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Naeem of Spankrock's Top Five Philly DJs

Could there be a better MC to survey Philly's DJ scene than Spankrock's Naeem Juwan? We think not. As part of our Philly City Special, we had Naeem choose his five fave local selectors. Read more » 

Poirier Offers New Free Mix!

Canada's dancehall-indebted beat maker Poirier has followed up his latest EP for Ninja Tune, Run the Riddim, with a new mix that deftly blends the DJ/producer's beloved genres of soca, UK funky, dancehall, kuduro, and electro, among others. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/23/2009

Artist to Watch: Neon Indian

Who: Neon Indian
Where: Austin, Texas


Download: Magnum 38 "Slave"

Label: Tigerbass

It takes something special to make interesting electro-house in today's jam-packed, ever-evolving electronic music environment, but Berlin's Magnum 38 has managed to do so in a big way. His latest EP is comprised entirely of noise-influenced electro that takes its emotional feel—not to mention plenty of samples—from the almighty doyenne of nightlife, Grace Jones. "Slave" utilizes cut-up vocal samples from "Slave to the Rhythm" above a crunchy, hissy beat and some surprisingly ethereal backing synths. Though some of Jones' fans might not appreciate the reworking of her clarion voice, many more are sure to be blasting this beast into the winter. 

Average: 7 (47 votes)

Download: BD1982 "Space Boots"

BD1982 brings it with a chopped-and-sliced dubstep tune powered by trancey synths, dusty-sounding beats, and samples of an equally old-school vintage. Philly's Starkey and Dev79 have been putting out excellent tunage on their Seclusiasis label, and this piece only continues the trend. 

Average: 7.6 (42 votes)

Loading: Dissidia, Madden NFL '10, Science Papa, and more.

A quick look at some of the month's best videogames. Read more » 

Download: Toecutter "Best Party Ever (Flight Facilities Remix)"

Label: Bang Gang

Wow! Australia's Toecutter incorporates a Kool And The Gang sample into a filter-house track par excellence, then Flight Facilities reverse the process, using the original source material and pumping it up into a beardo-disco number that actually improves on Kool & The Gang's "Tonight," a near-impossible feat. Be prepared to hear this throughout the fall—it is a total scorcher. 

Average: 6.9 (42 votes)

Review: GusGus 24/7

Label: Kompakt

On their sixth studio album, GusGus' love of swelling euphoria remains intact, even if they have tempered their sound a bit to match the subtle climaxes of their new-found Kompakt labelmates. Each track on the six-song album hints at Balearic release, only to pull back just before climaxing and instead settle into a minimal groove—it's a tough trick, yet GusGus pulls it off with aplomb. Read more » 

The Broadcast Witch Project

While keeping their forthcoming new album in pocket, Birmingham-based duo Broadcast have let their love for library music and psychedelic cinema flourish with old friend and new musical collaborator The Focus Group on their new mini-LP Broadcast and The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/22/2009

Exclusive: Mary Anne Hobbs Blog #2

While touring the U.S. this month, BBC Radio One's Mary Anne Hobbs will be supplying us with a fully detailed rundown of her trip. Check back every few days for more updates and videocasts, and see her in action in your town soon (if you haven't already). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/22/2009

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