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Download: Blackbird Blackbird "Keep It Up (Distal Remix)"

First Listen

Atlanta-based producer Distal has sent over his version of "Keep It Up," a cut from Blackbird Blackbird's forthcoming Boracay Planet EP (artwork above) for Lavish Habits. Distal's remix balances bright, flashing chords with churning low end and booming drum hits. At times, the vocal snippets start to sound like synths themselves, giving "Keep It Up (Distal Remix)" an upside-down dizziness when paired with the fluttering electronic chirps. This rework will soon be paired with two other remixes, each by San Francisco artist Grenier, on a remix EP set for release via Lavish Habits. 

Average: 7.6 (74 votes)

Review: JJ Doom Key to the Kuffs

Label: Lex

Late last year, Lex Records posted up "Retarded Fren," a track created by Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, and MF Doom (a.k.a. Daniel Dumile). The song was featured on the label's 10th anniversary compilation, and has now resurfaced on MF Doom's most recent collaborative effort, a 15-track LP crafted in tandem with Brooklyn-born producer Jneiro Jarel. Working together under the moniker JJ Doom, Jarel and Dumile filled in the dry silences on the original version's sparse, industrial beat with a flourish that recalls Flying Lotus thanks to its lurching pulse, blossoms of watery keys, and film of quiet noises. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/22/2012

Grab a Free Comp Featuring WOLS, Monokle, and More


Fuselab, one of the Russian outposts we profiled this week in our Welcome to…Russia feature, has offered up a compilation featuring some of the artists on its roster—including 813, Monokle, and WOLS (a.k.a. Evgeny Shchukin, pictured above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/22/2012

Download: Dam Mantle "Canterbury Pt. 1"

Label: Notown

Glasgow's Dam Mantle (a.k.a. Tom Marshallsay) has announced the October 16 arrival of his new album, Brothers Fowl(pictured above), via Gold Panda's Notown label. In anticipation of that day, the beatmaker has unleashed "Canterbury Pt. 1," a rising and spiraling cut that serves as the LP's lead single. Its unstoppable ebullience bears some resemblance to the work of fellow Glasgow producer Rustie, but the track eventually settles into a more jazz-influenced groove in which gliding instrumentation collides with the more staccato elements—like flickering synths—of Dam Mantle's production. The producer has also offered up the single's b-side, "Full Moon and Moth," which can be downloaded for free, here

Average: 7.3 (42 votes)

Review: Various Artists LPH Sampler 1

It's hard to listen to the output of Brooklyn imprint Let's Play House without thinking that the label is carrying the torch for DFA. Yes, it was LCD Soundsystem that called it quits, not DFA, but the group's retirement still felt like the end of an era. Considering that LPH head Jacques Renault released some of his earliest records (as Runaway with production partner Marcos Cabral) on the famed indie-dance label, and that co-owner/A&R man James Friedman also runs the Rapture's Throne of Blood imprint, there's certainly no shortage of connections between the two camps. That said, Let's Play House isn't rehashing, nor is it overshadowed by its more prominent neighbor. This label sampler, which showcases some of the brighter talent Let's Play House is cultivating, is a case in point. Crisscrossing through cut-and-paste disco, deep house and live boogie, the artists featured all follow in the footsteps of James Murphy's mirror-ball-loving heart, but more importantly, they represent the new faces of the nu-disco and house sound. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/22/2012

Download: Southern Shores "New Love"

First Listen
Label: Cascine

Toronto-based duo Southern Shores (a.k.a. Jamie Townsend and Ben Dalton) has given us the first leak from its upcoming EP, New World, which drops on October 2 via avant-pop label Cascine. "New Love" boasts much of the same heavy atmospherics, mellow vibes, and pillowy soundscapes we loved on tracks from the pair's first EP, like "Night is Young," but with an extra dollop of tropical flavor from the brightly colored synths and punchy percussion. Southern Shores' cheerful melodies also lend "New Love" a fresh energy that retains a certain sensuality thanks to the breathy vocal samples and warm bassline which bolster the airy groove. Before the seven-track New World EP arrives this fall, you can check out its artwork and tracklist, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (85 votes)

Watch a Documentary About Flying Lotus

The second mini-documentary to appear today about an artist on the verge of dropping a long-awaited album (watch the one about Mala here) features Los Angeles beat guru Flying Lotus. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/21/2012

T. Williams Announces New EP, Shares First Single

West London house producer T. Williams has announced the imminent arrival of his next EP, Pain & Love, which will drop on September 17 via PMR, the UK label responsible for recent releases from the likes of L-Vis 1990, Julio Bashmore, and Jessie Ware. Read more » 

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  • 08/21/2012

Watch a Behind-the-Scenes Video About 'Mala in Cuba'

The latest album on the way from Digital Mystikz's Mala, a "South London meeting Havana" fusion project titled Mala in Cuba, is set for release on September 10, and the UK dubstep don has unveiled a behind-the-scenes video about the making of that LP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/21/2012

Download: kuxxan SUUM "Cambodian Overdad"

Label: End Fence

The co-owners of the Brooklyn-based label End Fence, kuxxan SUUM and Your Move, have teamed up for the second session of the imprint's ongoing single series. The release consists of "Cambodian Overdad," a throbbing tune crafted by kuxxan SUUM, and a remix of the cut helmed by his partner. On his production, kuxxan SUUM delivers cavernous beats populated by water drops, claps, and wavering vocal yawns, and you can stream/download its counterpart in the player embeded after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (61 votes)

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