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Download: Error Operator "All Around She (Great Skies Remix)"

Label: earFOOD

Offering the kind of blissful, emotive house music that fuels summertime dance parties, Great Skies' remix of Error Operator's (pictured above) "All Around She" comes via the newly minted earFOOD imprint. Featuring a straightforward beat christened with heavenly pads and Caribou-like vocal intonations, the track's central motif is actually Great Skies' (whom we've featured before) bassline. A subtly used low-frequency oscillator bends the sub melodies into new shapes as the beat progresses, providing a comfortable anchor for the remixer to paint vocals across the watercolor-smooth top end. It's a relaxing entry into crimson-soaked, sun-going-down house music, a style we'll undoubtedly be hearing more of as 2012 heats up. The Mstblove/All Around She EP is out now; listen to a full stream of the release, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (63 votes)
 
 

Daedelus Delivers FACT Mix

Although the tracklist of Daedelus' brand-new FACT mix looks like a jumbled sonic hodgepodge, the producer has once again found a way to weave together disparate sounds from the likes of Bone Thugs N Harmony, Sonic Youth, Jacques Greene, and Mr. Oizo in under an hour. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/29/2012

Download: Dark Ages "Wrong Ghetto"

Label: Frite Nite

Salva's Frite Nite crew has added a new act to its artist stable, a collaboration between Trouble & Bass' Star Eyes and 5kin (of 5kinandbone5) called Dark Ages. Warping shadowy, hardcore bass synths into a half-step/Southern-rap aesthetic, the duo's inaugural release, the First Born EP, features three tracks meant for fortified soundsystems. "Wrong Ghetto" is a propulsive head-nodder that oozes rude, peak-time attitudes all over its sparse, B-More referencing beat. Ascending mid-range tones and some sharply enveloped trance stabs outline the tune as it cascades through nonchalant vocal samples and the occasional police siren, making the song ideal for primetime deployment on darker, more street-leaning dancefloors. The new EP is available today via Frite Nite, with a Dark Ages podcast for the label to follow next week. Check out the cover art and tracklisting for the release, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (57 votes)
 
 

Actress, Kode9, Pilooski, and More to Play New Forms Festival 2012

For its twelfth year, Vancouver's New Forms Festival will commandeer a weekend in September to revel in the sights and sounds of contemporary electronic music and art. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/29/2012

Podcast 249: A Guy Called Gerald's MUTEK Mix

This week, the 2012 edition of the annual MUTEK festival will be getting underway in Montreal. Consistently presenting some of the most forward—not to mention best—assortments of electronic and experimental artists, it comes as little surprise that this year's lineup includes an intriguing array of acts, from up-and-coming locals to widely influential legends. One of those legends happens to be UK producer A Guy Called Gerald (a.k.a. Gerald Simpson), who's put together an exclusive mix to commemorate the impending kickoff of this year's MUTEK festivities. Read more » 

Download: Klic "Arp (Bad Mojo Remix)"

In the wake of Joy Orbison's "Hyph Mngo" becoming a bonafide underground hit in 2009, scores of producers rushed to fill their dark, brittle compositions with colorful synths and washy melodies. A few years have passed since then, but this remix of Klic (whom we've featured before) by Slovakian artist Bad Mojo (pictured above) demonstrates a similar impulse, with rich synths detuning their way on a heavy portamento around a galloping beat that sprinkles in funky house snares, Pearson Sound-style descending toms, and an ecstatic vocal refrain that carries the tune. "Arp (Bad Mojo Remix)" is distinctive in its understated execution and adherence to an ideal, that of a mid-July dancefloor in need of a refreshing, light-hearted anthem that will lock a crowd in for the remainder of a set. 

Average: 7.9 (91 votes)
 
 

Review: Laurel Halo Quarantine

Label: Hyperdub

Since her initially self-released debut, the King Felix EP, first garnered attention back in 2010, Laurel Halo has taken anything but a predictable path as a producer. At first, she appeared to solely be a talented bedroom crafter of leftfield electronic pop, but an adventurous run of EPs and remixes has redefined her output since, proving that the Brooklyn resident is happy to switch aims and explore new creative territory as she sees fit. Quarantine, her debut full-length, is yet another twist in the story, one which finds Halo's productions returning the focus to her voice more than any release since her initial outing two years ago. What takes shape is a solid, unflinching artistic statement, an effort at moments challenging and bizarre, and at others dreamy and utterly inviting. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/29/2012

Download: Chautauqua "Suspended Animation"

Label: Voltaire

Between folks like Onra and Chromatics (or any of Johnny Jewel's projects, for that matter), we've had plenty of Drive-friendly tunes to listen to lately, but we've opted to make some extra room for San Francisco's Chautauqua and its self-titled debut EP (that's the amazing artwork above). Voltaire label head Randy Ellis and producer Loose Shus collaborated on the four-track release, marrying driving Italo basslines and Krauty synth atmospheres with spare dance beats and new-age vibes. The result is something like a 15-minute spirit quest, of which "Suspended Animation" is the more ominous second movement. You can check out the rest of that journey below.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (67 votes)
 
 

Review: Red Rack'Em "Chirpsin" b/w "All Alone"

Label: RAMP

At 50 releases, UK imprint RAMP is not short on diversity. That said, it has developed a reputation for cerebral sounds within bass music, both as an early champion of the synthy dubstep exploits of Zomby and as a home to Ras G, Tokimonsta, and other makers of instrumental beats in the lineage of J.Dilla. Knowing where its tastemaking prowess lies, the label remains relatively free and clear of house or techno, a few stray releases from Doc Daneeka notwithstanding. That's why seeing techy disco remixer, producer, and edit man Red Rack'em land release number 51 is, while not shocking, kind of surprising at least. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/29/2012

Review: Isaac Johan Isaac Johan EP

Label: Cómeme

Although it's remained relatively under the radar, Matias Aguayo's Cómeme imprint has thrived over the past few years, all the while releasing some of the most subversive dance records in recent memory. The label has introduced us to Rebolledo, Ana Helder, and Daniel Maloso (among others), who all released brilliant house records last year that burst with leftfield identifiers like industrial minimalism, Latin eccentricities, and uncomfortably bluff vocals. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/28/2012

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