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Download: Extrawelt "Neuland (Robag Wruhme Rekksmow 001)"

First Listen

Next week, the Darkroom Dubs label will drop Darkroom Dubs Vol. 3, a mix CD compiled and pieced together by the label heads in Silicone Soul, partly to celebrate 10 years as an active imprint. Pulled from the mix is this Robag Wruhme rework of Extrawelt's "Neuland"—the original of which appeared on Darkroom Dubs back in 2010. The veteran producer/jock takes Extrawelt's tune into territory that is somehow both more melodic and tribal (as he is wont to do), resulting in a piece of techno that is spellbindingly immersive. The complete Darkroom Dubs Vol. 3 mix will see a release on February 25. 

Average: 8.3 (194 votes)
 
 

Listen to a New Track from Shlohmo, Featuring How To Dress Well

Los Angeles producer Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo, pictured above) has shared the How To Dress Well-featuring opener for his forthcoming Laid Out EP before it's released early next month. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Check Out Tensnake's BBC Essential Mix

The German purveyor of infectious, '80s-touched house anthems, Tensnake delivered his contribution to the BBC's Essential mix series over the weekend, issuing a nearly two-hour display of top-notch beats, bass, and vibes. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Gear: In the Studio: Matmos

Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt, who together form the group Matmos, have spent most of their production career seeking out unconvential concepts and sound sources to use within their adventerous electronic works, resulting in a discography that is rarely stale and consistently unique. For their latest record, The Marriage of True Minds, Daniel and Schmidt enlisted volunteers to participate in the Ganzfeld experiment, in which Daniel would attempt to telepathicly transmit the sound of Matmos' then-unmade record to the participants, whose descriptions of what they heard in their head would in turn serve as the blueprint for the album's tracks. In the process, subjects reported back everything from sloshing buckets of water to the sound of triangles and synthetic strings, leading Matmos to incorporate a wide range of unexpected elements while making their record. In order to gain some insight into exactly how it all worked, we visited Daniel and Schmidt in their basement studio in Baltimore—the duo's adopted hometown since relocating from San Francisco six years ago—and picked the veteran sonic adventurers' brains about their unconventional process and quirky set of tools. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Review: 813 Recolor EP

It probably went mostly unnoticed when Russian producer 813 (a.k.a. Alexander Goryachev) posted "The Whaler" on SoundCloud in early 2011. Though the track garnered sufficient applause from like-minded fans, it took two years for the song to manifest as part of a physical release. Despite the delay, "The Whaler" can now be found—along with six other tracks—on the Recolor EP, the first offering of the year from Slugabed's Activia Benz imprint. The record explores familiar terrain, using footwork- and chiptune-inspired beats on par with Russia's most notable beatmakers. Its sound palette may not be original, but Goryachev does a solid job of distinguishing himself from his peers. Most of the Recolor EP finds him slowing things down to a mellow groove, allowing the listener to appreciate the fine production values which might be lost in, say, the furious meanderings often favored by fellow Russians Pixelord or DZA. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Podcast 283: Benjamin Damage

Over the past few years, Welsh producer Benjamin Damage (a.k.a. Benjamin O'Shea) has been involved in a lot of quality music, yet it seems like he hasn't quite received his proper due, most likely because he's best known for producing in tandem with others. Back in 2010, he teamed up with Venom on "Deeper," the inaugural release from Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen label. And although that particular partnership didn't continue, Damage did find a kindred spirit in Daneeka, with whom he produced the stellar "Creeper" b/w "Infamous" single in 2011. At the behest of Modeselektor, the pair then relocated to Berlin and turned out a full-length debut, They!Live, which thrust the two producers properly into the spotlight. (Shortly thereafter, the duo also put together an excellent XLR8R podcast.) Now, more than a year after the release of They!Live, Benjamin Damage is fully stepping out on his own, following last year's "Swarm" b/w "Headache" single with a solo full-length, Heliosphere. The album drops later this week, so we figured it would also be a good time for Damage to go it alone on the DJ front and put together a mix for our podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Reid "Wake"

First Listen

It's been a while since we last heard from budding Irish beatmaker Reid, whose sun-kissed "Miami" tune could be found in our Downloads section as early as last spring. "Wake" is the latest piece Reid has decided to offer up for free; it's a breezy number that runs through a host of poignant melodies and angelic vocal chops as it swirls around a sonic theme that feels equally contemplative and hopeful. Maybe 2013 will see another proper release from Reid down the line, but for now, we're happy to serve as the vehicle through which his wistful bits of electronics reach your hard drives.  

Average: 8.4 (152 votes)
 
 

Download: El Perro Del Mar "Hold Off the Dawn (Gidge Remix)"

First Listen

Taken from last year's Pale Fire LP, El Perro Del Mar's "Hold Off the Dawn" comes dipped in fuzzy textures and hazy pads on this remix from burgeoning Swedish outfit Gidge. Wrapping understated percussion and the singer's elegant voice in piles of warm synths and pot-and-pan percussion, Gidge's remix is a pleasantly grainy counterpart to the jazzy disco vibes of the original track. Look for this remix when it drops as part of El Perro Del Mar's forthcoming "I Was a Boy" single. 

Average: 8.1 (137 votes)
 
 

Review: Everyone No Time To Waste

Everyone is an appropriate moniker for a group—"supergroup" might be a stretch—that collects such a varied array of talent. First off, Night Slugs mainstays Jam City (a.k.a. Jack Latham) and L-Vis 1990 (born James Connolly) are credited here as V. L'Traques. The two producers are natural partners, as they're both concerned with sheen and deconstruction and the idea that everything from ghetto house to grime can be given new muscles. Everyone also consists of Joakim and Kindness (a.k.a. Joakim Bouaziz and Adam Bainbridge, respectively). At their best, both men are capable of making very unique and unclassifiable music as solo artists. Bouaziz has spent his exciting career merging cosmic disco-house with hooky, offbeat pop, and full-band experimental rock with glum, introspective dirges. Bainbridge, meanwhile, only released his debut LP, World You Need A Change Of Mind, last year. Although it was admittedly a mixed bag, it introduced him as a versatile composer, containing both a transformation of The Replacements' "Swingin' Party" and a breezy earworm of a single in "Cyan." Not only does No Time To Waste purport to cohere these personalities, but it also expects to do so within the space of one track. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

Review: Maxmillion Dunbar House of Woo

Label: RVNG Intl.

Andrew Field-Pickering's work as Maxmillion Dunbar has always had a restless quality. Unlike so much that might be termed restless, however, his releases have never felt overstimulated. Instead, their diversity comes from a more exploratory bent, like the result of hearing a boogie song from the early 1980s and wondering if it could be transformed into a dancefloor-ready jack track. Field-Pickering has wide-ranging tastes: the website of Future Times, the label he co-runs, is as much a haven for the label's influences as it is an official site, and his mixes incorporate everything from Talking Heads to Drexciya. House of Woo is his first album for the similarly adventurous New York label RVNG Intl., and shows this sensibility is alive as ever. Read more » 

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  • 02/19/2013

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