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Stream Blondes' Debut LP Now

Brooklyn duo Blondes gradually amassed a collection of slow-building dancefloor epics throughout 2011, and will soon release them all together with a couple of extras and an additional disc of remixes. Until then, you can stream the eight tracks featured on Blondes. Read more » 

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  • 01/31/2012

Download: The-Drum "Night Driving"

Label: Audraglint

We don't know for sure if Chicago duo The-Drum's production moniker is a direct reference to The-Dream or not, but we wouldn't be at all surprised if it is. As "Night Driving"—a smooth cut from the pair's Heavy Liquid EP, which dropped today—indicates, these guys use many of the same ideas and techniques as pop genius Terius Nash (slow-grooving rap beats, sensuous atmospheres, infectious melodic hooks, et al), albeit in a much more loose and drifty fashion. Assuming those sorts of things are up your alley, we highly suggest you check out the rest of The-Drum's seven-track record. 

Average: 8.3 (67 votes)
 
 

Video: Marc Houle "Undercover"



Ahead of an upcoming LP on Items & Things, Berlin producer Marc Houle has offered up a music video for the album's title track. Read more » 

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  • 01/31/2012

Podcast 232: LV

Since the release of last year's excellent Routes full-length, LV has been fairly quiet. Nonetheless, the group's intrepid infusion of South African house rhythms into a UK funky-inspired template has often proved interesting—not to mention enjoyable—so we jumped at the chance to have the UK trio put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Blue Fields "Frozen Linien"

First Listen

Fronted by Canadian-born DJ/producer Mike Shannon, Berlin trio Blue Fields is set to drop its debut album, a 13-song offering called Ghost Story (pictured above), via Haunt Music on February 13. The outfit preemptively shared this outtake from its upcoming LP, which sounds just about as haunted and full of twists as that record's title insinuates. "Frozen Linien" is based around a dark, churning techno core, but is surrounded with subtly brighter elements, like sparse guitar noodling and chilly synth melodies. If Blue Fields' debut holds much of the same, we wouldn't be upset about it. 

Average: 7.5 (29 votes)
 
 

Review: Art Department Touch You Gently

It's been a whirlwind two years for Toronto-based new-school house duo Art Department. In that stretch of time, the pair has put out four singles and The Drawing Board, its critically acclaimed debut LP. Through that span, Art Department has created a dark musical world that reflects the seedy underbelly of nightlife, portraying it as a pleasure zone lost in the excess and abandon of a month spent below the surface on ketamine. Read more » 

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  • 01/31/2012

Guido Delivers Another FACT Mix

UK producer Guido has put together a new mix for FACT, his second in the site's long-running series. Read more » 

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  • 01/31/2012

Download: Stylo G "Leader (The Heatwave Special)"

UK dancehall crew The Heatwave has put together a documentary about the history of Britain's dancehall scene and the convergence of Jamaican reggae with UK club culture. Titled Showtime, it focuses on a stage show of the same name which took place last summer and featured icons of jungle and grime MCing over classic riddims. Artists in the film include such heavy-hitting names as Wiley, General Levy, Riko, Lady Chann, Flow Dan, and more. In support of the documentary, which is out now, The Heatwave has remixed "Leader" from rising star Stylo G (pictured above) into a more cavernous and compressed dancehall number. Download the new version below, and also take a look at the Showtime trailer, which is posted after the jump  Read more » 

Average: 4.5 (46 votes)
 
 

Nina Kraviz Mixes RA.296

For the last three years, Moscow's Nina Kraviz has appropriated Detroit and Chicago's tradition of sparse, analog house into a handful of brilliant productions, and now, she's utilized that same sensibility in a new mix for Resident Advisor. Read more » 

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  • 01/30/2012

Levon Vincent to Mix 'Fabric 63'

Following a stellar 2011, Levon Vincent has announced that he will be mixing Fabric 63. Read more » 

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  • 01/30/2012

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