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Download: Chad Valley "Fast Challenges"

Label: Cascine

If this MP3 post has a familiar ring to it, that's probably because you may be experiencing some XLR8R déjà vu. Last week when we announced that summer-tinged electro-pop producer Chad Valley had plans to release a new EP this June, not only did we hip you to the details of the new release but we also posted a stream of this very track from the forthcoming EP (artwork above) too. Well, now we've got "Fast Challenges" here as a download, which we think you'll agree entirely overpowers any lingering feelings of déjà vu. Furthermore, this luscious slice of warm, gooey dance-pop has us wondering what summer nights are actually like for the Oxofrd-based artist and if they usually end in the kind of carefree dance frenzy one imagines "Fast Challenges" would inspire. For now our questions will just have to go unanswered as we savor this small but intriguing bite of what's to come when Equatorial Ultravox drops June 20. 

Average: 8.3 (48 votes)

Download: Laurel Halo "Aquifer"

Laurel Halo's second release for the prolific Hippos in Tanks imprint is another EP, this one being a six-song offering called Hour Logic. That record's opening track is the frenetic "Aquifer," which balances its churning, hot-footed rhythms with a densely swirling ambiance and other glossy sound effects that bring to mind the proto-CGI landscapes of the early '90s (much like this other jam from her forthcoming NNA Tapes cassette). Apparently, these sounds are "an ode to time leaping, designed to aid in moments of brain traffic and physical transit," but they'd probably be equally helpful during the time spent traversing the 3-D planes of your favorite vintage computer games, too. And even though Halo's lovely voice fails (yet again) to make an appearance on this particular production, we're nonetheless excited to hear what the rest of her new EP holds when it drops on June 21. You can check out the artwork and tracklist for the Hour Logic EP while you wait for that day, below. (via Altered Zones)  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (34 votes)

Nab DJ Rashad's Live Set From the FACT x Young Turks Party

A couple weeks ago, we re-posted the live mix by Jamie xx and Oneman from FACT's epic party with Young Turks at the beginning of April, and now we have another DJ set from that shindig by Chicago juke/footwork don DJ Rashad. Read more » 

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  • 04/29/2011

Download: Bikini "R.I.P. (Grimes Remix)"

Brooklyn pair Bikini has a new 12" of remixes coming out on June 7, which features the likes of Teen Daze, CFCF, and Win Win (you may have already heard that rework here). This alternate version of "R.I.P.," which will sadly not be on the release, comes to us courtesy of one very of-the-moment songstress, Montreal-based artist Grimes (pictured above). The singer/producer gives Bikini's track a rinse of ghostly R&B melodies, broken dance grooves, and hazy soundscapes—all crammed within about three minutes of poignant dream-pop. Grimes' production may not get an official pressing, but it's certainly another quality example of why she's been commandeering a lot of blog feeds as of late. (via Gorilla vs. Bear

Average: 8.1 (63 votes)

Redshape Releases New Two-Song 12"

Using his own Present imprint, elusive techno auteur Redshape slid a brand-new 12" right under our radar into retailers earlier this month. Read more » 

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  • 04/29/2011

Parisian Upstarts dOP to Release New Single "Your Sex"

Following the release of last year's humbly titled debut album, Greatest Hits, on Circus Company, Parisian Trio dOP is preparing to drop its first follow-up single, "Your Sex," on Supplement Facts. Read more » 

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  • 04/29/2011

Listen to a New Mix From John Tejada

You can add John Tejada to the roster of influential DJs that have participated in tastefully curated podcast The CONDUIT. The legendary Los Angeles DJ and producer released his edition of the series in anticipation of a forthcoming album on Kompakt, Parabolas. Read more » 

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  • 04/29/2011

Casual Fridays: Gettin' Sporty

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

Horse Meat Disco to Release 'Horse Meat Disco III' in July Via Strut

Not content to stop with last year's excellent Horse Meat Disco II, disco party and DJ collective Horse Meat Disco has announced that it will be releasing Horse Meat Disco III, the third installment in its now-essential eclectic mix series, on Strut. The two-CD compilation comes complete with photos from the London-based party and liner notes by nu-disco stalwart Daniel Wang. Read more » 

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  • 04/29/2011

Download: Ursa Major "Crab Apple"

First Listen

While having gone through a number of names, Nottingham producer/DJ duo Ursa Major (previously known as MeMeMe and Waves) seems to have finally settled on an appropriate moniker with its forthcoming debut on Trouble & Bass, the Blacklight EP. Coming from that release, "Crab Apple" showcases the talented up-and-comers as they leave familiar Trouble & Bass territory for a moody—yet ravey—musical topography. The rhythm is tropical, but not sunny; a snare-driven, steel drum-pummeled pattern hurtles the song towards a shipwreck of a breakdown. Riding the percussion is a chopped-up female vocal sample that goes off like a warning klaxon. Check out "Crab Apple" below and grab the EP on May 3. 

Average: 7.4 (40 votes)

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