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Review: Basic Soul Unit & Eddie Niguel The First Shift

Singaporean outfit Midnight Shift has been running after-hours parties in the Southeast Asian city-state for years. For the most part, the crew has followed the tested pattern of keeping its performers and locations clandestine, but exceptions have been made for such high-profile international guests as Jerome Sydenham and Green Velvet. Midnight Shift's new imprint seems to have been founded on similar principles. The First Shift, its debut release, pairs an established foreigner—Toronto's Stuart Li (a.k.a. Basic Soul Unit)—with Eddie Niguel (a.k.a. Edel), a producer largely unknown outside the city-state. Read more » 

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  • 10/09/2012

Roska to Deliver New 12" via Tectonic

Largely known as the don of UK funky, DJ/producer Roska seems to be trying out different sounds on his next solo outing, which will appear later this month via Pinch's dubstep-centric Tectonic label. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

Gear: Watch Marc Kinchen Produce an MK Dub

Pioneering DJ/producer Marc Kinchen (better known simply as MK) has been one of house music's (pardon the pun) household names since leading the NY garage scene of the '90s with a slew of noteworthy tunes, remixes, and—of course—MK dubs. Recently, the good folks at FACT managed to catch Kinchen in action, documenting the man in the midst of reworking DJ Haus' "Needin' U" with his patented formula. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

Download: S.E.F. "Boiling Point"

London-based videographer, label owner, DJ, and producer S.E.F. is poised to drop his debut record, the Autonomy EP, on November 5 via his own Switched On imprint. While it may sound like S.E.F. is kind of a newcomer, he has actually been involved in the London house scene for about 10 years, working closely with the likes of T. Williams and his Deep Teknologi label. And the experience shows on this cut from the artist's upcoming EP, "Boiling Point," as it represents the sounds of someone who, although new at producing, has the ear of a seasoned club veteran. Beginning with clips of a passionate speaker reminiscent of early Chicago house, the tune immediately distinguishes itself as something serious with a point to make. As the piece progresses, classic-house elements are introduced—including Rhodes stabs, 808 rim shots, and shuffling hi-hats—while the heated orator continues his provocative and motivational speech. You can preview the other two tracks set to drop on S.E.F's first record after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (69 votes)

Video: Volor Flex "City Pressure (feat. Bulb)"

A few weeks ago, we gave you a bonus cut ahead of the release of Volor Flex's Conspiracy EP (out this week via R&S imprint Apollo), and today, we bring you the Russian producer's latest video, which was crafted for the sub-heavy tune "City Pressure." Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

Kevin McPhee Readies New EP

We haven't heard much from Toronto's Kevin McPhee since we profiled him in our Bubblin' Up series, but today, we have news that the DJ/producer has been hard at work on a new release. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

Listen to Vessel's 'Order of Noise' LP

Though it was initially scheduled to drop on September 24, the debut LP by promising Bristolian artist Vessel (who was featured on XLR8R just last week) was pushed back to a mid-October release via Tri Angle. But worry not, because you can now stream Order of Noise in its entirety. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

Download: Fulgeance "Wet"

First Listen
Label: RX:TX

The French beatmaker Fulgeance is gearing up to release his latest LP, the solid Step Thru, which we reviewed just last week. And following the track we posted off of the producer's Mini Club EP, we have "Wet," one of Step Thru's handful of beat-driven cuts set to drop on October 15. While the production is cemented by smooth, punchy hip-hop drums and bright, electrifying synthesizers, there are darker undertones layered throughout. Fulgeance's new track grows from a club-ready jam into something more complex through the use of mystical trance stabs, pitched-down vocal mumbles, and fleeting basslines. 

Average: 7.3 (58 votes)

Stream George FitzGerald's New Remix EP, Featuring Gerry Read and Gerd


It was less than a month ago that we announced George FitzGerald's forthcoming Child Remixes EP, and barely even a week since one of its three tracks appeared online. Now, we have the entire record—including both of veteran Dutch producer Gerd's jacking remixes of the title track (as Geeeman and NY Stomp) and Gerry Read's rough-and-tumble take on "Lights Out"—available to stream exclusively on XLR8R. You can give Child Remixes a spin before Aus drops it all on October 15, after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

Listen to the New Scuba Single

It was exactly four days ago when we discovered that Hotflush label boss Scuba was preparing to unveil both a new live show and a fresh single in the weeks to come. You still have to wait for the November 3 premiere of DJ/producer Paul Rose's stage performance at the Shoreditch Warehouse in London, but you can listen to "Talk Torque" now. Read more » 

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  • 10/08/2012

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