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Eskmo Signs to Ninja Tune, Gives Away Free Track

In the midst of celebrating 20 years of releasing excellent electronic music, Ninja Tune found time to pen a deal with San Francisco's Eskmo, and sign the burgeoning tunesmith to its roster. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2010

Download: DJ Nate "Make Em Run "

Label: Planet Mu

If you asked someone to describe what is needed to create a song, or asked them what elements music in general should consist of, you're likely to get a handful of long-winded responses that could be boiled down to two parts: rhythm and melody. Aside from, say, certain noise and experimental acts, it's a fair enough breakdown, but it makes us wonder where Chicago's juke/footwork scene fits in. Like with this track from DJ Nate's upcoming Hatas Our Motivation EP for Planet Mu, much of the genre isn't the least bit interested in discernible melodies (save for quickly pitch-shifted, atonal vocal samples), and much of the bass-centric rhythms involved are so all over the place that a groove can be difficult to find. Still, there's obviously no denying that this is music pure and simple; it just happens to be unlike anything else we've had the pleasure of putting our ears to. (via 20JFG

Average: 6 (33 votes)
 
 

Watch "Fissa Tune" From Exploited Records' Homework



Not saying that you have to, but if you watch this video stoned, you might end up thinking it's the best thing ever. Amsterdam-based DJ/production duo Homework recently released its Fissa Tune EP, and the video for the title track is totally weird, warmly colorful, oddly funny, and chock full of DIY special effects. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2010

L-Vis 1990 Readies New EP for Night Slugs; Listen to the Title Track "Forever You"

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While London's Night Slugs imprint has undoubtedly been one of the most exciting labels of 2010, its discography to date has only featured a few bits and pieces from joint bossmen Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990. As of next week, that situation will be remedied, as the latter will be dropping the Forever You EP, a five-track release featuring the bubbling future-house sounds that L-Vis 1990 is known for. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2010

Watch the Video for Katy B's New Benga-Produced Single



Earlier today, Rinse posted the video for "Katy on a Mission," the first single from the UK chanteuse's forthcoming new album. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2010

Download: Lobisomem "Concussus"

First Listen
Label: Tall Corn

Brooklyn producer Brad Loving (a.k.a. Lobisomem) is one of those guys who is anything but married to a single style or sound. Lazy journalists might just slap the IDM tag on him and call it a day, but that glosses over Loving's extreme attention to detail and ability to fold together minute slabs of audio from varied genres, influences, and even continents. On September 14 he'll be releasing Onze Pedras, his full-length follow-up to the Brightest Solids EP that came out earlier this year. "Concussus" is the only snippet we've heard so far, but it appears that Loving's desire to elegantly combine sounds from across the musical spectrum remains unabated. Utilizing a sparse casio beat that could have been borrowed from the Morr Music catalog, Loving brings in a warbling trumpet, crackling bits of static, finely chopped vocal snippets, and slowly boiling synth swells before the track's four minutes come to an end. Let's hope that the rest of Onze Pedras contains similarly unique recipes. 

Average: 8.3 (112 votes)
 
 

Teen Daze to Tour California

Well, it seems like the mystery of exactly who is Vancouver's Teen Daze will finally be solved, as the blissful, hazy electronic pop crafted by the musical entity is set to be shared up and down North America's West Coast this August. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2010

Download a Free DJ Mix From Brenmar

Brooklyn DJ/producer extraordinaire Brenmar has been hard at work crafting remixes, his own tunes, and tracks for his band These Are Powers, but still found time to put together this awesome mix of soulful, club-appropriate selections for free download. Read more » 

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  • 07/08/2010

Big Freedia Talks MJ, Katrina, and Treme in Toronto

After checking out New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia's show at Toronto's NXNE Festival a couple of weeks back, we just couldn't help but grab the MC for a few (very informal) words the next morning at our hotel. The super-motivated Freedia told us all about coming out as a 12-year-old, what Hurricane Katrina did for bounce music, and the only item she needs to rock the party.
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Download: Kebab "Life It's a Joke"

First Listen
Label: SoftSpot

Apparently, the well of quality vintage post-punk hasn't gone dry just yet. While the onslaught of post-punk nostalgia over the past decade often makes the latest reissue of a previously hard-to-find "gem" a dubious prospect, Brooklyn's SoftSpot label has seemingly discovered the genre's last great untapped field—Belgium. Last year the label kicked off with the reissue of a 7" from early-'80s Belgian outfit AA, and just this month has followed it up with the release of We Live in a System, a 12" LP featuring the work of fellow Belgians Kebab. "Life It's a Joke" originally appeared on a 1982 7", and finds the quartet's angular guitars and bouncing basslines sounding a lot like those of contemporaries Delta 5 and Bush Tetras. The original "Life It's a Joke" 7" was long a staple on record collector want lists, but now it's been reissued on vinyl and compiled with all of the band's known studio recordings and key selections from its original 1981 demo tape. The We Live in a System 12" is available for sale here

Average: 7.6 (28 votes)
 
 

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