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Download: Caribou "Sun (Midland Re-Edit)"

First Listen

This unofficial-but-Caribou-approved edit of the Canadian musicmaker's Swim cut "Sun" is a deftly chopped-up and collaged version of the psych-heavy dance tune by UK-based Midland (pictured above). The talented Leeds-based DJ/producer has been gaining momentum lately, thanks to a collaborative 12" with Ramadanman and a hotly tipped contribution to FACT's mix series, among other big moves. Taking just a cursory listen to his Caribou re-work, it initially seems like not a whole lot has changed from the original track, but underneath the wealth of recognizable sounds—the warbling synth melodies, the delayed vocals, the upbeat rhythms—subtle extras have been introduced to the mix to strengthen "Sun"'s dancefloor appeal. Midland's addition of bouncing low-end, live percussion sounds, and eventually, his own layers of moving synths help transform Caribou's song from a piece of bedroom party music to a club-appropriate house jam. 

Average: 8.4 (262 votes)

Download DJ Orion's 30 'Boombachero' Edits

Texan DJ/producer Orion—who also happens to be the head honcho of Austin's monthly Peligrosa party—has taken it upon himself to do us all a favor and invent another genre. Now, we can all work on integrating 'boombachero'—a new sound that combines moombahton, tribal guarachero, and juke/footwork around 140bpm—into our musical lexicon and collections. A great place to start would be this downloadable collection of edits by DJ Orion, appropriately titled Boombachero Vol.1. Read more » 

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  • 10/21/2010

Download: Future Islands "Tin Man (Jason Urick Remix)"

Baltimore producer Jason Urick has dismantled the elements of the "Tin Man" song, originally composed by his B-more brothers in experimental sounds, Future Islands (pictured above), and flung them to the far reaches of outer space on this remix. For most of Urick's 10-plus-minute re-work, rolling, tribal drum rhythms are the only thing keeping the wafting synth ambiance, indecipherable vocal utterances, delayed guitar plucks, and atonal alien transmissions from completely floating off into the empty expanse. It's repetitious, it's somewhat formless, and it's a bit indulgent, but those are the precise reasons why this dubby track is so overwhelming and easy to lose oneself in. 

Average: 6.9 (31 votes)

Download: Bjørn Torske "Bergensere"

From the recently announced album by Norway's Bjørn Torske, entitled Kokning, "Bergensere" is a lengthy exercise in the producer's self-proclaimed "skranglehouse" sound. Torske's spacey disco tune rides on a single groove created by a straightforward dance beat, a funky bassline, a handful of assorted percussive sounds, and a slow-growing mass of melodic instrumentation. On its journey, "Bergensere" grows bigger and bigger with each new element introduced to its sonic arsenal, but never becomes dense enough to overshadow the solid rhythm at its core. You can find out more about Torske's upcoming new record before it's released on November 15, here

Average: 7.3 (36 votes)

Nocando and Nobody Collaborate on Bomb Zombies

Born on a 2009 trip to Japan, Bomb Zombies is the brand-new duo of DJ Nobody and MC Nocando, both residents of LA's infamous Low End Theory club. The newly formed, forward-thinking hip-hop outfit will release its nine-track debut, entitled Sincerely Yours, via Nocando's recently minted Hellfyre Club label on November 9. Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2010

Dutty Artz to Drop 'New York Tropical' Comp in November; Free Ringtone Version of the Album Available Now

Brooklyn's premiere hub for globally minded dance tunes and other electronic sounds, Dutty Artz, is set to release a brand-new compilation of international DJs and producers, entitled New York Tropical. Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2010

Dave Nada and Sabo Prep Moombahton Massive, Drop a Free EP, and Bring Munchi to the US

First Listen

2010 has been another busy year for dance music and, as per usual, a whole new crop of subgenres has entered the lexicon. But perhaps none has been more unexpected than moombahton, the loping Latin sound that Dave Nada stumbled upon by slowing down Dutch house tracks to reggaeton tempo. In the span of just a few months, the sound has exploded across the globe, and while Dave Nada—who also spends time as one-half of Nadastrom—remains the de facto moombahton king, NYC DJ/producer Sabo has emerged as the movement's clear number two. Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2010

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Download: Chad Valley "Ensoniq Funk"

First Listen
Label: Cascine

Oxford's Hugo Manuel is one of the latest producers to join the world of pop-flavored beatscapes often described with words like "chill," "blissful," "summery," "hazy," and a "wave" of some kind. As Chad Valley, Manuel has prepared a four-song, self-titled EP for the new multi-national Cascine label, and we've got the first track to leak from that release here. "Ensoniq Funk" closes out Chad Valley, sending listeners off with an uplifting amalgam of '80s-pop samples, distant synth melodies, blown-out dance beats, a palpable sense of youthful exuberance, and a thick fog of AM radio fuzz. You can find out how the rest of Manuel's debut EP sounds when it drops on November 16. 

Average: 7.9 (36 votes)

Bloody Mary to Release New EP on Her Dame-Music Imprint

German producer and mixtress Marjorie Migliaccio (a.k.a. Bloody Mary) has a couple releases in the pipeline that are set to follow up her debut album, 2009's XLR8R-favored Black Pearl. Read more » 

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  • 10/20/2010

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