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Gear: Juju & Jordash Collaborate on New iPad App

Earlier this year, the Amsterdam-based duo of Juju & Jordash collaborated with visual artist Paul Skawinski, creating an improvised performance to accompany the artist's liquid projections (pictured above). Now, audio from this performance and Skawinski's visuals have been turned into an iPad app which randomly combines those sonic and visual elements to create a so-called "Infinite Music Machine." Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2012

Video Premiere: Old Apparatus "Derren"

Sullen Tone is a new imprint started by the mysterious Old Apparatus duo, whose releases last year for Mala's Deep Medi stable were some of the more haunting, visceral dub emissions to surface as of late. To inaugurate its new label, the production outfit is putting out a four-track EP on July 16, entitled Derren, which is preceded by this mesmerizing, somnambulate video for the title track. Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2012

Download: David Douglas "Douglas Firs"

Label: Atomnation

During his short-but-fulfilling life, intrepid Scottish horticulturalist David Douglas (1799-1834) scoured North America for then-unheard-of plants, which he meticulously catalogued and eventually introduced to much of Europe. Although the life and deeds of the man who discovered such treasures as the California golden poppy and Douglas fir remains unknown to most, one Dutch tunesmith has found inspiration in his compelling story. Utrecht-based producer David Douglas shares more than a name with the 19th century plant-hunting Scotsman; like the Douglas of old, the 20-something beatmaker is invigorated by the greatness of nature, and uses it as his muse when creating rich and atmospheric sounds. On "Douglas Firs," Douglas uses synth pads and a wandering melody to create a warm and emotional track, but also delivers enough bass and kick to keep things constantly pulsating forward. The song appears on producer Douglas' debut, Royal Horticultural Society, which explores the frontiers of disco, bass, techno, and ambient music while remaining rooted to the theme of the long-deceased botanist who shares his name. The eight-song record is out now through Applescal's Atomnation imprint, and can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (83 votes)

Review: Uner Universe EP

With the Balearic isle of Ibiza resting just offshore and the standard-setting electronic-music festival Sónar now in its 18th year, Spain can officially be counted alongside London, Berlin, and New York as a DJ capital. It's surprising then that there aren't more Spanish artists receiving international accolades, particularly when so many big-name DJs call Spain, well, Ibiza at least, home every summer. Catalonian producer Uner may be the man to break the slump. Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2012

Video Premiere: Christian Loeffler "Blind"

This sensual and slightly disconcerting video comes courtesy of Frankfurt artist Christian Loeffler, whose debut LP A Forest will soon be out via his own Ki imprint. Lead single "Blind" is a heart-wrenching blend of ambient pads, rolling percussion, and softly distorted bass that doesn't shy away from drama, but rather embraces its emotional intensity with distant coos and an elegiac, wandering atmosphere. The accompanying video is in fact an "esoteric dance film," shot with a keen eye for early morning tranquility and seeing the human body as an art form. Read more » 

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  • 06/15/2012

Download: H-Sik "oOo rD Eye"

First Listen

Fledgling Amsterdam-based producer and recent Error Broadcast signee H-Sik's influences are eclectic; genres ranging from instrumental hip-hop, juke/footwork, and glitch, among others, are present throughout his music. On paper, "oOo rD eye" may seem a bit ambitious, but on wax, it is a well-executed journey through a number of different electronic music scenes, as the producer born Hervé Sika warps synth chords and quick arpeggios over fast moving rhythms touched in equal parts by elements of Chicago juke and his African background (he hails from the Ivory Coast). Be on the lookout for the rest of H-Sik's genre-bending EP, Cocody, which will be released on July 2. 

Average: 7.4 (89 votes)

Richie Hawtin Reveals Lineup for Ibiza Residency

Richie Hawtin, the veteran techno icon also known as Plastikman, has announced the lineup for his first solo residency at Ibiza's Space venue. Read more » 

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  • 06/14/2012

Video: Gacha "Bowl"

Georgian producer Gacha will be releasing an EP for the recently revived R&S sub-label Apollo later this summer, and Anna Kobakhidze has directed a video for that record's b-side, "Bowl." Read more » 

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  • 06/14/2012

Download: PhOtOmachine "Throb"

Young Brixton producer PhOtOmachine recently released his second EP through fledgling imprint 2020 Midnight Vision, a joint project between Somethinksounds and Leeds label 2020Vision. "Throb" is one of the records' four tracks, and sees PhOtOmachine blending the percussive intricacies of UK bass with vocal stylings reminiscent of old-school Chicago house. The song's tempo rests at a typical house speed, and incorporates sounds appropriate for a late night in the Midwest, but also employs a syncopated, garage-style drum pattern that betrays PhOtOmachine's London roots. The On U EP is out now, and can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (56 votes)

Alva Noto and Byetone Collaborate as Diamond Version

Raster-Noton co-founders Alva Noto and Byetone have joined forces to form Diamond Version, a new project that will see five EPs and a full LP released via Mute. Read more » 

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  • 06/14/2012

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