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Altered Natives Preps New EP For Bosconi

UK producer Altered Natives (a.k.a. Danny Yorke) is preparing a follow-up to his brilliant Tenement Yard Volume Two LP, one of our favorite albums of 2011. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2012

Download: LA Vampires by Octo Octa "Wherever, Boy"

Label: 100% Silk

Much like she did with one-time roster mate Ital, 100% Silk/Not Not Fun label boss Amanda Brown (a.k.a. LA Vampires) has collaborated with Brooklyn's Octo Octa on a forthcoming record of classically minded, DIY dance tunes, called Forever 2K (pictured above). The pair of artists just recently let go of two lively snippets from that 12", a free download of the psychedelic rave cut "Wherever, Boy" and a strange music video (directed by Benjamin Shearn) for the more subdued title track, which you can take a look at after the jump. LA Vampires by Octo Octa's Forever 2K is out on May 15. (via Stereogum)  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (47 votes)
 
 

Review: Dave Aju Heirlooms

San Francisco producer Dave Aju's second full-length is a dense and powerful album, strung together conceptually by the rememberance of Aju's late father, a jazz musician whose left-behind recordings and instruments play a central role on Heirlooms. Nevertheless, the record that takes shape is not solely concerned with sorrow or loss, as Aju spreads his net wide, covering a large range of complex moods along 10 tracks of impeccably crafted abstract house. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2012

George FitzGerald Preps EP for Aus Music

Hot off a steamy collaboration with Py, London's George FitzGerald has announced the release of a new EP, titled Child. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2012

Download: Night Works "I Tried So Hard (Gold Panda Remix)"

Gabriel Stebbings, formerly of British pop outfit Metronomy, won't unveil his debut as Night Works until later this year, but is already garnering attention around the blogosphere with woozy synth-pop teaser "I Tried So Hard." Despite not yet having an official release, a couple of producers have already tried their hand at remixing the song, and here, we have the version crafted by UK beatmaker Gold Panda (pictured above). The remix is a shimmering bit of beatwork that roughens things up with an aggressive synthline, a more driving drum pattern, and lots of textural pop and hiss. The music video for Stebbings' original version can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (48 votes)
 
 

Review: Infinity Ink "Infinity"

Over the past few years, Crosstown Rebels has undeniably been on quite a roll. Rather quickly, its label roster has become populated with a litany of stars, as artists like Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Art Department, and label boss Damian Lazarus have become some of the most in-demand DJs on the planet. Flanked by like-minded imprints such as Visionquest and Hot Creations, Crosstown Rebels is at the forefront of a unique brand of house music, one that references the bounce and carefree spirit of disco and '80s funk while offering a cleanly produced, Ibiza-friendly vibe. Love it or hate it—make no mistake, the scene certainly has its detractors—Crosstown Rebels has been wildly successful. The label's latest offering is "Infinity," a new single from UK duo Infinty Ink, and while it's not hard to imagine legions of clubbers collectively losing their shit to this record, that doesn't actually mean the songs within are any good. Read more » 

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  • 05/10/2012

Robert Hood Plans Another Floorplan EP

The inimitable Robert Hood is prepping a new release as Floorplan, an alias that he revived last summer with the celebrated Sanctified EP after a decade-long hiatus. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2012

Download: Dubbel Dutch "No Futuro"

Austin, TX producer Dubbel Dutch has often drawn from the palettes of dancehall, reggaeton, and kuduro in his productions. His latest work, "No Futuro," takes those influences to a new level, incorporating a boisterous tropical beat with his crisp production, conga-led rhythms, and suggestive sampling. The producer is currently bringing these rambunctious beats to Europe on a May tour with Brenmar, Lazer Sword, LOL Boys, and more—check out those dates after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.3 (77 votes)
 
 

DJ Rashad Readies New Album

As reported last month, Chicago footwork maestro DJ Rashad will soon be releasing a new LP entitled TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi (artwork above). Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2012

Download: Bambooman "Belgium"

It may not be a new production trick, but it's still hard to find fault with sampled baby vocals. UK beatmaker Bambooman has certainly put them to good use on "Belgium," as the snipped and clipped vocal bits succeed at being simultaneously creepy and compelling, particularly when paired with the song's clicky rhythms and warbling synth melodies. The song appears on the recently released Sound Healers Vol 2 (artwork above), a 14-track collection compiled by Bambooman himself that also includes a selection from Soosh. Preview the entire compilation after the jump, or simply head to Sound Healers' Bandcamp to stream (or purchase) the LP.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (50 votes)
 
 

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