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Casual Fridays: Summer Essentials, Part One

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves. Read more » 

Download: Soosh "Rainbow Hiccups (Lapalux Remix)"

Label: Jumble

Two up-and-coming forces in the ever-evolving world of electronic music—FUSELab's Jumble imprint (also responsible for this cut) and Essex-based producer Lapalux (who we've been excited about since his Pictures Music debut)—combine their respective powers with those of UK newcomer Soosh on this remix from the rookie's debut, self-titled EP (out now, pictured above). As he is wont to do, Lapalux chops up the entirety of "Rainbow Hiccups" into a gauzy mess of broken hip-hop rhythms, distant synth washes, and half-audible field recordings that sounds like it could fall to pieces at any given moment. That kind of fragility gives this remix an inherently tender vibe despite the powerful boom-slap of its beats, and makes for some truly sublime electronic music. 

Average: 8.4 (120 votes)
 
 

The Black Dog Announces New EP

The influential and long-running UK electronic outfit Black Dog has just announced the imminent release of its first EP for 2011, Liber Kult (1 Ov 3). Hermetically titled and a little cryptic, the release is intended as a dancefloor complement to the outfit's recent ambient explorations: Music For Real Airports and their work as The Dadavistic Orchestra in collaboration with members from The Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia. Read more » 

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  • 06/24/2011

Five Minutes at NXNE With Noah Pred

Last week during a quick trip to Toronto for the city's 17th annual NXNE Festival, we managed to wrangle a few of our favorite artists to get their take on the city and chat about what they've been busy with musically. Here we sit down with Toronto techno kingpin and Thoughtless Music boss Noah Pred to talk about his label's NXNE showcase, the Vancouver riot, and who's hot in Toronto these days. Read more » 

Download: Visionist "Rock The Flock"

Label: Diskotopia

We've been covering quite a bit coming from the Seclusiasis camp lately. Orbiting that label is Yokohama-based producer BD1982, who just last year started the Diskotopia label with fellow Seclusiasis affiliate and Japan resident Matt Lyne. Releasing material with a close kinship to Seclusiasis, Diskotopia has been rapidly making a name for itself in the realm of bass music. Take for example "Rock the Flock," the title track from the label's latest EP from recently signed London-based producer Visionist. Dancing diagonally across the hard grid of the TR-808's sequencer, "Rock The Flock" is a skittering and hypnotic bass-driven dancehall number that reaches for the future while remaining approachable in the present. The release is set to drop July 4 with remixes by Shy One, Lamin Fofana, and BD1982 himself; those of you hungry for more can check below the jump for the official video for another EP cut, "Survive."  Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (38 votes)
 
 

Review: Presk "and Cut" b/w "Mold"

At this point, "bass music" has become a pretty nebulous term. And although it's a useful catch-all for today's low-end-centric musical happenings, that doesn't change the fact that an increasingly disparate array of sounds is somehow being lumped together under a single umbrella. Whether that speaks to journalistic laziness or simply that many of today's producers are cribbing notes from across the musical spectrum—in all likelihood, there is some truth in both assertions—the fact remains that the bass-music world continues to turn out interesting new permutations of dance music. Read more » 

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  • 06/24/2011

Underground Resistance to Reissue Classic Releases

The prolific techno conglomeration known as Underground Resistance has announced that it will be remastering and reissuing songs from five of its most celebrated and hard-to-find releases: Galaxy 2 Galaxy's Hi-Tech Jazz, Dark Energy, Electronic Warfare, The Turning Point, and Interstellar Fugitives. The release will mark the end of a long-held plan to reissue classic UR material halted by the death of legendary Detroit record cutter Ron Murphy. Read more » 

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  • 06/24/2011

Download: Rainbow Arabia "Blind (Salva Remix)"

As husband-and-wife duo Rainbow Arabia gets set to embark on a heavy slate of summer touring—with a new expanded lineup that now includes drummer Butchy Fuego—the LA-based pair has commissioned a new remix of standout Boys and Diamonds cut "Blind." Reworking the tune is Frite Nite label head Salva (pictured above), who has infused the tropical electro-pop of the original with his own thicker percussion, some angular, stretched synths, and a hint of '80s electro flair. Singer Tiffany Preston's vocals are left largely intact, and when paired with Salva's electronic craftsmanship, comparisons to the chilly pop efforts of groups like The Knife come into play. Grab the remix below, and find Rainbow Arabia live at any of the many dates they've lined up around the globe in the months ahead, all of which are listed after the jump. (via FACT)  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (49 votes)
 
 

Zomby Releases New 7", Shares Free Download

Fans of Zomby's mysterious bass music still have to wait until July 11 to hear the entirety of his Dedication LP for 4AD, but before then, you can get your paws on the limited-edition 7" that just dropped, as well as download one of its songs for free. Read more » 

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  • 06/23/2011

Video Premiere: Ossie "Set the Tone"



Kode9's renowned Hyperdub imprint saw its latest release, a three-track 12" from UK funky producer Ossie, hit the ground running this week, and we've got the video for the EP's title track here for your viewing pleasure. Read more » 

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  • 06/23/2011

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