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Download: Tobacco "Six Royal Vipers"

Label: Anticon

Where Black Moth Super Rainbow's Seven Fields of Aphelion has gone the way of dreamy, ambient soundscapes, Tobacco, the group's de facto frontman, has been busy crafting beat-heavy, psychedelic fuzz stompers. Recalling mid-period Beck at his finest, "Six Royal Vipers" features crisp handclaps, an ever-warping piano loop, lazer arpeggiations, and heavily-filtered vocal harmonies. Though the lyrical content is undeniably melancholic, it is vocalized in a way that renders it more of an invocation of hazy, summertime bliss. Tobacco's second record, Maniac Meat, came out last week on Anticon, and he's pulling some extensive tour dates out of his hat for the early autumn, which you can check out here.  

Average: 7.9 (31 votes)

Stream Converse's Band of Ballers Mixtape, With Of Montreal, Jim Jones, The Black Lips, and Other ATL Faves

Bringing its love of b-ball, music, and Atlanta to the world, Converse presents Band of Ballers, Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/01/2010

Delorean Host 2nd, Bigger Off-Sonar Party, Plus Download a Free Mix

A little bit more than a week ago, we gave you the lowdown on Hyperdub's off-Sonar party along with a free mix from a friend of XLR8R favorites Delorean, K**O. Now, their Desparrame blog is co-hosting an even bigger, wilder post-Sonar event on June 20, featuring L-Vis 1990, Bok Bok, Rustie, Untold, Swindle, Deadboy, Slackk, and Elijah & Skilliam, the Rinse FM-associated duo who have prepared a grime mix in anticipation of the event, which you can download here. Check out the tracklisting and the flyer for the event after the jump! Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/31/2010

Uproot Andy Tours Europe, Plus Download an Exclusive Mix

Brooklyn's Uproot Andy brings his post-geographic electronics to Europe starting tonight, and with dates alongside ZZK, Bomba Estereo, Schlachthofbronx, and others, his eclectic sounds are certain to reach even more ears. In anticipation, he's also created the Brousse Criminal Mixtape in conjunction with tour mates Douster, Jay Weed, and Tête de Tigre, which you can download here. Check out the tour dates after the jump! Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/28/2010

Download: Madleen Kane "Cherchez Pas"

Label: Strut

From Horse Meat Disco II, the forthcoming second compilation curated and mixed by the fellas of the UK club night, comes this gem of flamboyant diva disco, "Cherchez Pas" by Madleen Kane. The Swedish model-turned-singer recorded the burning dance tune—complete with horn stabs, octave bass lines, and all sorts of pattering percussion—with Jean-Claude Friederich back in 1980, but the song still sounds just as fun and club-appropriate today as it did then. The classic number resurfaces towards the end of Horse Meat Disco II amidst equally old-school grooves from Bravo, Kasso, and El Coco, to name a few, and fulfills its duty to keep the party mix going strong throughout its entire six minutes. 

Average: 6.8 (31 votes)

Video: Juan MacLean "Feel So Good"

We can't decide if the guy busting a move in this video is a total dweeb, totally awesome, or maybe a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B. Regardless of the answer, there is always room in our hearts for upbeat piano house, so The Juan MacLean's "Feel So Good," a new track made especially for his new DJ-KiCKS compilation, definitely hits the spot. Read more » 

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  • 05/28/2010

Decibel 2010 Features Ikonika, Luke Hess, Fennesz, Detroit Legends

While we already know that Detroit legends Kevin Saunderson, Theo Parrish (pictured), and Carl Craig are making appearances at this year's Decibel festival in Seattle, we've been wondering which other acts will augment the early autumn celebration of electronic music and arts, and with today's announcement of a preliminary line-up, it is certain that this year's fest will be its best edition yet. Read more » 

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  • 05/28/2010

Rekids Celebrates Four Years With Panorama Bar Celebration

In only four years, the Rekids imprint has quickly become one of the most respected in the DJ world, releasing only the most impeccable productions from Radio Slave (a.k.a. label founder Matt Edwards), Toby Tobias, Luke Solomon, Runaway, and even hard techno king Chris Liebing. In celebration of the label's four years on top, Berlin's Panorama Bar will be hosting a party tomorrow night featuring Rekids artists Toby Tobias, Spencer Parker, Radio Slave, and Rob Mello. Read more » 

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  • 05/28/2010

Download: Memoryhouse "Lately (Teengirl Fantasy Remix)"

Label: Inflated

The hazy sounds propagated by so-called "dream-pop" bands are a perfect fit for their like-minded counterparts in the "chillwave" and other similarly lo-fi electronic scenes. Canadian duo Memoryhouse (above) lent the elements of its song "Lately" to Oberlin-based Teengirl Fantasy for a remix turn around, and what came out the other side isn't much like the budding duo's usual output. Layers of bucolic field recordings set the backdrop for a soft-hearted mix of melodic electronics that swirl around a quietly undulating beat before the boys wash over the mix with a slow-moving filter. It's not "dream-pop." It's not "chillwave." It's just cool music. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.4 (25 votes)

Visa Problems Force Ricardo Villalobos to Cancel Movement Performances

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Detroit's annual Movement festival, but it was announced today that attendees will be without the DJ stylings of minimal techno don Ricardo Villalobos, who Resident Advisor reports had problems obtaining his US work visa. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/28/2010

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