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Download: Ana Helder "Next Club"

Label: Cómeme

Quite possibly the strongest dancefloor burner on her recently released, self-titled EP, Ana Helder's "Next Club" is a non-stop groove driven by stuttering basslines, bouncing house beats, seductive flute melodies, and animalistic wails. The young South American producer sets her sounds into a hypnotic loop for seven minutes straight—occasionally giving or taking an element of the piece seemingly at whim. Infusing Latin sounds into pulsating proto-house, Helder solidifies her rightful place alongside the likes of Matias Aguayo and Rebolledo on the burgeoning Cómeme roster, and "Next Club" is just one of several fine examples from the Ana Helder EP that illuminate why she's deserving of such a sought-after position. You can also check out a funny little video of Helder set to a clip from this song, below.  Read more » 

Average: 6.8 (33 votes)
 
 

Black Milk to Tour North America With Live Band

Around this time last year, Detroit's Black Milk brought XLR8R into his production studio to share some of his beat science with us, and starting in March Black Milk will be applying that science to a live touring band with himself at the helm. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Watch the Music Video for DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad's 'Space Juke'



Known for his lunchtime videos with indie rock favorites and music videos for the likes of Sufjan Stevens, filmmaker Jon Casey is now pointing his lens at Chicago's juke and footwork community. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Video: Boxcutter "TV Troubles"



The first video to surface on behalf of Boxcutter's forthcoming LP for Planet Mu, The Dissolve (released April 25), is for a quick little production called "TV Troubles." The tune is a strange number from the Irish producer, as it flexes a serious '80s-funk vibe compared to his usual UK bass-inspired sounds, and is paired with a healthy amount of psyched-out VHS footage. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Podcast 182: Canblaster

2010 was a good year for French producer Canblaster (a.k.a. Cédric Steffens), as the Club Cheval resident and former Bubblin' subject debuted with the Jetpack EP and also dropped a string of hyperactive, genre-hopping remixes for the likes of Spoek Mathambo, Drop the Lime, J-Wow, Teki Latex, and others. Read more » 

Check Out Hype Williams' Mix for FACT

Unusual and enigmatic to be sure, Hype Williams skirts direct categorization at every turn of its brief-but-interesting music career, and this brand-new mix the duo just completed for FACT is certainly no different. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Review: Isolée Well Spent Youth

Label: Pampa

Nearly six years after the unlikely crossover success of his last for the Playhouse label, We Are Monster, Rajko Müller's third album as Isolée is coming out on DJ Koze's Pampa Records. "Paloma Triste" opens the album with layers of synths that would sound wistful if they weren't mixed to sound almost unrelated. So far, so good, but it takes an intrusive, out-of-tune bassline—so fumbly it might have been recorded directly from a teenager's practice amp—for the listener to be sure they're in the right place. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Virgo to Release Unheard Recordings Via Rush Hour in March

Following last year's reissue of its classic and sole long-player, pioneering Chicago house duo Virgo (a.k.a. Virgo Four) will drop another record of its vintage recordings, although this new batch is all previously unheard and unreleased material. Rush Hour Recordings will release Resurrection—a 15-track CD or 30-track vinyl box set, featuring songs produced in various home studios in Chicago between 1984 and 1990—on March 1. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Laurent Garnier to Tour North America as L.B.S.

About six months ago, French techno legend Laurent Garnier decided to shelve his typical role as DJ, seeking a new audience relationship by performing live, improvised sets as L.B.S. (Laurent, Benjamin, Stephane) with keyboardist Ben Rippert and Stephane "Scan X" Dri on machines. Read more » 

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  • 01/25/2011

Download: Slava "Dreaming Tiger (live version)"

Brooklyn producer Slava (pictured above) put out a record last month on Washington, DC-based Future Times with the songs "Dreaming Tiger" and "World of Spirits," titles indicative of the halcyon soundscapes and sonic spiritual journeys Slava likes create. Recorded during a recent live performance of Slava's, this version of "Dreaming Tiger" adds a significant amount of color to the original's more subtle melodies, launching the track into an even more defined celestial space than the release version. Thankfully, the drums still sound as ancient as the original and the bass swells with analog delight despite an unfortunate bit-rate for the kbps-specific DJ community. If this doesn't inspire you to upgrade to 320, check out the video accompaniment to Slava's performance of "Dreaming Tiger" made by VJ Galina Shevchenco. 

Average: 7.7 (37 votes)
 
 

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