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Download: Circle Traps "What It Holds"

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Label: Lex

Circle Traps is the combined effort of UK artists Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy, and Will Ward. Together, the trio will release its third EP, Machine City, next month via the Lex label, from which the synth-led "What It Holds" comes to us. Appearing in the second half of the upcoming effort, the production is built around a driving drum machine and interweaving layers of thick arpeggio sequences, which are generously manipulated and bathed in FX as they twist throughout the tune's four-plus-minute run. The rest of Circle Traps' Machine City EP will be available when the five-track record sees its official release on July 28. 

Average: 7.7 (43 votes)
 
 

Ninja Tune Preps New EP from Evy Jane; Hear a Track Now

Canadian duo Evy Jane will become the latest outfit to join the Ninja Tune roster when its four-track Closer EP drops via the UK outpost next month. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2014

Stream the Upcoming LP from DJ Harvey's Wildest Dreams Project

Billed as a "modern-day equivalent of the L.A. wrecking crew," the debut album from time-tested DJ and veteran sonic adventurer DJ Harvey's Wildest Dreams project can now be heard in full. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2014

Download: Seb Wildblood "Hide the Pictures"

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This dusty slice of house arrives courtesy of Seb Wildblood, a London producer and co-founder of the city's Church label. A bonus cut to Wildblood's upcoming Come Into My House EP (out August 11 via Church), "Hide the Pictures" places a simple guitar melody atop thick filtered chords and muffled party chatter. Spanning just over five minutes, "Hide the Pictures" is a subdued, bluesy affair, one which spends most of its run focusing on a murky undercurrent, allowing only a languid vocal chorus to sit above the stoney production. 

Average: 7.9 (61 votes)
 
 

Jon Convex Preps New Single for Zone

UK producer Damon Kirkham is perhaps best known for his innovative collaboration with Al Green (a.k.a. Boddika) as Instra:mental, which coupled drum & bass with classic Detroit techno and electro. His subsequent solo productions as Jon Convex have seen release on outlets such as Nonplus and his own Convex Industries imprint, and his first release of 2014 is due out via French label Zone later this summer. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2014

LV and Josh Idehen Detail a New LP for Keysound

Three years after their debut collaborative album Routes was released via Keysound, London-based production duo LV and Benin City frontman Josh Idehen have come together for a new LP. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2014

Record Store Week: Hard Wax

All week long, XLR8R will be taking a closer look at some of our favorite record shops from around the globe. Check out the entire 'Record Store Week' series here.

Back in 1996, when Biba Kopf traveled to Berlin to profile Basic Channel for The Wire, Mark and Moritz—who back then refused to give their last names—took their interviewer to a record store.

"[They] invite me the Hard Wax record shop in Kreuzberg. For three hours, I am blitzed with a brief history of Chicago house and Detroit techno: the early Chicago acid tracks of Phuture, Armando and Armani, then moving onto Detroit for Cybotron, Model 500, Underground Resistance, Jeff Mills, Robert Hood, and Juan Atkins."

Nearly two decades on, making a cursory reference to Hard Wax without pausing to reflect on its importance would be unthinkable. Read more » 

Download New Mixes from South London Ordnance, DJ Orgasmic and Teki Latex

Techno and UK bass hybridist South London Ordnance (pictured above) has been tapped for the latest installment of Resident Advisor's podcast series. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2014

Download: Swoon "Do You Love"

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Label: Cut

Helmed by Alex Cowles (a.k.a. DFRNT), the Cut label/subscription service will soon add a new EP to its catalog from London newcomer Swoon. Serving as the lead cut to the forthcoming Beyond Human EP, "Do You Love" is a detail-oriented production that places subtle melodic phrases beneath a rich, hazy atmosphere and clever layers of evolving percussion. Swoon's Beyond Human EP will see its official release on July 28; in the meantime the rest of the upcoming effort can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (47 votes)
 
 

Surgeon Preps Single for Token

First appearing on Token six years ago with a remix of Grovskopa's "Sex & Violins," Birmingham techno veteran Surgeon (a.k.a Anthony Child) is now set to release his first solo effort for the Belgian label at the end of the summer. Read more » 

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  • 07/21/2014

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