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Review: Digital Mystikz Urban Ethics

Label: DMZ

Mala and Coki, better known as Digital Mystikz, are dubstep OGs. Considering how much that word and that scene have gone through since DM's first release in 2004, it's surprising that their music still hits as hard as it does. Their sound could be a textbook definition of the genre, yet it's hard to call it conservative—even if they're still using the same terrifying dentist-drill synth sound.


Download: Phaseone "All to Herself"

Catching up again with Midwestern bass specialist Phaseone, we're treated to a slow and smooth booty jam that's equal parts bump and grind. "All to Herself" seems to be built almost exclusively for the sweaty goings-on taking place in dark bedrooms and nightclub nooks across the world, as its sultry bass groove, sparse vocal utterings, hypnotic synth melodies, and massive slap bring quite specific activities to mind. But while the song starts off sounding dark and sensual, it eventually moves into more shimmering and upbeat territories, sounding something like the hot younger sister of Joy Orbison's "Hyph Mngo." 

Average: 8.3 (58 votes)

Frank Bretschneider to Drop New Album Via Shitkatapult This February

One of the minimalist-minded music men behind the austere Raster Noton label, veteran producer Frank Bretschneider is set to release his seventh solo album via Shitkatapult. The new LP, entitled Komet, will feature seven tracks of impeccably crafted minimal- and ambient-techno—all of which were recorded and arranged live in the studio—spread over the course of 40 minutes, and will be released on February 4. Read more » 

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  • 01/06/2011

Download: Win Win "Releaserpm feat. Lizzie Bougatsos (Nadastrom Moombahton Remix)"

Back in November we shared with you a fresh project from Spank Rock collaborator and elite remixer XXXChange, called Win Win. That first tune, which features a vocal contribution from Lizzie Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance, gets slowed to a syrupy, tropical groove here, courtesy of DC production duo Nadastrom (pictured above). The lighthearted dancefloor vibe of the original remains intact throughout the pair's lengthy moombahton remix, as the upbeat synth melody and Bougatsos' wispy vocal contribution remain the primary focus, but producers Dave Nada and Matt Nordstrom make sure to give "Releaserpm" their own bouncing sub-bass slant, making this version an excellent alternative for use in the the lower tempo ranges. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.1 (37 votes)

See XLR8R Photographer Shawn Brackbill's Polaroids

It's no secret to photography buffs and lovers of vintage tech that instant film is on the move again. From the Impossible Project to Polaroid and FujiFilm Instax coming back into the game to produce their own instant emulsions, there's nary a Tumblr blog that doesn't in some way feature the stuff. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Video: Blondes "Virgin Pacific"

One of our favorite qualities of the kind of expansive, warm psych-house that Brooklyn duo Blondes makes is the feeling of transportation that each of the outfit's lengthy sonic journeys deliver. In fact, we love it so much, it helped land the pair's Touched EP in our list of favorite releases from 2010. So, it's wholly appropriate that the closing track from that record, "Virgin Pacific," is treated to a music video made of footage of flying through the air over a number of locales. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Grab Fresh LuckyMe Mixtapes From Brenmar, Untold, Roska, and More

Well, this totally slipped by us in the midst of our holiday gorging and revelry. As part of Glasgow music/art/party hub LuckyMe's Christmas celebrations, a whole mess of excellent DJ/producers (12, to be exact) crafted original mixes for the label to offer for free stream/download on its website during the 12 Days of Christmas. Among the ranks are some of the UK's finest party starters, including Untold, Roska, The Blessings, and Elijah & Skilliam, as well as a couple of American mixers like Brenmar (pictured above) and Salva. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Watch Drop the Lime In the Studio

In their continued support for niche strains of music, the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is now knocking on the studio doors of artists they've often championed. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

DJ Marky to Deliver Next 'FABRICLIVE' Mix

Veteran drum & bass producer DJ Marky is next in line to release his own FABRICLIVE mix for the illustrious London mega-club. About 25 years into the Brazilian artist's music career he was finally approached to craft and release his contribution to the ongoing mix series, an opportunity he'd been anticipating for some time. As DJ Marky puts it: "When I got offered to work with Fabric, the first thing I asked was, 'When do I get to do a [mix] CD?' There are so many people that I love who have done them. Within a day of being asked to do the mix, I'd recorded it. It's so important to me and for my career; Fabric is famous all around the world and since my first Marky & Friends event here, it's been brilliant." Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Download: Saroos "Yukoma (Populous Remix)"

First Listen

Here, Morr Music artist Populous refits the "Yukoma" track by Berlin-based trio Saroos (pictured above), a new side-project from the folks in The Notwist and Lali Puna. The producer basically gives the original tune's bubbling electronics, airy field recordings, and poignant synth melodies an electro-house backbone to wrap around. While Saroos' ambient bell sounds and tribal percussion loops percolate in the distance, Populous toys with synthesizers, vocal samples, and compressed dance beats, all of which give his remix a fresh edge. And if you love the original "Yukoma" enough (we posted it not too long ago here), you might like to know that Saroos will be touring Europe starting this upcoming February. You can check out the info for those dates after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (79 votes)

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