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Download: Actress "Maze (My Dry Wet Mess Remix)"

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We've been lurking hard on the goings on in UK producer/label head Actress' musical world as of late, and it's gotten to a point where we'll hop on just about anything his name is tacked onto. Apparently, that includes bootleg remixes from admiring fellow beatmakers, like this one from a recent signee to Daedelus' Magical Properties label, My Dry Wet Mess (pictured above). The Barcelona-based producer beefs up the original track's brooding nature into something far better suited for club excursions, but without losing the emotive sensibilities of Actress' slow-burning melodies. Hell, MDWM even adds an extra bit of soulful synth melody to the frantic ending of his "Maze" rework, as if the busy track needed any more ideas. 

Average: 7.8 (64 votes)

House Party III: Toronto Duo Azari & III Avoids Pigeonholing While Taking Disco and R&B on the Ride of Their Life

On the eve of a North American and European tour to include stops at Detroit's Movement festival, London's infamous Fabric club, Berlin's Panoramabar, and Toronto's Pride festival, Azari & III is ensconced in a remix for upcoming electro producer Sunday Girl in their Toronto studio. They're trying to work the piece into a harder, more four-to-the-floor banger. But making things into four-to-the-floor bangers is hardly their usual approach.


Download: Zombie Disco Squad "Dança Do Zumbi (feat. MC Oscar)"

UK production duo Zombie Disco Squad contributed this futuristic house number to the forthcoming retrospective compilation from Berlin's Man Recordings label. The release, entitled Valeu!, spans five years over the course of 13 tracks from the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Crookers, Edu K, and label head Daniel Haaksman. Lucas Hunter and Nate Self, the two Squad members who happened to have hooked up an XLR8R podcast nearly a year ago, enlisted the Portuguese-speaking microphone skills of one MC Oscar for their track, an addition that pairs well with the marimba, tropical rhythms, infectious basslines, and Fever Ray-esque synth tones prevalent in "Dança Do Zumbi." Here's hoping the rest of Valeu! follows suit when it drops September 6. 

Average: 7.8 (25 votes)

Drop the Lime On Deck for Next FABRICLIVE Mix

New York club fave and Trouble & Bass mastermind Drop the Lime has been selected as the next in line to contribute to the ongoing FABRICLIVE mix series. The DJ/producer/label head, known to friends as Luca Venezia, will deliver FABRICLIVE 53: Drop the Lime October 12, coming months after Drop the Lime's latest single, Sex Sax. Read more » 

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  • 08/04/2010

Download: Mexicans With Guns "Me Gusto (Toy Selectah Remix)"

For his unreleased one-off remix of "Me Gusto," by masked San Antonio producer Mexicans With Guns (pictured above), self-proclaimed 'raverton' DJ/tunesmith Toy Selectah gave the erratic original a taste of his hyped-up club-ready sonics, of course served with a heavy dose of bouncing Latin rhythms. At times, the Monterrey-based party starter's tune reaches levels of busyness and noisiness on par with his Texan neighbor's original, but Selectah nonetheless remains focused on objective numero uno: delivering booming dance beats tailor-made for the world's dancefloor throngs. You can catch more collaborative goodness from Mexicans With Guns and Toy Selectah on a 7" coming this winter on Friends of Friends. (via FACT

Average: 7.6 (25 votes)

Dennis Ferrer Drops "Hey Hey" Remix EP

The man responsible for one of last year's biggest house tunes, "Hey Hey," Dennis Ferrer just followed up his massive single with—whaddaya know—an EP of remixes. The six-song release, which hit the UK back in May, is out now in the US via the recently independent Strictly Rhythm label. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2010

Download: Jon Hopkins "Vessel (Four Tet Remix)"

Label: Domino/Double Six

Jon Hopkins and Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) appear to have a sweet little exchange going on lately. Hopkins recently give Four Tet's "Angel Echoes," from this year's beautiful There Is Love in You album, a good overhaul, and now Mr. Hebden has applied his subtle beats and bubbling melodies to the former's Insides track, "Vessel." The tune starts out a bit darker than most Four Tet productions, but evolves into something more recognizable about a minute and a half in. Under his quietly shuffling dance beat, a fast-paced synth melody percolates monotonously while bits of piano, strings, and tastefully warped samples begin to rise to the surface. It takes longer than seven minutes for Hebden's remix to finish its course, but the time spent going full-circle (and back again) is time well spent, thanks to the song's meticulous orchestration. The song appears on Hopkins' new Remixes 12", which also features a Nathan Fake re-working of his song "Wire." Jon Hopkins and Four Tet are also on tour together now. Check out those dates here

Average: 8.4 (89 votes)

Hot Chip Readies Remix EP with Todd Edwards, Caribou, and More

Many months after the release of its fourth full-length album, UK geek-pop group Hot Chip (pictured above) has announced a forthcoming EP of remixes, appropriately called We Have Remixes. The four-song disc contains reinterpretations from producers Todd Edwards, Caribou, Osborne, and Hot City, each working with a separate tune from One Life Stand. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2010

Download a New Mix and Interview From Actress with Gilles Peterson

Werk Discs label head and recent XLR8R feature Darren Cunningham (a.k.a. Actress) was snagged a few days ago for a little bit of podcast mix magic and interview face time with BBC Radio1 personality Gilles Peterson. Read more » 

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  • 08/03/2010

Download: J. Dilla "Sycamore"

Back in May, the folks at Stones Throw dropped another posthumous release from the late, great J. Dilla, an EP that features—along with the actual music—two Serato control records and two donut slipmats. Three of Donut Shop's six tracks are instrumentals of tunes lifted from recent releases, and the other three—including this tune, "Sycamore"—are unreleased productions hand-selected by J.Rocc from Dilla's archives. Not much can be said about a Dilla beat that isn't hip-hop common knowledge, even with a fresh track. The dirty shuffle of the producer's drum-machine rhythms and thick bass-synth funk are paired with a bit of MPC noodling for another gritty classic. And as per usual with the legend's work, "Sycamore" doesn't need the help of an MC to keep things interesting through its two and a half minutes. You can download all of Donut Shop for free if you sign up for Stones Throw's newsletter, here. (via Gorilla vs. Bear

Average: 8.3 (118 votes)

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