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Gavin Russom Reveals New Project, Single

The man behind the epic proto-techno jams of Black Meteoric Star, DFA bad-boy Gavin Russom, returned home after spending over a month on tour in Brazil with a new set of musical inspirations that have come together to form his latest project, The Crystal Ark. Under this moniker, Russom, along with vocalist Viva Ruiz, has written a new single, a 12-minute slow-burning number called "The City Never Sleeps," for release on the prolific DFA label. Read more » 

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  • 02/22/2010

Download: Daedelus "Order of the Golden Dawn feat. Laura Darling"

Taken from Daedelus' upcoming album, Righteous Fists of Harmony, "Order of the Golden Dawn" is a lovely slice of lounge-y music, featuring bossa nova instrumentation over a chunky hip-hop beat. Featuring the sublimely pure vocals of his wife Laura Darling, the track is perfect for intimate gatherings or a round of passionate afternoon sex, or as the ever-romantic Daedelus might prefer, lovemaking. 

Average: 7.5 (58 votes)

Festival Nrmal and MtyMx Bring the Noise to Mexico

Within a week-long period in March, two festivals of epic proportions will be taking place in Mexico's lovely city of Monterrey (pictured above). Read more » 

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  • 02/22/2010

Download: The Seven Fields of Aphelion "Grown"

Label: Graveface

The Seven Fields of Aphelion has crafted a perfect album for ambient daydreaming with Periphery, and "Grown" is no exception: it expresses an intense wistfulness, opening with piano lines on top of drones and building to a swirl of piano-synth harmonies. High-frequency sine-wave dapplings and a healthy amount of delay round out the track's gorgeous ache. Though she's a member of Black Moth Super Rainbow, the simple grace of the Seven Fields of Aphelion's music is a most unexpected and welcome reprieve from the sensory overload often caused by that group's aural antics. 

Average: 7.7 (36 votes)

Review: Peverelist Jarvik Mindstate

As owner of Bristol's Rooted Records shop and founder of the Punch Drunk label, Tom Ford (a.k.a. Peverelist) doesn't have trouble staying current. But the dubstep producer's full-length debut, named after the inventor of the artificial heart valve, incorporates futurist techno vibes into his dub vibrations and low-end rhythms. Boasting seven new tracks, along with previous singles "Infinity Is Now" and "Clunk Click Every Trip," Jarvik Mindstate showcases his tight style, crisp rhythms, and junglist roots. Read more » 

Kon & Amir to Release Third Volume of Their Mix Series

East coast duo Kon & Amir are set to bring forth the third installment of their Off Track mix series April 26 via BBE. We talked to the crate digging beat-heads a couple years back while they scoured NY's Lower East Side for their fix of rare 45s and long forgotten beats, and now they're switching boroughs with Off Track Vol. III: Brooklyn. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2010

Turning the Tables in the Digital Age

A quick Q+A with Pete Hahn, the creative director of one of our favorite retailers, Turntable Lab, on the site's recent foray into selling digital music. Read more » 

Seaside Getaway: With a New Home on Sub Pop, Baltimore's Beach House Scales Up Their Trademark Sound

Things that immediately establish a certain mood: dead body, Labrador puppy, thunder, Inland Empire, the band Beach House. Even among three divergent albums, Baltimore's Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally remain masters of bringing listeners to their very specific place.


Download: 10-20 "majik"

The UK's 10-20 cuts straight to the chase on its new track, "majik." Within five seconds, a fully formed beat jumps into the forefront, flanked by ephemeral sonics and swirling bits of electronic soundscape, and doesn't quit, save for a few seconds of intermittent reprieve, until the song's seven minutes are up. "majik" could be mistaken for an early-'00s Autechre cut, or something from maximalist producer Clark's catalog, though it manages to maintain a clustered aesthetic all its own. The track is taken off the forthcoming Mountain EP, the third in 10-20's four-part geographically conceptual Landform series. 

Average: 6.5 (36 votes)

Juan MacLean in the House on Next DJ-KiCKS Release

Almost a decade and a half after its first release, !K7's DJ-KiCKS series is being treated to less of a typcial DJ mix and more of a music history lesson, courtesy of DFA mainstay Juan MacLean. The disco and house-obsessed artist took the six months before recording his contribution to DJ-KiCKS debating the relevance of the craft in 2010, and came to the conclusion that he would rather delve into his roots in dance music. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2010

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