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Carl Craig Announces New EP as Carls Davis

Over the years, Detroit techno veteran Carl Craig has put together an impressive body of work that's as diverse and ever-growing as the collection of aliases he's come up with to release his music. His most recent project, an EP titled Last Decade, will add six tracks and another moniker to the producer's discography. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2012

Jam City Shares 'Classical Genesis' Mix

The young UK producer whom we spoke with in today's Chatterbox feature, Jam City, has just dropped a brand-new mix over on the Night Slugs website, called Classical Genesis. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2012

Kastle Inaugurates New Label with EP, Mix

Symbols, the new label from San Francisco-based producer Kastle, will soon begin trading with the release of its honcho's Stay Forever EP. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2012

Download: Chaos in the CBD "In Between"

Label: Amadeus

Moody and dimly lit are the words that spring to mind when listening to "In Between" from Chaos in the CBD, a pair of New Zealand brothers delving into deep house for the Amadeus imprint. Taken from the Dusty Sundays EP, the duo sets the stage with vintage snares and drawn-out cooing, allowing a haunting atmosphere take hold until harps, playground sounds, and free-floating chords dance into view. The warbling, mid-heavy bassline makes its presence felt halfway through the track, smoothing the entry for an arpeggiated synth solo that never quite takes off, allowing the track to ebb and flow in an interesting show of restraint. The four-track effort is out now and includes a Jack Dixon remix; check the full EP stream after the jump, and if you haven't yet, check out our most recent podcast from Mr. Dixon, here.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (103 votes)
 
 

Nicolas Jaar Drops BBC Essential Mix

Over the weekend, young NY talent Nicolas Jaar dropped a two-hour mix for BBC Radio 1's Essential series, which has since been made available to stream via SoundCloud. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2012

Teengirl Fantasy Announces New 12", Stream First Single

When we went into Teengirl Fantasy's Brooklyn studio this past February, the duo shared with us a bit of insight into the production that went into 2010's lush 7AM album, as well as its forthcoming releases for R&S. Now, we can finally hear a bit of the music that the guys talked to us about. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2012

Chatterbox: Jam City

In the works for quite some time, Classical Curves, the debut album from Jam City (a.k.a. Jack Latham), will finally see the light of day next week. Anticipation is high for the record, which is only the second artist full-length to be offered by the Night Slugs label. Ahead of its release, we caught up with the London producer online and peppered him with IMs inquiring about his music, the decision to make an album, his approach to DJing, the role of visual elements in his art, and the expectations that come with being a part of the vaunted Night Slugs crew. Along the way, he even touches on his efforts to avoid the internet and his distaste for the term "neon synths." Read more » 

Download: JTRP "Apparition"

Label: Senseless

German duo JTRP has always straddled the line between functional, eyes-down house music that works the midnight shift and an experimental, almost-psychedelic sound that creeps into the back of one's thoughts whilst in the dance. "Apparition" is a new tune out soon on Synesthesia 2, the second edition of Senseless' series of artist showcases. Both veterans of the Cologne scene, the men of JTRP work a malleable style here, filtering in elements of B-more club music, UK funky, and South African kwaito to alternatingly meditative and delirious effect. Surging bass swells supplant glassy, powder-washed pads that ooze high-end clarity over an otherwise rough and rugged percussion track, which is enhanced by the introduction of rolling congas at the midway point. Featuring another JTRP tune, two from Awkward Movements' NKC, and a jam from Mak & Pasteman, Synesthesia 2 is being released digitally and on a limited-edition press of 250 records with a hand-screened sleeve. Preview the rest of the EP before it drops on May 28, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (64 votes)
 
 

Review: Shit Robot "Teenage Bass" b/w "Space Race"

Label: DFA

According to legend, Marcus Lambkin (a.k.a. Shit Robot) hooked up with the DFA crew at the very beginning, well before the imprint started throwing lavish dance parties on hotel rooftops and handily sold out arenas. The Irish-born DJ was there as the label was still just a few guys trying to make sense of NYC's rich electro, funk, disco, and house traditions with their post-punk pedigrees. And although it arrived approximately a decade after the label's genesis, in some ways Shit Robot's 2010 LP, From the Cradle to the Rave, harkened back to the diverse spirit of those early days. Guests placed a key role in the process, as DC punk Ian Svenonius served up an acid confessional on "Simple Things (Work it Out)" while Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and The Juan Maclean assisted in creating the robust funk of "Take Em Up." Now, nearly two years later, Shit Robot has returned with "Teenage Bass" b/w "Space Race," the latest chapter in DFA's progression. Read more » 

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  • 05/21/2012

Download: Chymera "Strange Things Are Afoot"

First Listen

A slowly rising, unwavering tone opens this long-form track from Connaisseur veteran Chymera, off his forthcoming LP for the label, Death by Misadventure. "Strange Things Are Afoot" is stripped down and laid out in a functional manner during the opening four minutes, creating a bedding for ghostly synthesizers and tumbling toms to hover over a tough, take-no-prisoners kick drum. At the song's breakdown however, Chymera makes a surprise move and rudely deploys a filtered square bassline that arpeggiates slowly into the second drop. The Irish producer then adds a misty-eyed melody line comprised of chimes and metallic wisps of synth, and suddenly we find ourselves lost in the thick of an all-encompassing dancefloor fever, one which trembles mightily into its climax at the seven-minute mark. Chymera's album will be released on June 1.  

Average: 7.9 (82 votes)
 
 

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