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Download: Fukkk Offf "More Than Friends (Congorock Remix)"

Italian club lover Congorock has always promoted the more playful side of electro, in contrast to his more sinister peers like The Bloody Beetroots or, in this case, Fukkk Offf. On his remix of the second single from Fukkk Offf's Love Me, Hate Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me Congorock uses a blown-out, four-on-the-floor beat to carry the track's hyperactive synths, choppy vocal loops, and frantic percussion into a raved-up oblivion. 

Average: 6.4 (30 votes)
 
 

Audiofile: Brennan Green

Disco-house mutations from a Brooklyn-via-Toronto Arthur Russell obsessive.

Brennan Green’s latest single, 
“My First House,” actually sat on his shelf for 12 years before it was released. It was the first track that the Brooklyn-via-Toronto producer crafted after selling his guitar and buying an old Roland sequencer. “You can imagine what I've learned since then,” he says with a laugh.
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Review: Crown City Rockers The Day After Forever

Label: Gold Dust

There’s one major problem with Crown City RockersThe Day After Forever—it should have dropped at the beginning of summer. The Bay Area group’s third full-length is full of quality grooves perfect for backyard barbecues and sunny summer parties. Translating their stellar live show into song, “Break” sets things off with its raucous, crashing cymbals and commanding chorus. Read more » 

Final Fantasy Signs to Domino, Prepares January Album

Fans of Toronto's gamer-geek-with-a-violin Final Fantasy (a.k.a. Owen Pallett) can expect a new, third LP, Heartland, via Domino in January of next year. Started in November of last year, Heartland saw Pallett collaborating with Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara at Reykjavik, Iceland's Greenhouse studio. They recorded the album's orchestrations in Prague a few months later with the Czech Symphony, and The Present's Rusty Santo (a frequent Animal Collective production collaborator) mixed the record with Pallett. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/30/2009

Download: Dre Skull "I Want You (AC Slater remix)"

Label: Mixpak

Apparently the robot baby from Daft Punk's "Technologic" has found itself a full-fledged singing career, as it croons the chorus for Dre Skull's latest single, the shimmering club ballad "I Want You." On his remix, Brooklyn's AC Slater turns the track on its head and cranks the hype to eleven with a plethora of cut-up vocal work, breakbeats, and swelling bass lines. Slater's offering isn't even the best of the single's remixes—he's got plenty of competition from Alex Gopher, Bok Bok, Bobmo, and Dre Skull himself—but it's certainly the most energetic. The original version's not-to-be-missed, Tron-inspired music video is below.

 

Average: 6.3 (31 votes)
 
 

Download: Rival Consoles "1985"

The UK's Rival Consoles reminds us of another time in electronic music, when Ableton wasn't an option and hardware was an absolute necessity. Taken from his debut full-length album, the favorably reviewed IO, "1985" is a darkly anthemic piece of antique-sounding electro that slowly rises, falls, and twists upon itself while always harkening to a simpler time in dance music history. 

Average: 6.7 (29 votes)
 
 

Review: Chico Sonido Chico Sonido

Label: Nettwerk-Kin Kon

Cumbia is a hot sound right now, so Chico Sonido could have easily turned out a blogger-friendly album of bass-heavy refixes and cumbia-meets-hip-hop mash-ups. But on his self-titled debut full-length, the Mexican-born producer—who currently resides in Los Angeles—has decided to dig a whole lot deeper, specifically into crates of psychedelic rock, funk, soul, and a myriad of Latin beats. Read more » 

Plone Gets Plaid

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The defunct Birmingham-based electronic-pop trio Plone has been remixed by London's Plaid for the just-released Warp20 (Recreated) compilation, which features 21 Warp artists remixing tracks from the storied label's past. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/29/2009

XLR8R TV: Anti-Pop Consortium Turn It Back On

Lyrical gymnasts Anti-Pop Consortium return to the studio after a six-year hiatus.

After releasing an album on Warp and touring with Radiohead, the boundary-pushing Anti-Pop Consortium broke up in 2003.

Six years and various solo projects later, they reunited and returned to the studio to record a new album, Fluorescent Black. Here, Chicago-based filmmaker Joey Garfield gets an intimate look at Beans, High Priest, M. Sayyid and Earl Blaize as they get used to each other again after all these years. Read more » 

Download: Redshape "Garage GT"

Label: Delsin

Analog enigma Redshape is finally presenting his long-awaited first full-length on the fledgling Delsin label. The Dance Paradox is a collection of dark, atmospheric techno that is certain to be blasting out of speakers during late-night sessions during the coming months. One of the record's strongest tracks, "Garage GT," features deep kicks, tight tech-funk percussion, high-frequency synth washes, and a propulsive bass. With a regally creepy synth line worming its way in front of police sirens during the track's middle section, the piece recalls slo-mo Detroit techno and Italian horror soundtracks. An exemplary slice culled from a faultless deep techno album, "Garage GT" will definitely get you doing your 4 a.m. shuffle.  

Average: 7 (43 votes)
 
 

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