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Download: Brogan Bentley "Smoke"

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San Francisco-based producer Brogan Bentley is set to return to Matthewdavid's Leaving label with his debut LP, The Snake, next month. Plucked from the forthcoming 12-track effort is "Smoke," an astutely named beat which wraps smokey string chords around a slightly stuttered pattern of hats and snares, to which the occasional footwork-like fill of tuned kicks and rapid rim shots are added. Before Bentley's The Snake LP—which, according to the artist himself, is said to be "a sonic documentation of coming into new skin, living in it, and shedding it"—drops on November 11, vocal-led and equally smokey LP cut "The Difference" is also available to stream after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (33 votes)
 
 

RIP Mark Bell

Multiple reports have delivered the sad news that British producer/musician Mark Bell, a member of Warp's seminal LFO duo and frequent Bjork collaborator, has passed away. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Listen to AnD's Upcoming Debut Album

As we reported in August, Manchester's industrial-influenced techno duo AnD's debut album is scheduled to see its official release on October 20 via Speedy J's Electric Deluxe label. Ahead of its arrival, a stream of the pair's forthcoming full-length effort has surfaced. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Check Out New Mixes from Dave Clarke, Teklife, and Madteo

New mixes from a trio of top names have surfaced online today, with the first coming from the John Peel-anointed "Baron of Techno," Dave Clarke (pictured above). Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Download: Loom "RGB"

First Listen

Next month, London's grime-focused Gobstopper label (run by Mr. Mitch, who recently announced his forthcoming debut LP for Planet Mu) will issue the debut release from Daniel Timms (a.k.a. Loom). Loom's forthcoming Grade EP is said to find the London beatmaker presenting four tracks marked by "drums [that] whip and crack over an eery tapestry of low-end, unsettling pads, and obtuse melodies." As a preview of sorts, Timms has sent along EP bonus cut "RGB," a track that fits well within his record's description, with its neon-soaked synths cut by sharp drum programming and (for brief moments) occasionally dipping into more ominous atmospheres. Loom's forthcoming Grade EP can be previewed after the jump before it lands on November 7.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (44 votes)
 
 

Review: John Barera & Will Martin Graceless

Label: Dolly

In a word, the debut long-player from Boston DJs/producers/roommates John Barera and Will Martin is solid. Over the course of the album's eight tracks, there is simply nothing to object to. Essentially a collection of hardware-formed, soul-sampling house productions, one might assume that the record's unblemished run is the result of Barera and Martin playing it safe, but that would be shortsighted. In truth, Graceless is effortlessly refreshing in its conceptual simplicity; these are tracks for tracks' sake, and ones that again prove that a good sample, smart drum programming, and genuine musicality can still make for potent (and pleasantly uncomplicated) dancefloor music. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Labels We Love: Clone

All week long, XLR8R is presenting its annual focus on Labels We Love. Click here to check out the rest of the series.

The story of Clone Records' early days is a familiar tale in electronic music. Label owner Serge, a DJ and occasional producer seldom referred to by his surname (Verschuur, for the record), started the label in 1993 because he could, and because it was easier for him to release records by himself than rely on others to do it. Clone's success is a well-trodden story of self-reliance and a DIY attitude to making things happen, and the name of the Rotterdam-based label is a tangential reference to this too, since many other labels in the US that Serge admired, especially in Chicago, were born not from grand ambition but through a pretty simple desire to get records out as quickly, and with as little fuss, as possible. Read more » 

Crème Organization and L.I.E.S. Team Up for Special ADE 12" featuring Legowelt, Ron Morelli, Willie Burns, and More

This week, like-minded leftfield house outposts Crème Organization and L.I.E.S. will be releasing a collaborative 12" (artwork above) to tie in with the labels' joint showcase on Thursday at the Amsterdam Dance Event. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Barnt Readies 12" for Hinge Finger

Celebrated Cologne producer Daniel Ansorge (a.k.a. Barnt) has been lined up for the latest release on Joy Orbison's and Will Bankhead's Hinge Finger label. Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

Dusky Announces New 12"; Stream the A-Side Now

Fast-rising London house duo Dusky (a.k.a. Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell) has announced a new 12", "YooHoo" b/w "Akebono" (artwork above). Read more » 

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  • 10/13/2014

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