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Download: Asura "Manzanita"

Another addition to Los Angeles' near-capacity beat scene, Asura sent over this track from his recently released self-titled debut LP, which is also the first album from LA label Non Projects. "Manzanita" takes its time to introduce any kind of rhythm; the whole first minute and a half is void of drum sounds, and is filled instead with thick atmospheric noise, delayed guitars, and a distant, muffled booming. As far as beat music goes, the classically trained Asura seems to be one of the most interested in melody, mood, and, surprisingly, singing along with his bedroom productions. 

Average: 8.3 (80 votes)

Jubilee Tours Europe and Drops a New Mix

XLR8R favorite Jubilee is about to undertake a massive European tour, and to whet fans' appetites, she's prepared an excellent mix showcasing some of her current favorites. The mix is titled "BQE," and you can download it here. Check out the tracklisting and her tour dates after the jump! Read more » 

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  • 05/27/2010

Download: Jori Hulkkonen "I Am Dead (CFCF Remix)"

Here, rising star CFCF lends his slow-motion disco vibe to Finnish producer Jori Hulkkonen's dark synth-pop track. While bringing out the melancholy synth undertones of the original and adding a deep space-disco kick to the mix, CFCF allows the plaintive vocals of Jerry Valuri to come through in a manner recalling Alphaville, or perhaps a more mature New Order. Though his version of "I Am Dead" is definitely not for the dancefloor, CFCF's remix is certain to be pumping out of countless earbuds in the months to come. 

Average: 8.3 (222 votes)

Second Dark Disco Party Goes Down This Weekend With Ikonika, Michna, Actress, House of House, and More

This Memorial Day weekend, in lieu of barbecuing and guzzling beer with your family, take the opportunity to dance around like a maniac and guzzle beer with a bunch of your favorite producers and DJs at the Dark Disco party Sunday, May 30 in New York. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2010

James Ruskin and Kevin Gorman Set for Release On Berghain 04.2

Blueprint label founder and producer James Ruskin (pictured) along with Mikrowave label founder and producer Kevin Gorman will each see tracks released on wax as the second part of the lead-up to Berghain 04, mixed by Ben Klock. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2010

[KONTROL] Celebrates Five Years With Craig Richards

[KONTROL], San Francisco's premiere techno party, is celebrating five years of bringing the Bay Area's real party people together with a special installment featuring London's Craig Richards and Zurich's Die Galoppierende Zuversicht. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2010

Download: Lady Chann "Sticky Situation (Toddla T Remix)"

Label: Ninja Tune

UK dancehall MC Lady Chann lent her strong vocal presence to Sticky's instrumental production to create "Sticky Situation," the first 12" to come from Toddla T's new Girls Music imprint. To help send his label's debut release out in style, Toddla T hooked up his own version of the party tune, which warps Sticky's original riddim into a buzzing, hyperactive, electro-tinged dancehall track. Lady Chann's MCing is hardly touched through the next-level rave-up, save for the small number of times he chops and screws the delivery to fit the rest of his glitchy elements. 

Average: 7.5 (32 votes)

Strictly Rhythm Wins Independence, Talks to Resident Advisor

Definitive '90s house label Strictly Rhythm has announced that after years of fighting with Warner Bros. for the rights to its own catalog and remaining under the wing of the Defected label since 2007, on September 1 it will once again become independent for the first time in eight years. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2010

Download a New Madvillain Track For Free

It's been quite some time since we've heard anything from the super-group pairing of (MF) DOOM and Madlib. Read more » 

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  • 05/26/2010

Download: Matt Shadetek "iHop"

First Listen
Label: Dutty Artz

Veteran bass music producer Matt Shadetek has a solo instrumental album on the way for Dutty Artz. Entitled Flowers, it finds the Brooklyn artist indulging his ongoing love affair with thick low-end while exploring new influences from the world of UK garage and funky. While this first taste from the record is somewhat reminiscent of Shadetek's work with DJ /rupture on the XLR8R-championed Solar Life Raft mix album, in that it relies heavily on melody, the song ultimately distances itself immensely from that notable collaboration by ditching the thick atmospheres for a more stripped-down, upbeat, and dancefloor-minded production style. In doing so, "iHop" excels as a futuristic dubstep number with its focus on strong shuffling rhythms, thick bass melodies, and soulful, pitch-shifted vocal sampling on par with UK funky's finest. 

Average: 7 (45 votes)

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