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Download: Solar Bears "Dream Valley (Young Montana? Remix)"

Here, Solar Bears and Young Montana? (pictured above), two oddly similar artists from across the pond (Ireland and England, to be exact), mash together their shared love of shimmering melodies, intricate aural textures, and inventive rhythmic work on this remix that effectively highlights all three areas of interest. The young English producer (who, incidentally, just dropped his debut LP, Limerance, via Alpha Pup) applies a few herky-jerky beats and some woozy synth tones to the thick, crackling atmospheres of the Dublin duo's "Dream Valley," which altogether yields a sound that floats somewhere in the company of Warp roster favorites like Flying Lotus, Boards of Canada, and Bibio. "Dream Valley (Young Montana? Remix)" is upbeat yet languid, clear-eyed yet psychedelic, fresh yet familiar, and, most importantly, highly enjoyable. We certainly wouldn't mind more of these remixes from the pair in the future. 

Average: 8.4 (97 votes)

Download: The Miracles Club "Light of Love (Cut Copy Re-Vision)"

Label: Cutters

From a forthcoming remix record for the slow-burning "Light of Love" by Portland vintage-house ensemble The Miracles Club, which will drop next week via Cut Copy's own Cutters imprint, this fresh version of the 2010 jam was crafted by the aforementioned Australian dance-pop band as the release's opening track. The first three quarters of "Light of Love (Cut Copy Re-Vision)" sounds more or less like a pumped up version of the original track, but once the dense, shimmering wash of synth melodies starts to dissipate towards the end, you can make out the subtle percussion rhythms and basslines that Cut Copy added into its mix. Even still, the whole remix remains equally reminiscent of each outfit's classically inspired approach to buoyant dance music. You can check out more info on the forthcoming 12" over on the Cutters website, here. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.7 (46 votes)

XLR8R's Top Five Favorite Gang Gang Dance Tunes

After having spent the past few months digesting the wild psychedelia of the latest full-length LP by Brooklyn art-rock ensemble Gang Gang Dance, the awe-inspiring Eye Contact, and after XLR8R scribe Walter Wasacz delved deeper into the band's background for this lovely feature article, we've decided to take a trip back into Gang Gang Dance's earlier work, and make a list of our top five favorite tunes from those past albums. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2011

Gear: Arturia and Bob Moog Foundation Announce Dr. Bob's Collector Pack

Makers of a wide variety of musical gear, but perhaps best known for its extensive software emulations of classic synthesizers, Arturia, have teamed up with the Bob Moog Foundation to create a multimedia box set in Dr. Moog's (pictured above) honor called Dr. Bob's Collector Pack. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2011

Download: Jacques Greene "Lay It Down (Nacho Lovers Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Uno

The New York-based label UNO definitely hit the ground running with the release of its brilliantly spaced-out and disco-fied debut single, "Future," by Eddie Mars. Staying strong, UNO is back with another heavy hitter, "Lay It Down," the US label debut of Montreal-based sensation Jacques Greene. As a way of whetting our appetites, we've been slipped the Nacho Lovers remix to share with you. Nacho Lovers tastefully retain the acid bassline and overall vibe of the original track while still giving the song their trademark deep treatment. The rhythmic emphasis is shifted from snare to kick, a full-stop organ is added to the mix, and completing the transformation is a synthesized sax riff ripped wholesale from 1992. "Lay It Down" is out next week, so give the remix a listen now and be sure to pick up the single when it becomes available from your favorite retailer. 

Average: 7.5 (69 votes)

Guest Reviews: Dominik Eulberg

Dominik Eulberg doesn't exactly win originality points for being a German techno producer with a penchant for lush melodies and an impeccable attention to detail, but his unabashed love for ornithology and time spent working as a German national park ranger certainly sets him apart from the crowd. Eulberg's been melding techno with nature sounds since 2003, an effort that continues on his latest full-length, Diorama, on Traum. Each song on Diorama was inspired by a different natural wonder, a unique list that includes water, ants, and glow worms. When he's not making music or exploring the wilderness, Eulberg also maintains a busy DJ schedule, so we asked him to tell us about some of his favorite tunes at the moment. Read more » 

Download: T. Williams "In The Deep (Zander Hardy Remix)"

First Listen

Last month, XLR8R reported on the soon-to-be-released remix compilation from London's Deep Teknologi label, simply titled Deep Teknologi The Remixes. With its release on the immediate horizon, we have here a teaser in the form of veteran UK rave DJ Zander Hardy's remix of T.Williams' "In The Deep." Hardy takes the original's minimal bass-bump and busies it up with skittering hi-hats, wooshing toms, a synth line reminiscent of '80s b-boy electro, and a stop-start kick drum that injects the song with more than its share of pregnant pauses. Give it a listen below and look out for Deep Teknologi The Remixes on May 23. 

Average: 7.8 (40 votes)

Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power to Release Solo Debut on Rock Action, Streams First Track

Benjamin John Power, one half of noise duo Fuck Buttons, recently announced that he's going it alone, at least for now, under the moniker Blanck Mass. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2011

Star Eyes Preps 'White Gloves' for Trouble & Bass

NY-based party-starting tunestress Star Eyes (a.k.a. Vivian Host, former XLR8R editor) has just unveiled her next record for the longstanding Trouble & Bass imprint, a three-song EP entitled White Gloves. Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2011

Video: Mountains "Blue Lantern on East Oxford"

In support of their just-released LP, Air Museum, Brookyln's droned-out ambient duo Mountains (whose track, "Thousand Square," we recently wrote about here) has just released a video for album cut "Blue Lantern on East Oxford." Read more » 

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  • 05/11/2011

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