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Download: Deaf Center "Close Forever Watching"

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The Norwegian duo of Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland (collectively known as Deaf Center) impressed connoisseurs of deep, ambient instrumental music back in 2005 with its Pale Ravine LP, but the pair has scarcely been heard from since. Finally resurfacing with a new LP, Owl Splinters, earlier this year, Deaf Center has reinstated its reputation for crafting slow, melodic sonic landscapes, trading in the partially lo-fi aesthetic of previous works for a much richer, studio-quality sound. Credited as cellist and pianist, Skodvin and Totland do much more than simply play cello and piano on "Close Forever Watching," as both musicians emote dark textures from their respective instruments while utilizing electronics to conjure long drones that flow together into one massively epic movement. For those interested in seeing/hearing Deaf Center perform its majestic compositions live, the Norwegians will be making a rare US appearance this month on April 7 as part of the Beyond the Dark series for the New York edition of the Unsound Festival (full details here). 

Average: 7.7 (22 votes)

Joy Orbison Announces Debut US Tour

UK's post-dubstep darling Joy Orbison will be bringing his brand of forward-thinking bass music to this side of the Atlantic for the first time next month. Read more » 

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  • 03/31/2011

Video Premiere: Taragana Pyjarama "Girls"

You might remember Danish duo Taragana Pyjarama from this vibrant micro-techno track we offered near the beginning of the month. That tune comes from the outfit's just-released self-titled EP, as does the buoyant dance production "Girls," which is paired with the colorful video piece above. Read more » 

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  • 03/31/2011

Listen to John Talabot's and Beautiful Swimmers' Teengirl Fantasy Remixes

One of our favorite songs from last year, which also just so happened to be on one of our favorite albums of 2010, Teengirl Fantasy's wonderful "Cheaters" tune recently received the official remix treatment from John Talabot and Beautiful Swimmers, and will be released by Spain's Hivern Discs label next month. Read more » 

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  • 03/31/2011

Video: Win Win "Interleave (feat. Alexis Taylor)"

Win Win has got all the elements of a killer collective project—slick production from XXXchange and Chris Devlin, involvement from visual artist/producer Ghostdad, and guest mic spots from Spank Rock’s Naeem Juwan and Gang Gang’s Lizzi Bougatsos. So it’s beyond us why no one’s really making much of a deal about the electro-hip(ster)-hop super-group. In any event, they’ve added another “name” to their ranks, with Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor crooning on the outfit’s new “Interleave” track, which was just coupled with the colorful images above. Read more » 

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  • 03/31/2011

Pariah: No outcast, Arthur Cayzer's sample-phonic beats are itching to be heard.

Arthur Cayzer isn't unique among his producer peers for venerating Burial, declaring the influential artist's Untrue to be one of the greatest things he's heard in the last few years. "I'm probably pretty indebted to that album," says the 22-year-old, now living in East London. Read more » 

Download: Auntie Flo "Highlife"

The Huntleys & Palmers party began in 2007 in Glasgow as a boutique hub for forward-thinking dance music, and now, after years of energizing dancefloors—not to mention a move to London—the H&P crew is expanding its operations and launching a proper record label. The first release comes from Auntie Flo, another Glaswegian, albeit one who's originally from Goa, India. His Goan Highlife EP (artwork pictured above) includes two slices of percussion-heavy house music with an upbeat, almost tribal feel. Although "Highlife" doesn't bear many traces of the distinctive guitar melodies that define the African genre of the same name, the tune's incessant drums and occasional bursts of swirling synths still combine to form an infectious listen, which is probably why people like Villalobos and Optimo have been featuring the song in their sets. The song also features an equally fun, dance-filled video, which we've posted below, and folks in London can celebrate its release in person at the Huntleys & Palmers label launch party at Plastic People on April 9. Auntie Flo will be spinning alongside T. Williams and others, while Mim Suleiman will be performing live. Check the flyer with all the details after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (43 votes)

Jason Forrest to Release 'Everything' This May

Berlin-based audio troublemaker Jason Forrest (a.k.a. DJ Donna Summer, Nightshifters label co-owner) just announced that he'll be releasing his first full-length album under his given name in six years on May 3. Called The Everything, the 11-track record follows his recent Utopia EP (from which we shared this track) for the Deathbomb Arc imprint, and will be released by German label Staatsakt. Read more » 

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  • 03/31/2011

Download: Niva "Boy From the Sun"

Stockholm-based producer/singer Niva just released his debut EP, Feverish Dreams (pictured above), via UK label Something in Construction, and here we have one of those six preciously simplistic synth-pop tunes. The clean-cut production features a straightforward electro-house beat, a few lo-bit synth tones, a slightly funky bassline, and some quietly cooed and slightly warbled vocal hooks—basically, the go-to recipe for upbeat electronic pop music these days. Despite its predictability, Niva's "Boy From the Sun" displays an earnestness from its creator, as the artist crams all of those genre hallmarks into a quick, well-crafted two and a half minutes that never feels a moment too short or the least bit half baked. There's a pretty little music video for the song to boot, which you can check out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (55 votes)

Quenum to Release Debut EP for Crosstown Rebels

Swiss techno OG Philippe Quenum (a.k.a. Quenum) is perhaps known best for his and Luciano’s Cadenza Records imprint. However, on April 25, Quenum will have his first outing for London's Crosstown Rebels. Read more » 

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  • 03/30/2011

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