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Aeroplane Part Ways Prior to Album Release

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Belgium's spacey, Balearic disco production duo Aeroplane has split just months before the release of its debut full-length, We Can't Fly. Aeroplane's record is still slated for release September 6 via Wall of Sound, but now the duo has become a solo affair, as Stephen Fasano left Vito De Luca to man the project alone. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

New Ariel Pink EP Coming in July

We're hardly two weeks off the release of Before Today, XLR8R cover star Ariel Pink's latest full-length with his Haunted Graffiti band, and now we've already got another bunch of songs coming from the busy music maker. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

Download: The Books "A Cold Freezin' Night"

This latest number to drip off the long-awaited new album from NY sample aficionados The Books seems to be an exact counter response to the first taste from The Way Out, "Beautiful People." That track is something like a soothing-but-upbeat love song written for mathematics, but "A Cold Freezin' Night" is a bit more like a pre-pubescent reenactment of the intro to Wu-Tang's "Method Man" set to an unheard Residents or Primus track. It's a darkly playful song that simultaneously showcases The Books' funky and humorous sides, and effectively proves the duo is anything but a one-trick pony. (via FADER

Average: 7.5 (37 votes)

Onra Shares New Video for "The One (feat. T3 of Slum Village)"

Earlier this month, we shared a download of "The One," one of few tracks from Onra's Long Distance album to feature live vocal work. The French beat craftsman wrangled Slum Village's T3 to drop the vocal contribution over his boogie-minded production, and now he's snagged Irish graphic designer and video maker Donal Thornton for the making of his single's video. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

Skream, Benga, and Artwork Announce First Magnetic Man Single

Magnetic Man, the dubstep supergroup comprised of Skream, Benga, and Artwork, just announced the coming of its official debut single, "I Need Air." Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

Download: Hanuman "Bola (Norrit Remix)"

Label: Sleazetone

Following the last remix we posted of Hanuman's "Bola," hyperactive tunesmith Norrit (pictured above) shared the crack he took at the bass-loaded number. The club-minded producer drops all kinds of reverberated percussion, chopped vocal samples, and light-footed synth melodies on top of the wobbling bass rhythms before pairing it all with a straightforward house beat. We won't try to pick favorites between Norrit's version and the previous remix from Star Eyes; each version we've heard of Hanuman's track is a beast equally choice in its own ways. 

Average: 6.7 (29 votes)

Big Freedia, Cold Cave Round Out XLR8R's NXNE Weekend

Whatever the case, some otherworldly force shone down on Toronto this past weekend and blessed it with heavenly weather Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

Download: HEALTH "Die Slow (Nite Jewel Remix)"

When we asked Nite Jewel (pictured above) and fellow LA synth-maestro Dâm-Funk to get together and collaborate on a song, their pairing made perfect sense. However, Nite Jewel joining the twinkling synth tones and poignant melodies of her own style with HEALTH's barren noise-rock soundscapes seems less likely to flourish, and yet here we are. A surprisingly upbeat, though perfectly somber, instrumental was written by Ramona Gonzalez as the backdrop for HEALTH's translucent vocal track. The two elements work together ideally, both in the quietly bubbling intro and the song's more buoyant second half. Which leads us to ask, Nite Health, anyone? (via FADER

Average: 7.4 (26 votes)

Eliot Lipp and Leo 123 Ready New Dark Party EP

Before the duo's long-awaited album, Light Years, is released in early-September, Eliot Lipp and Leo 123 (a.k.a. Dark Party) will drop their Patrol Patrol EP tomorrow, June 22. Read more » 

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  • 06/21/2010

Download: Pink Priest "Tell Me Something Awesome Before I Go to Sleep (Balam Acab Remix)"

Recently featured Bubblin' artist Balam Acab (pictured above) is a little less than two months from dropping his debut EP, See Birds, on the brand-new, 20 Jazz Funk Greats-affiliated Tri Angle label. Before we start going ga-ga over the shadowy tunes to be heard on that release, we're going to get lost in the hypnotic textures of producer Alec Koone's remix of this Pink Priest track, "Tell Me Something Awesome Before I Go to Sleep." Slowly, Acab's remix grows in intensity—if you can call it that—with synth and vocal loops climbing up to the forefront, but quickly dissipating soon after. It's reminiscent of the trademark interludes scattered throughout Boards of Canada's albums, but presented instead as a fully realized song and not the middle-place between tracks. The See Birds EP is out on 12" and digital formats August 16. 

Average: 8.1 (23 votes)

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