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Hessle Audio Readies EP from Bandshell

The impeccable Hessle Audio imprint has announced its next release, a four-track effort from UK beatmaker Bandshell. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/24/2012

Hardhouse Banton to Return with New EP

Back in 2008, Hardhouse Banton was the toast of the UK scene. His track "Sirens" was an anthem in the burgeoning UK funky scene, and the London producer seemed poised to seize a position as one of its leaders. For whatever reason, that never really happened, as his releases slowed to a trickle and Hardhouse Banton gradually became one of those artists people referred to in the context of "whatever happened to that guy?" Apparently, that attitude was a bit premature, as Hardhouse Banton will soon be returning to the fold with a brand-new EP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/24/2012

Video Premiere: Auntie Flo "I Want To Blow Your Mind"

With his new mini-album, Future Rhythm Machine, out now via Huntleys and Palmers, Glaswegian producer Auntie Flo has debuted this video for "I Want To Blow Your Mind feat. Esa." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/24/2012

Download: Temples "II"

Label: Ecstasy

Ecstasy Records, the Portland-based imprint run by party-starting house outfit Miracles Club, has just released the label's first full-length record, a seven-song LP from Temples (a.k.a. Avalon Kalin, pictured above). The track titles are nothing more than ascending Roman numerals, with the entire work having been dubbed I-VII. Here, we have "II," a floating bit of spacey four-to-the-floor with polyrhythmic percussion and a complex arrangement crafted with what sounds like a xylophone. I-VII was released on Monday, and is available on either limited-run vinyl or digitally with two bonus tracks. After the jump, you can take a look at the record's artwork and view the subtly trippy video for the song "III."  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (51 votes)

Review: Chaos in the CBD Dusty Sundays EP

Label: Amadeus

Somehow, the fledgling Amadeus imprint is already on its fourth release since its launch earlier this year, and despite this rapid-fire output, the label has managed to keep its aims rather focused, showcasing burgeoning artists from the deep and more cerebral side of house music. In that vein, Chaos In the CBD—a pair of brothers from New Zealand—has delivered Amadeus' latest effort, an EP with three lengthy originals and a remix from rising Londoner (and recent XLR8R podcast contributor) Jack Dixon. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/24/2012

Onra to Drop EP via Fool's Gold; Stream New Track

Parisian beatmaker Onra has a new EP in the works for Brooklyn's Fool's Gold label, a five-song record called Deep in the Night. Read more » 

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  • 05/24/2012

Download: Nitemoves "Challenger"

Label: Moodgadget

Oakland-based musician Rory O'Connor (a.k.a. Nitemoves) began composing his debut solo effort while serving as the touring drummer for recording artists Tycho and Com Truise. His nine-track LP, titled Longlines, was released earlier this week through Moodgadget, and it's a wide-ranging, synth-heavy effort that touches on easy-going pop, experimental cacophony, and various points in between. As one might expect from a record written largely while travelling in the backseat of a touring vehicle, the songs are drenched in introspection and wanderlust, taking cues and inspiration from various locales while harnessing a feeling of isolation. "Challenger," the second cut from the album, is a straightforward bit of nostalgia-inducing pop that stacks layers of synths over manipulated vocal snippets before melting away into the next track on Longlines. After the jump, take a look at the LP's artwork and full tracklisting.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (77 votes)

Review: Jon Convex Lied to Be Loved

Label: 3024

The history of production duo Instra:mental starts with some well-received drum & bass singles at the start of the millenium, and includes a fallow period of six years prior to their reemergence in 2007. Since then, Alex Green and Damon Kirkham have had a lot to say, both together (with last year's Resolution 653 album) and apart (the former as Boddika and the latter as Jon Convex, among other guises). Their collaboration mirrors the tectonic evolution of UK dance music, and their timing—knowing when to hold back and when to burst forth—has granted them an uncommon longevity. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/24/2012

Download: Madegg "Kamera"

Label: Flau

"Kamera" brings a strangely cuddly end to Japanese beatmaker Madegg's upcoming Teach EP. Hoots, clinks, and the twangs of an acoustic guitar bob in and out of the stoney haze like an off-kilter choir of emoji singing over a half-time beat. The 11-track record is slated to drop on May 28 via Flau (check the artwork and tracklist after the jump), and will be followed by a full-length album from 19-year-old producer in July. As if to underscore the ephemeral nature of Madegg's sound, Flau will also be offering t-shirts embossed with download codes to people who purchase his debut LP.  Read more » 

Average: 6.6 (43 votes)

Hippos in Tanks to Release New Nguzunguzu EP

Unveiled just today, Warm Pulse is the forthcoming new EP by LA bass experimentalists Nguzunguzu, the duo's first record of 2012. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/23/2012

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