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Julio Bashmore Starts Label, Streams First Single

Bristol-based house producer Julio Bashmore is launching his own label, Broadwalk, with two of his own productions this summer. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Download: Interface, Minus & J Wilcox "Delicious"

First Listen
Label: Gutterfunk

Gutterfunk is a new imprint started by drum & bass veteran DJ Die that seeks to link a wide variety of genres through the rubric of swing and rhythm. Its upcoming second release is a split 12" showcasing the label's kaleidoscope of styles, with Die and Mensah collaborating on one side while Interface and Minus come together on the flip. "Emotion" is an unreleased track from the trio of Interface, Minus & J Wilcox, and hammers this hybrid-genre approach home through dreamy Rhodes chords, snaking polyrhythms, and jungle-infused hip-hop. Chirping vocals intermingle with their more soulful sisters, wailing in the distance like sirens over a sunset colored by crimson synthesizers. We're wrapped up in so many twists, turns, and chords that it's only natural when the trio sweeps it all away and launches into an extended hardcore workout in the track's second half. The second Gutterfunk EP is out this month on digital formats and 12" vinyl; peep a couple previews of the aforementioned tunes by clicking through the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (93 votes)

Altered Natives Shares Donna Summer Remix

In the wake of the unfortunate passing of disco legend Donna Summer, Altered Natives has posted up a remix of her classic "I Feel Love." Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Visual Artist Konx-om-Pax to Release LP via Planet Mu

Glasgow native and fluorescent visual artist Konx-om-Pax (a.k.a. Tom Scholefield) is set to drop a new LP via Planet Mu, entitled Regional Surrealism. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Gear: Review: Monotribe V2

MSRP: $310, Korg

Korg's Monotribe unit is the big brother to the company's succesful Monotron series, beefing up the pocket-sized analog synthesizer with a few extra features, a sequencer, and some actual knobs. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Download: Myakkah "I Want To Feel"

First Listen
Label: Diskotopia

Thudding, intricately designed kicks are often the centerpiece of an artist's work, carving out a suitably weighty core for the other elements of the track to orbit. But what if these other elements were of the same hefty material, and demanded the same amount of gravitational pull as that all-important bass drum? Answering that question is Myakkah, a new producer with a forthcoming EP on Diskotopia, Warehouse Soul, that focuses on the tension and grittiness of classic New York house without sacrificing an oft-forgotten aspect of that era: balance. "I Want To Feel" strikes an equilibrium by pitching kicks, subs, and higher-register percussion into new shapes that seem to enter and exit knowingly, anticipating their brethren on the frequency range to create a breathing effect. The synths certainly add to this inhale/exhale headspace, but the role of the percussion in inducing a push and pull is what Myakkah really seems to be keyed in on. Warehouse Soul is out on May 21; click through to the jump for a video of "I Want To Feel," a new DJ mix from Myakkah, and a preview stream of the four-track EP.  Read more » 

Average: 7.1 (61 votes)

Review: Teen Daze All of Us, Together

Hated It
Label: Lefse

At some point toward the beginning of her musical career, Björk was quoted in an interview saying, "I find it so amazing when people tell me that electronic music has not got soul, and they blame the computers... It's like, you couldn't blame the computer. If there's no soul in the music, it's because nobody put it there." Her point was an excellent defense of a once grossly misunderstood kind of songwriting, and it certainly bears revisiting in an era where creating music electronically is the easiest and most widespread method available. Instead of using the sentiment to justify computer-made music, however, use it to consider the fact that a potential lack of human soul looms over every synth preset, drum sample, and effects patch that Ableton Live, Reason, Logic, or some such DAW offers hopeful producers. Maybe now more than ever before, it would seem that, in addition to creating compelling song structures and unique sounds, it is the job of electronic artists to infuse a bit of themselves into their musical work in order to help combat the soullessness that computer programs can foster. Someone should've reminded Teen Daze of this before he made his first "proper" album, All of Us, Together. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Foals Contribute to !K7's 'Tapes' Series

Indie-leaning UK outfit Foals is set to mix the third installment of !K7's Tapes series, which will be released on cassette and digital on July 24. Read more » 

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  • 05/18/2012

Download: The Phantom "Ceremony (Ultravid Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Silverback

Spiraling, speculative synths are the primary driving force on this heaving remix of The Phantom's "Ceremony" by Belgian producer Ultravid. Pretty, luminescent, and punctuated with Night Slugs-style drops that transport the tune into hi-hat laden mayhem, Ultravid has clearly set his sights on unsuspecting dancefloors. Complete with cowbells and slurred vocals, the remix seduces a dancer into a lull before diving into grimey bass stabs and riding a syncopated house beat. Out in late May/early June, The Phantom's EP2 Remixes will also feature Mike Q & Divoli S'vere, BD1982, and Optimum on remix duties. You can stream a preview of the EP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (82 votes)

Download: South London Ordnance "Shutter Island"

South London Ordnance, a young producer from, well, South London, is celebrating his 1000th Facebook like with a free track, the deep "Shutter Island." The track flitters about on the fuzzy line between UK garage and more straightforward deep house, serving up seven enjoyable minutes of distant organ stabs, 808 claps and rimshots, and reverb-laden samples. The producer just dropped his debut 12" via 2nd Drop and has several more releases in store for the rest of the calendar year, including records on the Audio Culture and Well Rounded Housing Project imprints. You can check out a preview of his 2nd Drop debut, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (86 votes)

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