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Download: SECT feat. Ben Westbeech "In the Park"

Label: !K7

Fresh from Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap's recently released collaborative contribution to the renowned DJ Kicks series (artwork above), we have this track from Boston supergroup SECT, a collaboration between Soul Clap, Sergio Santos, and Tanner Ross. As it happens, the tune also features the vocals of burgeoning UK producer/vocalist (and recent XLR8R podcast contributor) Ben Westbeech. Mechanical percussion scrapes and rattles amongst a giant, sparse bassline and gorgeous pads as Westbeech provides a self-harmonizing chorus of voices which poetically describe an evening in the park. As the song progresses, it gently glides forward, sprinkled with moments taken by a lonesome woodwind, flowing gracefully around the track's machine-made elements before returning to SECT's vast production. "In the Park" is definitely not a burner, and it's better for it, as the song proves to be a powerful example of the moving possibilities that lie in subtle, intricately made house music. 

Average: 8 (38 votes)

Hessle Audio Announces Forthcoming Compilation

Considering the giant footprint that Hessle Audio has left on the future-music world since its inception, it can be somewhat surprising that the imprint has existed for just over three years now. And with a roster of releases that reads like a who's-who of the post-dubstep elite, it's only right that the UK-based label has a comprehensive compilation in the works. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2011

Red Bull Launches DJ App for iPhone and iPad

The good people at Red Bull have teamed up with German audio software developers Stereomusik Systems to create an incredibly in-depth app for DJing with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The Red Bull BPM app comes in a variety of forms depending on one's device and desired use, whether you're an amateur who simply wants to be prepared to throw down hot fire straight from your iPhone at a moment's notice or the more professional DJ who needs a larger surface and instant access to a host of DJ tools. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2011

Download: Becoming Real "Closer (Pictureplane's No Body Remix)"

In the middle of last month, relatively prolific UK bass producer Toby Ridler (a.k.a. Becoming Real, pictured above) dropped his fifth release in under a year, the three-track "Closer" b/w "Antarctic City" 12", on the brand-new Cold World Industries imprint. Along with Ridler's original tunes came a remix of "Closer" by Night Slugs acolyte Jam City, and here we have Pictureplane's own take on the production, which is equally enticing despite the fact that it doesn't appear on the official release. What's really interesting here is that the Denver-based artist doesn't quite sound like the gothy, trance- and rave-obsessed producer we've come to know and love; this remix sounds more like the kind of angular, leftfield 2-step made by Zomby, Untold, and the like. Maybe Pictureplane decided to just go with the original vibe of Becoming Real's skittering bass tune as a one-off experiment, or maybe he's turning a new leaf—either way, we're happy with what's he done here. If you're fiending for a bit of old-school Pictureplane, make sure to check out these mixes that he just dropped for DIS Magazine. The post features a sort of retrospective of his work—including rare and unreleased gems like the April Fools' Day track he did for us—and a live recording, and apparently precedes the release of a new LP coming soon. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.3 (38 votes)

Zomby Signs to 4AD, Preps Limited-Edition 10"

It may seem totally odd, but it's completely true: The longstanding hub for tasteful, ground-breaking independent music known as 4AD has signed elusive UK garage/hardcore/bass experimentalist Zomby. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2011

Download: Mark E "Deny This (Extended Version)"

Though UK producer Mark E has been hard at work crafting and releasing an array of minimally minded techno/house singles since 2005, he won't have a proper full-length under his belt until Ghostly sister label Spectral drops it on May 17 (read more about the album here). Stone Breaker is a nine-track behemoth of a debut LP, and this extended version of "Deny This" is just a taste of what those lengthy dancefloor burners have to offer. While the kick drum's incessant pulse carries Mark E's composition across its nine-plus-minute runtime, clattering percussive sounds, bouyant basslines, simple synth melodies, and ominous vocal samples come and go seemingly at random. Things rarely pick up in intensity on "Deny This (Extended Version)," and even when they do, the sonic shift is subtle and short lived. We look forward to hearing what other aural nuances are in store when Stone Breaker is released next month. 

Average: 7.9 (42 votes)

Second Donky Pitch Release to Feature Niño

Burgeoning Brighton-based skweee label Donky Pitch is set to follow up its first release, a split 12" featuring Slugabed and Ghost Mutt, with another record full of funky beat work and sub-busting basslines by Barcelona groovesmith Niño. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2011

Oneohtrix Point Never, Ariel Pink, Actress, Junior Boys, Kode9 & The Spaceape, and More to Play Poland's OFF Festival

For the fifth annual OFF Festival in Katowice, Poland, three days of excellent musical performances, film screenings, art exhibitions, and more will take place in the Three Lake Valley, "a beautiful green oasis in the heart of industrial Silesia." Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2011

Five Star: Rainbow Arabia

The LA-based genre mashers tell us about the major influences on their new album, Boys and Diamonds. Read more » 

Download: Pulseprogramming "First They Fire"

Label: Audraglint

Marc Hellner's Pulseprogramming project has a new LP on the way next month, and "First They Fire" is the initial offering to surface from the forthcoming release. Starting off with about as carefree an electro drumbeat as one could imagine, the track moves steadily into wispy, shoegazey electro-pop territory with a host of washy guitars and low, steady bass providing the bed for Hellner's nonchalant synth lines and Chanel Pease's serenely delivered vocals. As the tune calmly drifts through the tranquil space of its own creation, one could easily miss the mumbled details of the unusual (although metaphorical we're sure) chorus lyrics, "I'm on fire/ I'm on fire." Not quite the subject material we were expecting, but we're not going to let that stop us from happily clapping along. Pulseprogramming's forthcoming album, Charade is Gold (artwork above), is set to be released on May 3. 

Average: 7.8 (49 votes)

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