haven’t heard it since.” Read more » 

Download: Distal "Android Tourism (LDFD Remix)"

First Listen

Atlanta producer Distal is nothing if not prolific, as the man's name has been popping up on a litany of remixes and releases over the past year. This week, he's unveiling his latest collection of tunes, the Android Tourism EP (pictured above), a four-song offering on the Scotland-based Fortified Audio label. Here we have a remix of the title track from relative unknown LDFD, a Texan beat slinger who has taken the Ritalin-infused funky of Distal's original and transformed it into something that is simultaneously more ponderous and hyperactive. What begins with light crackles and serene tones suddenly shifts into breakneck footwork and back again, a neck-snapping journey sewn together with bent neon synths. LDFD maintains the rollercoaster-like feel over the song's four minutes, repeatedly taking breathers before plunging headlong into another burst of juke. And like any good coaster, the ride leaves you a bit exhausted, but at the end you disembark with a smile on your face. 

Average: 7.7 (66 votes)

Aus Music to Release New George FitzGerald 12"

After contributing a couple of EPs to the enviable Hotflush discography, London bass lover George FitzGerald will release his next record on the Aus Music imprint next month. Read more » 

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  • 05/23/2011

Fehlmann, von Oswald, Vainio, and Hecker Remix Popol Vuh

German reissue label SPV just announced that, in tribute to Popol Vuh founder Florian Fricke, who died 10 years ago, they will be releasing Popol Vuh Revisited & Remixed (1970-1999), a—duh!—collection of remixes and reworkings of the classic Krautrock band's hits and obscurities. Read more » 

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  • 05/23/2011

Download: Downliners Sekt "All I Can Hear Now"

Label: Disboot

As we reported not long ago, the nebulous Downliners Sekt recently released the third installment of its EP trilogy, Meet the Decline, and are now giving us the opening track from that release to share with you. "All I Can Hear Now" is a prime example of what makes the production outfit so hard to pin down: The pair seems to utilize all of its musical ideas and influences at once, not worrying too much about styles or genres. In this song we hear what sounds like tweaked recordings of a folk singer playing a ditty on an acoustic guitar, brief piano flourishes, distorted transmissions from a pocket radio, distant orchestral compositions, and a constant rumble of low-end. Downliners Sekt's song is at once melodic and off-kilter, mysterious and familiar, and, above all, touchingly beautiful. You can hear how the rest of the Meet the Decline EP matches up, and stream it all here

Average: 8.3 (75 votes)

Ricardo Villalobos Announced as Special Guest at Detroit's Movement Festival

We know we're running the risk of serious overkill when it comes to news stories on this year's Movement Festival in Detroit, but it's worth mentioning that Ricardo Villalobos will be one of next weekend's headliners, the festival announced today. He'll be performing on the main stage on May 29, and some boat party (just Google it, okay?), too. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

Download: Arthur Oskan "Tracksuit"

Before Toronto's austere techno imprint Thoughtless releases the debut album by local DJ/producer Arthur Oskan on May 25, we're treated to a sizeable taste of A Little More Than Everything, courtesy of the hypnotic "Tracksuit." The relentless production is ripped from center of Oskan's 10-track LP, and shows the artist hard at work crafting sparse-yet-vibrant dance grooves, and pairing those infectious techno rhythms with equally mesmerizing synth melodies and rubbery basslines. It's a deep tune that offers an accurate glimpse into the intricately crafted moods and soundscapes of the producer's forthcoming album. 

Average: 7.3 (56 votes)

Video: Groundislava "A Grass Day"

For most musicians—hell, for most people—the idea of their dad getting involved with their work basically sounds like a total nightmare. But LA-based producer Groundislava doesn't have the average dad. His father, Michael Patterson, was the brains behind classic '80s videos like A-Ha's "Take on Me" and Paul Abdul's "Opposites Attract," and now he's lent his animation skills to his son's latest clip, "A Grass Day." Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

Roska to Drop Next Rinse Mix Album

For the 15th installment of its ongoing mix series, UK grime/bass/dubstep/funky hub Rinse will deliver Rinse 15: Roska, a 25-track compilation expertly crafted and blended together by, you guessed it, UK funky don Roska. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

Video Premiere: Blondes "Pleasure"

Earlier this year, the analog-obsessed space ravers of Blondes announced a three-part 12" series on the RVNG label. The series' second volume, "Business" b/w "Pleasure," will be released on June 6. Ahead of that, the Brooklyn-based duo has unveiled this video for the latter track, an epic journey put together by video artist Farley Gwazda. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

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