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Download: Marklion "You, and Your Dirty Boots"

Label: Upcode

Marklion is the new project of Vincent Thierion, a former member of French electro trio Dat Politics. Here we have a track from his new EP, You, and it is an absolute marathon through a delicious variety of analog synthesizer tones, from the square-wave to the acid-soaked and all the rest in between. Thierion skillfully blends and manipulates his rich array of sounds for over eight minutes, employing some classic techno drum work to help move the whole thing along and ensuring that even if you get lost in the shuffle (which you probably will) of pulsating synthesizer rhythms, you'll still be able to find the back-beat and keep your feet moving. If you're interested in taking a trip down XLR8R's memory lane, this MP3 reminded us of the first ever XLR8R TV episode, which featured Thierion's former group playing at Oakland's now-defunct 21 Grand performance space. Oh, 2007! Marklion's debut EP, You, is out now.  

Average: 8.1 (39 votes)

Blawan to Drop New EP Via R&S Records

Another fine DJ/producer doing the damn thing in London, Blawan has moved on from Ramadanman's burgeoning Hessle Audio label to the illustrious R&S Records roster for the release of his next 12". Read more » 

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  • 02/07/2011

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Download: PhOtOmachine "Technicolour (Throwing Snow Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Super

Brixton-based producer PhOtOmachine got his start working with garage legend MJ Cole, but his Technicolour EP, which just came out today, demonstrates a more profound love of house music. The title track is armed with a pulsing 4/4, bleeping synths, a snappy vocal sample, and a predilection for vintage 808 samples. Oddly enough, this remix from fellow Brit Throwing Snow is a lot more in line with the country's garage lineage, as it swaps in a skittering, off-kilter drum pattern and runs the vocal snippet through layer after layer of ghostly filters. It's less suitable for the dancefloor than the original—those looking for maximum floor-filling effectiveness should check out the Optimum remix—but it's a warm, gentle listen that's nonetheless quite enjoyable. 

Average: 8.3 (42 votes)

Salem to Tour North America This Spring

After the midwestern creeps and former XLR8R cover stars of Salem shocked and awed the mass of music fans worldwide with their monolithic King Night LP, they're now set to take that show on the road with a tour of North America in the latter half of March. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/07/2011

Download: Still Flyin' "Bull Riff (Elephant & Castle Remix)"

First Listen

Both reppin' hard here for the Bay Area, SF's massive Still Flyin' ensemble—who, incidentally, win the long-and-funny website address game—meets Oakland's Elephant & Castle on this remix of the former's "Bull Riff" tune. The East Bay beatmaker flips the band's busied instrumentation and vocal choruses into almost unrecognizable sounds for his tricked-out remix, an equally eclectic version of the track. Bulbous grooves, floating guitar plucks, warbling horn melodies, classic drum breaks, disembodied voices, and otherworldly frequencies comprise the bulk of "Bull Riff (Elephant & Castle Remix)," and make the track the excellent beat-centric alternative to the indie-pop original. 

Average: 7.4 (18 votes)

Listen to James Blake's Debut LP Now

Well, folks, if live performances, music videos, and Feist covers weren't enough to hold you over until February 8, you can now indulge your curiosities of what 2011's first truly anticipated LP might sound like, and listen to James Blake's self-titled debut album. Read more » 

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  • 02/04/2011

Casual Fridays: Casio G-Shock, Jil Sander, and Gilligan-Meets-Cappadonna

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves.

Download: Canblaster "Clockworks"

It was just last month that we gave word of the forthcoming EP from the exciting young producer making jams under the name Canblaster, and now we can share with you the first track to leak from the tunesmith's Master of Complications EP. After a few spins of the fiery "Clockworks," one specific word comes to mind: big. From the get-go, Canblaster unleashes a massive dance beat, which he quickly pairs with bubbling sonics and, whaddaya know, the tick-tick-ticking sounds of a clock. But it's after the first drop that "Clockworks" really takes off. The Frenchman alternates between a stuttered rhythm and a smooth house groove adorned with crisp percussive noises—switching between those hyped-up and classic vibes for most of his frenetic song. That mix of refreshing, club-ready sounds is further proof of the strengths in Canblaster's schizophrenic production style, and speaks even more to why we love his work the way we do. (via RCRD LBL

Average: 8.2 (78 votes)

Mexicans With Guns to Drop Debut Album in May

The masked man behind San Antonio's Mexicans With Guns, a certain Ernest Gonzales, has just announced that his forthcoming debut full-length is scheduled to be released on May 10 via the Innovative Leisure and Friends of Friends labels. The LP is called Ceremony and features 14 tracks of the producer's brand of Latin-inspired, bass-heavy beat music, along with guest appearances from the likes of Freddie Gibbs, Helado Negro, Zackey Force Funk, and Nocando, among others. Read more » 

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  • 02/04/2011

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