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Download: Chromatics "Circled Sun"

In the spirit of vintage authenticity, the Italians Do It Better label has repackaged Chromatics' stunning 2007 album, Night Drive, with an analog remastering of its 10 tracks and a small handful of unreleased Johnny Jewel Italo jams. Obviously, the Portland outfit's vintage-sounding instrumentation and production aesthetic drive the sterling "Circled Sun," but it's Ruth Radelet's sublime vocal performance that radiates as the star of the song. Her voice quietly calls out through rolling drum-machine sounds, chilly synth twinkles, and barren guitar strums—providing the song with the only sound more glowing than its analog warmth as she sings, "Circled sun, you are not the only one." (via Gorilla vs. Bear

Average: 7.2 (31 votes)

Listen to Huess' Podcast Before His New EP Drops

We're still getting to know UK producer Huess and his soulful Dilla-referencing beat tunes, but from what we've heard so far, like the title track from his recent Broke EP, we're excited for more. Apparently, he has another EP in the works for the Inaudible Answer imprint, which is preceded by this fresh podcast Huess shared today. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2010

Doshy, Boxcutter Appear on Robot Koch's New Album

Berlin beat maestro and Jahcuzzi member Robot Koch has just made yet another splash in 2010 with the release of his brand-new full-length record, Songs for Trees and Cyborgs. The producer's 14-track LP just dropped on the Project: Mooncircle label, and follows the Death Star Droid Remix EP and Listen to Them Fade 12" he released earlier this year on the same imprint. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2010

Listen to a New Mix From Appleblim

This one sort of slipped under our radar before we were off for the weekend: Skull Disco and Apple Pips acolyte Appleblim dropped this well-crafted and eclectic mix of tunes for UK dance-music hub Burlington Project. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2010

Download: Cock and Swan "Stash"

First Listen

We'll excuse the horrible band name if you will. Cool? Okay. Moving forward, the Pacific Northwest duo of Johnny and Ola translate their penchant for analog synths, ethereal vocal sounds, and polyrhythmic drum patterns into something that sounds like the lovechild of Stereolab and a good part of the Thrill Jockey roster. The breakneck drum pattern of Tortoise's "Jetty," the warm swelling tones of vintage Mouse on Mars, and the pared-down aesthetic of The Sea and Cake meet with a lilting coo reminiscent of Lætitia Sadier to form Cock and Swan's "Stash." It's a tasteful combination, to say the least, and certainly excites our interest in what the other songs on the duo's Unrecognize LP hold. You can stream and download the whole thing here

Average: 7.5 (26 votes)

Download: Teebs "Anchor Steam"

Label: All City

At this point, how much more can we say about young LA beatmaker Teebs? We like him. Flying Lotus likes him. Pretty much the entire greater Los Angeles area seems to like him. His debut full-length, Ardour, comes out on October 9 via the Brainfeeder label, but those of us who can't wait that long can happily dine on Teebs' half of the recently issued sixth volume of All City's ongoing LA series. (The other half was contributed by Daedelus; check out "Fates Say" for a sample of his contributions to the record.) "Anchor Steam" finds Teebs reaching into his usual bag of tricks by employing varied percussion and washed-out melodies, but the song also sports a Balearic vibe and a sped-up tempo that's more indicative of house and techno than the LA beat scene. Yet he handles the increased bpm deftly; it's always been evident than Teebs' music sounded great in headphones, but "Anchor Steam" leads us to believe that he might also have a future on the dancefloor. 

Average: 8.3 (130 votes)

Download matthewdavid's 'Disk Collection' for Free

Like most people we now read about and listen to on a regular basis, matthewdavid was experimenting with music and sound well before anyone knew who he was. We're sure most producers wouldn't be the least bit interested in sharing those 'experiments' with their fans, but thankfully, the Leaving Records boss isn't most producers. Read more » 

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  • 10/04/2010

Download: Botany "Waterparker"

We certainly don't want to overuse our modicum of music-appropriate adjectives here, but we can't help but call this song from Texan producer Spencer Stephenson blissed-out. Our first introduction to Stephenson's Botany project (he used to be called Abacus) is the ecstatic "Waterparker"—a lush and vibrant number immediately bringing to mind the sounds of Bibio and Air France. The song begins with a chopped-up and hollow sample that builds to a climax before releasing the flourish of harps, bells, chimes, and drums in front of its densely ambient backdrop. Like his equally blissed-out peers, Botany has a love for rhythms that'll send you running through a grassy field, but its the uplifting melodies and twinkling sounds that garner him that certain descriptor. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.3 (56 votes)

Outbox: Chapterhouse

Remember that nasty volcano in Iceland a few months back? Well, on top of the destruction it wrought, it also managed to postpone the US tour of recently reunited UK shoegaze heroes Chapterhouse. Read more » 

Download: Shigeto "Relentless Drag"

Label: Ghostly

It's been a long time coming, but the debut full-length record from Brooklyn-via-Ann Arbor beatsmith Shigeto will finally drop on November 9 via Ghostly. We've got the first leak to trickle from that 10-track body of work here, called "Relentless Drag." The song is only the third selection on producer Zach Saginaw's Full Circle album, and already things are quite moody. Plinking synth bits à la Oval's latest sound palette, lumbering beat work, and yes, dragging melodies all darkly shade in the nod-worthy composition. It would be a stretch to say this is a cheerless moment in Shigeto's forthcoming LP, but if it's any indication of the path that Full Circle follows, things might get a bit gloomy before he makes his way back to the light. 

Average: 8.3 (140 votes)

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