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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)

Experience Slava's Live Audio/Visual Performance "Ocean Friend"

Brooklyn electronic music experimentalist Slava—who you may remember from this post a couple of months back—recently performed a sort of free-form ambient set at the Rodan space, which has since made its way onto the internet in a number of different forms. Read more » 

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  • 04/04/2011

Jackmaster to Mix Next FABRICLIVE Installment

Tastemaking Glaswegian DJ and one of the heads of the excellent Numbers label Jackmaster just announced that he will contribute the next installment of the live mix series curated by London's enmormous Fabric club, FABRICLIVE 57. Read more » 

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  • 04/04/2011

Components: This month's wrap-up in the best of gaming


Download: Sleep ∞ Over "Casual Diamond (Laurel Halo Remix)"

First Listen

Tomorrow, the Austin-based dark-pop solo project of one Stefanie Franciotti, Sleep ∞ Over, will release a two-song 7" (pictured above) via LA's Hippos in Tanks label in preparation for its full-length LP, which is scheduled to drop this summer. The record features her "Casual Diamond" song on one side, and on the flip, this remix of the tune by Brooklyn's own gothy chanteuse, Laurel Halo. Her version of the track eschews the original's brooding '80s-pop aesthetic—reformatting it into something closer resembling an early industrial or proto-techno jam you might have heard back then. But it's not all churning rhythms and cyclical basslines on Halo's remix; translucent synthscapes and heavenly vocal clips wash over the production, keeping with the kind of ghostly moods that help make Franciotti's music so enjoyable. 

Average: 8.2 (37 votes)

Download: Deaf Center "Close Forever Watching"

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The Norwegian duo of Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland (collectively known as Deaf Center) impressed connoisseurs of deep, ambient instrumental music back in 2005 with its Pale Ravine LP, but the pair has scarcely been heard from since. Finally resurfacing with a new LP, Owl Splinters, earlier this year, Deaf Center has reinstated its reputation for crafting slow, melodic sonic landscapes, trading in the partially lo-fi aesthetic of previous works for a much richer, studio-quality sound. Credited as cellist and pianist, Skodvin and Totland do much more than simply play cello and piano on "Close Forever Watching," as both musicians emote dark textures from their respective instruments while utilizing electronics to conjure long drones that flow together into one massively epic movement. For those interested in seeing/hearing Deaf Center perform its majestic compositions live, the Norwegians will be making a rare US appearance this month on April 7 as part of the Beyond the Dark series for the New York edition of the Unsound Festival (full details here). 

Average: 7.7 (22 votes)

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