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Machinedrum Readies 'Room(s)' LP for Planet Mu

It wasn't that long ago when we told you about multifaceted New York producer Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) planning a 12" release for the UK's prolific Planet Mu label, and now, we've just got word that the artist will also drop a full-length record on that imprint, called Room(s). Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2011

Download: Gatekeeper "Serpent (Nowa Huta Remix)"

Two hotly tipped artists working on the forefront of dark electronic music, Brooklyn's Gatekeeper (pictured above) and London's Nowa Huta, have teamed up for a remix exchange, which has produced a couple of lovely tunes. Here, we've got the latter of those two artists refixing Gatekeeper's "Serpent" from last year (remember this funny little video?) into a frenzied mix of fractured beat work, ominous bass melodies, and haunting atmospheres tinged with just a touch of otherworldly soul; these ethereal touches provide an excellent balance to the original version's overwhelming industrial sounds. And make sure you check out the other track to emerge from this trade-off, "Gang Waves (Gatekeeper Remix)," here

Average: 7.7 (30 votes)

Podcast 197: John Talabot

XLR8R has been tracking the progress of John Talabot for more than a year now, and although we've gleefully devoured one washed-out, blissful house tune after another from the Spanish producer, precious little information has emerged as to who he actually is. Read more » 

Seattle's Substrata Festival to Launch This July With Biosphere, Benoît Pioulard, and More

Pacific Northwestern ambient artist Rafael Anton Irisarri is a busy man. In addition to his excellent work as The Sight Below, his other eponymous solo project, and his collaborative work with an array of like-minded composers and musicians, Irisarri has also curated his own music festival. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2011

Bubblin': Salva

Who: Salva
Where: Los Angeles, Ca

Twenty-nine-year-old Paul Salva has spent most of his life bouncing around the US, as he grew up in Chicago worshipping house (both classic and ghetto) and later moved to Miami, where he dug into bass and electro and fell in love with the 808. After more than a decade of DJing, producing, and throwing parties, he eventually settled in San Francisco, where he founded the Frite Nite label and rubbed elbows with like-minded artists such as Lazer Sword. Read more » 

Outbox: DJ Harvey

DJ Harvey is more than just a DJ's DJ. He's a legendary life of the party, both in terms of his hard-livin' antics and his impeccable selections and mixing on the 1200s. Read more » 

Justus Köhncke to Release Remix Collection Via Nang

For decades, veteran German producer Justus Köhncke has continued to build an extensive discography of original material, which he's every so often supplemented with remixes for artists from across the board. Now, the UK's Nang label has decided to bring together 11 of those tracks, along with one original production from Köhncke, to create what will be New Masters Series Vol. 3: Justus Köhncke - Fussmaschine. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2011

Download: 13 & God "Its Own Sun (Antonionian Version)"

First Listen
Label: Anticon

Just over a week before 13 & God's sophomore album, Own Your Ghost, (the first since its 2005 self-titled debut) hits the streets, labelmate Antonionian (a.k.a. long time Anticon-associated producer and collaborator Jordan Dalrymple, pictured above) has remixed a track from the forthcoming record. Dalrymple chooses to push the original vocals far to the background, even going so far as to entirely remove the verses from "Its Own Sun" and instead focusing on a tiny, hyperactive beat that jumps and skids as if it's completely ignoring the giant soothing cords that float just behind it. As one can imagine, melody reigns in this version of the tune, bouncing between arpeggiated guitar chords, glistening synths, and a muffled piano before being enveloped by a choir of voices that softly exhale the song's simple, luring progression. Own Your Ghost is set to be released May 17. 

Average: 7.9 (41 votes)

Check Out an Interview With Scuba in Denmark

Denmark club Culture Box recently offered up a little taste of the history behind the career of Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) and his Hotflush label, with this quick 12-minute interview. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2011

Review: Chrissy Murderbot Women's Studies

Label: Planet Mu

It's really hard to know how to begin to describe Chrissy Murderbot, or his third album, Women's Studies. The Chicago-based artist is a virtual walking encyclopedia of the last 30 years of dance music, but this album is about choice quotes rather than sample overload. On "Under Dress," housey horn stabs from 1986 are paired with slack-talk princess Warrior Queen. "Pelvic Floor" features piano-house chords from 1992 with dancehall MC Rubi Dan riding a fierce flow over top. The music shouldn't make sense, but it totally does.


  • Filed under: review
  • 05/10/2011

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