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Download: Night Plane "No Regrets"

On "No Regrets," Brooklyn/Berlin producer Night Plane (a.k.a. William Rauscher) sampled '80s R&B trio The System's "You Are In My System," although it ultimately becomes a nearly unrecognizable amidst the song's hulking synth-wash of crunch and crackle. Nearly burying the listener in atmospheric synths, Night Plane alleviates the track's weightiness with an expertly placed acoustic guitar riff that, in the context of anything but dark and growling synths, could easily be mistaken as fodder from the untouched New Age section at any number of dying record stores. Rauscher cites "balearic twilight" and "cosmic Brooklyn" as influences on his MySpace page, descriptions that, while obviously a bit silly, do seem to fit a sound that couples ancient mysticism and intergalactic sci-fi. (via Altered Zones

Average: 6.8 (24 votes)

Download Michna and Dust La Rock's 'Best of the Orb' Mix


Ghostly's Michna and Fool's Gold's Dust La Rock like The Orb—a lot. As such, the boys recently dug into the musical vaults and put together a cassette-only mixtape of Orb classics and rarities they've simply titled Michna & Dust La Rock Mix the Orb. The cassettes were limited to only 100 and have already sold out on Turntable Lab, but in case the hard copy isn't so important to you, the mix can now be heard in its entirety in MP3 form here. The mixtape contains nearly 90 minutes of Orb material, covering albums like the Kiss EP, Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, and Pomme Fritz. To celebrate the release, Michna and La Rock have scheduled a party on November 27 at Brooklyn's Public Assembly, a night that will feature them dropping all-vinyl sets along with Trouble & Bass queen Star Eyes and drum & bass OG DJ Dara of Planet of the Drums. Check the poster for the release party after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 11/15/2010

Outbox: Mary Anne Hobbs

At this point, Mary Anne Hobbs' name has become synonymous with electronic music. The musical icon has carved out an ideal niche for herself within the bass- and beat-heavy landscape via her lengthy career as a music journalist, radio broadcaster, and taste-making DJ. Read more » 

Download: Matt Shadetek and Lamin Fofana "Sunshine City"

Label: Dutty Artz

While the label's music may conjure romantic notions of tropicana-beats and sunny origins, early tropical adopters Dutty Artz began their New York Tropical parties admist the frigid winter of 2008. Hosted by Dutty Artz founding fathers DJ Rupture, Matt Shadetek, and Geko Jones. and lasting just over a year, their New York Tropical party was a bright moment in underground New York nightlife, featuring music and guests from every imaginable part of the globe. In honor of these formative events, Dutty Artz has put together a compilation of Dutty Artz in-house producers, as well as music from the likes of Kingdom, Nguzunguzu, DJ Orion, and Colombia's Lido Pimienta. The New York Tropical compilation is out now, and Dutty Artz has been kind enough to offer a free sample in the form of "Sunshine City," a collaborative effort between Matt Shadetek and Lamin Fofana. The track pits the depth of hollow steel-drum samples and wind chimes against the bright surface of digital dancehall blips and a galloping, 2-steppy beat. To celebrate the release of New York Tropical, DJ Rupture recently did a mix for Tom Ravenscroft's BBC radio show. A download link and the full tracklisting are available after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.1 (28 votes)

Download: Dam-Funk "3012 Love Affair"

Label: All-City

Throughout 2010, Irish record store turned label, All-City Records, has been putting out a series of 10-inches dedicated to LA's prolific producer/beat scene and recently dropped the seventh installment, a joint effort between Dam-Funk and Computer Jay. We already shared "Phantom" from Computer Jay's side of the vinyl, and now we can pass along a selection from Dam-Funk's half of the record. "3012 Love Affair" is a remarkably appropriate title for the song, as it really does sound like he is madly in love with his synthesizers. A smooth and funky rhythm track floats along for the better part of the five-and-a-half-minute song and lays the foundation for Dam-Funk to go apeshit on some keyboards, basically soloing the entire time. That's not to say that this is some sort of self-indulgent effort; listening to him solo is just as rewarding for us, the listeners, as it is for him. 


Average: 7.1 (30 votes)

Pampa to Release New Single With Nathan Fake and DJ Koze

Berlin's Pampa label is set to release a new double a-sided single with tracks from Nathan Fake (pictured above) and label head DJ Koze, on which the two established artists are found concocting somewhat out-of-character tunes. Read more » 

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  • 11/12/2010

Rainbow Arabia Signs to Kompakt, Preps LP for March

Twenty-first-century world music—that is, music that looks to, borrows from, and name-drops artists and genres from different parts of the globe—has frequently been met with discomfort and thorny arguments about appropriation and authenticity, although few have been sophisticated or productive. Recent targets include: Vampire Weekend, Gang Gang Dance, Fool's Gold, or Brooklyn duo Tanlines. Read more » 

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  • 11/12/2010

Download a Track from Scientist's Upcoming Release on Tectonic


We already hipped you to the details on Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space!, the upcoming album on which legendary dub producer Scientist (pictured above) mixes his own version of 12 unreleased tracks from dubstep heavyweights like Kode 9, Guido, Shackleton, and Mala. Thanks to the label behind the project, Pinch's Tectonic imprint, we've gotten our hands on an exclusive download of a track from the record, Scientist's dub of King Midas Sound, entitled "U Dub." Read more » 

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  • 11/12/2010

Matthewdavid and Jonwayne to Host Live Dublab Broadcast This Saturday

As part of the Sounds of Symmetry Proton Drive fundraiser for LA-based music collective and internet radio station dublab, Leaving Records label head Matthewdavid and California MC/producer Jonwayne will be hosting a remote broadcast from their front yard (the view from which is pictured above), which you can listen to/watch live on dublab.com starting 3 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, November 13. Read more » 

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  • 11/12/2010

Watch a Short Documentary on London's Underground Electronic Music Scene With Roska, Scratcha DVA, and More

We recently got passed along this short documentary from Jamie Whitby and Rachel Lob-levyt covering the state of London's underground electronic music scene. Interviews with Roska, Scratcha DVA, Blackdown, Mark Fisher, and Lisa Blanning cover a breadth of topics including the past, present, and future of the scene as well as how the internet has changed the way their music gets heard and shared. Read more » 

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  • 11/12/2010

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