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Review: John Talabot ƒIN

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Back in November, we grabbed John Talabot for a few minutes of conversation, and the Barcelona-based producer expressed some trepidation about his new album potentially being labeled both "tropical" and "shiny." As it turns out, Talabot is likely to be 50% satisfied, as there is almost nothing "tropical" about his debut full-length, but the prevalence of glistening synth tones throughout the record makes it quite possible that someone might deem it a "shiny" effort after all. Read more » 

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  • 02/09/2012

Video: LHF "Akashic Visions"



Dubstep collective LHF has released a video for "Akashic Visions," one of the tracks from its upcoming debut album, the double-disc Keepers of the Light. Read more » 

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  • 02/09/2012

Download: Sean Byrd "Woke Up Missing You"

First Listen

Over the past decade, Sean Byrd has composed music for television and film, while also releasing a handful of minimal and deep-house records. The producer is now preparing a full length, titled Always Was, for a March 19 release on the Denver-based Plastic Sound Supply label. "Woke Up Missing You," the fifth track from that upcoming release, is an ambient whorl that also features some subtle drum-and-bass rhythms. Imagine that the Discovery Channel commissioned Byrd to score a miniseries called Underwater Techno Mummies; this piece of emotive, dramatic material could have easily been part of the soundtrack. 

Average: 8.4 (164 votes)
 
 

Soul Clap to Release Debut LP via Wolf + Lamb

The Bostonian party-starters of Soul Clap have announced they will soon drop their first full-length album, EFUNK. Read more » 

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  • 02/08/2012

Jimmy Edgar Preps New Single for Hotflush

Following a host of precocious releases over the past decade on Warp and !K7, Detroit electro-funk producer Jimmy Edgar has made the surprise announcement that his next single will be released on Scuba's prolific Hotflush imprint. Read more » 

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  • 02/08/2012

Download: Shlohmo "wen uuu (Teebs Remix)"

This warm, crackling remix of "wen uuu" from Vacation EP doesn't appear on the forthcoming release, but is nonetheless a great production from Southern California beatmaker Teebs. Utilizing portions of the original beat and a few sparse vocal samples, Mtendere Mandowa makes this track his own by floating lush synth pads and wavering guitar strums over the top of its bubbly core. Look for more remixes from Nicolas Jaar, Salva, Groundislava, and more when the Vacation EP drops on February 14. 

Average: 8.3 (116 votes)
 
 

Sónar Announces Festivals in Barcelona, Cape Town, Tokyo, São Paulo

The globe-trotting promoters at Sónar have announced a four-city series of electronic music festivals in 2012. Read more » 

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  • 02/08/2012

Download: Anenon "Acquiescence"

First Listen

Southern California music hub Non Projects has a couple new, um, projects in the works from one of its most promising artists and label boss, Anenon. "Acquiescene" is taken from a five-track EP of the same name, which is apparently a "companion piece" to producer Brian Simon's forthcoming Inner Hue LP. What strikes us first and foremost about the track is its outright musicality; there are so many ideas and elements—jazz, classical music, ambient, hip-hop, and more dancefloor-oriented electronics—interwoven throughout the five and a half minutes Simon crafted. (Incidentally, he made this one while at Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid, and it will also appear on RBMA's forthcoming Various Assets compilation.) We'd guess there's plenty more of that to come when Anenon's new EP and LP drop on March 27 and May 1, respectively. 

Average: 8.4 (238 votes)
 
 

Video: Evy Jane "Sayso"



In advance of experimental R&B duo Evy Jane's forthcoming self-titled 12", the pair has released this video for the record's featured track, "Sayso." Read more » 

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  • 02/08/2012

High Five: Jacques Greene

Over the past two years, Montreal producer Jacques Greene has quietly amassed an impressive little catalog, twisting the spirit of R&B into something functional for dancefloors fueled by classic house and forward-thinking bass. With only a few releases under his belt, he has become one of North America's most lauded producers, a feat assisted in no small part by his jaw-dropping, analog-gear-intensive live shows. Once the calendar reached 2012, Greene announced the next step in his ongoing evolution, the founding of his own label, Vase. Last week, the young imprint dropped its first record, Concealer, a four-track EP from Greene himself. On the heels of its release, we tapped the busy artist to list five tracks that have helped to shape both his current musical outlook and his new label's philosophy. Read more » 

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