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Video Premiere: Blondes "Pleasure"

Earlier this year, the analog-obsessed space ravers of Blondes announced a three-part 12" series on the RVNG label. The series' second volume, "Business" b/w "Pleasure," will be released on June 6. Ahead of that, the Brooklyn-based duo has unveiled this video for the latter track, an epic journey put together by video artist Farley Gwazda. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

Download: Cosmo Vitelli "Night Dogs (Daniel Maloso Remix)"

First Listen

Would it be cliché to lead off a piece on Cosmo Vitelli by commenting that despite the name of his label—I'm a Cliche—the man is anything but? Probably. In any case, the Cassavetes-obsessed Frenchman is back with Night Dogs, a brand new EP and his first since 2007. Featuring the Korean vocal stylings of Nakion, Night Dogs sounds a lot like what you would imagine Miss Kittin & The Hacker would sound like if they put out a record in 2011. We recently got our hands on Cómeme sensation Daniel Maloso's remix of "Night Dogs" to share with you. Taking the open space of the original and tightening it down, his remix turns the track into a sparse and funky electro-funk workout. Check out Maloso's remix below and pick up the full EP over at Beatport

Average: 7.7 (45 votes)

Matias Aguayo Premieres First Single From Forthcoming EP

Fresh off his collaborative track with NYC genre-benders Battles, the world-travelling Matias Aguayo has just announced he will soon drop a brand-new EP via the illustrious Kompakt label. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

Casual Fridays: Gettin' Glitzy!

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

Download: MZO Bullet "Casablanca (Mite's Acid Re-Dub)"

First Listen
Label: Embassy

Back in December, London's New State Music finally made the release of MZO Bullet's "Casablanca" official. It was about time too, as lo-fi YouTube rips of the track had been muddying up the sound of kwaito DJs everywhere. Though the song has been pressed and released, if you're anything like us, then you probably still can't get enough of it. As it turns out, Mite (pictured above) of Embassy Recordings has been thinking along similar lines. He recently sent us his light "Acid Re-Dub" that keeps the song intact while cleverly substituting the chaotic acid warble of a TB-303 for the original's bumping synth-sax bass. You can give it a listen below.  

Average: 6.5 (45 votes)

Stream the New Planningtorock Album Now

Faithful XLR8R TV watchers will know that Berlin-based musician/visualist Planningtorock (a.k.a. Janine Rostron) is not your typical artist. Now the singer, producer, and occasional Knife collaborator has made her latest album, W, available for full stream via The Hype Machine. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

The Bug and Flowdan Contribute to Greensleeves' Dubstep Remixes

Do you often find yourself lamenting the absence of dub in your dubstep? If you do, then we might suggest worrying about more serious things, because Greensleeves is coming to your rescue. Read more » 

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  • 05/20/2011

Download: Cupp Cave "Pear Pressure"

First Listen
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)

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