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Review: Elephant & Castle Transitions

Once upon a time, Southern Californian label Plug Research was known in some circles of the electronic music world as a reputable source for discovering the work of promising young artists. Dntel (a.k.a. one half of The Postal Service, Jimmy Tamborello) released his strongest album to date, 2001's Life is Full of Possibilities, with the imprint, and LA beat-scene godfather Flying Lotus gave Plug Research his debut LP, 1983, back in 2006. Other records of note have surfaced from the hub within that time span, too—Safety Scissors' all-but-forgotten Parts Water LP and some of John Tejada's and Daedelus' early work, for example—but there has been quite a considerable lull in auspicious output since then. To be blunt, it's practically impossible to think of any other truly exciting albums that Plug Research has recently inducted into its catalog. Transitions, the debut full-length by Oakland beatmaker Elephant & Castle, puts a welcome end to that. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/26/2012

Download: Tom Demac "Drooling Donna"

Fresh from relocating to London, Tom Demac is just a few weeks away from dropping a new EP, Dampening Deaf Ears (artwork above), for Hypercolour next month, and has passed along this non-EP tune to give us a taste. "Drooling Donna" is a roller of a funky house tune, one that doesn't simply rely on decades-old samples to supply the funkiness, but instead finds Demac summoning a seemingly endless array of rich synth riffs to keep things moving. It's the kind of tune that dancefloor junkies and the synth-obsessed nerds can appreciate together in harmony, coming together amongst the bouncing synth-bass and perfectly retro-minded drum samples. 

Average: 7 (53 votes)
 
 

Download: Kuhrye-oo "Energy Vampire (Edit)"

Label: UNO

New York's UNO imprint has unveiled the next edition of its generous series of free EPs, which we first caught wind of last month thanks to a helping of manic beats from Arca. Now, the label has tapped Candadian producer Kuhrye-oo for an EP of edits, an introduction to his heavy, swirling beatmaking. The globe-trotting Kuhrye-oo (who has been doing time as part of Grimes' live band as well as maintaining a role in the hyper electro-pop outfit Born Gold) has tried his hand at reworking three songs for the free endeavor. Here, he warps I-f's "Energy Vampire" into much more brooding territory. The resulting tune is a dark, bass-laden affair, with just the right touches of complexity to keep things moving, though not enough to confuse a dancefloor. You can download the entire House of Edits EP (artwork above) here

Average: 7 (50 votes)
 
 

Carl Craig Remixes Tom Trago For New 12"

Amsterdam label Rush Hour continues to expand its impressive discography with a new 12" from the soulful Dutchman Tom Trago, which will arrive with a remix from none other than superstar DJ/label owner/electronic-music man of interest Carl Craig (pictured above) on the b-side. Read more » 

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  • 03/23/2012

Download: Humans "Horizon (Nautiluss Remix)"

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Label: Hybridity

Vancouver-based Hybridity, which recently launched a record label after years of putting on all sorts of art, music, and cultural events, has shared this track with us, a song originally crafted by fellow British Colombian outfit Humans. A few weeks back, the young imprint passed along a Max Ulis remix of Humans' "De Ciel," and this rework comes from yet another Canadian, Toronto-based and Hemlock Recordings-affiliated producer Nautiluss (pictured above). Swapping out the live drums of the vocal-heavy original for a steady four-on-the-floor, Nautliuss warps, delays, and filters Humans vocalist Robbie Slade's words to a point where the indie-leaning vibe of the source material is almost entirely removed. The original version of "Horizon" appears on Hybridity's debut release, Traps, which was released earlier this month.  

Average: 8 (118 votes)
 
 

ZZK Readies 'Future Sound of Buenos Aires' Compilation

Is there a label around that could do a better job showcasing the burgeoning electronic scene of Argentina's capital city than ZZK? No, and that's why they are the only imprint we'd trust to put together a compilation called Future Sound of Buenos Aires. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/23/2012

Mosca Preps 'Eva Mendes' EP

The virtually infallible Mosca has revelaed the details of an upcoming three-track EP for Hypercolour / Glass Table. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/23/2012

Download: Liar "Liar"

Label: Farver

Romanian producer Liar will release a new EP, Undance, next week, and has passed along this self-titled track to help spread the word. The six-minute tune makes its way across a number of bass music realms, touching on the UK's penchant for skittering drums, melodic techno synth lines, and even some touches of deep house in the reverb-washed chords that occasionally peek through. Apparently, the man behind Liar has a busy year planned, with a number of releases in the works, the first of which will drop next Monday, March 26. After giving "Liar" a spin, you can check out the artwork and tracklist for the forthcoming record, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (117 votes)
 
 

Review: John Tejada & Justin Maxwell Our Gigantic Mistake EP

Label: Palette

After nearly two decades entrenched in the techno world's top tiers, LA-based producer John Tejada has amassed an eclectic catalog, one that includes more than his fair share of dancefloor smashes, with tunes like "Sweat (On the Walls)" moving beyond techno and permeating the larger dance-music consciousness. Unfortunately, Our Gigantic Mistake doesn't contain one of these groundbreaking future classics, and, to be frank, it doesn't measure up to Tejada's previous works with Justin Maxwell, namely 2004's Madness and the pair's most recent collaboration, last year's Not That, But This EP. Nonetheless, Our Gigantic Mistake boasts the archetypal flawless production and flashes of brilliance we've come to expect from John Tejada, who released the EP on his own Palette Recordings. Read more » 

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  • 03/23/2012

Check Out a Podcast From Okzharp

London's Okzharp, one of the three producers who make up the venerable UK outfit LV, recently dropped an hour-long mix of South African house, UK funky, and other assorted bits online. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/23/2012

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