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Download: Sage Caswell "Street Lite"

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Budding Los Angeles producer Sage Caswell—who we deemed, alongside his frequent production partner Cromie, an up-and-coming artist to watch earlier this year—released a new EP this week via French outpost Decabaret. Though it doesn't appear on Caswell's new Tribute 2 CC Archer EP, "Street Lite" nonetheless proves a fine showcase of the dense and rugged brand of house the SoCal producer is fond of crafting. Built around a tough shuffle, the seven-minute tune weaves an unhurried path through hiss-lined percussion and dusty chord stabs, digging deeper with each passing bar. After giving "Street Lite" a spin below, those interested in hearing clips of Sage Caswell's Tribute 2 CC Archer EP can do so after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (39 votes)
 
 

Check Out a New Mix from LV

It has truly been a while since we've heard from the Hyperdub-affiliated London DJ/production outfit LV: A year and a half ago, the group dropped its Subenza LP, and it was just over a year ago when the instrumental version of that record appeared. Now, the erstwhile trio has reformed as a duo, and come out of hiding to deliver its latest transmission, a brand-new mix which just so happens to feature LV's impending new single for Keysound. Read more » 

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  • 04/09/2014

SOPHIE to Embark on North American Tour

SOPHIE seemingly popped up out of nowhere in 2013, but that didn't stop his delightfully weird "Bipp" from becoming one of last year's most unique and celebrated tunes. (XLR8R actually named it the year's top track and also listed SOPHIE amongst 2013's Best New Artists.) Despite all the accolades, the UK producer has managed to keep his identity under wraps, even as the volume of his live shows continues to steadily increase. Next month, the show will be touring North America for the first time. Read more » 

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  • 04/09/2014

Untold Shares Exclusive Track from Upcoming 'Bleep:10' Comp

Following exclusive new material from the likes of Fuck Buttons and Machinedrum, more unreleased music has arrived today from online music retailer Bleep's forthcoming 10th anniversary compilation, Bleep:10, in the form of a new production by Hemlock label boss and London bass innovator Untold. Read more » 

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  • 04/09/2014

Hi-Five - Dauwd Selects His Favorite Tunes from the Kompakt Catalog

Dauwd isn't a prolific artist. Since he first surfaced a few years back, the London-based producer has issued only a handful of releases, first via the Pictures Music label and later for Ghostly International. Still, even with a relatively small discography, Dauwd has managed to turn heads; last year, he popped up in one of our Bubblin' Up features, and in February, he announced that his latest EP, Kindlinn, would soon see the light of day via the storied Kompakt imprint. The three-track effort—which is currently streaming in full online—was officially released this week, so we invited Dauwd to mark the occasion by participating in our Hi-Five series. As his selections demonstrate, his choice to link up with Kompakt wasn't a random one; the label has been influential in shaping Dauwd's sound, and he's elected to honor that by choosing his five favorite selections from Kompakt's extensive catalog. Read more » 

Download: AGC Esquire "The First Broadcast"

Label: Cut

Another alias of Scottish DJ/producer and Cut label head DFRNT, AGC Esquire has shared the retro-touched title track from his recently released EP. Drenched in bouncy percussion and textured synth melodies, "The First Broadcast" evokes the nostalgic sensation of booting up MegaMan on your NES, and watching as colorful 8-bit textures flicker across a CRT display. AGC Esquire's production is an in-your-face reminder of the euphoric and optimistic soundscapes produced by hardware of past decades, revitalizing a familiar sound while incorporating his own fresh style and production techniques into the mix. A preview of AGC Esquire's The First Broadcast EP—which happens to be Cut's first release since switching to a subscription-based model that gives fans 12 releases a year for the price of $1.00—can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (33 votes)
 
 

Paul Johnson, Jerome LOL, Untold, The Gaslamp Killer, and More Added to Together 2014

After unveiling the initial lineup a few weeks ago—a list which included the likes of Robert Hood, Pearson Sound, Julio Bashmore, SOPHIE, and more—Massachusetts' Together festival has officially announced the second wave of artists scheduled to peform this year at various venues throughout Boston and Cambridge. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2014

Check Out Untold's Remix of Perc

Hemlock label boss Untold (pictured above) and London techno experimentalist Perc have both issued quality albums this year—Black Light Spiral and The Power and the Glory, respectively—and will come together on the latter producer's upcoming The Power and the Glory Remixed EP. Before that record drops on April 11, one of its three productions, "Bleeding Colours (Untold Remix)," is now available to hear in its entirety. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2014

Download: IZC "Untitled"

Label: disko404

Packing his track with melting synth patterns, recurring sounds of demonic chimes, and viciously shuffling percussion, Viennese producer IZC proves he is not afraid to explore strange sounds with "Untitled," a cut from his analog-centric Zig Zag EP. The loosely constructed production consistently evokes tension and a relentless feeling of dread, effectively showing off the artist's capabilities in forging dark, ominous atmospheres. Before it drops in digital formats on April 21, the rest of IZC's Zig Zag EP can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7 (43 votes)
 
 

Listen to Lockah's 'Yahoo or the Highway' LP for Donky Pitch

One of the handful of exciting new talents emerging from burgeoning Brighton label Donky Pitch, Bubblin' Up Scottish producer Lockah is just under a week from releasing his debut LP, Yahoo or the Highway, and has preemptively unleashed the whole record to be streamed online. Read more » 

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  • 04/08/2014

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