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FACT Compiles List of its 20 Favorite Minimal Wave Songs

Continuing with music publications' unending proclivity for genre corralling and list making, FACT magazine put together a new rundown of its 20 favorite tunes from the vintage sound of minimal wave. In addition to the list of songs and artists, writer Veronica Vasicka includes a brief history of the genre, and writes relatively lengthy and informative blurbs on each of the selections included in the piece. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2010

Richie Hawtin, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Aeroplane, The Glitch Mob, and Many More to Play Electric Zoo Festival

The second-annual edition of New York's electronic music festival Electric Zoo is set to go off this coming Labor Day Weekend, September 4 and 5, at Randall's Island Park. Across multiple stages, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2010

Download: Salem "King Night"


Kanye West is going to be kicking himself. One day, not far from now, someone from his entourage will lean over to him, and say, "Kanye, man, we just got this disc of these three white kids from Michigan making crazy weird beats. Shit is even sadder and more ominous than anything you've done." Perplexed at the claim, Kanye will ask to hear said beats, and his friend will pop in Salem's debut album, King Night. After the intro for "King Night," the title track's massive, blown-out bass synth, cinematic choir vocals, and crunk-inspired hip-hop beat will drop. About three minutes later, when the song ends, Kanye will look to his friend with a single tear slowly rolling out from underneath his sunglasses, and say, "Damn, those beats are dope." King Night will be released September 28 via IAMSOUND. (via Stereogum

Average: 8.1 (71 votes)

Jahdan Blakkamoore Offers Free 'Global' Mixtape

Dutty Artz dancehall vocalist Jahdan Blakkamoore just shared a brand-new mixtape of remixes and previews of tracks from his forthcoming new album for Lustre Kings, Babylon Nightmare. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2010

Listen to Braiden's Live DJ Set From Sonar

London-based mix-master and RinseFM cohort Braiden was one of many wonderful DJs and producers to grace the stages at last week's Sonar festival, and apparently, he proverbially killed it. If you're like the rest of us North American dwellers who couldn't get out to Barcelona, you're probably wishing you could catch a bit of the magic. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2010

Download: Leech "I Can't Kick This Feelin' (Moodymann Cover)"

Ecstasy, a blog ran by Honey Owens and her Miracles Club cohorts, just posted this cover of Moodymann's "I Can't Kick This Feelin When it Hits" by blog contributor Leech. The producer was inspired to do his own take on the track after checking out a reggae cover of the song Moodymann's original was built from, Chic's "I Want Your Love." Leech's cover of the expansive old-school techno track is a dubby affair, as it borrows its samples from that reggae version of "I Want Your Love," but stays true to the original's deep grooves, funky bass work, and slow-burning dancefloor vibe. 

Average: 8 (43 votes)

Podcast 146: Mosca

A big part of Night Slugs' appeal is that the London-based crew tosses so many kinds electronic music into a virtual blender, only to produce something new and fresh in the end. Read more » 

Review: Booka Shade More!

Sometimes less really is more. Where Booka Shade's highly acclaimed second album, Movements, epitomized the duo's low-key, approachable beats and dappled, warm synth melodies, the German tech-house producers' fourth full-length intends to provide exactly what its name suggests: More! In this case, cohorts Arno Kammermeier and Walter Merziger mean more energy, more ornamentation, and more friends along for the ride. Read more » 

Download: E.Super "Embedded in Me"

E.Super have previously crafted beats backing the likes of Busdriver, Nocando, and Oh No, but now the production crew is poised to drop its own style into the massive pool of SoCal's beat scene. If this track off the group's forthcoming Side A EP is any indication, that style includes a bit of Daft Punk's vocoder-heavy pop sensibilities, lots of guitars, plenty of sparkling synths, and a breakbeat that just won't quit. "Embedded in Me" isn't quite what you'd expect to hear behind the lyrical prowess of someone like Busdriver, but it's sure to find some fans if they're looking for a carefree dance tune with a vocal hook that'll be stuck in your head for days. The Side A EP is out July 6. 

Average: 8.4 (65 votes)

James Pants Shares the 'New Tropical'

Stones Throw recording artist and white-boy boogie-man James Pants just dropped a brand-new EP tailor-made for your summer's fiestas. The New Tropical EP features six tracks of instrumental get-down goodness, and finds Mr. Pants trying on a few new hats, namely those of bass-centric booty tune producers, while still keeping to his roots in the soulful R&B-loving sect of beatmakers. Read more » 

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  • 06/22/2010

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