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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.


Download: Om Unit "Cradle"

This fresh cut of lush, low-slung, and dubby rhythms comes to us off the latest EP by London's Om Unit, entitled The Corridor. DJ Plasticman's Terrorhythm label dropped that five-song release the day before yesterday, and handed over "Cradle" for us to give to you today. The tune fits somewhere between mellower dubstep, Scuba-style techno, and shuffling beat music, and borrows equally from each genre's sound palette—slow, bulbous basslines, textural ambiance, and loads of delayed polyrhythms. You can slap any name you like on it, but we'll just go ahead and call it good electronic music. You can listen to and buy all of The Corridor EP here, including a remix of the title track by Ghostly's Shigeto

Average: 7.9 (42 votes)

Cobblestone Jazz's Danuel Tate to Release Solo Record

Solo artist and longtime keyboardist for Canada's Cobblestone Jazz Danuel Tate will soon follow up his two EPs for the Wagon Repair label with a full-length solo album. Mexican Hotbox is a genre-spanning LP that will be released on November 22. Its 11 songs are said to be full of the elements of jazz, swing, Latin guitars, funk, modern electronics, and a whole lot of dance music. Read more » 

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  • 09/29/2010

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