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Podcast 157: Alex B

LA might get all the shine for the burgeoning beat scene, but a few states over in Colorado, producer Alex B (a.k.a. Alex Botwin) has been quietly setting up an abstract, instrumental fiefdom of his own. Read more » 

Review: Mahjongg The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger

Label: K

Mahjongg's lead vocalist, Hunter Husar, was once quoted as saying, "When you're in your early 20s, you want to take on the world and take over a city." The Chicago band appears to have been successful in achieving their objective, which they continue to cement on their third LP, The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger. Honing their own particular brand of hybridized post-punk dance music and dub-electronic to a near-OCD level, Mahjongg's tone on their latest disc is intricately planned, genre-splicing, and dance hall-ready.

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  • 08/24/2010

Download: Jargon V.A "Crime Scene feat. Killa P"

First Listen

The first release from Cheese on Bread's fresh new record label is a two-track single by UK grime production duo Jargon V.A. The burgeoning outfit enlisted Roll Deep MC Killa P to contribute his fervent flow to their bassline-flavored track, and the results are pure soundsystem fire. Through the wobbly low-end of "Crime Scene"'s energetic bass, head-smashing dance beats cut the wall of sound with Killa P's omnipresent vocal work riding atop it with a speed and tenacity that quickly justifies his connections to icons like Wiley and Dizzee Rascal. You can also check out the video for "Crime Scene" here, and keep your eyes peeled for more magic from Jargon V.A with a forthcoming Tinie Tempah collaboration and a full-length album, entitled It's All On Top

Average: 6.9 (38 votes)
 
 

Watch Martyn's Touching Short Film, 'Great Lengths'



You've been warned: This isn't your average music video. The man responsible for what easily stands as one of our favorite albums from last year, Dutch-born producer Martyn, recently worked with director Ramón Gieling on this heartbreakingly gorgeous short film, which presents a Fellini-esque interpretation of the 2003 death of Martyn's father, pro footballer Gerrie Deijkers. Read more » 

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  • 08/24/2010

Download: Roska "Play Gamez"

First Listen

Wow—RinseFM is having another birthday. Seems like just yesterday the next-level bass music hub was celebrating the procurement of its official broadcast credentials, and now it's ready to celebrate its Sweet 16. That party is getting ready to jump off at London's illustrious Fabric club, along with an unbelievable lineup that includes Skream, Benga, Joker, Oneman, Zinc, Ben UFO, Elijah & Skillam, and Roska, who passed along this exclusive track. "Play Gamez" comes to us straight from the UK funky DJ/producer's harddrive as a gift to fans preceding the upcoming massive party; it's an even-tempered dancefloor track with a sharp, shuffling beat, a bulbous bassline, and plenty of warbling sound effects. We're sure you'll be hearing more lengthy club-friendly productions like this from the army of mixmasters ready to take over Fabric on September 10. 

Average: 7.7 (38 votes)
 
 

Stream Shed's Forthcoming Sophomore Album

Calling the upcoming second album from German DJ/producer Shed "highly anticipated" seems like a complete understatement at this point. After the dust settled from his 2008 debut album on Ostgut Ton, the momentum has been gradually rebuilding behind producer Rene Pawlowitz's follow-up record, The Traveller, in the form of interviews, podcasts, and now, a stream of the whole record, courtesy of FACT. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2010

Tiefschwarz, Mathew Jonson, Jamie Jones, DJ Kaos, and Many More to Play Lunaland Festival

For the first time in nearly a decade, Berlin's historic Spreepark amusement park will open its gates to host the Lunaland festival on August 28 and 29. The two-day extravaganza will feature performances from DJs and live acts the likes of Tiefschwarz, M.A.N.D.Y., Jamie Jones, Mathew Jonson, DJ Kaos, and many others. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2010

Stream a New Track From Hercules & Love Affair's Andy Butler

First Listen

For the first official release on his Mr. Intl label, Hercules & Love Affair frontman Andy Butler has teamed up with Jason Kendig (of San Francisco's Honey Soundsystem crew) to craft this incendiary piece of bouncing classic house. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2010

The Orb and David Gilmour to Collaborate on New Album

After writing a version of Graham Nash's "Chicago" for charity together, English/German electronic music innovators of The Orb and Pink Floyd singer/guitarist/songwriter David Gilmour have embarked on a new collaborative record entitled Metallic Spheres. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2010

Brackles In-store at Phonica Records This Friday

Brackles, bass music tunesmith and founding Blunted Robots teammate, is dropping the inaugural mix album for both himself and new !K7-related mix series Song For Endless Cities on August 30 via Cool in the Pool. Read more » 

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  • 08/23/2010

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