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Download: John Tejada & Justin Maxwell "Our Gigantic Mistake"

Label: Palette

Like most years for prolific techno veteran John Tejada (pictured above), 2011 was a busy one which saw multiple releases from the artist, including the full-length Parabolas and an EP, Not That But This, with now-frequent collaborator Justin Maxwell. 2012 will likely be another year replete with production, as Tejada has already released a number of remixes, and earlier this week unveiled the Our Gigantic Mistake EP, his latest collaboration with Maxwell. Here, we have the title track from that release, a techno tune with quirky modular synth sounds meandering over a vibrating bassline and a simple backbeat. Our Gigantic Mistake is out now exclusively on vinyl, and will be available in digital format on April 2.  

Average: 6.5 (48 votes)
 
 

Download: Clatterbox "Semi-Automatic (Creepy Autograph Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Trust

Despite recently releasing a new single and having a full-length album on the way, Jimmy Edgar has found time recently to explore his lesser-known alias, Creepy Autograph, and deliver this remix of "Semi-Automatic" by breakbeat veteran Clatterbox (pictured above). The furious, bass-driven onslaught of the original is developed into a more restrained bit of garage by Edgar, who also cuts the elongated synth pads from the original into sharp stabs. This remix will appear on Clatterbox's forthcoming Semi-Automatic EP, which will also contain the title track, a remix by Lok44, and a second original production. The EP will be released by Trust on April 9, but a streaming preview is available to check out, along with the artwork, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.4 (39 votes)
 
 

Review: Airhead "Wait" b/w "South Congress"

Label: R&S

Airhead is a name that has been visible just below the rising wave of post-dubstep beatmakers over the past few years, most notably as James Blake's touring guitarist (and even collaborating with Blake on a Brainmath single), in addition to turning in remixes for Mount Kimbie and Shlohmo. Now, the producer has been tapped by R&S for a proper single of his own, presenting two songs that attempt to mash together everything from hazy beats and UK-style broken-step to guitar-based electronics and acoustic pop, begging the unnecessarily convoluted question: Is the world ready for somber, post-dubstep instrumental pop? Probably not. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/21/2012

Pinch Delivers 'Introduction to Tectonic' Mix

Dubstep stalwart and Bristol-based Tectonic label head Pinch—who gave the world the excellent Fabriclive 61 mix album not long ago—recently crafted a 30-minute DJ set for Mixmag that serves as an introduction to his bass-pushing imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/21/2012

Download: Toob "Chop House"

London-based duo Toob is embarking on a series of free digital releases, collectively titled Chop House. Although free releases are often the territory of relatively new acts, Toobs has actually been making music since the mid-2000's. The titular "Chop House" is taken from the series' first chapter, and it's a relatively short piece of percussive techno with a dark, albeit high-energy, feel. If the track piques your interest, the entire three-song Chop House Volume 1 can be downloaded here

Average: 7 (30 votes)
 
 

Video: Mi Ami "Time of Love"



Today, Brooklyn/SF duo Mi Ami released its latest record—the four-song, 37-minute Decade—via underground dance music hub 100% Silk, and this video for "Time of Love," a lengthy disco-warping track we premiered about a month ago, arrives just in time to commemorate the occasion. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/20/2012

Download: Howse "VBS"

Label: Tri Angle

We haven't really heard from Providence-based producer Howse since he was living in Baltimore in September of 2011, when he shared the smoky "Porch" tune. As it turns out, the artist born Nathaniel Oak has been doing pretty OK for himself, given the fact that he signed with the enviable Tri Angle imprint for his next release, the five-song Lay Hollow EP. "VBS" is a percolating, juke-inspired track rife with sampled gasps that comes from that record, and will arrive alongside more of Howse's miasmatic music on May 28. You can take a look at the artwork and tracklist for the forthcoming EP before then, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (49 votes)
 
 

Hissy Fit Unveils 'Six Weeks Project' with New EP

Canadian tunesmith Hissy Fit is no stranger to self-distributing his music online. Not long after we profiled Montreal's Matthew Hiscock in July of last year, he gave away a two-track EP, and now, he's doing something quite similar: releasing an EP a week for six weeks via Bandcamp. Read more » 

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  • 03/20/2012

Download: Max Ulis "D.I.Y."

Vancouver dubstep producer Max Ulis has launched a new label with fellow British Columbian LorneB, called 10Pin. To commemorate 10Pin's birth, Ulis sent over the free track "D.I.Y," a crisp, dark garage production that's full of cut-up, brooding vocal samples and sparse bass flourishes. You can also stream snippets of the imprint's first release, Calamalka's Gooey EP, which features a remix by the ever-bassy XI, after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (55 votes)
 
 

Deniz Kurtel to Release Sophomore LP via Wolf + Lamb

About a year after her first LP appeared via Crosstown Rebels, Turkish-born artist/DJ/producer Deniz Kurtel has announced that she will release her sophomore full-length this summer, courtesy of NY's Wolf + Lamb label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/20/2012

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