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Download: a. d. l. r. "Wisp"

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It's good to hear a lot of Southern California's young music makers challenging the local scene that many of them are inextricably linked to, and doing so to a point where we music critics may have to ditch any comparisons to their hometown peers altogether. Laguna Beach-born Nicholas Morera (a.k.a. a. d. l. r.) eschews all 'beat scene' trademarks for a unique sound driven by atmosphere, experimentation, and, seemingly, randomness. His "Wisp" track, taken from the forthcoming Foam on the Waves of Space-Time... album (coming January 11 on Non Projects), sounds like Morera snagging a potpourri of disparate audio clips and letting them run wild through a gauntlet of effects and analog processing. The song is certainly ambient and gelatinous in its structure, but here and there, a. d. l. r. introduces a jarring smash of rhythmic sounds—effectively giving the composition something to anchor its weightless husk to. 

Average: 8 (50 votes)

oOoOO: Christopher Greenspan Joins the New Wave of Ethereal Electro-Pop Makers While Sidestepping the Name Game.

San Francisco producer Christopher Greenspan wants to make sure that people don't mistake his moniker (spelled oOoOO, but simply pronounced "oh") as an intentional act. "Actually, I hate the name," he says, cradling a cup of tea at a local cafe. "It got me grouped in with other obscure, unpronounceable names, which then got me grouped into the 'witch house' genre. In reality, the name came from when I was putting songs on MySpace, and I just put in a bunch of Os." Read more » 

Panasonic Confirms the End of Technics Turntables

DJs the world over will be mourning the news that Panasonic has officially announced that production of Technics turntables ended this fall. Last month we posted that Panasonic had planned to discontinue the Technics SL-1200MK6 analog turntable, the SH-EX1200 analog audio mixer, the RP-DH1200, and RP-DJ1200 stereo headphones, and now comes the news that the entire line of Technics turntables has been shut down. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2010

Listen to a Live Performance From FaltyDL in London

As we saw briefly in this recent video interview with FaltyDL (not to mention his set at this year's Decibel Festival), the DJ/producer holds his own quite well in a live setting, so we're certainly more than willing to catch his DJ sets in any capacity. FACT posted a live recording of DL's performance at the Heaven club in London, and it's certainly a doozy. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2010

Download: Teengirl Fantasy "Dancing in Slow Motion (Brenmar Remix)"

What's beautiful about Teengirl Fantasy's original "Dancing in Slow Motion" is that, for a song borne of a gritty, DIY, electronic dance music ethos, it packs a whole lot of emotional punch on both the lyrical and musical fronts, and keenly harks back to a time when dance producers gave a shit about telling a story through song (our hats tipped to Shannon's "Let the Music Play," and the whole of '80s Miami freestyle). Problem is, you can't actually dance to it. So in steps remixer extraordinaire Brenmar (a.k.a. Bill Salas, pictured above, who also provided us with this week's killer podcast) to change all that. Not only does Salas give Light Asylum front lady Shannon Funchess' harrowing, heartrending vocals the full-on diva treatment they deserve (worthy of that other dance queen Shannon) but he also kicks the beat up a notch and rearranges the tune with sizzling pads and an all-around warmth, shuffle, and bounce, which he's managed to bring to more than a few R&B tunes as of late. 

Average: 7 (66 votes)

Baths to Tour North America Next Year

The creator of one of this year's most rewarding and melodic beat-related albums , Will Wiesenfeld (a.k.a. Baths), follows up the release of his lovely Cerulean (not to mention his inclusion in our beat-scene feature) with a headlining tour across North America. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2010

Download: Talk "Holy Mountain"

US producer Talk (a.k.a. Daniel Lewis) claims to either be from "darklands" or "rave cave," neither of which may lead you to his real-life Southern origins. Earlier this week, Talk released his first EP, Holy Mountain, on Jason Forrest's and Jubilee's Berlin-based Nightshifters label. Talk's purported origins in "darklands" may seem incongruous to the South's sunny weather, yet his music certainly has an ominous disposition. For instance, here on the EP's title track, eerie, flute-driven interludes give way to acerbic synths and the sunken drums of UK funky. Holy Mountain also features two other Talk originals alongside remixes from LOL Boys, Skinnz, and Distal. He's also made a video for his song "Burning Alive," which you can check out after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 6.6 (52 votes)

Check Out Pictureplane's New 'Dimensional Rip' Mix

When he's not inciting internet drama and 'to mix or not to mix' debates, as he did so effortlessly on his recent podcast for us, Colorado DJ/producer Pictureplane likes to spend his time tearing our dimension to shreds in a variety of different ways. As the mixmaster also known as Travis Edegy put it on his blog, "I have been conducting magical social experiments under the guise of 'dimensional rip,' as a way of altering the reality of both myself and the world (universe) at large, attempting to tear open and manipulate the fabric of reality, basically." So, his latest rip comes to us in the form of a mixtape, featuring 11 obscure happy hardcore and jungle tunes slowed down to the artist's liking. Read more » 

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  • 11/17/2010

Get to Know the Real LV Over on FACT

Elusive London-via-South Africa production trio LV, the tunesmiths behind the massive "Boomslang" single, recently granted a rare interview with all of its three members to FACT, who then turned it into this lengthy and informative Q & A. The Hyperdub-signed producers, Will Horrocks, Gervase Gordon, and Si Williams, talk about their backgrounds, both musical and personal, the inclusion of kwaito and reggae styles into their bassy club tunes, and how they got hooked up with Kode9's label, among other revealing topics. Read more » 

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  • 11/17/2010

Download: c.db.sn "4amcatattaq"

On December 15, Colorado bass-centric imprint Plastic Sound Supply officially drops its first volume of a new compilation series focusing on producers from its home state, interestingly titled Experimental Dance Breaks 36. While it's certainly not the 36th edition in a series, and you're not likely to find many 'dance breaks' in its skittering, woofer-abusing tracks, the inferred experimental nature of the release is certainly valid. Take this production from Denver native c.db.sn, where elements of electronic genres across the board—including bits from ambient, glitch, bass, IDM, and techno sub-strains—coalesce into a somber tune that's simultaneously familiar and refreshing. Maybe it's not the most 'out there' experimentation, but sometimes just giving a few of your favorite, trusted sounds a good tweak before arranging them in new ways is enough. If you can't wait for physical copies of Dance Breaks, you can nab a digital version here

Average: 8.3 (86 votes)

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