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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

Download: Blessure Grave "Stranger in the House (Hours of Worship Remix) "

Label: Mishka

San Diego's Blessure Grave (pictured above) is, essentially, a duo not much different from shadowy synth-toting acts like, say, Cold Cave, except its music sounds as if it was written and recorded in an actual cave. Hours of Worship is a production duo based in NY that makes music that sounds like it emanates from a different kind of hole—a K-hole, to be specific. (Cue rimshot.) The two entities paired up on this remix, and surprisingly, Hours of Worship's rework of the barren darkwave song, "Stranger in the House," is sort of pretty, albeit in an overtly "goth" way. Singer T. Grave's baritone is set amongst hypnotically jangling samples, ominous synth tones, and a pulsing dance beat, and comes and goes as it pleases while the other elements churn out six-plus minutes of entrancing rhythms and melodies. And yet despite the efforts to remain sullen and reserved, the track has an underlying hopefulness to it, and could just as easily power dancefloors belonging to either of the artists involved. (via Chronic Youth

Average: 7.2 (22 votes)

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)

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