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Download: Chico Mann "Ya Yo Sé"

Lover of both culturally rich sounds and modern electronics, New Jersey-based Chico Mann will release his eclectic Analog Drift album on October 26 via Wax Poetics. The record is said to incorporate elements of Afrobeat, the sounds of Cuba, the Latin flavors of 1980's Miami and New York, and the pulse of electro, much like this track from Drift, "Ya Yo Sé." Producer Marcos García's song kicks off immediately with a high energy beat, bright neon synth melodies, funky guitar plucks, and a slightly distorted bassline. It immediately grooves, and Mann's lively croon floats over the top of the music—sounding not unlike the buoyant voice of fellow pop archeologist El Guincho. We can't quite understand all of the lyrics, but to us, it sounds like Mann spends the whole song trying to incite all those listening to groove along with him. 

Average: 8.3 (43 votes)

Planet E to Release LCD Soundsystem's Cover of Paperclip People

Here's a pretty massive collaboration on the horizon: Carl Craig's Planet E label is gearing up to re-release one of his tunes produced as Paperclip People, "Throw", sometime in October, and the a-side of that record will feature a cover of the song by James Murphy (pictured above) and his merry band of music makers, better known as LCD Soundsystem. Read more » 

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  • 09/30/2010

Download: CFCF "Before and After Light"

Label: RVNG

If it wasn't readily apparent from our review of last year's Continent by CFCF, we were definitely into that record. Canadian producer Michael Silver showed us a great combination of vintage pop, Balearic and Italo disco, modern house, and soulful R&B, among other styles, and as this cut from his new EP, The River (inspired by Werner Herzog's massive cinematic masterpiece Fitzcarraldo), shows, he's ready to expand on it all. "Before and After Light" is epic in the truest sense; it swells gradually with the continuing addition of new sounds over the course of five minutes, it sounds compellingly large in sonic scope, and it's simply a beautifully crafted song. However, there is no climax to this particular CFCF saga. Instead, he uses "Light" as the grand introduction to his new body of work, but we'll have to wait until October 12 to hear the tales those other five songs have to tell. If you need more of a CFCF fix in the meantime, check out a new mixtape that Silver put together exclusively for the RVNG website here

Average: 8.2 (27 votes)

Listen to "Shadows in Bloom" From the New Games EP

We've been anticipating the release of the first Games EP for a little bit now, and while we still have to wait until November 2 for the whole thing to drop, we've got a special preview from the record here. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2010

Untold to Release New Single on Soul Jazz

Following that awesome double a-side 12" Soul Jazz released for Four Tet and Mala a while back, and after the release of the label's heavy-hitting Future Bass compilation, leftfield dance tune don Untold will drop his own single. The record comes out on October 11 with his contribution to the Bass compilation, "Fly Girls," on one side, and a brand-new tune called "Come Follow Me" on the other. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2010

Download: J-Wow "Spark (Canblaster Remix)"

Label: Enchufada

Well, this is a bit different from what we've come to expect from the recently Bubblin'-featured artist Canblaster, but we're into it all the same. French producer Cedric Steffens leans a bit heavy on the original kuduro sound for his remix of "Spark" by J-Wow (of Buraka Som Sistema fame, pictured above), but still manages to squeeze a heavy helping of club-ready house into the mix. But while the beats may change between four-on-the-floor steadiness and a skittering electro-tinged bounce, the thickly layered synths and assorted sound effects remain constant—keeping the listener (read: dancefloor patron) focused among the hectic back and forth. (via Discobelle

Average: 7.5 (21 votes)

Listen to the Title Track from SBTRKT's New EP

Over on FADER's website, you can stream a brand-new song from UK garage-stepper SBTRKT. The tune is called "Step in Shadows" and is the title track from the DJ/producer's forthcoming EP for Young Turks. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2010

Ricardo Villalobos and Prins Thomas to Release Moebius & Neumeier Remixes

Coming soon via Japan's Endless Flight label are a couple of records paying tribute to pioneering Krautrock trio Moebius, Plank, Neumeier. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2010

Download: Lazer Sword "Batman (Nguzunguzu Remix)"

First Listen

Our former neighbors in Lazer Sword may have left San Francisco for the greener pastures of Los Angeles and Berlin, but we're not mad at them. SF may already be missing the boys' future blap, but it's a safe bet that those dudes are missing burritos even more. A few weeks back, we posted "Batman," the debut single from the duo's forthcoming self-titled debut album, which drops on November 2. Now we're premiering this "Batman" remix from LA duo Nguzunguzu; in their hands, the song has a bit of an ADD feel, starting off as an ominous half-time R&B cut before suddenly jumping into a brief interlude of hyperactive future-house about 2/3 of the way through. It's all a bit nuts, but that's how Nguzunguzu rolls, and it's hard to argue with the results. You can cop the full "Batman" 12", which also includes a remix from Rustie along with individual efforts from Lazer Sword members Low Limit and Lando Kal, right here

Average: 7.5 (34 votes)

Leave Them All Behind: As Shed, Producer Rene Pawlowitz Casts Off Remnants of Techno Past

It's almost ironic that since the release of his landmark debut album, 2008's Shedding the Past, German producer Rene Pawlowitz (a.k.a. Shed) has been viewed a savior of modern techno. His music is wildly unpredictable and doesn't quite mesh with the genre's obsession with rigid structure and functionalism. Held up as one of the cornerstones of the world-famous Berlin scene, Pawlowitz clashes sharply with the city's obsession with dark, steely techno and bright tech-house grooves.


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