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Review: Untold Change in a Dynamic Environment Part I

Label: Hemlock

While the man has been responsible more than a few dancefloor heaters, Untold (a.k.a. Jack Dunning) has never been known for crafting music that's particularly light or happy. The Hemlock boss specializes in dark textures, which are often supplemented by hard-hitting percussion and thick bass tones. That said, his sound, which initially proved rather uniform, has substantially evolved in recent years, and continues to do so. Change in a Dynamic Environment Part I, the first chapter of an announced trilogy, marks the London producer's return to Hemlock, Dunning's first release on his own label since 2009's Gonna Work Out Fine EP. In truth, the songs here sound almost nothing like that record's title track or "No One Likes a Smart-Arse," yet Untold continues to sail in ominously compelling waters. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/06/2012

Gatekeeper to Drop New LP via Hippos in Tanks

The New York-based electronic archeaologists of Gatekeeper have unveiled two forthcoming projects, a new album for Hippos in Tanks (artwork above) and an accompanying "first-person gaming environment, in which one explores various worlds inspired by tracks on the album." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/06/2012

Download: A Taut Line "Drunk"

Label: Diskotopia

The name of Diskotopia co-founder Matt Lyne's solo project, A Taut Line, makes complete sense when listening to his new 2776 Digital Hi-Vision EP (out April 9). Featured here, "Drunk" really does put on an impressive balancing act as it walks the line between undulating platters of sub-bass, crooning vocals ripped from a Tokyo arcade around 1993 (both Lynne and the label are based in Japan), and early rave-referencing piano stabs culled from forgotten '90s house jams. It all seems to be tottering on the edge of a beam, precarious but assured. You can check out a preview of the rest of A Taut Line's EP, along with a promo video featuring the track "Sands," after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (50 votes)
 
 

Download: Lemonade "Neptune (Sinjin Hawke Remix)"

Brooklyn trio Lemonade is about to embark on a tour with Texan chillwaver Neon Indian, but have opted first to put out a batch of remixes of "Neptune," the lead single from the band's forthcoming second album for True Panther, Diver. Featured here, Montreal native Sinjin Hawke's version of the track is a shimmering, dense rework that begins with a swelling, church-like choir before descending into florid swirls of panned vocals and a free-flowing 808 hip-hop beat. The package's three other remixes come from some of Lemonade's friends—including Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and the band's own drummer, Alex Pasternak. 500 white labels featuring these tunes will be available on the aforementioned tour, the details of which you can check out, along with a stream of the rest of the "Neptune" remixes, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (75 votes)
 
 

Siriusmo to Release EP via Monkeytown

Berlin-resident and oddball electro producer Siriusmo has prepared a three-track record to drop via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label on April 13, entitled Doctor Beak's Ratanplant. Read more » 

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  • 04/05/2012

Download: Bam Spacey "Ström (Saturday Mix)"

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Label: Ceremony

Deep, searching techno music can be a mixed bag at times, with many producers falling into the trap of cautious and restrained melodic conservatism. Six-minute introductions, slow-developing progressions, commonplace synth patches listlessly unspooling to only the most patient listener's delight... These issues plaguing the long-standing genre are fortunately not shared by Ceremony-signed producer Magnus Johansson. We've covered Johansson's work as Bam Spacey before, but with the forthcoming Land EP set for release via the aforementioned NYC imprint on May 22, we're welcomed to a new production. "Ström (Saturday Mix)," an alternate version of the b-side from his latest single, is a vision of Scandanavian pop filtered through a winding, lushly produced deep-techno framework. 

Average: 7.8 (57 votes)
 
 

Shed to Release Third LP via 50Weapons

DJ/producer Rene Pawlowitz, the German artist who currently operates under the name Shed, has been anything but dormant lately, and will continue with his streak of productivity this summer, when he drops his third full-length album. Read more » 

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  • 04/05/2012

Download: Burial & Four Tet "Nova (Drvg Cvltvre Rework)"

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Although "Nova" by Burial & Four Tet is one of the more intriguing cuts Netherlands-based producer Drvg Cvltvre (a.k.a. Vincent Koreman) has heard in some time, he found it difficult to incorporate the tune into his sets due to its high bpm. So, Koreman took to editing the track, and did more than just slow it down; he also added some punch to the percussion and gave it a blissed-out Balearic vibe. This edit is part of a larger set of reworks from Koreman, which he has titled Something Borrowed, Something Blue (artwork above) and released to the world free of charge. After the jump, you can stream and download the entire collection, which also contains edits of Jamie XX, Boddika, and Actress, among others.  Read more » 

Average: 7 (129 votes)
 
 

Turbo Preps Releases From Locked Groove, Nautiluss, and Duke Dumont

Montreal's Turbo Recordings, the imprint headed by electro-house mainstay Tiga, seems to be currently undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Once known for releasing poppy electro bangers best suited for massive 18+ raves, the label is expanding its horizons by acquiring new talent from more forward-thinking realms of techno, house, and bass. Read more » 

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  • 04/05/2012

Download: Techno Bro "Wicked Slice"

Before dubstep took off in the United States, the stereotypical frat boy and nearly any stripe of electronic music seemed to go together about as well as water and oil. But as brostep has proven to be an amazingly resilient trend over the last couple of years, it doesn't seem far fetched now to predict a future for genres like "brohouse" and "techbro," whatever they might be. While we're not exactly sure if Techno Bro (a.k.a. Craig Sopo, co-founder of Baltimore imprint More or Less) is indeed aiming for a flat-billed-cap-wearing fanbase with his newest tunes, the quirky tech-house of "Wicked Slice" should at least catch the ear of those already interested in punchy percussion and bouncy beats. The track, along with three other originals from Sopo and three remixes, appears on Techno Bro's latest EP, Brahaus (artwork above), which is out now.  

Average: 6.7 (58 votes)
 
 

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