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Download: Teebs "Wind Loop (BearClaw's Cicada Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Proximal

Last summer, LA's Proximal crew made its mark on the burgeoning beat scene with the release of the Proximity One: Narrative of a City compilation, which showcased a new crop of leftfield beatsmiths alongside a number of the genre's more-established artists. On February 22, Proximal will be serving up another helping entitled Proximity One: Narrative Remixes, a five-song remix collection that pits a few of the label's up-and-coming beatmakers against the likes of LA heavyweights like Dam-Funk, Daedelus, and Tokimonsta. Here, newcomer BearClaw (pictured above) tackles Teebs' "Wind Loop," taking the original's pastoral, sun-drenched sounds and weirding them up a bit with the help of some chimes, a warbling synth, and some subtly clicky percussion. Even with all the additions, the end result is similarly chill, earning BearClaw some serious points for cranking the sonic complexity without prompting the listener to hit the panic button. Check the artwork and complete tracklist for Proximity One: Narrative Remixes after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (44 votes)

Wolfgang Voigt Releases New Installment of His Profan Series

As part of his well-regarded series of releases for his own Kompakt sub-label, Profan, veteran techno auteur Wolfgang Voigt recently released the Du Musst Nichts Sagen 12" (a.k.a. Profan 34). The two-song record features the title track, the title of which translates to "You Mustn't Say Anything," and another song on the a-side, called "Rückverzauberung 2," which is translated to "Re-Enchantment 2." Read more » 

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  • 01/26/2011

Listen to a Clip of a New Joy Orbison Song

Now, we don't normally do this, but some bits of audio are just a bit more exciting than others. Namely, when the man behind such excellent tunes as "Hyph Mngo," "BRKLN CLLN," and "So Derobe" (a.k.a. Joy Orbison) leaks a clip of whatever slick club tune he's got in the works for his next release on his Doldrums label, we've just got to make sure you hear it, too. Read more » 

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  • 01/26/2011

MIDI Party: As Games, Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin and Tigercity's Joel Ford grab their synths and dig into the past.

Sitting in a cozy living room in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and eating a bag of Haribo Build-A-Burger Gummi Candy, it's clear that 28-year-olds Daniel Lopatin and Joel Ford have been hanging out for a long time: way before Lopatin began crafting ambient synth tracks as Oneohtrix Point Never, before Ford joined soft rock band Tigercity, and before they combined forces as Games. Read more » 

Download: Beat Connection "Silver Screen (Young Montana? Remix)"

First Listen

Seattle's Beat Connection will be releasing a brand-new single called "Silver Screen" via Moshi Moshi's new sub-label, Tender Age, on March 1. The forthcoming EP (pictured above) will feature the title song, a b-side, and two remixes from the likes of British producers Dreamtrak and Young Montana?. Here, we have the latter of the two re-works, this one morphing the North American duo's original synth-pop song into a bubbling, body-moving bit of melodic beat music. The result is something akin to Prefuse 73 having a go at writing a precious tune for the Morr Music label back in their early-'00s heydays, and then maybe some Brainfeeder-signed MPC twiddler giving that jam a remix. And there's nothing wrong with that at all. 

Average: 7.7 (59 votes)

Sepalcure, FaltyDL, Joy Orbison, Untold, Mount Kimbie, and More Featured on New Hotflush Compilation

Following last year's string of stellar and ground-breaking releases, Paul Rose's Hotflush label is gearing up for one of its first big records in 2011, a two-disc, 20-track compilation called Back and 4th. The package will feature both classic and unreleased tunes from some of the most illustrious names in dubstep, UK funky, house, and bass music, including Joy Orbison, Untold, Incyde, Paul Rose's Scuba project (pictured above), Mount Kimbie, Roska, FaltyDL, and many others. Read more » 

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  • 01/26/2011

Download: Light Asylum "Dark Allies"

If there's one thing that Brooklyn duo Light Asylum can do with grace, aplomb, and tenacity, it's invoke the same sort of desolate soul and alienated desperation that inhabited so much of the music from the '80s. This epic, shadowy pop song in particular sounds inspired equally by Italo horror-film soundtracks and Factory Records' most brooding material. While producer Bruno Coviello works out a motorik drum-machine beat and a host of arpeggiating synths alongside his bare-bones bassline, singer Shannon Funchess exhibits the unbelievable range of her voice; gravelly groans, baritone croons, falsetto squeals, and every utterable tone in between all make appearances. Though "Dark Allies" was featured not long ago on last year's In Tension EP, Funchess and Coviello reignited interest in their driving, almost club-specific jam with an excellent new video (watch that here), and we're happy to see more people taking note. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.3 (49 votes)

Video: Bilal "Levels" (Directed by Flying Lotus)

Not that we're all that surprised, but apparently Flying Lotus can do just about anything. Along with composing and producing genre-defying albums and running a top-notch record label, Steven Ellison can now add "music video director" to his growing list of achievements. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Ellen Allien to Release 'Dust Remixes' In March

Out March 21 on her very own BPitch Control is a compilation of remixes to Ellen Allien's 2010 album, Dust. Dust Remixes,will feature the work of such stalwarts as Tim Hecker and Nicolas Jaar as well as newcomers like John Roberts and Kassem Mosse. Peep the sleeve and the full tracklist after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Download: Ana Helder "Next Club"

Label: Cómeme

Quite possibly the strongest dancefloor burner on her recently released, self-titled EP, Ana Helder's "Next Club" is a non-stop groove driven by stuttering basslines, bouncing house beats, seductive flute melodies, and animalistic wails. The young South American producer sets her sounds into a hypnotic loop for seven minutes straight—occasionally giving or taking an element of the piece seemingly at whim. Infusing Latin sounds into pulsating proto-house, Helder solidifies her rightful place alongside the likes of Matias Aguayo and Rebolledo on the burgeoning Cómeme roster, and "Next Club" is just one of several fine examples from the Ana Helder EP that illuminate why she's deserving of such a sought-after position. You can also check out a funny little video of Helder set to a clip from this song, below.  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (33 votes)

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