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Download: Yakine "Rise (feat. James Teej)"

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Rising Parisian producer Yakine took a circuitous route to his current terminus in the world of techno and house, first unleashing his musical passions as a guitarist in a metal band before his love of hip-hop steered him in the direction of the dancefloor. Eventually introduced to the sounds of underground house and techno through his older brother, Yakine has since released a string of four-on-the-floor-driven singles and EPs on various European labels dating back to 2009. Next week, Yakine will be dropping his first EP for Ghostly sister label Spectral Sound, a four-song effort called Rise. The title track features the vocal stylings of Canadian DJ/producer James Teej, who interrogates listeners with a series of questions—such as "Do you wanna stay?" and "Are you going to enjoy the situation?"—before demanding, "I need an answer quick." The artwork and tracklist for Yakine's Rise EP, which comes out on May 22, can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (62 votes)
 
 

Gear: Review: Sony MDR-V55 DJ Headphones

MSRP: $99.99, Sony

For any self-respecting audiophile, finding a winning pair of headphones that suits each and every one of your needs to a tee feels next to impossible. You want high-quality, honest sound in the form of balanced drivers, a wide frequency range, and strong impedance to power your time spent both in the studio and on the street. Sony's new MDR-V55 DJ Headphones offer a variety of interesting takes on the traditional swivel earcup DJ model, bringing in features that cherry pick from both the worlds of the four-channel mixing maestro and the casual commuter looking for attractive design and solid sound. Read more » 

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  • 05/16/2012

High Five: Squarepusher

Tom Jenkinson, the man behind the roughly 17-year-old Squarepusher guise, is something of a jack of all trades. His musical output runs the full gamut of electronic sounds, touching on IDM, jazz, acid, ambient, breakbeat, and beyond, though it was all born of a distinct love for jungle and drum & bass. It's a love he returned to time and time again throughout the late '90s and early 2000s, but inexplicably abandoned for his other obsession, the bass guitar. On Ufabulum, his brand-new album for Warp, Jenkinson makes a long-awaited return to the realm of hyperreal electronic music, and brings a bit of those classic UK hardcore sounds with him. Read more » 

Download: Ataxia "INRIhab"

First Listen
Label: D Records

Ted Krisko and Eric Ricker are two former party promoters who have now dedicated themselves to running the long-standing Detroit dance imprint D Records and producing house and techno jams under the moniker Ataxia. Ahead of the city's annual Movement Electronic Music Festival on Memorial Day weekend, Krisko has curated the Movement 2012 compilation, which features 18 tracks from an array of Motor City producers, including this tune, "INRIhab," from his own two-man project. The song isn't your typical Detroit affair, instead displaying a deep and grooving bassline and a soulful vocal part. The piano-led track has a distinct Crosstown Rebels vibe to it, which seems appropriate considering Krisko and Ricker once helped produce an edition of the label's Rebel Rave tour. After the jump, take a look at the tracklisting and artwork for the compilation, which is set for release on May 22, just a few days before the Movement Festival kicks off.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (60 votes)
 
 

Review: Mosca Eva Mendes EP

How does Mosca do it? Since first appearing on the scene back in 2010 with his monumental debut, the Square One EP, Mosca has managed to maintain an unbelievably consistent level of quality across his output, even while continually exploring largely new factions of the bass-music spectrum with each release. Last year's "Done Me Wrong" b/w "Bax" single was steeped in classic 2-step and garage, while the Wavey EP offered up four bass-laden techno rollers, and now, with the man's first EP of the year, Eva Mendes, Mosca has taken his firmest steps into the world of house music. Read more » 

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  • 05/16/2012

Mickey Pearce Announces New 12" for Ten Thousand Yen

London producer Mickey Pearce is set to release a new 12" single, "Tempted (F+ck Tonto Edit)" b/w "Softly Softly," next month through Doc Daneeka's Ten Thousand Yen imprint. Read more » 

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  • 05/16/2012

Download: Deft "Jungle Jim"

First Listen

Before dropping its introductory compilation, Terrain, UK label Raised By Records shares this beat-driven cut by Croydon-based producer Deft, a bonus tune from the second part of the aformentioned release (artwork above). "Jungle Jim" boasts plenty of crisp drum sounds and eclectic percussion elements, but nonetheless remains a fairly understated and smooth production rife with vinyl crackle, deep bass rumbles, and lush synth pads. Look for an early batch of Terrain—featuring another tune by Deft, among original tracks from the likes of Fybe:One, Memotone, and more—to arrive on June 25, with the official release date coming July 23. 

Average: 8.4 (183 votes)
 
 

Review: Ben Sims & Kirk Degiorgio Machine

Label: Machine

Neither Ben Sims or Kirk Degiorgio is what one might call a fresh-faced new artist. Both men are veterans of the UK techno scene, and have spent the past 15-plus years putting their own spins on a style originally created half a world away in Detroit. Many artists in their position are content to rest on their laurels, relying solely on their own catalogs and the litany of classics that undoubtedly reside in their record collections, but last year Sims and Degiorgio made a conscious choice to break with the past. Seeking to move forward, the duo founded Machine, a London-based club night devoted to new music, a party where everything played has been made in the past year or so. Machine quickly found an audience, and has slowly begun to spread across the European continent, which is likely why Sims and Degiorgio have elected to take things a step further and launch their own record label. The simply titled Machine is the young imprint's first offering, and the EP unsurprisingly finds the two producers operating at a high level. Read more » 

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  • 05/16/2012

Moritz von Oswald Trio Preps New LP

Influential techno artist Moritz von Oswald and his troupe of musicians, which includes Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Vladislav Delay) and Max Loderbauer, are set to release a new LP on Honest Jon's, the label home of the group's discography thus far. The album is titled Fetch, and will be the group's third full-length effort, following last year's Horizontal Structures. Read more » 

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  • 05/15/2012

Video: Darkside "A1"



The self-titled, debut EP by Darkside, Nicolas Jaar's much-ballyhooed side project with guitarist Dave Harrington, has been out for about half a year now, but its lead cut, "A1," is just now getting the music video treatment. Read more » 

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  • 05/15/2012

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