Techno veteran Robert Hood has had something of a banner year, releasing two singles from his Motor: Nighttime World 3 album, dropping several ace remixes, and, most notably, issuing the acclaimed Paradise LP and follow-up Phobia EP under his more soulful, house-oriented Floorplan moniker. Even after all of this activity, Hood has managed to slip in one final 2013 release via his own M-Plant imprint. The Eleven EP is almost diametrically opposed to his two most recent, aforementioned full-lengths; where Paradise was geared towards the dancefloor and indebted to the sonic tics of classic house and techno and Motor: Nighttime World 3 was thick with rich, neo-noir atmosphere, Hood's new EP serves up two tracks committed to austere, bare-bones functionality. Read more »
In collaboration with music blog Neo Violence, Prague-based electronic label Beef is releasing the Neo Violence compilation on December 23, featuring 10 globe-spanning cuts from the likes of New York's Policy, Serbia's Reblok, Italy's Kid Mark, and others. "Perc"—a stripped-down house offering from Chilean producer Daniel Klauser—marries a processed, swirling synth with an unabashedly cheesy bassline, as crisp percussion drives the skeletal production forward. Ahead of Neo Violence's official release, a sampling of the compilation's other tracks can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Lucretio and Marieu, the Berlin-based pair behind the gritty techno of The Analogue Cops, have announced that they're reviving their Xenogears project for a new album entitled Lost Artemis, which will be preceded by an EP of remixes for lead single "Multiverse." Read more »
Even with his "Deep Undercover" tune landing as one of our favorite tracks of 2013, Cardiff producer The Organ Grinder has had a somewhat quiet year, issuing the Dancing Angel EP for Gerd's 4lux label early on and sneaking in the Another Process EP under the radar this month via the Heist imprint. But before 2013 comes to a close, The Organ Grinder has elected to make one last appearance in our Downloads section—offering the characteristically tech-minded, bass-obsessed "In the Beginning There Was Jack," an expectedly jacking tune which focuses on a handful of chords and a particularly playful bell melody during the course of its five-plus-minute run. After giving "In the Beginning There Was Jack" a spin, those interested can grab a ZIP file of unreleased tunes from The Organ Grinder here.
Gear: Watch Machinedrum and Lando Kal Talk Production and Collaborate in the Studio with Ableton Push
Berlin-based American expats Machinedrum and Lando Kal are the subjects of a new video put together by Ableton, which features the pair of talents sharing insight into their production processes, as well as collaborating together using Ableton's Push controller (a piece of gear promiently featured in today's Best Gear of 2013 list). Read more »
As a part of LuckyMe's ongoing advent calendar, in which the imprint teases out 25 tracks between the beginning of December until Christmas, Glasgow-based producer Rustie closes out a year filled with surprise singles and "heartwarming videos" by releasing a brand-new track as a free download. Read more »
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