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Video Premiere: RJD2 as The Insane Warrior "The Water Wheel"

So, Philly's premiere vinyl excavator RJD2 has a brand-new side-project called The Insane Warrior. Under that new moniker, DJ/producer Ramble John Krohn just released the album We Are the Doorways (listen to that here), which is apparently a John Carpenter- and Brian Eno-influenced soundtrack to a sci-fi horror film that doesn't yet exist. And we now have the first effort of pairing images with RJ's fresh sounds with the brand-new video for "The Water Wheel." Read more » 

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  • 02/04/2011

Download: Pazes "Evaporar (Aether Remix) "

First Listen

We haven't heard much lately from the formerly San Antonio-based Diego Chavez (a.k.a. Aether) and if this remix is any indication, that's too bad. Since Aether's 2008 LP, Artifacts, Chavez—who now calls Boston home—has been known as a producer who crafts airy, emotional instrumentals, and this remix finds him expanding on his craft. "Evaporar" comes courtesy of Brazilian electronic artist Pazes, and the presence of Brazil is clearly at work in the bossa nova guitars and crooning Portuguese lyrics of the original, which Chavez skillfully manipulates into the fold of this blissful beat. Adding much to the simple instrumentation of Pazes' version, Chavez employs skittering shakers and claps that ride along the foreground while gliding bells and melodic synths burst in the background. Pazes Southpaw EP (artwork above), where you'll find the original version of "Evaporar," is set to be released February 15. 

Average: 8.3 (52 votes)

Download: Aril Brikha "Rising Sun"

Swedish-Iranian producer Aril Brikha has been hard at work crafting his own niche into the austere world of techno music since the spritely age of 16, and now, nearly 19 years later, the multi-faceted artist has not only made his mark in the US, Europe, and beyond, but he's also started his own label, Art of Vengeance. Just released on Brikha's imprint is a re-issue of his first LP from back in 2000, Deeparture In Time, a 10-track album that now comes with an extra disc of previously unreleased music that the musician crafted between 1995 and 1999. "Rising Sun" is a fine example of those warm, classic sounds; its deep techno vibes reference the Detroit-born sounds that first inspired Brikha to make music, while simultaneously standing as an unheard precursor to the kinds of club music we love to get down to today.  

Average: 7.6 (64 votes)

Listen to a Mix From Deep Teknologi Co-Founder S.E.F.

London's Deep Teknologi label/collective has been on everyone's lips lately, and after having one of its co-founders, T.Williams, kick off this year's XLR8R podcast series with a scorching mix, it's only right that the other co-founder, S.E.F. (pictured above), gets his due in mix form. Now, electronic music writer (and occasional XLR8R contributor) Andrew Ryce has posted an exclusive mix from S.E.F. showcasing Deep Teknologi's "UK to the bone" stylings. Read more » 

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  • 02/03/2011

Download: heRobust "Shawty Swing My Way (Busted)"

Label: Saturate

Last month, we posted a track from the Atlanta/London duo Mane Mane and now we've gotten our hands on a track from the Atlanta half of the duo, producer heRobust, who has just released a new EP entitled Albumin (artwork above). "Shawty Swing My Way (Busted)" finds heRobust utilizing the vocals from K.P. & Envyi's '90s hit "Swing My Way" to lead the track as he crafts disjointed, bit-crushed future-hip-hop below. The vocals are, surprisingly, not chopped and screwed to oblivion but rather presented as an intergal part of the song, along with a whirlwind of spacey synths and dark bass. Shuffling hi-hats skip between a steady kick and snare that take on the head-nodding duties essential to any artist that bears the tag "21st-century-beat-music." Albumin is available for a "pay what you want" price over at Saturate's Bandcamp

Average: 8.3 (101 votes)

Trentemøller to Embark on World Tour

Following the release of Danish DJ/producer Trentemøller's most recent LP, Into the Great Wide Yonder, the veteran musician will take off on a tour around the world. The first part of the tour, from February 10 to March 7, will feature DJ sets by Trentemøller, which will be followed by an extensive tour with his live band from March 19 until September 2. Read more » 

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  • 02/03/2011

Munk to Release New EP With Remixes From Jacques Renault, Welcome Stranger, and Rory Phillips

Often touted as Germany's answer to DFA, DJ/producer/label head Mathias Modica (a.k.a. Munk) and his Gomma label will soon drop another record of the kind of indie-friendly disco-house music that has earned him his reputation. The Keep My Secret EP is set for release on February 11, and will feature remixes from Welcome Stranger (of Rub N Tug), Rory Phillips, and Jacques Renault (of Runaway), along with the original version of Munk's tune. Read more » 

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  • 02/03/2011

Red Bull Music Academy Now Accepting Applications, Offers Goodies From Zinc and Heatwave

This year's installment of the infamous Red Bull Music Academy will take place in October and November in none other than Tokyo, Japan, and now, you can apply to be a part of this potentially life-changing, two-week-long immersion into the world of music production. Up until April 4, both aspiring and seasoned artists can apply here to take part in the slew of recording sessions, musical lectures, workshops, and jam sessions offered by RBMA. Read more » 

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  • 02/03/2011

Video: How To Dress Well "Suicide Dream 2" and "Suicide Dream 1"

Love Remains, the touching and visceral debut album by Brooklyn's lo-fi-obsessed R&B experimentalist How To Dress Well, didn't quite make it onto our year-end favorites list for 2010, but that's not to say we weren't avid fans of artist Tom Krell's shattered ethereal pop. We even had the opportunity to premiere HTDW's music video for the lovely "Ready For the World" cut, and now we're pleased to give you two more clips for "Suicide Dream 2" and "Suicide Dream 1." Read more » 

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  • 02/03/2011

Labels We Love: R&S Records

It's hard to imagine the techno world of the late '80s and '90s without Belgium's R&S Records. The Ghent-based label not only first introduced Aphex Twin to the world, but it was also the home of some of the era's biggest names and releases, from Derrick May to System 7 to Joey Beltram, whose "Energy Flash" might be the label's most famous single. Read more » 

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