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Download a Holiday PR Mix That's Actually Really Good

On a normal day, seeing a mix put together by a PR firm would prompt us to click the delete button as quickly as possible, but when the folks over at Tailored Communication (a Berlin-based PR company) sent over this X-Mas mix with a slew of excellent artists and 2010 favorites, it was hard to write off as PR fodder. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2010

Apple Pips to Drop New Orphan101 12"

Apple Pips has just announced its next release, a 12" single by Bristol bass head Orphan101. The forthcoming record follows a couple releases from earlier this year on Saigon and the producer's own DECA Rhythm label, and features two brand-new experiments in the realms of dubstep and techno, called "Propa" and "Disemble." Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2010

Download: Mr. Mitch "Skittles (SRC Remix)"

Working on a somewhat grimier side of UK house permutations, up-and-comer SRC delivers this fresh remix of "Skittles" by fellow burgeoning UK producer Mr. Mitch. The Birmingham native holds tight to the hyperactive synth melodies and infectious dancefloor energy of Mitch's original track on his re-worked version, but tosses in an extra helping of percussive sounds and one sinister-as-hell bassline that's sure to incite as many smiles as it does grimaces whenever it drops in a club's soundsystem. For those of you still hungry for 8-bit-flavored bass rhythms after devouring SRC's five-track Gold Coins EP for Numbers, this remix will certainly help tide you over until his next official release. (via FACT

Average: 7.4 (35 votes)

Friends of Friends Release Free 'Pop Massacre' Compilation

Los Angeles' Friends of Friends label is giving the holiday gift of free this week with a new compilation entitled Pop Massacre. Call it a massacre, call it a reinvigoration, Pop Massacre features 13 pop favorites remixed, refixed, and refurbished by beat-scene affiliates like Daedelus, DNTEL, and Shlohmo. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2010

Watch the Final 2010 Episode of ZZK TV

Marking the final episode of ZZK TV in 2010 is episode five, documenting the final leg of ZZK's blistering North American tour, which spanned 11 shows in 13 days. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2010

Ecstatic Music Festival to Kick Off Next Year with Owen Pallet, So Percussion, Dan Deacon, and More

An ambitious music festival is set to start its first year this coming January at New York City's Merkin Concert Hall, the first ever Ecstatic Music Festival. From January 17 to March 28, Merkin Concert Hall and New Amsterdam Records will bring together more than 150 musicians, producers, and composers to perform 14 concerts of unusually large scope. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2010

430 West to Release Remixes of Octave One From Sandwell District and Aril Brikha

Legendary Detroit techno duo Octave One (pictured above) had begun reviving its material early this year in a series dubbed Revisited, on which the two Burden brothers reworked two of their classic tracks, "Meridian" and "Dema," to bring them up to speed with the contemporary techno scene. Now we've gotten word that the second in the Revisited series will be released in January with remixes from burgeoning location-less label/collective Sandwell District and Sweden's frequent Kompakt and Peacefrog contributor Aril Brikha. Read more » 

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  • 12/13/2010

Check Out Our 2010 Elements Wrap-Up

For the year's end, we had Elements compiler Andrew Porter create a must-have list of gear for 2010. Read more » 

Bubblin': Dark Sky

Who: Dark Sky
Where: London, UK

Just when London's post-dubstep scene seemed like it couldn't possibly spawn any more talent, Tom Edwards and Matt Benyayer of Boogaloo Crew hooked up with classmate Carlo Anderson and started dropping quality tunes under the name Dark Sky. Read more » 

Download: Photek "Slowburn"

Label: Photek Productions

Well, it certainly has been a while since we've heard from UK jungle pioneer Photek. (Seriously, we really haven't heard anything from him since his 2007 collection Form and Function II.) Now Photek is ready to make his 2011 resurgence with a new EP, Avalanche, set for release in February of next year. "Slowburn" is the first track released from said EP and, well, it's not exactly what we expected over here at XLR8R HQ. There is definitely a new Photek at work here, one that's not sounding much like his early jungle output or even like his later dabblings in house, as "Slowburn" instead presents itself as the veteran producer's step into new territory, one defined by slower tempos, heavy bass, and aggressive drums. We won't know the full extent of this transformation until Avalanche is released on February 28, but we figured you'd be curious to hear this first offering in the meantime. 

Average: 7.4 (134 votes)

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