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Download: Games "Heartlands"

Seeing as how Daniel Lopatin completely immerses himself in the alternate realities (read: songs) he creates as Oneohtrix Point Never, it's hard to imagine him working on anything other than those otherworldly soundscapes—let alone anything as upbeat as his Games project. The Brooklyn-based duo, which also includes Joel Ford (of Tiger City), recently released its first 7", Everything is Working, and the lush "Heartlands" is the b-side to that record. The song starts as a shimmering, sample-heavy dance tune, but slowly turns into an exploration of filtered atmosphere and cascading synth melodies. It's certainly nothing like Lopatin's solo moniker, but if we try extra hard, we can picture music like this playing in the dance clubs of Oneohtrix's hand-made dimensions. 

Average: 8.1 (49 votes)

Video: Tropics "Soft Vision"

Back in June, we posted this song from UK producer Tropics, one of the more recent additions to the Planet Mu roster. Since then, the 22-year-old artist has announced the release date for his debut single—October 4—and shared this video for "Soft Vision" with the world. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/20/2010

Download: Small Black "Photojournalist"

Label: Jagjaguwar

As we reported just last week, Brooklyn's DIY dream-pop outfit Small Black just finished work on its debut album, New Chain, and is set to release it on October 26 via Jagjaguwar. This track is the first single to be heard from that record, and it's chock full of all the woozy synth tones, mildly thumping dance beats, and hushed vocal work fans of the quartet have come to know and love. While the sound of "Photojournalist" is thick and filled to the brim with punchy sonics, it's the subtleties of the poignant instrumentation and the heartwarming sentiment delivered by the lyrics that draw us to Small Black's song. Being emotional in music is easy, but being graceful and understated—while still driving your point home—is something else entirely. 

Average: 7.6 (33 votes)

Caribou to Tour North America With Russian Futurists, Emeralds

It's no secret we love Caribou's latest record, Swim, so we'll continue to sing its praises and get a bit giddy inside every time he makes it into our native land to rock the party. Kicking off next month, band leader Dan Snaith and his group of touring musicians will take electronic psych-pop of Caribou's discography across North America through half of September and all of October. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/19/2010

Download: Signal Deluxe "Imperial Aerosol Kid ([a]pendics.shuffle Remix)"

Label: Blaq

We had a nice little e-chat with musical multi-tasker Kenneth James Gibson (pictured above) earlier this month before he dropped his first release under his own name, Delusional Tales and Non-Silence. Apparently, he was already itching to get back to one his other monikers, as he's just delivered this remix for Mexican production duo Signal Deluxe under the [a]pendics.shuffle name. Gibson's work with "Imperial Aerosol Kid" is a long-stretching remix full of deep house grooves and ethereal textures that bolster the original track's already sultry vibe into realms of exotic erotica. And it's one of the warmest, most lush productions we've heard from a man with a reputably chilly musical disposition. 

Average: 8 (41 votes)

CFCF Gives Away Free Slow-Jam Mixtape

It's been nearly a year since we got into the first album by Montreal's R&B-loving Balearic tunesmith CFCF, and a couple months since his remix EP, Drifts, came out, so yeah, we're ready for more from the soulful producer. And here it is: Mr. Michael Silver has a brand-new mixtape called Slow R&B For Zellers Locations Canada-Wide, and he's giving it away for free. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/19/2010

Booze, Boobs, Bricks, and More In Our NSFW Wrap-Up of the 11th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos

“We need TOTAL coverage!”

I kept repeating that line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and my photographer, Kelly O, was clearly getting sick of it. It was 5:30 a.m. at the final day of last week's Gathering of the Juggalos, and we’d already been privy to a stabbing, a bricking, some country-bumpkin cocaine, and a guy named “Kiltman," who forgot where his penis was. Read more » 

What Is It: Tribal Guarachero

With each passing day, it seems that the the global bass tent becomes just a bit more crowded. Baile funk. Cumbia. Champeta. Mambo de la Calle. Kuduro. Kwaito. Shangaan Electro. The genres keep coming, and one of the latest to perk up gringo ears is tribal guarachero, a sound native to Mexico, particularly Mexico City and Monterrey. Read more » 

Download: Dibiase "Lumberjack"

Label: Alpha Pup

This fall is looking to be a big season for debut albums, and if there's any scene with a wealth of up-and-coming producers hungry to release their first record, it's the LA beat scene. Even though tunesmith Dibiase has been at the music-making game for over half a decade now, his debut LP, Machines Hate Me, is just now set to see the light of day. "Lumberjack" is the first track to make it off that record, and exhibits the producer working overtime on his herky-jerky, MPC-based beats rife with crackling, melodic sample work. Catch 14 other of Dibiase's rhythmic concoctions when Alpha Pup drops Machines on September 14. 

Average: 8.1 (68 votes)

Oval: With Two New Records, the German Glitch-Techno God Takes it Waaaay Back to Basics.

Fifteen years ago, Germany's Oval caught our ears by physically damaging CDs and mining alien beauty from their skips and loops. Their classic albums, Systemisch and 94 Diskont, wrote the book on what would become "glitch" techno. The group later shrank to just frontman Markus Popp, who went on to create sublime psych-noise albums and design audio software for his Ovalprocess sound-art installation. Read more » 

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