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Monty Luke's Black Catalogue Label Preps Compilation, Shares Previews

Detroit-based DJ/producer Monty Luke (pictured above) has announced that his fledging Black Catlogue label's fifth release will be a five-track compilation that is said to continue the imprint's "commitment to off-kilter, futuristic, global dancefloor devastation." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/09/2013

Bubblin' Up Week 2013: Delroy Edwards, Anthony Naples, Roche, and Huerco S. Take on House in Their Own Way

On his 2009 album Midtown 120 Blues, DJ Sprinkles declares that, "House is not universal. House is hyper-specific," suggesting that the genre's utopian birth story is anything but. In truth, house's early years were often the product of disparate, fiercely independent personalities and spaces, which is why today's landscape can feel suffocatingly homogenous, particularly if one doesn't know where to look. Beneath the deep-house facsimiles and Ibiza-fication, though, there is a rising generation of producers taking inspiration from the genre's freeform legacy. Read more » 

Download: The xx "Fiction (Kid Smpl Remix)"

First Listen

Seattle producer Kid Smpl, the burgeoning artist who was featured just yesterday as part of Bubblin' Up Week 2013, has given us his rework of "Fiction" by The xx. The muffled vocal samples and warbling overtones within Kid Smpl's production quietly create the kind of "night bus" atmosphere that he's gradually become known for, a mood which is complemented by delicate piano chords that echo around the minimal instrumentation. "Fiction (Kid Smpl Remix)" seems at once contained and virtually endless, and feels something like drifting slowly into unconsciousness. 

Average: 7.6 (83 votes)

Review: Switchbox Pirates Poetry

Nondescript. When it comes to describing dance tracks, there are few adjectives less enticing. Yet Pirates Poetry, the new EP from German duo Switchbox, is exactly that. Released on Maceo Plex's Ellum Audio, it's not surprising that the tunes fall within a very particular style of tech-house, but it is a bit surprising that they would be so damn forgettable. Read more » 

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  • 01/09/2013

Download: Howes "Asiko"

It's inspiring when a person can run a label as organized and accomplished as Spontaneous Rhythm—having released records by the likes of Divine Interface and Coppice Halifax—yet can still find time to construct such a well-crafted track as "Asiko." What's even more inspiring is that said person is merely 19. Without utilizing his label to release "Asiko," the Manchester-based producer known as Howes lends us this dark and gritty house track as a lone freebie which leaves us with the feeling like we just spent a long night on the dancefloor. 

Average: 7.2 (56 votes)

Review: Monolithium Bounce 4 Life EP

Between 2011's Simon & G-Funk EP and now, Canadian producer Monolithium has made giant strides in terms of the power and presentation of his work. Aligning himself more with his label's international roster of beatsmiths than any particular rising Canadian scene, the Bounce 4 Life EP finds the artist injecting more of his own personality into his production and making his best record to date in the process. Read more » 

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  • 01/09/2013

Apparat to Release New Album, Shares Free Download

Berlin's Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) has announced the impending release of Krieg und Frieden (Music for Theatre), an album based on the music he composed for Sebastian Hartmann's theatre production of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Read more » 

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  • 01/08/2013

Matt Shadetek Announces Sophomore LP for Dutty Artz

Dutty Artz co-founder and Brooklyn DJ/producer Matt Shadetek is set to release his second full-length album, calling it The Empire Never Ended. Read more » 

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  • 01/08/2013

Download: Dosage "Bring it Back"

In the age of promising young talent, one 19-year-old named Ben Swanwick (a.k.a. Dosage) comes to us from Leeds with "Bring it Back," a house number which gets into deep space as it continues bouncing into weirder and weirder territory and makes use of angry, pitched-down vocals and oddball clicks. It's a definite plus that this production comes across as both aggressive and heady, as the vibes perfectly complement its immediately danceable arrangement. 

Average: 7.2 (164 votes)

Legowelt Readies EP for Unknown to the Unknown, Shares New Track

Longstanding Dutch technoist Legowelt will soon release the three-track Star Gazing EP via DJ Haus' unceasingly prolific Unknown to the Unknown imprint, and has shared the brand-new "Visions in My Mind" tune to whet our appetites ahead of its release. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/08/2013

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