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Download: Mehmet Aslan "New Africanism"

Yesterday saw the Huntleys + Palmers imprint add a new record to its catalog in the form of the Mechanical Turk EP from Mehmet Aslan, a producer who has landed a few tracks on the London outpost's Highlife sub-label in the past. Across its three tracks, the new record sees Aslan blending facets of traditional Turkish music with his penchant for house and techno workouts. Closing out the new release on its most hypnotic note is "New Africanism," a track which wraps lush string movements and a stumbling synth bassline around thumping kicks and clattering layers of unconventional percussion. Out now, the rest of Aslan's Mechanical Turk EP can be previewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (38 votes)
 
 

Gear: Artist Tips: Mister Saturday Night on the Importance of Building a Proper DJ Booth

Over the past few years, Mister Saturday Night has undergone something of an expansion. In 2012, the two DJs behind the long-running party, Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter, added a label arm to their operation, and following a slew of original releases (including this year's extensive 'Brothers & Sisters' compilation), the pair is now presenting a new mix CD, 'Weekends and Beginnings,' which drops this week. Still, at its core, Mister Saturday Night is a party, and even while facing the growing difficulty of finding suitable venues in New York City, both the intermittent Saturday night party and its weekly summertime cousin, Mister Sunday, appear to be bigger than ever. With years of experience under their belts, it's fair to say that Harkin and Carter are essentially experts when it comes to throwing a proper bash, which is why we asked if they'd be willing to share a little bit of their knowledge with our readers. While acknowledging that there are countless elements that go in to throwing a good party, the duo felt like it could be most helpful by focusing on something very specific: setting up the DJ booth. Despite the fact that this task is at the absolute core of any successful event, it's something that's often overlooked, even by veteran promoters. The men of Mister Saturday Night know better, and have shared a few of their secrets about how to do things right. Read more » 

  • Filed under: gear
  • 11/18/2014

Review: Andy Stott Faith in Strangers

The first seven minutes of Faith in Strangers are as still as a December morning. Andy Stott's last two EPs and his second album, Luxury Problems, began, after a brief time, with the crank of a handle and the coal-hungry chug of a monstrous Victorian factory machine; this time, the Manchester producer's third album arrives not with the clanking of sledgehammers, but with the cleansing sound of cold midnight air. On "Time Away," a solemn euphonium horn calls out to the listener like a cargo ship returning to a remote harbor. "Who is talking, who is crouching," asks Alison Skidmore (Stott's former piano teacher turned vocal contributor) on the following track, "Violence," which begins with a shrill flare of modular noise and soft, cooing synth pads. Skidmore's lullaby, by turns erotic and menacing, stands alone and uncertain at first amid these bare elements, but it grows more assertive as the lumbering drums of "Violence" sputter into motion. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Podcast 369: Gunnar Haslam

Over the past year or so, Gunnar Haslam has quietly become one of those artists whose name is seemingly everywhere. In 2014 alone, the New York producer has issued releases on esteemed imprints like Argot, Delsin, and Mister Saturday Night, and this week, he's releasing his second full-length for L.I.E.S., Mirrors and Copulation. (Just FYI, the album is currently streaming in full exclusively on XLR8R.) In conjunction with this wave of activity, we figured that now would be a good time for Haslam to put together an exclusive mix for our weekly podcast series. Read more » 

Max D and Hashman Deejay Prep Split 12"; Hear It Now

Max D (pictured above) and Hashman Deejay have been lined up to inaugurate newly formed imprint Falstaff187. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Download: Tonik Ensemble "Until We Meet Again (Applescal Remix)"

Label: Atomnation

The Tonik Ensemble is in fact the brainchild of Anton Kaldal Ágústsson, an Icelandic producer and musician who enlists a number of collaborators to aid him in seeing through the completion of his hybrid electronic compositions. Today, Ágústsson and company's latest release has arrived via the Atomnation imprint, who has also invited a number of producers, including label head Applescal, to rework the Tonik Ensemble's new single, "Until We Meet Again." A spacious, moody endeavor in its original form, Applescal anchors the track's billowing textures with the thud of a kick drum and light layers of percussion, while also generously manipulating and rearranging the tune's vocals and placing the focus of the rework on a series of tenderly melodic synthlines. Applescal's remix of "Until We Meet Again" can be downloaded below, and the rest of the Tonik Ensemble's new single can be streamed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (49 votes)
 
 

Stream Hugo Barritt's Upcoming 'Penumbra' EP Featuring Remixes from Tuff City Kids

Exclusive

Early next month, London-based New Zealand native Hugo Barritt will issue his Penumbra EP via fledgling UK label Construct—a four-track effort that can now be heard in full ahead of its release. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Hear the Title Track from Maya Jane Coles' Upcoming EP

First Listen

Earlier this month, Maya Jane Coles announced she'd be returning to Anja Schneider's Mobilee imprint with a new EP. Entitled From the Dark, the effort arrives nearly four years after her debut on the label and now, its title track has been made available to stream. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Turbo Readies 'Warehouse Series' Compilation with Randomer, Clouds, and More

Tiga's Turbo label has detailed a Warehouse Series compilation due out early next year. Read more » 

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  • 11/18/2014

Download a New Mix from Ben Klock

Said to showcase the more deep and dreamy side of the Berghain resident's craft, a new mix has surfaced today from Ben Klock. Read more » 

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  • 11/17/2014

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