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Review: Matmos The Ganzfeld EP

When toying with the more stridently unorthodox side of the musical spectrum, many artists run afoul of accessibility in their effort to accomplish something unique; concept can suffocate the heart of a piece, resulting in something that's more academic than expressive. That said, Baltimore duo Matmos (consisting of M.C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel) seems to have no problem navigating those difficult waters; no stranger to the experimental, the outfit consistently turns highfalutin concepts into potable compositions. For The Ganzfeld EP, Matmos literally spent years conducting parapsychological experiments to create its source material; the utterances of its subjects were transcribed for later investigation and reproduction—a strategy with roots in the musique-concrète style that has pervaded the group's sound and philosophy throughout its career. Such a lofty idea seems likely to keep the majority of listeners at arm's length, but Matmos still manages to demonstrate that conceptual art need not be unapproachable. Read more » 

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  • 10/17/2012

Download: Eagles for Hands "Glitterall"

While not much is known about Brighton producer Laurie James Ross, who goes by the dubious moniker Eagles for Hands, we can say that we enjoy the lush production work on "Glitterall." Syrupy textures occupy the low frequencies, droning synths melt around the middle, and smooth rhythms sweetened with just a hint of glitch drive the tune forward with help from the chopped vocals. In many respects, "Glitterall" is a sparklier version of something you might hear from Monokle's forthcoming Saints album, and if you're interested in more Eagles for Hands productions, we've included another one of his tunes after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (102 votes)

Review: George FitzGerald Child Remixes EP

Label: Aus

Following a relatively busy 2011, UK producer George FitzGerald is having a comparatively quiet 2012, at least on the release front. Prior to this week, he'd only offered up a single record this year, the four-song Child EP, which found him marrying his penchant for melodics with more robust, dancefloor-oriented sonics. That said, it could be argued that Child has had the greatest impact of the ManMake Music boss' young career, as both the title track and "Lights Out" have been getting plenty of club play in recent months. And now that the talents of Gerd and Gerry Read have been enlisted for the freshly issued Child Remixes EP—which is streaming in full here—the songs' run is sure to be extended a little longer. Read more » 

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  • 10/17/2012

Gear: King Deluxe Announces Julien Mier Remix Contest

Dutch producer Julien Mier (pictured above) and Canadian imprint King Deluxe have launched a remix contest which gives budding producers a chance to rework a track from Mier's recent When Will They Wake Up EP, with the winning tune slated to land on the label's forthcoming remix vinyl. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 10/16/2012

Video: Matmos "Very Large Green Triangles"

After releasing its The Ganzfeld EP via Thrill Jockey this week, longstanding experimental duo Matmos has shared an awesome-looking music video for "Very Large Green Triangles." Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2012

Listen to Terrence Dixon's New Album for Tresor

Though Terrence Dixon's From the Far Future Pt. 2 LP dropped last week via Berlin club/label Tresor, we still thought you'd like to know that you can listen the 14-track record in full online. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2012

Download: Robert Hood "Better Life (Drvg Cvltvre Remix)"

Last spring, Netherlands-based producer Drvg Cvltvre (a.k.a. Vincent Koreman) released the first part of his Something Borrowed, Something Blue series, which featured edits of tracks by the likes of Jamie xx, Boddika, and Actress. The man has returned with a fresh pack of remixes for the second installment of his series, and this time around he's worked his magic on cuts by a host of artists including Benjamin Damage and Jacques Greene. We snagged his rework of Robert Hood's "Better Life," which finds the Dutch producer adding jangling percussion for a more fluid, '90s IDM-inspired version of the zippy-but-lurching original. Stream and download the whole series in the player after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7 (67 votes)

Stones Throw Launches Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Documentary

Veteran LA label Stones Throw has launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the production of a feature-length documentary on the label's history and the array of artists that have graced its roster since 1996. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2012

Download: Aaron Lipsett "Know This"

Label: MTDL

Kerri Chandler's MadTech label has unveiled its new digital download imprint, MTDL, which aims to offer free tracks every two weeks (free from the constraints of budgets and promo cycles) from up-and-coming producers who haven't had much previous exposure. The inaugural release comes from a burgeoning artist out of West Ireland named Aaron Lipsett, whose track "Know This" is a woozy number full of plink-plonk percussion and purring bass tones, which eventually collapses into a gentle and breezy house beat. 

Average: 8.3 (91 votes)

Stream Shelter Point's Debut EP for Hotflush


Before its release on October 22 via Scuba's Hotflush label, Forever for Now, the debut EP by Nottingham duo Shelter Point, is streaming exclusively on XLR8R. Interestingly enough, the four-track record is a bit more vocal-driven than we've come to expect from the UK outpost, though it does primarily dabble in the same delicate, pop-informed realms of bass music as the likes of Mount Kimbie, or even Darkstar. You can listen to Shelter Point's first offering after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 10/16/2012

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