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Review: SubtractiveLAD Life at the End of the World

Label: n5MD

Vancouver's Stephen Hummel (a.k.a. SubtractiveLAD) crafts dreamlike ambient pieces that often come dangerously close to sentimentality. Thankfully, Life at the End of the World wisely seasons in tension and just the right amount of desolation to lock the ear. "Ne Plus Ultra" and "Nautilus" slowly exhale clouds of hymnal drones and delicate guitarwork into pristine music for heartbroken reflection. Likewise, "Once the Stars Have Been Washed from the Sky" weaves a rich, sprawling mass of guitar distortion. Read more » 

Planet Mu Signs Chicago Juke Prince DJ Nate

Chicago native DJ Nate (be wary of that link, as it contains some NSFW content and other pesky randomness) could've just become the youngest producer to sign with UK leftfield electronic label Planet Mu. Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2010

Listen to a New Song from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Fuzzy shoegaze popsters The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new single on the way. Entitled "Say No to Love," the records will be pressed on sea-foam green vinyl (some vinyl fetishist out there just got aroused) and will also feature the b-side "Lost Saint." Go here to listen to a stream of "Say No to Love," courtesy of Pitchfork. Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2010

Download: Dimlite "Can't Get Use to Those"

Though he grew up in rural Switzerland, Dimlite has more in common with the tastemakers of LA's contemporary beat scene than many of his more techno-inclined countrymen. "Can't Get Use to Those" is a short little gem of a track, featuring an infectious flute loop, some bossa-style percussion, and a faded vocal that just melts into the piece's sonic texture. With a new album out on Stones Throw now, Dimlite's sound is comparable in scope and eclecticism to XLR8R favorites Baths and FlyLo, making him one of the beat genre's most interesting practitioners.  

Average: 8.2 (66 votes)
 
 

Matías Aguayo Likes Giraffes and Street Parties



Matías Aguayo isn't the average Kompakt artist. Back in March, the South American artist and former XLR8R coverboy toured the US and also made a stop at SXSW, where he filmed this amusing little interview with MTV. (And yes, we're just as confused as you are as to exactly why MTV wanted to speak with Matías. His tunes are certainly fun, but don't really seem to jive with the whole Real World Road Rules Challenge and Teen Mom vibe they've got going on over there.) Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2010

Dirt Crew to Release Alland Byallo's Newest Single

San Francisco's Alland Byallo, finally riding a wave of international acclaim following releases on Liebe*Detail, Pokerflat Digital, and Missive, will see his latest EP drop just in time for summer on Berlin's Dirt Crew label. Featuring four new tracks of Byallo's dark, atmospheric tech-house, the Eyes Closed, Looking In EP is certain to raise Byallo's status as a master of the dancefloor. Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2010

Watch Roska Have a Quick Chat



A few weeks ago, UK funky don Roska toured North America and then "enjoyed" an extended stay on our continent courtesy of that pesky volcano in Iceland. While in New York, he sat down with the folks from FADER TV and gave some insights into his music, the UK funky scene, and the importance of long-running pirate outpost Rinse.FM. Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2010

Download: Danton Eeprom "Thanks for Nothing (Etienne Jaumet Remix)"

Usually more minimal in his approach, the opening track from Danton Eeprom's latest album sounds like it could have come from a mid-80's Bowie-produced Iggy Pop track. Etienne Jaumet's remix of "Thanks for Nothing" transforms the track with his signature analog synth approach while maintaining the original's catchy melodic core. The washed, echoing vocals of the original are also left intact for the most part, with a lovely loop riding over the piece's plodding beat towards its end. Moments of squelch and overdrive make for some great peaks and valleys, giving the feeling that Jaumet has out-housed Eeprom himself, which is a pretty amazing feat. 

Average: 7.8 (35 votes)
 
 

Podcast 135: Trentemøller

Denmark's Trentemøller initially made a name for himself by skating the line between minimal techno and and electro-tinged house, often crafting epic songs that catered to both the mind and the body. In 2010, however, Trentemøller is garnering attention for the severe left turn taken on his second album, Into the Great Wide Yonder. Read more » 

Check Out LWE's Guide to Movement 2010

The fine techno-heads over at Little White Earbuds have just posted the definitive guide to Detroit's Movement festival, which takes place this Memorial Day weekend in tha D's Hart Plaza. With acts ranging from Kyle Hall and Shake to Ricardo Villalobos and Plastikman, the guide is indispensable to festival-goers from all corners of the world. Check it out here. Read more » 

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  • 05/06/2010

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