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Download: Quays "Austere"

First Listen

"Austere" is one of 13 unconventional beats set to appear on an upcoming mixtape of original productions from NYC artist Quays. A producer who has in the past dropped new tracks via voicemail (allowing listeners to hear the songs by calling a particular phone number), Quays assembles a mix of wonky bells, bouncing rhythms, and sugary synths on "Austere." Though a bit unusual in its presentation, the tune is still in many ways a very sweet composition, its fizzy melodies likely to stay with listeners after Quays—at least for those wrapped up in the tune's intoxicating glow—abruptly cuts off his beat just past the two-minute mark.  

Average: 5.8 (31 votes)
 
 

Gui Boratto Announces New EP, LP for Kompakt, Shares First Single

Gui Boratto has unveiled details for his fourth full-length album on Kompakt, which is slated for release in early fall. The Brazilian producer has sustained a longstanding relationship with the esteemed Cologne-based label for nearly a decade, which oversaw the release of his debut album Chromophobia back in 2007. Read more » 

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  • 07/15/2014

Caribou Shares an Extended Mix of "Can't Do Without You"

Ever-evolving electronic artist Caribou (a.k.a. Dan Snaith) has shared an extended, DJ-friendly mix of "Can't Do Without You," which initially surfaced last month alongside the announcement of his heavily anticipated sixth studio album Our Love, which is due out on October 7 via Merge/City Slang. Read more » 

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  • 07/15/2014

Podcast 351: Fracture

After nearly a decade in dance music purgatory, drum & bass and jungle have gradually worked their way back into the spotlight. Throughout this process, few labels have proven more reliable than dBridge's Exit Records, and the imprint's latest offering, the Loving Touch EP, comes from Fracture (a.k.a. Charlie Fieber), a veteran UK producer who also heads up a quality imprint of his own, Astrophonica, with partner and frequent collaborator Neptune. On the record's title track, Fracture flips Ralphi Rosario's and Xavier Gold's house classic "You Used to Hold Me" into a hyperkinetic piece of drum & bass, while the remainder of the EP finds him working bits of footwork, grime, hip-hop, and dubstep into a jungle template. On a basic level, this sort of hybridization and creativity is at least partially responsible for the revitalization of drum & bass, and hearing these tunes left us curious about how the approach would work in an elongated format. As such, we invited Fracture to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Hotflush to Release Debut EP from Newcomer Auden; Preview It Now

Hotflush has always prided itself on being difficult to pigeonhole, but the label's recent releases have shown a preference for darker shades of techno, as seen in label head Scuba’s Phenix EP trilogy or South London Ordnance’s Contact 12". It’s no surprise, then, that its next release taps UK newcomer Auden, whose forthcoming debut spans four tracks of "unsullied atmospherics, large-scale techno, acid, dub, and two-step." Read more » 

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  • 07/15/2014

Download: Bipolar Sunshine "Deckchairs on the Moon (Just Kiddin Remix)"

"Deckchairs on the Moon" is the new single from Manchester vocalist Adio Marchant (a.k.a. Bipolar Sunshine, pictured above). The sky-high pop song has seen a release as a three-track package next week along with two house-minded remixes from Eli & Fur and Just Kiddin, whose sleek effort is featured here. On its rework, the Kettering-based outfit laces Marchant's easygoing vocals with a set of soul-drenched chords and a sharply skipping drums that keep this version of the tune completely focused on the dancefloor. Out now, the full "Deckchairs on the Moon" single package can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (41 votes)
 
 

Gear: Hauschka Discusses Prepared Piano Techniques in New Videos

German artist Volker Bertelmann (a.k.a. Hauschka) is one of the foremost composers and musicians pushing the envelope of piano performance. His latest LP, Abandoned City (released via City Slang/Temporary Residence LTD.), saw the established talent explore his craft further, with his propensity for using prepared pianos resting at the center of the record's improvised offerings. Now, the former Artist Tips contributor has taken some time to further reveal his own prepared piano techniques in a new series of short films. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

Download: Taal Mala "White Label Renegade"

First Listen
Label: Modern Math

Today, the fledgling Modern Math label drops its first vinyl release, the four-track White Label Renegade EP from Vancouver producer Taal Mala. Featured here is the new effort's title track, a bass-loaded affair which fits classic vocal chops, thick breaks, and an array of space-age percussion and FX between its strong-armed kicks and snares. A true hybrid, "White Label Renegade" connects various points from drum & bass, juke, and rave to result in a heavy, club-minded concoction. Two other original productions from Taal Mala and a remix from LA producer Grenier are set to appear on the Canadian artist's White Label Renegade EP, out in vinyl form today with a digital release dropping July 25. 

Average: 8.5 (85 votes)
 
 

Helix Readies New EP for Unknown to the Unknown as DJ Vague

Earlier this year, Miami-based producer Helix released the first official EP under his DJ Vague alias, the Porsche Trax EP, a three-track effort which landed via Australia's Templar Sound label. Now, the Night Slugs affiliate has revealed plans to return to his techno-rooted alter-ego on a new EP for DJ Haus' Unknown to the Unknown imprint. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

Addison Groove Preps Upcoming EP for 50Weapons, Features the Late DJ Rashad on New Track

Addison Groove is set to return to the Modeselektor-helmed 50Weapons imprint next month with a new EP that will feature a collaboration with the late DJ Rashad. Read more » 

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  • 07/14/2014

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