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Podcast 192: Dorian Concept

In late 2009, XLR8R tabbed Dorian Concept as an Artist to Watch, despite knowing relatively little about the Vienna-based producer other than the fact that his synth-warping "Trilingual Dance Sexperience" single had pretty much blown our minds. Read more » 

Tigerbeat6 Sub-Label Shockout Releases New Pacheko EP

Venezuelan DJ/producer Pacheko teamed up with the Shockout imprint, a sub-label of Tigerbeat6, for his latest release, the four-track Kosmicare EP (out today). Read more » 

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  • 04/05/2011

Download: Owiny Sigoma Band "Wires (Theo Parrish Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Brownswood

A couple of years ago, a small group of London-based musicians took a trip to Kenya as part of what they call a "musical exchange," and spent their time in the country living and collaborating with local musicians in Nairobi. The result of their jamming and recording sessions became the Owiny Sigoma Band, and the first release to come from that project is a two-track 12" single for the song "Wires" (pictured above), which will be released by Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label on April 16 as a part of the worldwide Record Store Day. On the b-side of that record is this remix by Detroit icon Theo Parrish, who manages to strip down the relatively simple composition to create an even sparser groove. The veteran DJ/producer utilizes only a few elements of Owiny Sigoma Band's original recording—the upbeat drumming, the infectious bassline, and the warm vocal melody—to build the framework of his track, over which he lays a subtle dose of electronics and barely noticeable audio treatments. The effect sounds something like Parrish actually conducting a live band on the spot rather than simply toying with its recordings. You can learn more about the Owiny Sigoma Band, and listen to a teaser of its forthcoming self-titled LP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (56 votes)

Video: Wool & Spoek "Kult Leader"

The latest release from Sweden's Discobelle label is this collaborative effort from Berlin-based producer DJ Wool and South African leftfield electro-popper Spoek Mathambo, appropriately called Wool & Spoek. This strange video is for that record's title track, "Kult Leader," and pairs the thumping dance jam with some tense footage of man who seems to have had enough—enough of what, we can't quite tell. Read more » 

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  • 04/05/2011

Download: Win Win "Interleave (Kingdom Remix)"

If Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor didn't already sound slightly cartoonish during his vocal contribution on Win Win's "Interleave" (watch the video for that here), bi-coastal bass producer Kingdom (pictured above) makes sure of it on his remix of the track. Aside from pitch-shifting Taylor's voice into a chipmunk register, the artist reformats the original song's sullen vibes into a darker, brooding piece of three-dimensional club music. The smashing beat bounces along with a syrupy swagger, crystalline synth stabs twist and pop in the foreground, and sub-frequencies undulate below it all. We know better than to say Kingdom's going "witch house" on us, but his remix for Win Win would certainly bode well in those circles. (via FADER

Average: 8.4 (74 votes)

Mr. Tickle to Release Debut EP on Roska Kicks & Snares

The elusive UK producer Mr. Tickle is pretty new to Roska's continually building stable on his Roska Kicks & Snares imprint. And he's expected to release his debut this summer, Citrus (Don't Get Lemon), which features four original productions alongside a remix from Rinse FM DJ Shox. You can preview the entire EP from Mr. Tickle's Soundcloud after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 04/04/2011

Watch the Video for Schlachthofbronx's "Chambacu"

A couple weeks back, German production trio Schlachthofbronx released its Nasty Bass EP for Mad Decent, featuring this cumbia-inspired heater. The video reflects the song's heavy helping of hype, as the signature Schlachthofbronx air horn plays the hero as it weaves in and out of a dance party. Read more » 

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  • 04/04/2011

Download: Exile "Dawn of Nothing"

First Listen

It's been over a year since Ireland's West Coast-loving All-City imprint kicked off its series of 10 collaborative 10" records from producers rooted in the highly influential beat scene of Los Angeles. Those releases brought us exclusive tracks from the likes of Matthewdavid, Dibiase, Tokimonsta, Dâm-Funk, Teebs, and many others, and for the final installment, we get a handful of fresh experimental hip-hop productions from Free the Robots and Exile. The latter of those beatsmiths is responsible for four of the seven tracks on LA Series #10 (pictured above), with "Dawn of Nothing" closing out his side of the record. It's a spacious production that relies heavily on a bear-bones rhythm, a few untethered melodic samples, an unthreatening element of spookiness, and a whole lot of dusty vinyl crackling. Comparisons to Flying Lotus may seem redundant at this point, but we can't help but think of some of our favorite quieter moments from his game-changing Los Angeles LP while nodding our heads to Exile's two-minute beat suite. 

Average: 8.3 (46 votes)

Big Freedia Releases Free EP

The undisputed queen of New Orleans' hyper-active bounce scene, Big Freedia has released a free EP in coordination with the folks at Scion A/V simply titled Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia. Read more » 

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  • 04/04/2011

Download: Matthewdavid "Like You Mean It"

Los Angeles' preeminent psychedelic beatsmith is all set to follow up last month's excellent International EP with a new full-length, Outmind (artwork above), slated for release April 19 on FlyLo's Brainfeeder imprint. "Like You Mean It" is the latest audio taste from the forthcoming LP and one that finds the Leaving Records head exploring the familiar territories of heavily side-chained samples and fuzzy soundscapes...not that we're complaining. Out of the wave of murky beat-makers that have been popping up left and right, Matthewdavid clearly belongs at the top of the pack due to his undeniable knack for weaving together disparate textures with seamless detail, crafting tracks that thump you in the chest as much as they toss around your brain. Mr. David has also been tapped for this month's Altered Zones mix, which we've made available for stream/download after the jump. (via Pitchfork)  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (51 votes)

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