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Download: Bumps feat. Guilty Simpson "Drums"

Label: Stones Throw

It ain't Madlib or Dilla, but Tortoise side-project Bumps provides Detroit MC Guilty Simpson with a tailor-made, dirty and distorted breakbeat that we wouldn't mind hearing on the rapper's next album. Chances are we won't get our wish, so we'll just let this three-and-a-half-minute beat suite play on repeat while we dream of what could be, and maybe mix in Koushik's remix every once in a while to change things up. 

Average: 7 (21 votes)

Ghetto Division Keeps it Self-Titled with New Album, Label

Chicago's South Side DJ/production crew Ghetto Division has a bit of news following the recent City Guide podcast they hooked us up with. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/18/2010

Podcast 138: FaltyDL

It seems like only yesterday that FaltyDL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman) was just another mild-mannered NYC beatmaker whose little album on Planet Mu had wormed its way into our hearts. Actually, it was only last summer. Regardless, the last 10 months have been a veritable FaltyDL whirlwind, as Lustman has followed up Love Is a Liability with top-flight releases on Ramp and Rush Hour, not to mention remixes for Mount Kimbie and The xx. Read more » 

New Podcast Series Coming From Nature Sounds

The Brooklyn hip-hop label responsible for pushing work from legendary artists the likes of J. Dilla, Wu-Tang, and Pete Rock, Nature Sounds has unleashed a new series of free podcasts which will feature close and extended members of the beat-and-verse hub's family. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2010

Download Pioneer's New rekordbox™ Software For Free

After innovating the DJ game with its, um, pioneering CDJ turntables, Pioneer is set to change the way DJs organize the tunes on their harddrives with rekordbox™. The software is pretty much like iTunes for beat heads, as it provides DJ-specific info and capabilities like BPM, waveform analysis, cue points, beat grids, and looping, among other perks, in addition to organizing your music files by artist, track, and album name. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2010

Review: LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening

Label: DFA-Virgin

Maybe it's a function of getting older, maybe it's because This Is Happening was partially recorded in sunny Los Angeles, but it appears that James Murphy has lost some of his affinity for the dancefloor. That's not to say that the third—and supposedly final—LCD Soundsystem album doesn't have its uptempo moments or occasionally pilfer from disco's rich sound palette. Read more » 

Surgeon Contributes to Fabric Mix Series

Veteran UK DJ/producer Anthony Child has been innovating techno under the name Surgeon since the early '90s, releasing albums and singles on Tresor, Downwards, and his own labels Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2010

Download: Petrona Martinez "Aroro (Nate Mars Remix)"

NY's dub-minded bass DJ/producer Nate Mars worked out the South-of-the-Equator sonics heard on this of remix of "Aroro," originally done by oft-sampled Colombian vocalist Petrona Martinez. Amazingly, the singer didn't really start her music career until 2002 at the age of 63 (she made her money collecting sand for brick making prior to then), but continues to sing and perform now moving into her seventies. Mars' track places Martinez's vocals in the middle of spacey synths, tropical percussion sounds complimenting the 3/3 beat, and a rolling bassline that comes and goes—leaving the aging singer's words and melody relatively untouched. (via Ghetto Bassquake

Average: 7.8 (29 votes)

Watch the New Rainbow Arabia Video, It's Bonkers

The musical love child of husband and wife Daniel and Tiffany Preston, Rainbow Arabia recently bestowed a new, totally rad music video on the world for the song "Holiday in Congo." Read more » 

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  • 05/17/2010

Aeroplane Set to Drop Debut Album in September

Following the Belgian duo's seemingly endless string of remixes (for the likes of Grace Jones, Lindstrøm, and MGMT) and sparse grouping of singles, Aeroplane has finally announced the release of its debut full-length, entitled, ironically enough, We Can't Fly. The LP will reach retailers September 6 in the UK via Wall of Sound, without a label set for the US release. To mark the announcement, Aeroplane and Wall of Sound have offered the duo's "Essential Mix" for BBC Radio 1—which was recorded live back at the end of April, and features the title track from their forthcoming debut album—for free download here. Check out a Aeroplane's massive European and US tour schedule after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/17/2010

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