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Download: Jimmy Edgar "U Need Luv"

Tomorrow marks the release of the third album by Detroit-born-Berlin-based electro/techno wunderkind Jimmy Edgar, who precedes the auspicious occasion by letting go of a free tune you won't find on Majenta (artwork above). And it makes sense, too; "U Need Luv," while a totally solid and well-crafted homage to '90s house music, is almost completely uncharacteristic of the producer's catalog. Regardless, Edgar's track makes for a tasty morsel of stylish dance music, which arrives just in time to tide us over until his first album in nearly two years arrives via Hotflush. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.3 (104 votes)

Video: Kuhrye-oo "For the Fame II"

Canadian artists once again reveal their many talents to the world in this piece for the deep, skittering "For the Fame II" by Kuhrye-oo. Read more » 

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  • 05/07/2012

dBridge Drops New Release as Velvit

Drum & bass stalwart and Exit Records chief dBridge is releasing a two-track single on fellow Autonomic cohort Jon Convex's Convex Industries imprint. Read more » 

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  • 05/07/2012

Lazer Sword

On its new album Memory, the intercontinental duo expands its reach and narrows its focus.


Download: DMX Krew "Turing Test"

Label: Voltaire

A new, six-track EP is set to drop on Voltaire Records from a certain Ed Upton (of Rephlex fame), once again producing as DMX Krew. Creating spacey, urban dancefloor cuts from his analog-laden studio, Upton crafts a haunting electro jaunt on "Turing Test," a song taken from the aforementioned East Side Boogie EP, which is due out on May 8. Hard-hitting stabs of bass and vintage synthesizers punctuate the stuttering flow of this jam, writhing on several different melodies and resolutions before arriving at a chugging bassline that closes out the gritty proceedings. Accompanied by five other tunes (including a classic-sounding title track and its remix counterpart), "Turing Test" drives on its own wavelength, one distilled from countless hours spent in front of racks and racks of gear. You can check out the cover art for the EP and stream it in its entirety, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (55 votes)

Review: Girl Unit Club Rez EP

Girl Unit (a.k.a. Philip Gamble) may not be in charge of Night Slugs, but he is the producer responsible for the influential label's biggest tune, 2010's "Wut." The song—which has held up rather well despite being effectively played to death over the past two years—continues to be regarded as an anthem, and will likely stick with Girl Unit throughout his musical career. Following up a record like "Wut" is never easy, and although the London-based artist has dropped a steady stream of remixes during the last 18 months, he's certainly taken his time with the Club Rez EP. It's an incredibly detailed and intricate effort, and while none of its six tracks is likely to have the same kind of scene-altering impact as "Wut," it's nonetheless an impressive new chapter from a talented producer who's likely to be turning heads for years to come. Read more » 

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  • 05/07/2012

Download: Nitetime "Jive Talk"

The tough kicks of early-'90s boom bap and the sultry, heavily swung rhythms of classic disco are what make up this new tune by Boston's Nitetime, "Jive Talk." Recommended to the Future Classic imprint by party-starting production unit Soul Clap, Nitetime is a collaboration between Kon (of Kon & Amir; you may remember our XLR8R TV episode featuring the crate-digging duo) and Ben__ (of Whisky Baron), who have joined forces to lay down what sounds like a sun-streaked street party in Latin Harlem circa 1993. Rolling bongos and an ominously festive string sample carry the tune forward until we're met with a laid-back funk rhythm at the five-minute mark, swirling the tune amidst (presumably) '70s Axelrod samples in a languidly lush conclusion to this humid summertime jam. The Jive Talk EP is available now; Kon also performed a guest Nitetime mix on Gilles Peterson's new BBC 6Music show recently, the stream of which can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (73 votes)

Lazer Sword Tours the World

Fresh off the release of its sophomore album, Memory, intercontinental duo Lazer Sword is hitting the road for a string of tour dates across Europe and North America. Read more » 

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  • 05/04/2012

Download: Alphabets Heaven "genggeng"

Brighton-based Jonny Wildey, whose twisted work as Alphabets Heaven has appeared on XLR8R before, is a producer with a truly kaleidoscopic take on hip-hop and post-Dilla beat structures. Straying from conventional methods, his music often switches direction mid-song to offer some pithy advice via a sample or to introduce a new instrumental tangent altogether. Like France's Fulgeance and US juggernaut Araabmuzik, Alphabets Heaven's weapon of choice is the MPC, and his sound on "Genggeng" reflects this chopped and rambunctious approach to production. Lifted from his second release for Canadian stable King Deluxe, Boosh (artwork above), Alphabets Heaven showcases whirring synths drowning under the pressure of heavyweight kick drums and a myriad of sliced samples; the vocals seem to be squeezed through the openings made between a bulbous sub bassline and flickering shakers to delirious effect. The four-track EP is available now, and features remixes by Robert Koch and Headshotboyz. The complete tracklist can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (70 votes)

Hot City Offers First Taste of New EP, DJ Benz Debuts New Side Project

Hot City (pictured above) recently announced a slew of upcoming releases on Moshi Moshi and now we've been treated to a full track from the first EP, "Something Bout." Additionally, DJ Benz of Hot City has unveiled a separate project, Broken Youth, which just released a new single of its own, "Dreamer." Read more » 

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  • 05/04/2012

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