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Bubblin' Up: Becoming Real

After originally pursuing more visual-based creative outlets, Toby Ridler (a.k.a. Becoming Real) eventually turned his interests to music production. "I started thinking that I could express things through music in a way I couldn't quite find the right techniques to express through visual arts," he explains. Towards the end of his time at university—where the man went on to receive a degree in Fine Arts—this change in artistic aims took hold, and since then, Becoming Real has been responsible for a steady stream of EPs and singles, at first existing along the outer fringes of grime before incorporating more influences and expanding his aesthetic range. Ridler's continued evolution and consistently keen sense for intriguing sonic structures have sent his name rising through the ranks of up-and-coming Londoners, and with a debut full-length in sight, it appears his footing in the ever-growing pool of UK producers is set to only become more solid. Read more » 

Download: Super Magic Hats "Charcoal"

"Charcoal," the first taste of Super Magic Hats' upcoming debut release, braids a winding hook through a humid daze of vocal snippets and reverb at a tempo slow enough to move to without breaking too much of a sweat, even in hot weather. As Super Magic Hats, Melbourne's Rob Masterton has begun to explore a Caribou-like territory of gleefully catchy melodies and psychedelic wooziness in his productions. The approachability and orderliness of Masterton's one-syllable samples lends a pop sensibility and stuttering summertime energy to his work, which has earned him airtime on BBC 6 and a featured spot for "Happy Jazz" on Bleep's unsigned track compilation, Filtered

Average: 7.8 (54 votes)

Review: Guy Andrews "The Wait" b/w "Hands in Mine"

Label: Hotflush

No matter what your scale of time is, Brighton's Guy Andrews is a very fresh producer. We heard one of his first tracks just over a year ago. His first official release won't celebrate an anniversary until September. As such, even the most insatiable connoisseurs of dance music should find it impressive that Andrews closed out 2011 with a record for the enviable Hemlock imprint, and has kicked off his 2012 output by dropping a single via Hotflush. With a rap sheet like that, it's imaginable that Andrews' talent for tunemaking will only continue to grow with each release. His "The Wait" b/w "Hands in Mine" 12" confirms the notion. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/30/2012

Stream Zoo Music's Inaugural Release

Last week, we tipped you off to the fact that Rinse FM's Monki (a.k.a. Lucy Monkman) launched a new record label, Zoo Music, and has set June 11 as the date for its first release. You may have heard the hard-hitting inaugural single from London teenagers TOYC and Zulu on Monki's recent Rinse FM shows, but for those of us not tuned into the underground sounds of London on 106.8, the "Needs to be Said" b/w "Nothing Borrowed" record is now available to stream in its entirety. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2012

Download: Cubenx "Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)"

Label: InFiné

Contrasting textures and timbres are the focal point for this blissfully abrasive remix of Mexican artist Cubenx. "Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)" is an aural pasture, with softly swaying reeds in the form of lightly reverbed pads and soothingly treated vocals taking center stage, as if Cubenx is crooning all alone in an isolated field. Telefon Tel Aviv's most interesting contributions are heavily distorted, springy kick drums, rumbling, noise-driven swells of bass, and a rough-hewn synth that grows over the course of the track into its own formidable beast. With such coarse and experimental sounds complementing the pristine and pastoral, "Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)" manages to sound like an indie track while remaining far enough outside the lines to bring in more adventurous listeners as well. The Grass Remixes EP is out now via French imprint InFiné; after grabbing the Telefon Tel Aviv rework below, have a listen to Robin Guthrie's remix of "Grass" after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (56 votes)

Review: Daniel Avery Movement

Whether or not you recognize his name, it's possible that you already know Daniel Avery. Up through last year, the London-based DJ and Fabric resident was releasing jubilant analog house singles and remixes as Stopmakingme. He's since reverted to his birth name, putting out the Airstrike EP on Relish Recordings earlier this year. The follow-up EP, Movement, is his first for New York label Throne of Blood, and is largely subtler and less flashy than his previous work. While Avery's tunes are deep, infectious, and wholly club appropriate, they are particularly gratifying as head music—dipping, peaking, and weaving with an eccentric, quietly focused flair. Read more » 

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  • 05/30/2012

Scuba Announces North American Tour

With so much coming out of the Hotflush camp recently, it's hard to imagine that label boss Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) has any time to sleep, let alone go on tour. But this summer, he will be doing just that. Read more » 

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  • 05/29/2012

The Miracles Club's Ecstasy Label Releases Compilation

Ecstasy, the label/collective helmed by Portland house revivalists The Miracles Club, just released its first compilation, a selection of 15 tracks from "friends and collaborators across the globe" aptly called Ecstasy (artwork above). Read more » 

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  • 05/29/2012

Download: Error Operator "All Around She (Great Skies Remix)"

Label: earFOOD

Offering the kind of blissful, emotive house music that fuels summertime dance parties, Great Skies' remix of Error Operator's (pictured above) "All Around She" comes via the newly minted earFOOD imprint. Featuring a straightforward beat christened with heavenly pads and Caribou-like vocal intonations, the track's central motif is actually Great Skies' (whom we've featured before) bassline. A subtly used low-frequency oscillator bends the sub melodies into new shapes as the beat progresses, providing a comfortable anchor for the remixer to paint vocals across the watercolor-smooth top end. It's a relaxing entry into crimson-soaked, sun-going-down house music, a style we'll undoubtedly be hearing more of as 2012 heats up. The Mstblove/All Around She EP is out now; listen to a full stream of the release, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (63 votes)

Daedelus Delivers FACT Mix

Although the tracklist of Daedelus' brand-new FACT mix looks like a jumbled sonic hodgepodge, the producer has once again found a way to weave together disparate sounds from the likes of Bone Thugs N Harmony, Sonic Youth, Jacques Greene, and Mr. Oizo in under an hour. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/29/2012

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