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Hercules and Love Affair Drop New Video and Remix

New York's Hercules and Love Affair have dropped this amazingly retro video for the song "My House," the lead single from their recently released LP, Blue Songs, out now on the Moshi Moshi imprint. The video features some classic VHS-era video effects, incredibly well-executed '80s-era dance moves and costumes, and a few well-placed commercials, finally getting all wrapped up at the end with an impressive Soul Train-esque dance line. Quality stuff. The release of the video is also accompanied by a remix from London's Stopmakingme, which you can stream after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 01/07/2011

Thomas Fehlmann to Release New Single on Kompakt

Techno legend and half of the esteemed group The Orb, Thomas Fehlmann, has a new single to be released on Kompakt featuring himself along with live strings and percussion. Read more » 

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  • 01/07/2011

Download: Tim Hecker "Hatred of Music I"

Label: Kranky

It is somewhat hard to believe that Tim Hecker's forthcoming LP, Ravedeath, 1972, was mostly recorded over one day inside an Icelandic church whose pipe organ served as the main sound source. Listening to "Hatred of Music I," Hecker has obviously utilized other various sound sources (piano, guitar feedback, etc.) and manipulated them, along with the pipe organ, into a blissful oblivion, but there is still a mystery to how Hecker can take these seemingly simple elements and twist them into deep, consuming, other-worldly compositions. "Hatred of Music I" is the first taste of what's to come on Ravedeath, 1972 and it does not disappoint, sounding as beautifully rich and natural as any Hecker composition to date. The piece starts with a few slow piano notes that are quickly washed away into the vastness of guitar feedback, organ drones, and indiscernible angelic layers of noise that seem to slow down time as they pass over you. Ravedeath, 1972 will be available on February 14. (via Stereogum)  

Average: 7.9 (66 votes)

Download: Star Slinger "Hot Potato"

Apparently, UK beatmaker Star Slinger considers himself quite handy with a sampler, as the title of his recently shared, free EP Rogue Cho Pa indicates, and we'd be inclined to agree. This fiery cut from that fresh online offering certainly speaks volumes to the producer's claim. "Hot Potato" holds fast to the classic blueprint of soul music chopped up and reformatted for use in hip-hop instrumentals, and since there aren't any live vocals on Star Slinger's tune, he uses the space to let loose with a barrage of well-played tricks. While vocal snippets, clipped guitar strums, subtle string arrangements, and gutturally funky bass plucks make up the meat of the song, it's the way those sounds deftly interplay with the red-hot beat and spacey synth sounds that set "Hot Potato" apart from the other five cuts on the Rogue Cho Pa EP. You can grab the whole thing here, and if that's not enough sample magic for you, check out a collaborative joint Star Slinger did with Texas-based producer Teams for a forthcoming Mexican Summer release, here. (via Altered Zones

Average: 7.7 (54 votes)

ZZK Featured On Amoeba's "What's In My Bag?"

ZZK's El-G, Chancha Via Circuito, El Remolo, and Leo from Tremor made a stop at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles while touring the US, and shared with the camera some of the gems they picked out. Most surprising purchase? A live DVD of Nirvana—but who purchased it? You'll have to watch to find out! Read more » 

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  • 01/07/2011

Fatima: A Swedish soul songstress finds a place in London's bubbling slow-jam underground.

If you've spent any time at London's Plastic People club, you know that the musical fare on tap changes nightly. It's on this eclectic menu where you're most likely to be served the mellifluous floetry and soulful cookin' of Fatima Bramma-Sey, the first lady of Floating Points' and Alexander Nut's Eglo Records, one of the hottest young labels in London. Read more » 

Lazer Sword to Tour Europe in February

The dynamic duo of Low Limit and Lando Kal, collectively known as Lazer Sword, have just announced they will be taking their brand of boom-bappin', head-knoddin', futuristic beats across the pond to Europe for a few weeks starting February 11 and making stops in the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Austria, and Luxembourg. Read more » 

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  • 01/07/2011

Download: The Streets "Going Through Hell (Lil Silva Remix)"

If Lil Silva's associations with the Night Slugs crew, multiple excellent releases, or his stellar XLR8R podcast hadn't convinced you of the talent this young London-based producer possesses, then his ability to breathe life into this track from The Streets should do the trick. Dropping all discernible elements from the original "Going Through Hell," save the first line of the first verse and part of the chorus, Lil Silva turns the track into an absolute banger by employing some dark synth stabs, hyperactive percussion, and a healthy dose of bass. Silva skillfully controls the track, not allowing it to fully kick in until around the two-minute mark, and even then not letting the climax stick around for too long, as he continues to break down the track and take us through the many rhythms he's got up his sleeve. It's impressive work—the only thing we might ask him to do different next time is drop an instrumental version as well. (via FACT

Average: 6.9 (53 votes)

Teengirl Fantasy on Tour Through North America and Europe Now

Now that Oberlin's house-loving production duo Teengirl Fantasy has conquered just about everyone's year-end favorites list with the lovely 7AM LP, the pair has set out to conquer the world—well, North America and Europe at least. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2011

Download: Salva "Wake Ups"

Much like the folks across the pond who have been championing his forward-thinking beat-funk as of late (a list that includes Girl Unit, Hudson Mohawke, and the LuckyMe crew), San Francisco-based producer and Frite Nite label head Salva toys with booming beats, synth-driven soul, and wonky grooves, all of it elevated by just a touch of that purple stuff. A fine example of those smooth soundscapes is this fresh leak from his forthcoming debut album for the Friends of Friends label, Complex Housing. "Wake Ups" jumps high into the atmosphere on an elastic boom-and-slap rhythm, but its the host of R&B-inspired synth melodies that keep it up there long enough to be carried away by angelic vocal samples and a bassline that sounds like it's bouncing from one smoky cloud to the next. Salva's Complex Housing drops on February 8. (via Altered Zones

Average: 7.7 (68 votes)

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