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Rinse FM Receives Radio License

After 16 years of broadcasting illegally as a pirate radio station, London's Rinse FM has finally secured an FM radio license. For those of you thinking it will change the forward-thinking station's style or format, the crew announced in their press release, "the license will allow us to continue our mission, broadcasting in the pirate format that we and our listeners know and love." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 06/17/2010

James Blake: The Mount Kimbie Collaborator and Self-Professed Joni Mitchell Fan Ushers in Dubstep's R&B-Drenched Sub-Strain.

On the phone from London, producer James Blake emits a calmness and an intense, focused passion for his craft that belies his 21 years of age. Read more » 

Download: Allez-Allez "Weird Science (Wesley Matsell Remix)"

Label: RVNG

London duo Allez-Allez are getting ready to release the Hideous Racket EP later this month, so they slid us this "Weird Science" remix as a little teaser. While the original version—the video for which stars the freakiest mannequins ever—is fueled by filtered guitar tones and pulsing keys over a slow-motion disco beat, Wesley Matsell takes things in an even spacier direction. One of the stable of melodically minded acts on James Holden's Border Community label, Matsell makes the melodies extra bright, leaning hard on some wonderfully warm, arpeggiating synths. It's a trippy journey we're more than happy to take. 

Average: 7.5 (41 votes)

Podcast 145: James Holden

Although it's been quite some time since trance resembled anything even somewhat creatively viable, James Holden has never been the average trance artist. Even when he burst onto to the scene in 1999 at age 19, his music contained a more thoughtful, melodic approach than that of his big-room counterparts. Read more » 

Apparat to Judge You in Ableton's Summer Music Challenge

Some kids hit the library for the summer reading challenge, but not you, you budding young music producer. Read more » 

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  • 06/17/2010

Download: Splatinum "Vadonna's Magina"

Label: Bass Drop

Seattle duo Splatinum consists of a couple of goofballs (Andrew Luck and Adam Houghton) who love 8-bit sounds, big bass, and crunked-up vibes. As such, it's entirely fitting that the latest Splatinum EP is entitled Love for Those Hustlers. The six-track release is not only stuffed with bouncing blap, stinging synths, and loads of classic party raps, it's also available for free download. Despite its not-so-clever title, "Vadonna's Magina" won us over with its fuzzy low-end, sharp percussion, acid tweaks, and liberal use of Lil Jon vocal samples. 

Average: 7.3 (36 votes)

Video: Blockhead "The Music Scene"

The folks at Ninja Tune dropped us a line to share the new video for "The Music Scene," the title track from NYC hip-hop producer Blockhead's album from late last year. The clip features some really excellent psychedelic animation—think Dr. Seuss—courtesy of Anthony Schepperd, but we must admit that it does bring to mind a video from our younger days. Read more » 

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  • 06/17/2010

Download: matthewdavid "Trusss"

Leaving Records boss and Southern California beat-scene impresario matthewdavid is a man of many talents, many of which revolve around discovering and promoting other like-minded artists. But he also makes his own tunes, like this unreleased gem, "Trusss," that surfaced online earlier in the week. Has anyone coined the term "beach funk" yet? This might be it. Imagine if Aphex Twin's famous "Windowlicker" didn't scare the living shit out of everyone... that's kind of what "Trusss" sounds like. Regardless, we approve. (via Pitchfork via Friendship Bracelet

Average: 8.3 (41 votes)

Wrap Your Ears Around Machinedrum's New 'FR33DUMB' Mixtape


Brooklyn glitch-beat maestro and recent LuckyMe signee Machinedrum has been hard at work getting together his inaugural release for the Scottish label, Many Faces, which comes out later this month. Read more » 

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  • 06/16/2010

Download: TC James & The Fist O'Funk "Get Up on Your Feet (Walter Gibbons Mix)"

Label: Strut

This classic disco edit is the first taste from the epic Walter Gibbons retrospective compilation, Jungle Music: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986 (read more on that here), coming July 20 via Strut. For his version of the classic TC James & The Fist O'Funk number "Get Up on Your Feet," Gibbons more than doubled its length, pumped up the percussion and horn elements, and tossed in his own bunch of analog synth sounds—effectively taking the art of edits well into the future. Listening to this track, it's easy see why Gibbons is often referred to as a pioneer; many of the ideas displayed here are still production mainstays of contemporary disco-minded artists such as DFA, Lindstrøm, and Todd Terje. 

Average: 7.7 (27 votes)

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