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Download: Toob "Chop House"

London-based duo Toob is embarking on a series of free digital releases, collectively titled Chop House. Although free releases are often the territory of relatively new acts, Toobs has actually been making music since the mid-2000's. The titular "Chop House" is taken from the series' first chapter, and it's a relatively short piece of percussive techno with a dark, albeit high-energy, feel. If the track piques your interest, the entire three-song Chop House Volume 1 can be downloaded here

Average: 7 (30 votes)

Video: Mi Ami "Time of Love"

Today, Brooklyn/SF duo Mi Ami released its latest record—the four-song, 37-minute Decade—via underground dance music hub 100% Silk, and this video for "Time of Love," a lengthy disco-warping track we premiered about a month ago, arrives just in time to commemorate the occasion. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/20/2012

Download: Howse "VBS"

Label: Tri Angle

We haven't really heard from Providence-based producer Howse since he was living in Baltimore in September of 2011, when he shared the smoky "Porch" tune. As it turns out, the artist born Nathaniel Oak has been doing pretty OK for himself, given the fact that he signed with the enviable Tri Angle imprint for his next release, the five-song Lay Hollow EP. "VBS" is a percolating, juke-inspired track rife with sampled gasps that comes from that record, and will arrive alongside more of Howse's miasmatic music on May 28. You can take a look at the artwork and tracklist for the forthcoming EP before then, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (51 votes)

Hissy Fit Unveils 'Six Weeks Project' with New EP

Canadian tunesmith Hissy Fit is no stranger to self-distributing his music online. Not long after we profiled Montreal's Matthew Hiscock in July of last year, he gave away a two-track EP, and now, he's doing something quite similar: releasing an EP a week for six weeks via Bandcamp. Read more » 

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  • 03/20/2012

Download: Max Ulis "D.I.Y."

Vancouver dubstep producer Max Ulis has launched a new label with fellow British Columbian LorneB, called 10Pin. To commemorate 10Pin's birth, Ulis sent over the free track "D.I.Y," a crisp, dark garage production that's full of cut-up, brooding vocal samples and sparse bass flourishes. You can also stream snippets of the imprint's first release, Calamalka's Gooey EP, which features a remix by the ever-bassy XI, after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (56 votes)

Deniz Kurtel to Release Sophomore LP via Wolf + Lamb

About a year after her first LP appeared via Crosstown Rebels, Turkish-born artist/DJ/producer Deniz Kurtel has announced that she will release her sophomore full-length this summer, courtesy of NY's Wolf + Lamb label. Read more » 

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  • 03/20/2012

Podcast 239: Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka

While both Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka entered 2012 with solid track records, it's fair to say that the Welsh duo's debut full-length, They!Live, far exceeded everyone's expectations. Last year's "Creeper" b/w "Infamous" single—like the album, released via Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint—was an impressive, techno-leaning first outing, but they They!Live is an especially accomplished effort, one that finds the producers streamlining their sound while applying their penchant for crafting infectious rhythms to a framework more suited to their newly adopted Berlin surroundings. In the wake of releasing one of 2012's best albums (granted, it's only March), we figured now would be a good time to invite the pair to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Fort Romeau "SW9"

First Listen

UK producer Fort Romeau just dropped his debut LP, Kingdoms (pictured above), via LA-based left-field house incubator 100% Silk. "SW9," a non-album track premiering on XLR8R today, continues in the vein of that full-length's subtle, lo-fi approach to infectious deep house. Fort Romeau's production tumbles along for four and a half minutes in a swirl of fat analog synths and syncopated hi-hats, all of which is cradled in an ever-so-light tape hiss—giving it a warm and approachable texture. 

Average: 8.3 (152 votes)

Review: Presk "Hesitate" b/w "Kook"

Nearly a year after Presk first appeared with "and Cut" b/w "Mold," the inaugural release from Ramp sub-label Fourth Wave, the world still doesn't know all that much about the Dutch producer, apart from one thing: the man makes solid tunes. It's a trend that continues on his latest single, "Hesitate" b/w "Kook," a record that also marks Presk's return to the Fourth Wave imprint that gave him his start. His biographical details may still be murky, or, at the very least, nondescript, but the continuing quality of Presk's musical output has rendered questions about exactly who he is all but moot. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/20/2012

Vlek Announces Free Digital Release Series

Belgian imprint Vlek has been on our radar for some time now, particularly after dropping a stellar EP by Ssaliva (a.k.a. Cupp Cave) this past January. Now, the label has introduced a new, digital-only series of free releases in order to "better represent the incredibly creative people [they are] surrounded with," starting with a new full-length from Wanda Group, called Cleaners (artwork above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/20/2012

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