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Review: The Cyclist Flourish

Label: All City

Although he debuted in 2011 with the Bending Brass cassette, Irish producer The Cyclist (a.k.a. Andrew Morrison) probably made most of his fans with its follow-up, last year's Bones in Motion, an album that appeared right when peoples' appetite for lo-fi dance music was at its peak. Since then, Morrison has filled in the interim with a track on a compilation EP and a 12" in a boogie-influenced style under the name Buz Ludzha, but now, he's properly returned with Flourish, his sophomore LP. A heavily saturated, amorphous set of rave-referencing house tracks, it's unlikely to disappoint anyone too much. Given Morrison's prolific work rate, not to mention with his signature corroded production style, he could potentially be slotted into the same lineage of producers as artists like Legowelt, Ceephax Acid Crew, or DMX Krew—cult acts who jam out hundreds of tracks, sometimes striking gold but perhaps just as often releasing entire albums of sketches or failed attempts. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2014

Download an 'Offcuts' EP from South London Ordnance

In anticipation of an upcoming EP for his own Aery Metals imprint (set to drop sometime next year), South London Ordnance has shared a collection of previously unreleased material for free download. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2014

The Story of Barnt: The Cologne Producer Dishes on His Debut LP, His Oddball Reputation, and His Former Life as a DMC Contender

With very little fanfare, Daniel Ansorge (a.k.a. Barnt) has become something of a standout producer over the past few years. It's because his metallic techno, whether weird or abstract, escapist or psychedelic, always feels somewhat at odds with the norm. It's been that way since he debuted in 2010, and is still very much the case throughout his debut album, which drops next week. (For those who can't wait, it's worth noting that the LP is currently streaming in full exclusively here on XLR8R.) Read more » 

Download: Kepikei "cola-light"

First Listen

Despite its somewhat playful-sounding title, "cola-light" is a dark, brooding production from Slovakian beatmaker—and head of the Sonic District label—Kepikei, who plans to issue his "Velour Workout" b/w "Soma" digital single early next month via the UK's Get Some imprint. Beginning with an ominous bass drone, the track gradually builds into a dense assemblage cold synth tones. "cola-light"'s rhythmic content isn't far behind, as airy hats eventually give way to a salvo of heavy kicks and snares, balanced by the presence of reverberated snaps and tasteful bits of a skittering 808 percussion. Officially out on December 8, Kepikei's forthcoming "Velour Workout" b/w "Soma" single can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 9 (72 votes)
 
 

Juan Atkins Announces New LP as Model 500

To mark the 35th anniversary of his career, Detroit techno veteran Juan Atkins will release a new album as Model 500 early next year. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2014

Mutant Beat Dance Preps EP for Rush Hour; Preview It Now

Mutant Beat Dance—the pairing of Traxx and Beau Wanzer—will supply Rush Hour with a two-track EP next month. Read more » 

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  • 11/19/2014

Download a Free Remix EP from Anenon

Following behind the release of his immersive sophomore full-length, Sagrada, earlier this year, LA producer/saxaphonist and Non Projects label head Brian Allen Simon (a.k.a. Anenon) has enlisted a handful of beatmakers to contribute to a new remix EP. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Download: Appian "Operator"

First Listen
Label: Fina

A burgeoning producer and Detroit native, Appian will land on London's Fina label next week with the four-track Chatter EP (which features a remix from fellow Detroit artist Monty Luke in its run). Pulled from the record's b-side is "Operator," an understated techno workout lined with the type of electro-soul one would expect to hear on a record produced in the Motor City. Spanning five minutes, the track sees Appian cleverly toying with his array of sonic elements, as a handful of sneaking synth sequences and pillowy chords bend around the production's snapping assemblage of drum-machine percussion. Officially out in vinyl form on November 24 (and digitally on December 8), the rest of Appian's Chatter EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (35 votes)
 
 

TURRBOTAX® Resident Mayster Preps EP for Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Shares New Track

A resident of Brooklyn's TURRBOTAX® club night, Polish-born producer/DJ Maciej Surowiec will issue a new EP as Mayster later this month via the fledgling Sci-Fi & Fantasy imprint. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Listen to Steffi's 'Power of Anonymity' LP in Full

First Listen

A week ahead of its official release via Berlin institution Ostgut Ton, Steffi's Power of Anonymity LP has been made available to stream in full. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

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