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Kode9 to Talk About Sonic Warfare This Week in San Francisco

While any electronic music head knows that Kode9 is one of the founding flag-bearers of the dubstep movement, it might come as a surprise that the DJ/producer also holds a Ph.D in Philosophy, and in 2009 saw his first tome on sonics released by the MIT Press. Read more » 

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  • 03/23/2010

Watch Fatima's "Soul Glo" Video

Fatima's debut EP, Mindtravelin', has just been released on the Eglo label, and its first single already has an excellent music video. The soulful songstress definitely pleases on "Soul Glo," but the vid's appropriation of analog television technologies as well as the cult of the infomercial makes us swoon. Check it out below!

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  • 03/23/2010

Download: Koss "Ocean Waves"

Label: Mule

Another moniker of jazzy house composer-producer Kuniyuki Takahashi, Koss' works exist somewhere between Stars of the Lid and the Chain Reaction discography, and "Ocean Waves" is exemplary in this respect. Featuring an insistent kick and bass rumble behind warm, soaring synth drones, echoey piano tinklings, and high-frequency hisses, the piece is the aural equivalent of a sunset, its thudding-yet-sentimental ambience perfect for a mix filled with Peter Zummo, Fluxion, and Brian Eno. Taken from the upcoming international release of his 2008 Japan-only Mule album, Ancient Rain

Average: 7 (34 votes)
 
 

Download: Lando Kal "Fuzzy Ankles"

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Label: Numbers.

Brooklyn's Lando Kal is one half of the Lazer Sword crew, so while the bass-blap of the latter is certainly reflected in the bass tones of his solo project, the beats are more indebted to electro-house. "Fuzzy Ankles" is a slow-burning number, replete with a hypnotically glacial house beat, menacing synths, and high-frequency shimmers of sound. With its bit of squelch and a clean breakdown, the track is perfect for late-night hi-jinks, when everyone on the floor is loaded to the gills and ready to get down with some serious beats. Taken from Lando's new split 12" with the other half of Lazer Sword, Low Limit, out now on Numbers. 

Average: 7.8 (61 votes)
 
 

Review: Mux Mool Skulltaste

If one used producer Brian Lindgren's debut album as the basis for psychoanalysis, it would be almost immediately apparent that under his musical moniker, Mux Mool, the man suffers from multiple personality disorder. The tug-of-war between Dilla-esque hip-hop ("Hog Knuckles") and buzzy, electro-tinged dance tunes ("Crackers") runs throughout the whole of Skulltaste. Read more » 

Download Donnacha Costello's Little White Earbuds Podcast

From the brilliant variety of Colorseries to the more ambient sounds of his recordings for the Mille Plateaux label, Dublin's Donnacha Costello has been one of the most innovative producers of electronic music for more than a decade. Little White Earbuds is now hosting a podcast curated by Costello which features the most influential tracks to him and his sonic palette. From the hard Detroit techno of Neil Landstrumm to the gay house of "Love Can't Turn Around," the podcast is a journey through the best house and techno of the past 25 years. Check it out over at LWE. Tracklisting after the break! Read more » 

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  • 03/22/2010

Outbox: Alex Gopher

As one of the founding fathers of the French touch scene in the '90s, Alex Gopher has seen his fair share of clubs, studios, and odd experiences. On the tail of releasing My New Remixes (Go 4 Music), the prolific producer, DJ, and Air collaborator took time out from working next door to Etienne de Crecy to tell us about stolen identities, live snafus, and why he fancies himself more of a ground squirrel. Read more » 

Download: The Glitch Mob "Drive It Like You Stole It"

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Label: Glass Air

Together, edIT, Boreta, and Ooah have amassed a large number of remixes, singles, and mixtapes, but May 25 will mark the release of Drink the Sea, the debut full-length from LA's veteran blap collective. The Glitch Mob opted to drop the album on its own imprint, Glass Air, and has also given us the premiere of the album's first single, "Drive It Like You Stole It." If this track is anything, it's an anthem. Amidst a trademark head-nodding beat heavy with slap, a number of synths vie for the forefront position—like a team of buglers announcing the coming of the beat scene's heroes—before giving way to an arsenal of heavy percussion and reverberated vocal samples. 

Average: 8.3 (637 votes)
 
 

Download: Virgo "Do You Know Who You Are"

1989's "Do You Know Who You Are" might be one of the best deep Chicago cuts ever recorded, its monstrous kicks, bright wandering synths, and deliciously delayed guitars creating a blueprint for all true deep house to come, from the Burrell brothers to the almighty Kerri Chandler. Pile on synth buzz, near-subsonic bass, and watery harmonies, and there's no denying the piece's greatness, which makes it all the better that Trax and Rush Hour have just re-released Virgo's only eponymous album. Featuring new artwork and tracks remastered for maximum loudness, the release shows that Rush Hour is fast becoming the best archival house label in the world. 

Average: 7.8 (36 votes)
 
 

Review: Pit Er Pat The Flexible Entertainer

After a couple of albums of drab post-rock, Chicago's Pit Er Pat blossomed into a much more interesting proposition on its 2008 full-length High Time, and that bloom continues on The Flexible Entertainer. Similarities between Pit Er Pat and Gang Gang Dance exist, mainly in Fay Davis-Jeffers' narcotized-siren vocals and Butchy Fuego's lopsided, postmodern dub rhythms that push each track down unpredictable routes. Read more » 

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