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Watch an Exclusive Interview With Switch



The good people over at Scion A/V passed along this interview with producer and frequent MIA and Diplo collaborator Switch, in which you'll find him discussing his musical roots, how he got hooked up with MIA, and a decent amount of bleeped-out cursing. Enjoy. Read more » 

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  • 01/28/2011

Download: Labtekwon "Faraway Land"

Label: Ankhba

From the latest album by Baltimore producer/MC Labtekwon, Next: Baltimore Basquiat and the Future Shock, comes this sample-based bit of clattering beat work. "Faraway Land" boasts some of the grimiest rhythms from the dustiest source material heard this side of a FlyLo production; the distorted booms of vinyl-ripped kicks bounce in tandem with click-clacking percussion sounds while the lyricist delivers calm and collected flows about... Well, we can't say for sure what Labtekwon is rapping about (we could guess it has something to do with foreign countries), but it's no matter—it all sounds quite good to us. And you can check a video for "Elevation," a much smoother track from the same Labtekwon album, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (27 votes)
 
 

New Kitsuné Compilation to Feature Up-and-Coming Parisian Acts

Word of a brand-new compilation coming down the pipeline from French culture- and party-hub Kitsuné isn't usually the most exciting news these days, seeing as how the dance music label has released around 20 of them since it was founded in 2002. But this time out, there's a new spin: Kitsuné Parisien is a 12-song record that focuses only on the "next breed" of Parisian producers. Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2011

Detroit Legend Rick Wilhite to Release Debut LP

Although that headline above may seem hard to believe , it's now been confirmed that Detroit deep-house veteran Rick Wilhite (who also operates under the aliases The Godson, DOC, Tech-12, and Working Mixx) will be releasing his debut LP, Analog Aquarium, on Chicago's Still Music imprint March 21. Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2011

Stones Throw's Anika to Play Select DJ Dates and Tour US

One of Stones Throw's newest artists, the UK-based Anika, has been making waves recently since releasing her Geoff Barrow-produced self-titled debut LP last December (which you can read a bit about in our Iconic Sound feature with Portishead/Beak>'s Barrow) but has yet to make an appearance state-side, until now. News has come down our way that Anika will be making a handful of DJ appearances with dates in New York and LA throughout the month of February, spinning alongside the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, Cubic Zirconia, Machinedrum, and Veronica Vasicka (who's responsible for curating Stones Throw's excellent Minimal Wave Tapes). Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2011

Video: Tim Hecker "The Piano Drop"



This video was put together by some loving fans of producer Tim Hecker's particularly brutal aural assaults, but was apparently sanctioned by the artist and his people, since that's who alerted us to its existence. Fittingly, the people responsible for the post paired a number from Hecker's forthcoming Ravedeath 1972 album, "The Piano Drop," with vintage, black-and-white footage of "The First MIT Baker House Piano Drop (1972)." Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2011

Check Out a New Mix From XLR8R's Shawn Reynaldo

Sound the conflict-of-interest alarm! Yes, our very own Managing Editor, Shawn Reynaldo, has crafted and delivered to us a brand-new mix of fresh, next-level club tunes. The recording was made not only to spread the word of the first anniversary celebration of the excellent Icee Hot party, which will feature the illustrious Kode9 as its headliner, but also to mark the death of Reynaldo's 11-plus year-old DJ alias, Disco Shawn. Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2011

Download: Stateless "Assassinations (FaltyDL Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Ninja Tune

UK-based avant-pop outfit Stateless (pictured above) is about to unveil its second album, Matilda, on March 1. As bands tend to do, a single is being circulated prior to the album release, and Stateless has settled on "Assassinations." The group claims that the song sounds like "Timbaland producing Pink Floyd" (is that a good thing?), and producers Om Unit and FaltyDL have been commissioned to remix the track. We've got our hands on the latter effort, which finds NYC beatsmith Drew Lustman chopping, slicing, and looping frontman Chris James' vocals and marrying those bits with swirling psychedelics, moody keys, and a melange of fractured beats. It's not exactly dancefloor material, but FaltyDL has never been one to shy away from sonic experimentation. The "Assassinations" single comes out on February 15. 

Average: 8 (69 votes)
 
 

Watch Juju & Jordash Jam Live With Move D in Amsterdam



Amsterdam production duo Juju & Jordash just dropped this video in our inbox the other day, a 12-minute clip of the house-loving pair working out a live jam session with German DJ/producer Move D. Read more » 

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  • 01/27/2011

Ben Frost, Demdike Stare, Lone, Emeralds, and More to Play Second Annual Unsound Festival New York in April

Poland's premiere forward-thinking electronic/experimental music festival Unsound will make the trip overseas again this year for its second installment of Unsound Festival New York. Along with support from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York, the Unsound Festival planning team will unleash a barrage of live performances by excellent musicians, DJs, producers, and bands between April 1 and April 10. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/27/2011

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