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Download: Caribou "Bowls (Icarus Remix)"

Though the track didn't make it on Caribou's official album of remixes for what was easily one of 2010's top musical highlights, Swim, this version of "Bowls" by UK electronic duo Icarus (pictured above) received a sort of honorable mention yesterday when it was posted on Caribou's SoundCloud for free download. We're happy to hear more interpretations of Caribou's various forays into beat-centric music, especially a flip as intricate and surprising as this one. For its remix, Icarus strips "Bowls" of its propulsive thump, catchy synth hook, and sporadic string flourishes, instead placing the focus directly on the moody sub melodies, droning bowl sounds, and the pair's own glitched-out rhythms. Sounds twist and turn, swell and crash, and generally seem to have a life of their own on "Bowls (Icarus Remix)," as though Icarus' only job was to make sure no noise flew too far out of earshot whilst flitting about. 

Average: 7.8 (26 votes)

Mobilee Announces Release of New 'Back to Back' Comp, Compiled by Marcin Czubala

Berlin's party-oriented minimal techno outfit Mobilee has announced the release of the fifth edition in its Back to Back series, to be available February 28. The series has in the past served as an avenue for Mobilee-associated artists (such as Anja Schneider and And.Id) to explore their favorite cuts from the label's output, mixing and remixing to their hearts' desire. Read more » 

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  • 01/12/2011

2562 Launches New Label, Releases Limited-Edition Vinyl

Netherlands' Dave Huismans, better known as 2562, recently announced he will be launching his own label, When In Doubt, with its first release being a two-track 10" from the label-head himself. Read more » 

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  • 01/12/2011

Download: FUR "Clears Throat (Solar Bears Remix)"

As the post-rock legends in Mogwai continue to riddle their once pristine discography with album after album of bombastic mediocrity, a vacant slot has opened in the music world—one that begs to be filled by tasteful musicians as interested in subtlety and nuance as they are grit and distortion. Certainly a prime candidate to fill such a void is the Irish duo Solar Bears (pictured above), and the more we hear from the instrumental outfit, the more they seem to lead the pack. This remix of "Clears Throat," a tune originally by Denton, Texas-based FUR, speaks more to the Bears' soft side, as they layer pattering rhythms, warbling synth ambiance, moody bass tones, and preciously plucked guitar notes to craft a touching soundscape that'll likely entrance you while it tugs ever so softly at your heartstrings. 

Average: 8.1 (53 votes)

Hype Williams Announces New LP for Hippos In Tanks

Hype Williams is not the electronic side-project of the well-known music video director of the same name but actually a mysteriously elusive "Anglo-Russian" duo that has been building a reputation with their brand of lo-fi dub/avant-pop/beat music over the last year. Now the duo has officially announced that a new LP, One Nation, will be released March 15 via the Hippos In Tanks imprint. Read more » 

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  • 01/12/2011

Download Free Flying Lotus Tracks With Proof of Purchase

Leave it to Warp's flagship beatsmith Flying Lotus to not only help revolutionize the music we listen to, but also how we obtain the music we listen to. With a brand-new web app called Trigger, fans of FlyLo can download what are called the Cosmogramma Alt Takes, but there's a catch: You have to prove you actually purchased the Cosmogramma album. Read more » 

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  • 01/12/2011

Download: Kotchy "Sometimes I Get Down (Mike Slott Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Done Right

Brooklyn-based avant hip-hopper Kotchy (pictured above) is getting set to release his latest album, Two, on February 1. Back in November, he gave us a sneak peek in the form of a trippy video for album opener "Sometimes I Get Down." Now the song has been remixed by Irish-born, NYC-based producer Mike Slott, who has basically extracted almost all of Kotchy's distinctive flow. Gone are the laid-back talk-raps and noodling acoustic guitar loop, as Slott has picked up the tempo and assembled a playful little number full of swirling keys, melodic whimsy, and bouncy, chopped-up beats. Think of it as the original's hyperactive younger brother. 

Average: 8.2 (68 votes)

Robert Hood Releases New M-Plant 12" With James Ruskin Remix

Coming soon on DJ/producer Robert Hood's own label, M-Plant, is a two-song 12" record featuring both the Detroit techno veteran (pictured above) and UK producer James Ruskin. While Ruskin delivers a solid remix of the lead single from Hood's Omega LP, "Alpha," the label head offers a brand-new track of ominous, hypnotic dance music, simply called "The Family." Read more » 

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  • 01/12/2011

Badman Begins: As Ramadanman, David Kennedy mines hardcore, juke, acid, and more to reshape dubstep.

David Kennedy seems perfectly positioned for the new millennium. His recollection of the 20th century is a bit vague. The future is far away and up for grabs. His professional creative trajectory, which began rather suddenly in the mid-'00s when he stumbled upon a low-pressure sound community growing in London, is all happening in the present. Read more » 

Download: Chuck Maurice & Simbad "Summer Badness"

First Listen
Label: Brownswood

Taken from World Family Vol. 1, the recently released inaugural edition of a new compilation series from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label, "Summer Badness" is a soulful slow jam from the minds of Puerto Rican producer Chuck Maurice and London-based DJ/producer Simbad (who also happens to be the compilation's co-curator along with Lefto). The pair of music makers lay down a couple of sample-heavy grooves—made mostly of horn loops, disembodied "ooh"s, a syrupy bassline, and a solid hip-hop beat—to carry most of their tune, and occasionally brighten the corners of their somber tune with flurries of astral synth melodies and other twinkling sonics. It's certainly a fitting cut to close out the 27-song, two-disc compilation, as "Summer Badness" prompts one to close their eyes, sway back and forth, and imagine that beat-lovers around the world are all doing the same. 

Average: 8.2 (54 votes)

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