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Download: Simon Baker "L Train"

Label: 2020Vision

This slice of deep house comes courtesy of UK-based producer/DJ Simon Baker, whose debut album, Traces, comes out today. "L Train," the second cut from the LP, finds the Leeds producer mining the deeper regions of a funky bassline and pairing it with a sped-up electro beat. As the track's rhythm section happily rolls along, Baker creates vast atmospheres of epicly long pads and gurgling synth swells that pop up here and there along with sharply chopped vocal phrases and glimpses of cascading piano. Although his new record is said to bounce between the club and the more headphone-oriented side of house, rest assured that "L Train" definitely falls in the former category, as we can't imagine it would have any trouble getting a dancefloor moving. 

Average: 8.3 (58 votes)

Watch a 30-Minute Grouper Performance

Portland web and TV show Experimental ½ Hour recently had local ambient/noise songstress Liz Harris (a.k.a. Grouper) on its program for a solo live performance, which lasted the expected 30 minutes. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

Review: Deniz Kurtel Music Watching Over Me

Now that she's established herself as a successful visual artist, employing LEDs and mirrors in her interactive installations, Deniz Kurtel is putting in her bid as a legitimate producer with this debut full-length album. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

Aphex Twin, Shackleton, How To Dress Well, Magnetic Man, and More to Play Sonar 2011

This year, the massive annual electronic music festival known as Sonar will take place in Barcelona and Galicia across June 16, 17, and 18, and will feature performances from the likes of Scuba, M.I.A., Aphex Twin (pictured above), Shackleton, Toro Y Moi, Floating Points, How to Dress Well, Magnetic Man, Underworld, Buraka Som Sistema, and many more. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2011

Download: B.C. x Delivery "Return to Me (GODDOLLARS Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Scion A/V

The folks at Scion A/V have teamed up with Rhonda International, the label arm of LA's "polysexual" disco/house night A Club Called Rhonda, to release a new EP (artwork above) for "Return to Me," a new track produced by Marc Kinchen, who's perhaps better known simply as the highly influential '90s dance hit machine MK. Amongst the five remixes of the B.C. x Delivery tune that grace the EP is this classic house-inspired take from GODDOLLARS, which just might be the most faithful to MK's classic sound. Piano reigns king as a handful of chopped chords bounce atop skittering hi-hats and a thumping kick drum, but aside from the eventual mid-section synth breakdown, B.C. x Delivery's vocal is the song's co-star, taking center stage without much accompaniment and longingly belting out a lonely plea in '90s freestyle fashion. This remix, along with the original and remixes from Munk, Art of Tones, and SFVacid, can be found on the forthcoming Return to Me EP. 

Average: 8.1 (27 votes)

Download: Devonwho "Brushmetal"

The Pacific Northwest-based Dropping Gems collective/label has put together an impressive compilation featuring the likes of Shigeto, Sumsun, yuk., and more in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. The comp, entitled Gem Drops, is also where you'll find this cut from Portland beatsmith Devonwho. "Brushmetal" takes the prize for most g-funkin' contribution to the collection with its slippery synth melodies and loose, meandering bassline, all complimented by a tantalizing mass of programmed clicks and hisses that fill the spaces rendered empty by the track's giant kick drums. It's just one of the many choice beats found on Gem Drops (artwork above), which is available for a "pay-what-you-want" price at Dropping Gems' Bandcamp with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society. Good beats for a good cause, who ever said head-nodding beat-junkies couldn't contribute to society? 

Average: 8.4 (142 votes)

Modeselektor Collab with East African Vocalists for New Single

Berlin's prolific Modeselektor duo had embarked on some musical globe-trotting to Nairobi, Kenya last year and are now set to release the results of the voyage with a new single. Read more » 

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  • 03/11/2011

Check Out FaltyDL's Eclectic 'Human Survival' Mix

In the weeks leading up to the release of FaltyDL's sophomore full-length, You Stand Uncertain, the hotly tipped DJ/producer has let loose with an album trailer, a music video, some lengthy interviews, and a handful of club appearances (including one at the next XLR8R-sponsored Icee Hot in San Francisco). Most recently, the artist born Drew Lustman crafted a mix for The Quietus that shares much of the material that influenced his forthcoming LP. Read more » 

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  • 03/11/2011

Download: Kode9 "Time Patrol Dub"

First Listen
Label: Hyperdub

The anticipation is steadily increasing as we draw closer to the release date for the forthcoming Kode9 and The Spaceape LP, Black Sun, but to help hold us futuristic beat junkies over in the meantime, Kode9 has sent along this dub version of "Time Patrol" (which originally appeared on the 5 Years of Hyperdub comp back in 2009). As to be expected from a dub, The Spaceape's vocals are completely stripped away, allowing the focus to be on Kode9's lush, booming production. The only trace of vocals left amongst the menacing synth lines and dark horn stabs is the echoing, emotive phrasing of Chinese vocalist Cha Cha, whose contribution to the track marked her first collaboration with the London producer but has since led to her appearing on four tracks for the upcoming LP. In the time before Black Sun drops on April 18, we're thankful that Kode9 has allowed us to take a little trip into his reimagined past in hopes that it'll better prepare us for the mind-warping future he is about to deliver. 

Average: 8.1 (192 votes)

Casual Fridays: White sneaker world tour!

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

With spring and summer just around the corner, it's time to break out the white sneakers. These are my choices for the coming months… Read more » 

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