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Download: Cupp Cave "Pear Pressure"

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Label: Vlek

We won't mince words on this one—this warbling dance tune from Belgian producer Cupp Cave sounds a whole lot like Nottingham's resident rave archivist, the excellent Lone, and that's totally fine with us. "Pear Pressure," which is an outtake from the artist's forthcoming Dice Pool EP for hometown imprint Vlek, features all the classic sounds that his UK counterpart wields so well: thumping 909 beats, hypnotic analog basslines, and a touch of disjointed psychedelia to top it all off. Thankfully for for us, Cupp Cave uses these elements in his own creative ways, so as to make a fresh ripple in an already-familiar sonic pond. You can listen to four other examples of his musical efforts, and stream Dice Pool before it drops on June 13, here

Average: 8.3 (88 votes)

Kode9 to Exhibit Artworks in Los Angeles and New York

Steve Goodman is mostly known on this side of the Atlantic as Kode9, a wicked DJ/producer, the founder of groundbreaking dubstep label Hyperdub, and a recent XLR8R cover star. But take a trip to his native UK and you'll find that he's also known for his theoretical side. Read more » 

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  • 05/19/2011

Download: Drop/Dead "When You (Elsewhere Remix)"

Here's a novel endeavor: Start a club night, but instead of the usual promotional materials (DJ mixes, teaser videos, interviews, etc.), release a couple of tunes that feature your performing artists remixing each other's work. That's exactly what London's Liminal Sounds—a party described as "a new night championing the myriad mutations of underground bass music, disregarding concepts of genre or scene"—came up with for its inaugural jump off, one half of which we're sharing with you today. Opening act Elsewhere remixes "When You" by up-and-coming tunesmith and fellow performer Drop/Dead, crafting it into his own kind of bubbly, emotional, and low-end-centric club music. You can grab the other part of LS001, a Drop/Dead remix of "Cronos" by Throwing Snow, for free, here, and check out more details on the forthcoming Liminal Sounds party—which will feature sets from Throwing Snow, Ph0t0machine, Brey, and others—here

Average: 8.1 (65 votes)

Submerse to Release Two-Song EP Via Party Like Us

After recently being featured in our Bubblin' section, young Cheshire resident Submerse has prepped a new record scheduled to drop on June 7 via the Party Like Us label. Read more » 

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  • 05/19/2011

Video: Swindle "Moodswings"

This, uh, flashy video just landed in our inbox from the UK's always on-point Butterz label, and is for the fresh "Moodswings" single by grime producer Swindle. Directed by Mr. Tit, the animated piece features a load of twisted and trippy animations that we assume would be great to watch under the influence of any mind-altering substance, though they're pretty exciting on their own, too. Read more » 

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  • 05/19/2011

Bubblin' Up: Blawan takes post-dubstep and UK house out of its comfort zone.

In the UK bass world, you could safely call Jamie Roberts (a.k.a. Blawan) an overnight success. Before he was on anyone's radar, he sent tracks to Untold and Pariah, and immediately scored releases on Hessle Audio and R&S, two of electronic music’s most revered labels. Read more » 

Azari & III Announce Debut LP for August

The four house revivalists of Canadian outfit Azari & III will at long last have a full-length record to call their own when the burgeoning Loose Lips imprint drops Azari & III on August 30. Read more » 

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  • 05/19/2011

Hardfloor to Release 20-Year Retrospective Compilation

Acid techno pioneers Ramon Zenker and Oliver Bondzio (collectively known as Hardfloor) have been pumping out swirling techno jams since first producing tracks together back in 1991. Now the two have reached the 20-year mark of their collaboration, and are set to release a massive, three-disc compilation collecting 31 tracks from the duo's prolific past, along with two unreleased tunes, "Eternal Tweak" and "T.D.O.H. (Two Decades of Hardfloor)," for 20 – Two Decades of Hardfloor. Read more » 

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  • 05/19/2011

Moodymann, Kode9, Martyn, Stacey Pullen to Play Netherlands' Source Festival

The Netherlands city of Utrecht (about 30 minutes from Amsterdam) would certainly be a good place to find yourself on the first weekend of July, as the town will be hosting the 2011 edition of the Source Festival (quick warning—the website might be hard to navigate unless you read Dutch). Read more » 

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  • 05/19/2011

Download: Jhene Aiko "Club Stranger (Nguzunguzu Remix)"

Just the other day, LA world-bass duo Nguzunguzu (pictured above) posted this remix of R&B chauntuese Jhene Aiko's "Club Stranger" on its kinda-outta-control blog, Shade Business, and we couldn't help but share it with you. The ubiquitous use of reverb and delay on Aiko's sultry acapella quickly reminds us of a few of the deeply emotive tracks by folks like The Weeknd or How to Dress Well, though the frenetic drum programming and thick bass tones are purely the DJ/production outfit's own. As "Club Stranger (Nguzunguzu Remix)" clearly illustrates, Nuguzunguzu's curatorial tastes are always on point when it comes to sample sources, but it's the pair's knack for oddly singular dancefloor rhythms that puts them in a much more unique sound realm. 

Average: 7.9 (51 votes)

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