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Video: Giraffage & XXYYXX "Even Though"

This kaleidoscopic piece from Irish filmmakers Feel Good Lost, which was apparently inspired by fellow Vis-Ed-featured artist Leif Podhajsky, was crafted for the effervescent "Even Though" from producers Giraffage and XXYYXX. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2012

High Five: Jimmy Edgar

Though the flamboyant 29-year-old artist is currently based in Berlin, Jimmy Edgar is probably best known for his strong Detroit roots, which have been fully apparent in all of his work since Warp released his first record in 2004. Fast forward through eight years and two full-length albums, and not a whole lot has changed; Edgar's recent LP for Hotflush, Majenta, reps the vintage vibes of stripped-down Motor City techno and electro as strongly as ever. We thought it'd be cool to find out exactly which classic cuts inspired his record's era-specific sound. Read more » 

Download: FAY "Let It Go"

First Listen

This unusual bit of avant pop is arguably the most straightforward cut from the upcoming debut record from FAY (a.k.a. Fay Davis-Jeffers), who also serves as the frontwoman of experimental indie project Pit Er Pat. The song's vocal hook, "Hands off my cookies boys," is rapped/sung over heavy bass and a hyphy-like drum beat to create a strangely engrossing bit of not-quite-hip-hop. The tune incorporates rapid-paced bongo and pitched cowbell in its percussive musings, and is punctuated by a series of single synth notes and vocal bits pitched into chords. The song will appear with nine other tunes of an even more experimental nature on Fay's upcoming record, DIN, which is set to be released on June 12 through Time No Place. The artwork for that album is above, while its complete tracklist and a streaming version of the tune "What's The Use" can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (46 votes)

Review: Sweatson Klank Elevate Me EP

Take, one of the Los Angeles beat scene's earliest producers of note, has re-emerged with a new handle, Sweatson Klank, along with an updated style which he displays across five tracks for his first EP under the new name. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 05/09/2012

KMS Celebrates 25 Years with a Comprehensive Compilation

2012 marks a quarter century since Kevin Saunderson launched his seminal KMS imprint back in 1987. To celebrate the influence and accomplishments of the storied label, KMS will be releasing an enormous compilation that spans the entire lifetime of the imprint, and essentially, the genre of techno itself. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2012

Download: OH91 "Yellow"

There must be something in the drinking water in Bristol, because the crop of hot young producers from the city seems to be endless. 20-year-old producer OH91 (a.k.a. Omari Champagnie) is the latest to catch our ears, and his tune "Yellow" is a slice of uptempo, melodic house with simple synth stabs and a chopped female vocal sample. The song may not be groundbreaking, but it is a well-made bit of bouncy, late-night tech-house that teems with potential. For more information and another free track from OH91, take a look at this recent interview. (via Get Some

Average: 7.1 (91 votes)

Review: Jack Dixon You Won't Let Me

Label: Apollo

The latest output from rising London producer Jack Dixon is the second release from the recently resurrected R&S offshoot Apollo Records, an imprint primarily known for the its extensive output of ambient music in the '90s. Although it's difficult to determine a trend with only two records, Apollo's focus seems to have shifted upon its rebirth, as Dixon's EP makes only passing reference to ambience, instead striving to act as another voice in the growing and evolving conversation taking place between house, techno, and garage. On You Won't Let Me, Dixon blends these styles with a dose of easy-going laptop pop for a record that is eminently enjoyable, even if it's not quite unique enough to separate it from the pack. Read more » 

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  • 05/09/2012

Digitalism to Mix Next DJ-Kicks

Following solid efforts from Photek and Maya Jane Coles earlier this year, !K7 is already set to release a third DJ-Kicks mix of 2012, this time from German electro duo Digitalism. Read more » 

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  • 05/08/2012

Download: Mite + Ewalk "Body Tap (Seapoint Remix)"

A day after the Parisian bass purveyors of the B.Yrslf label dropped Atlanta-based duo Mite + Ewalk's collaborative digital EP, Body Tap, we're treated to a bonus remix of the title track from Montreal's Seapoint. The young producer blends together smooth bass tones and catchy synth patterns inside of a lush reverb chamber on "Body Tap (Seapoint Remix)," leaving just enough room for his punchy 808 beats and minimal string arrangements to take over the mix from time to time. You can stream all of Mite + Ewalk's brand-new EP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (128 votes)

Hear Two New Four Tet Tracks

While some artists are content to leak a tune before they even have a clue when it will be released, others won't share a track until just before it drops. You can count New York-via-London producer Four Tet in the latter group, a position he's solidified even further with a pair of new tracks, which you can hear now. Read more » 

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  • 05/08/2012

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