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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)
 
 

Video: Mount Kimbie "Before I Move Off"



The second video to appear from UK duo Mount Kimbie is a veritable clusterfuck of images attached to the lovely "Before I Move Off" track from the outfit's excellent, high-ranking Crooks & Lovers album. Using an unbelievable number of photographs, director Tyrone Lebon crafted a massive montage that whizzes past your eyes like an iPhoto slideshow on any number of homemade amphetamines. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2011

Download: Time Wharp "mandelbrotset"

When we think about the burgeoning tape culture that's been really picking up steam as of late, slow-brewing bass music is certainly not the first sound that comes to mind (nor the second, third, or fourth for that matter), and yet here we are. From a forthcoming full-length album by Atlanta's Time Wharp (a.k.a. Patrick Loggins) for the Wonder Beard Tapes label, "mandelbrotset" is a post-dubsteppy slice of click-clack rhythms, swelling synth melodies, and ghostly vocal manipulations served up with a heavy wash of lo-bit fuzz. Loggins' track is patient and even-handed, taking its time to build in strength before it eventually unravels during the relatively understated climax, but is nonetheless full of enticing sounds and fresh takes on the handful ill-defined genres it could easily be connected to. It's also vaguely reminiscent of the music from the boss level of a Nintendo game you played in 1989, as are Time Wharp's other tunes, which you can download through his Bandcamp profile for free. (via Altered Zones

Average: 8.1 (49 votes)
 
 

Video: Discodeine feat. Jarvis Cocker "Synchronize"



We just caught this video for the brand-new single from Pilooski's side-project, Discodeine. The bubbly track, "Synchronize," just so happens to feature the vocal talents of Pulp main-man Jarvis Cocker, and after our initial viewing of the music video we can ascertain that a girl freaks out in the shower, another scantily clad female gets a tattoo from an elusive male, Cocker watches a lot of TV, and the whole thing takes place in a few strangely lit rooms. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2011

Listen to a New Mix From Mad Decent's Jillionaire

You can now add Malibu Rum to the mix of competing hard liquor sponsorships of underground club music. The company recently asked Mad Decent affiliate Jillionaire for a "Caribbean"-influenced mix, for which the Trinidad & Tobago-based DJ turned in a massive, mostly dancehall-filled tracklist. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2011

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