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Download: Citizen "Members Only"

First Listen
Label: MadTech

Sultry, late-night vibes color this smooth, carved-from-stone piece of house music from London's Citizen (an artist we've heard before). An unreleased cut that precedes his four-track Deep End EP, "Members Only" gallops on some soulfully screwed vocals spliced with classic Chicago-era cymbals, thumping with maximum-strength kicks until plush chords enter the fray to dominate the rest of the proceedings. With quick pivots and cut-outs, Citizen keeps the track fresh before spiraling into a second half rife with whispered snippets of conversation adding an eerie, yet alluring percussive backing to the jam's conclusion. Heavy on style but pumped full of head- (and hip-)swiveling substance, keep an eye out for the new EP when it drops on June 18. In the meantime, view the cover art and tracklist, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (69 votes)
 
 

Review: Slugabed Time Team

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Label: Ninja Tune

After two years of prolific output which found his work appearing across a number of labels (Planet-Mu, RAMP, and Donky Pitch among them), Slugabed makes a the leap to the full-length format, pulling together a few already-released tunes with a heap of new produtcions for a suprisingly cohesive and rewarding debut LP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/15/2012

Video Premiere: Maga Bo "Piloto de Fuga (feat. Funkero and BNegão)"



Baile funk has not been receiving that much attention as of late—at least outside of Brazil—but Rio de Janiero's Maga Bo is still repping his adopted country's quirky, party-starting export. The producer has shared a video for "Piloto de Fuga," a track off of his upcoming LP, Quilombo do Futuro. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/15/2012

Download: SFV Acid "Granmasmitza"

100% Silk comrade SFV Acid is preparing his debut full-length, #2, for LA's Post Present Medium imprint and the laid-back "Granmasmitza," featured here, comes from that album. The track breaks from vocal sample into analog jam in a manner reminiscent of Javelin's work, but the lo-fi, hardware-centric vibe of the song is right in line with 100% Silk cohorts like Fort Romeau and Ital. #2 drops on June 26; its artwork and tracklist can be viewed after the jump. (via Pitchfork)  Read more » 

Average: 5.8 (41 votes)
 
 

Review: One Little Plane Into the Trees

Label: Text

As you may have realized, XLR8R generally focuses on music primarily made with circuits, software, or some kind of combination of the two, so coverage of London-via-Chicago folk artist One Little Plane's sophomore LP, Into the Trees, might come off as strange. But the songwriter, known from birth as Kathryn Bint, enlisted electronic music doyen Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) for production duties on the album, spiking our interest in this otherwise un-electronic, folksy collection of songs. Into the Trees is mostly devoid of synths, chopped-up vocal samples, and the like, but change can be refreshing sometimes. Read more » 

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  • 05/15/2012

Jus-Ed Drops a FACT Mix

Underground Quality label boss and deep-house veteran DJ Jus-Ed has mixed the 329th installment of the FACT mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/14/2012

Download: Plastikman "Ask Yourself (214 Refix)"

First Listen

Fortified Audio has a habit of releasing defining releases early in young artists' careers, prior to their assimilation into larger circuits and bigger crowds. With its first release of 2012, however, the imprint has taken a left turn and prepped the Plastic Spokes EP from Seattle veteran 214. "Ask Yourself (Refix)" is not on the forthcoming record, but makes its case known as a driving electro workout helmed from the cybotronic shards of the Plastikman classic. Bobbing and weaving through slowly enveloping, razor-sharp synths and buoyed by a tense stampede of 808 samples, the tune explodes during its final minute with a dive-bombing bassline that swallows the other elements whole. Showing a deft touch for balancing intricately programmed drums with robotic phrases and and sidewinding synths, it's 214's patience in busting the track open at the five-minute mark with that surging, restless bassline that really clicks this refix into high gear. Take a peek at the tracklisting and preview the Plastic Spokes EP, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (83 votes)
 
 

Gold Panda Drops New Single; Stream It Now

Earlier today, UK producer Gold Panda unexpectedly announced the imminent release of a new 7" single, "Mountain" b/w "Financial District" (artwork above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/14/2012

Hear Another New Track from Disclosure

If the boys of Disclosure aren't careful, the world is going to be sick of their forthcoming new EP before it's officially released next month. Over the weekend, the Bubblin' Up brothers let slip another selection from the record, a song entitled "What's in Your Head." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 05/14/2012

Download: Sumsun "Float/Dream"

Sumsun is Judd Rogers, a producer residing in balmy West Palm Beach, Florida who's crafting saccharine and softly grooving house tunes out of chortling tones, paper-thin kicks, and swirling melody lines. Taken from his self-released 2012 EP, "Float/Dream" feels like it's literally riding a wave of sun-kissed synthesizers and lush, lo-fi percussion that places the artist's work in a kind of post-chillwave segment of modern electronic production. What separates Sumsun, however, is the extent to which he pushes his machines into tape-fried, warmly distorted bliss; the song is an ideal accompaniment for cruising through tropical waters at a steady, but relaxed pace. You can check out the rest of the EP after the jump; it's available as a "name your price" download via Bandcamp, and is definitely something to keep on hand for that weekend getaway to the beach.  Read more » 

Average: 6.5 (68 votes)
 
 

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