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Wiley to Release Seventh Album This July; Watch New Video Now

The eccentrically extroverted, enigmatically engaging, and endlessly entertaining Eskiboy (a.k.a. Wiley) has announced he will soon be releasing a follow-up record to 2009's Race Against Time, a 12-song album written and produced entirely by the artist called 100% Publishing. Read more » 

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  • 03/07/2011

Mark E Readies Debut Album for Spectral

After being originally brought into the Ghostly/Spectral fold for his excellent remix of Matthew Dear's "Little People," the UK-based producer Mark E is set to release his first proper artist album via Spectral Sound on May 16. Read more » 

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  • 03/07/2011

Video: Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron "I'll Take Care of U"



Jamie xx's piano-heavy, house-leaning remix of Gil Scott-Heron's "I'll Take Care of U," from the recently released collaborative remix album, We're New Here, has received the video treatment thanks to directors Jamie James Medina and AG Rojas. The beautifully shot video presents a compelling story to accompany Scott-Heron's heartfelt lyrics as it follows a female boxer while she balances a routine of training and fighting with caring for her young son. After watching the video, make sure to check out our review of We're New Here, which is out now on Young Turks. (via Dazed Digital) Read more » 

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  • 03/07/2011

Review: Egyptrixx Bible Eyes

It's rather prescient that Night Slugs has chosen Egyptrixx (a.k.a. David Psutka) for the label's first proper artist album, his debut Bible Eyes. It's a full-length extension of "Liberation Front," a song where synths roll up and down like marbles in a halfpipe, leaving behind trails of dissolute low frequencies that lend it an oddly bottom-heavy quality. The album is all weighty house grooves and pseudo-tribal drums, with woozy synths coursing through its winding veins. Read more » 

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  • 03/07/2011

Download: Teeel "Ojai Valley (Jensen Sportag Remix)"

First Listen

Cascine and Moodgadget have masterminded a remix trade between the synth-poppin' Trenton, NJ resident Teeel and Nashville's future-funk duo Jensen Sportag (artwork above). We've gotten our hands on the latter's contribution for the project, on which Jensen Sportag has managed to take the '80s pop throwback feel of the original "Ojai Valley" a little further back to the golden days of Quincy Jones production and the funkier outings of Herbie Hancock. Seamlessly bringing the retro-electro vibe into a modern, dancefloor-ready sound, the remix is lead by a shameless slap bass that glides underneath an onslaught of tasty, percolating synth lines, popping and spinning from left to right as Teeel's vocal soars in and out of earshot. Teeel's contribution to the remix trade, a blissful reworking of Sportag's "Everything Good" (the original of which we posted back in January) can be found over at the project's Soundcloud

Average: 8.2 (51 votes)
 
 

Download: Touchphonics "Ragga Style (feat. The Ragga Twins) (128 Mix)"

Here we've got a bit of a different step from the usual fare over at San Francisco's Elevated Press imprint, which usually focuses more on drum & bass and hip-hop. SF-based producer Touchphonics slows this track down to a steady 128 BPM, utilizing an army of percussive elements, including some colossal kicks and snares, to pound out a steady UK funky-esque pattern. Rhythm is definitely the focus of this track, as the only signs of melody can be found in the gurgling synth warbles and occasional shouted vocals of the Ragga Twins. Not that it's a bad thing; rhythm is also "Ragga Styles" strong point too, as the unrelenting clattering of hand percussion and giant drums are impossible to escape, as if you would even want to. "Ragga Styles (128 Mix)" can be found with its original counterpart on the forthcoming "Ragga Styles" 12" (artwork above) slated for release on March 29. 

Average: 8 (27 votes)
 
 

Check Out Drop/Dead's Excellent Mix for FADER

If you'll remember with us, it was some time late last year when we posted a surprising new tune from London/Bristol-based newcomer Drop/Dead, and thankfully, the young producer born Jay Donaldson hasn't let up—most recently delivering a stellar DJ set for FADER. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Class B Band Announces Debut Album for Wagon Repair

Class B Band, the collaboration between Spaniards DJ Bea Tricks (perhaps better known as one half of the Dollz at Play duo) and beatboxer/multi-faceted vocalist Beatmaster G, has announced they are set to follow up the 2010 Bea at Risk EP with their debut LP, Movie T. Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Africa HiTech to Drop Debut LP Via Warp, Listen to First Single Now

The collaborative effort between veteran DJ/producer Mark Pritchard and singer Steve Spacek, Africa HiTech, is set to release its debut album on May 10 via Warp. The 11-song 93 Million Miles LP follows closely after last year's Hitecherous and Blen EPs, and is said to be "an unflinchingly ambitious product of international globe-trotting that carves a new faultline into the rapidly expanding terrain of 'bass music.'" Read more » 

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  • 03/04/2011

Download: Golden Girls "Kinetic (Lone Remix)"

Apparently crafted to help spread the word of his forthcoming new EP for R&S, Lone's (pictured above) remix of vintage cut "Kinetic," originally by label alumni Golden Girls, finds the hotly tipped producer still digging deep into his bag of old-school rave and classic Detroit techno sounds—presenting them expertly mixed with his patented woozy synth tones and underwater atmospheres. And even though he's sampling the much of his melodic backbone from the early '90s dance jam, everything here sounds exactly like an original Lone track. It just goes to show that tunesmith Matt Cutler is an artist with a singular vision, one he fully realizes time and time again, and always in fresh and exciting ways. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.4 (104 votes)
 
 

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