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Download: Nocando "Hurry Up and Wait"

Label: Alpha Pup

LA's Nocando brings some slo-mo heat with the first single from Jimmy the Lock, his latest record and first for Alpha Pup. Produced by Nobody, "Hurry Up and Wait" features a prominent vocal loop, beats as chunky and wet as cat food, and Nocando's lazy rhymes that somehow recall a more blunted Aesop Rock. With other album tracks produced by Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, and Th' Corn Gangg, one of the latest LA beat phenomenons is still running hard. 

Average: 6.9 (57 votes)
 
 

Review: Lindstrøm & Christabelle Real Life Is No Cool

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After hearing Where You Go I Go Too, a three-song, 55-minute opus, one might not expect Lindstrøm to follow it up with a pop-disco collaboration like Real Life Is No Cool. As it turns out, the Norwegian superproducer has been intermittently working with Christabelle since 2001 and all the years of back-and-forth were clearly worth it, as Real Life is simply stellar. Read more » 

Inbox: Vitalic

This time around, Inbox chews the fat with French electro-house DJ and producer, Pascal Arbez (a.k.a Vitalic). The curious Frenchman ponders the power of the rumor mill, envisions a flash-mob mini-rave, remembers gardening accidents, and anticipates a boatload of touring. Read more » 

Download: Ernest Gonzales "When You Are Lost I Will Find You (matthewdavid Remix)"

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The original is taken from Texas-based producer Ernest Gonzales' artistically ambitious forthcoming album, Been Meaning to Tell You, but the matthewdavid remix of "When You Are Lost I Will Find You" is a relentlessly warped piece of psychedelia that offers almost no intelligible connection to its source material. Instead, the LA producer guides us through a warbling haze until additional amorphous sounds that somewhat resemble a beat kick in. The track is one of 16 remixes—including offerings by Daedelus, Copy, and Yppah—that, along with a book containing notes and illustrations and the album's 13 original songs, help complete Gonzales' highly-involved album. You can find more info on the upcoming release here

Average: 6 (33 votes)
 
 

Download: Schlachthofbronx "Ayabo feat. Spoek & Gnucci Banana"

Munich's Schlachthofbronx team up with South African MC Spoek Mathambo once again on a dancehall track inflected with some excellent moments of kuduro-inspired percussion. Perhaps what is most "ayoba" (South African slang for "cool") about this track, though, are the vocal rhymings contributed by Spoek's wife, Gnucci Banana, who brings a palpable sense of young, sexy fun to the beats. Take the cue from her, and stay out tonight! 

Average: 5.6 (38 votes)
 
 

Review: Various Artists Elevator Music: Vol. 1

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Label: Fabric

2-step, grime, dubstep, bassline, funky... the family tree of UK garage never stops sprouting new branches. The latest mutation to sprout up—an intriguing combination of classic house, atmospheric dubstep, and percussion-led funky—doesn't even have a proper name, so Fabric has assembled this cheekily titled compilation. Read more » 

Ableton Bridges Gaps With Serato, Plus a New Akai Controller

At the NAMM 2010 Conference in Anaheim, CA, Ableton has made two announcements that are bound to shape the way electronic music is produced and performed for the foreseeable future. The first announcement is perhaps the most exciting, as it involves what is being called The Bridge, a program that promises to span the gap between music production and DJing, creating a natural link between Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live/ITCH. More details after the jump! Read more » 

Lali Puna to Release First Album in Five Years

Five years after their release of Faking the Books, the German quartet Lali Puna, which features Markus Acher of The Notwist, has readied their fourth album, Our Inventions. Read more » 

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  • 01/15/2010

Download: Cosmin TRG "Love 2 Hide"

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Romanian future-garage (or whatever you want to call it, someone needs to name this genre soon) producer TRG (a.k.a. Cosmin Nicolae) recently made the decision to de-simplify his moniker, expanding it to Cosmin TRG. Following the change comes this exclusive download of "Love 2 Hide." The song's repetitive beat utilizes a number of classic drum sounds along with chopped-n-screwed vocal samples, ambient synthscapes, and a throbbing bassline, all of which add up to a solid club track. Chances are, when Cosmin TRG takes the decks during his appearance at the next FWD>> + Rinse event, he'll be playing plenty of equally tasty beats. Check out the party info here

Average: 7.5 (76 votes)
 
 

Download: Luca Cazzoni "Un Chat Dans Mon Jardin"

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Label: Slant

With his song "Un Chat Dans Mon Jardin" (which translates directly to "A Cat in My Garden"), fresh-faced French DJ/producer Luca Cazzoni is given the first release slot of Slant's 2010 catalog. A newcomer to the label, Cazzoni's track is equal parts energy and atmosphere—the churning bass and cowbell percussion evened out by reverberated synths and lilting melodies. It's an understated piece of minimal tech-house made even more desirable by the fact that the entire EP is available for free download. Consider it a free sample, as Slant has Cazzoni's even tastier Tourniquet Time EP, featuring remixes from Pezzner and Let's Go Outside, on tap for early February. 

Average: 5.6 (35 votes)
 
 

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