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Download: Protect-U "World Music (Dub)"

The title "World Music (Dub)" can bring with it some rather groan-inducing connotations, but don't be scared away, as this track from DC duo Protect-U is not some lame world-fusion track. Did you really think we'd do that to you? With its slow-moving, methodical beat and hazy, bubbling synths, it seems the only world this song might call home is one that exists inside a decades-old arcade game that can only be played at half speed. In contrast to the more noise-oriented ambient outings that seem to be popping up everywhere, "World Music (Dub)" explores the more melodic possibilities of instrumental synth music, building the track around one main melody that sluggishly moves as far-off sounds blast and gurgle in the background. The much more uptempo a-side to the dub can be found on Protect-U's recently released 'World Music" 12" (artwork above) along with the track "U-Uno," a song for which director Aurora Halal has crafted an enchantingly psychedelic video. Check it out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (33 votes)

Caribou, Isolée, Jungle Brothers, Aeroplane, and More to Play Austria's Springfestival

For its 11th annual gathering of electronic music fans and artists, Springfestival will take place across five days in June in Graz, Austria. Ticketholders will be treated to live performances and DJ sets from the likes of the Jungle Brothers, Caribou, Michael Mayer, DJ Koze, Caribou, Aeroplane, Carte Blanche, Isolée, Tycho, Seiji, Feadz, and many others. Read more » 

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  • 02/25/2011

Download: Mandelbrot & Skyy "TT Races"

Label: Digitalis

It seems that ever since the spacey, drugged-out synth compositions of Oneohtrix Point Never, Emeralds, and the like started garnering a bit more press and acclaim online, the internet has been increasingly inundated with everyone's own version of the amorphous genre. The latest we've come across is Mandelbrot & Skyy, a sort of side-project from electronic artists Daren Ho and Jeff Witscher who are actually no amateurs to this sound (they're responsible for the Driphouse and Rene Hell projects, respectively). With their powers combined, we get something a bit more visceral, even tactile, from the reinvigorated realm of ambient music in which the guys operate. Taken from the duo's forthcoming OD-Axis LP (pictured above), "TT Races" is a taste of those sounds, a song that jumps immediately into full view, but is never content to set still. While the usual array of bubbling analog tones set a frothy backdrop, Mandelbrot & Skyy unleashes a sporadic, lurching kick drum and a restless, man-made noise that twists and turns throughout the composition, sounding almost more human than machine at times. It's certainly enough to make us pleased that the Kosmiche trend continues to take off, and to spark our curiosity as to what the rest of OD-Axis will offer when it drops in the near future. (via Altered Zones

Average: 6.6 (29 votes)

Amon Tobin Announces New Album

Consistently adventurous and inventive producer Amon Tobin has announced a new full-length record (his first since 2007's Foley Room) to be released with long-time label Ninja Tune. Entitled Isam, this new album is said to find Tobin continuing his exploration of the blurry area between sound design and electronic music production and has been toted by his label as the "finest, most intense work of his very considerable career, an extension and refinement of everything he has achieved thus far." Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Download: Solar Bears "Cub (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)"

The Grecian duo Keep Shelly in Athens recently unleashed this remix of the Solar Bears' (pictured above) "Cub," which first appeared on last year's excellent She Was Coloured In LP. The originally sparse, ambient guitar track has been given a full orchestration by the chill-waving duo, stacking epic layers of fuzzy synths, distant pianos, and distorted guitars that soar past the programmed drums. The song, buried somewhere deep below the added elements, gets completely manipulated through layers of delay. Brief glimpses of the original do occasionally pop out when the timing of the delays is tweaked, only to be quickly buried once again below the mass of instrumentation. Keep Shelly in Athens even manages to weave a sort of narrative into the remix, constructing half-time "verse" sections that eventually give way to the all-out choruses that could perfectly accompany some sort of reminiscent montage sequence. (via Pitchfork)  

Average: 8.3 (81 votes)

Video: Rainbow Arabia "Without You"

LA's Rainbow Arabia is busier than ever these days, what with its forthcoming debut LP, impending world tour, and, of course, music video making. Reminiscent of the crazy clip the husband-and-wife duo made for its "Holiday in Congo" track, the "Without You" video once again finds Daniel and Tiffany Preston taking to the streets in makeup. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Ricardo Villalobos Teams Up With Anthony Collins and Los Updates for New Single

Techno icon Ricardo Villalobos (pictured above) has been relatively quiet on the production front during the last couple of years, but he'll soon be getting back into the game with a new collaborative EP. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Battles Announce New Album, 'Gloss Drop'

The talk has been brewing for some time: Ever since Tyondai Braxton announced he would be leaving Battles, and the remaining trio said it would soldier on without him, a follow-up record to 2007's monumental Mirrored has been imminent. And now, we're finally seeing the light at the end of that tunnel. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Panda Bear to Release Single on Kompakt with Actress Remix

Normally, we're not the go-to spot on the internet for updates on whatever Animal Collective—or its various members—is up to lately, but this bit of news caught our attention. It seems one of the band's foremost solo-projects, Panda Bear (a.k.a. Noah Lennox), has a new single coming out before the release of his next LP, Tomboy, and it will drop via house/techno mainstay Kompakt on March 14. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2011

Download: Drugg "Shackled"

Label: Less Music

If you're just going to go ahead and call your band Drugg, you had better make damn sure that your music sounds at least remotely trippy. Thankfully, this London-based outfit doesn't disappoint, and delivers quite the array of pill-driven, psychedelic soundscapes on its debut EP, Shackled. The title track, which we have for download here, even goes one step further—coalescing some of our favorite musical styles as of late into one warbling explosion of textured atmosphere and hypnotic beat work. Drugg boasts the droney, effects-soaked vocal delivery of Panda Bear, the warm tape fuzz of Matthewdavid, the tweaked live instrumentation of Sun Araw, the swirling sample play of (enter name of any artist making contemporary electronic music here), and the downtrodden, lo-fi moods of Forest Swords. What that all adds up to is pretty great, and you can hear more examples of that satisfyingly trippy sound on Drugg's Bandcamp, too. And don't skip the equally mind-expanding video for "Shackled," which you can view after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (25 votes)

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