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Download: Mantler "Fresh and Fair"

Label: Tomlab

A shuffle of distorted, percussive noise starts off this smooth diddy from Toronto's subtle and smooth crooner Chris Cummings (a.k.a. Mantler). While the singer-songwriter waxes poetic on the pitfalls of love, Jeremy Greenspan (of Junior Boys) provides some slow-grooving beats to serve as the soulful backdrop of "Fresh and Fair." All in all, the song comes off sounding like it could be an actual Junior Boys number, but with Cummings' forlorn baritone traded out for Greenspan's usual falsetto. 

Average: 7.7 (36 votes)
 
 

Download: MyKill "Flashback"

Label: Solid Bump

It takes two minutes for MyKill's "Flashback" to really get moving, but move it does. Funky guitar and piano samples slowly filter into the mix, and hold on tight to the propulsive disco-house beat. The San Francisco DJ/producer fades back and forth between a couple different classic disco samples throughout his clubby track for the Solid Bump compilation Pleasure & Pressure Vol. 2—maintaining a vibe not unlike Mylo's more energetic moments, all the while. 

Average: 8.3 (89 votes)
 
 

Review: Danton Eeprom Yes Is More

Label: Fondation

Working in the oft-arid realms of minimal techno and microhouse, French producer Danton Eeprom imbues them with a sly sensuality that coaxes maximum wigglyness from a sparse sound palette. For his debut album, Eeprom threads male and female vocals (his own and Au Revoir Simone's Erika Forster) into a varied sonic tapestry without abandoning the genres with which he's established his lofty rep. He's also brought a brighter and more colorful approach to his tracks, as beat-wise opener "Thanks for Nothing" makes clear. Read more » 

!K7 Announces Upcoming DJ-KiCKS Mixes from James Holden, Kode9

Just in time for your first summer barbecue-turned-dance party comes a pair of DJ mixes courtesy of !K7's illustrious DJ-KiCKS series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/30/2010

Stream the New Lali Puna Album Now!

Exclusive

Lali Puna 's newest album, Our Inventions, on Morr Music, may not be available to buy until next Tuesday, but we've got the exclusive stream of the entire record running right now. Check out the beautiful sounds of Valerie Trebeljahr, Markus Acher, and company below, and see what the six-year break since Faking the Books has yielded.



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  • Filed under: news
  • 03/30/2010

Download: Ricky Blaze "I Feel Free (Kingdom Remix)"

Apparently, just being a hotly tipped DJ/producer isn't enough for Kingdom. Fresh off the release of his Mind Reader EP, the NYC artist has decided to launch his own party with a little help from his pal Dre Skull. They're calling it Club Infinity, and the first one is going down this Saturday at NY's The Studio at Webster Hall. They'll be joined by Jubilee and Cubic Zirconia, and Toronto's Egyptrixx will be performing live to celebrate the release of his new EP on Night Slugs (for which Kingdom contributed a remix). For those who won't be in NY this Saturday, or simply can't wait that long to get the party started, Kingdom has dug into his archives and unearthed this remix of Brooklyn Auto-Tune dancehall whiz kid Ricky Blaze

Average: 6.5 (34 votes)
 
 

XLR8R TV: City Guide: Philadelphia

Amish women serving ribs, broken-bottle mosaics, and bullshit sessions. Oh, Philly.

For the most recent City Guide episode, we sent a camera to Mad Decent's Philly Club prodigy, DJ Sega. Read more » 

Download: Loops Haunt "Huarache (NastyNasty Edit)"

First Listen

Scotland's Loops Haunt crafts noisy, industrial dubstep sounds, and on this edit from Oakland's NastyNasty, the noise is brought to new levels. Perhaps it is the percussion's more pronounced stutter, or maybe it is the addition of a cut-up vocal snippet, but the piece is infinitely more disorienting and strange than the original's Richard D. James-does-dubstep feel. Quite something here, though its dancefloor efficacy is questionable.  

Average: 8.1 (164 votes)
 
 

Download: Prins Thomas "Uggebugg"

Label: Full Pupp

The first full-length from Thomas Moen Hermansen under his Prins Thomas moniker is coming soon, and if "Uggebugg" is any indication, the record doesn't depart much from the sound that Hermansen has created with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. Featuring sentimental, heavily delayed guitar lines evoking expansive vistas, a monstrous bass sound, and an organic balearic percussion sound, "Uggebugg" is certainly a move away from Hermansen's work under the Major Swellings alias, but will definitely please fans of his past singles and collaborations. 

Average: 7.2 (39 votes)
 
 

Review: Scuba Triangulation

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Label: Hotflush

Among the myriad skills Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) possesses is putting his projects in a right, tight context before the music even begins. Triangulation, his second album of original productions, is a largely seamless distillation of regional dance vibes found in the Berlin, Detroit, and London power centers. If it were mere formula, or history lesson, it would have less impact. Read more » 

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