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Video Premiere: Moodymann "9 Nites 2 Nowhere"

Detroit icon Moodymann has shared a video for "9 Nites 2 Nowhere," a track off of his Picture This EP for Scion A/V, which dropped last week. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/16/2012

Download: LHF "Tandava"

First Listen

Individual artists whose output is of a consistently higher standard are tough to find. But an entire crew of producers who are able to put out quality tunes on a regular basis is an even rarer prospect. It's with this in mind that we pass along an unreleased track by the mysterious LHF collective from London, whose debut full-length on Keysound, Keepers of the Light (artwork above), is out now. "Tandava" is a warm, soulful jam that begins with a clipped string sample before descending into vintage garage territory, complete with shuffling hi-hats and hollowed-out percussion that accompany the rolling kicks. A simple-but-effective vocal sample acts as icing on the cake, helping to emphasize the irresistible pull of the groove as we're swept blissfully into the song's second half. After the jump, you can also delve into an interactive map of the LHF crew's influences, which was assmbled by Matt Ashton; akin to the collective's tunes, it's really something else. (And if you just can't get enough LHF/Keysound magic [and happen to be in London], look for the crew to take over Fabric's Room Three this Friday, April 20, alongside rostermates LV, Dusk & Blackdown, Sully, Vibezin, and more.) Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (58 votes)

Four Tet Delivers New 'Conference of the Birds' Mix

London-bred Four Tet dropped a new mix on his SoundCloud today, titled Conference of the Birds. The producer, who is now based in New York, tweeted this morning that the mix contains several tracks from a new 12" he'll be putting out on his Text imprint. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/16/2012

Download: L-Vis 1990 "VHS Crash"

Night Slugs co-owner L-Vis 1990 released the first installment of his label's Club Constructions series today, and has dropped this unreleased tune in tandem with the 12" to get you hip to his new peak-hour dancefloor heaters. "VHS Crash" is a prime example of the hard-edged, analog-centric jams that are featured on Club Constructions Vol. 1, even if it is a bit grittier and a tad more minimal than the preview we caught of L-Vis' new ghetto-tinged house productions last week. Nonetheless, we're pleased to hear the tunesmith back in the realm of forward-thinking, rough-and-tumble club music, and have our fingers crossed that he stays his ground. 

Average: 6 (81 votes)

Video: Kelpe "I Felt Fuzzy"

Last Friday, we reviewed the new I Felt Fuzzy EP that British beats producer Kelpe released via Svetlana, and now we have a music video for that record's title track. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/16/2012

Bubblin' Up: Helix

"Did you hear what he said? He asked what the music scene is like [in Savannah]." Helix (a.k.a. Beau Thigpen) is already chuckling, but once he throws out the question to his friends—several of whom are lurking in the background and periodically chiming in—the laughter becomes uproarious. Still struggling to compose himself, he eventually boils it down to a simple observation: "There's no scene at all here." Granted, this isn't too surprising, as Eastern Georgia isn't exactly known as a hotbed of musical innovation. Nonetheless, it is the city which the 20-year-old producer—who also happens to be the latest addition to the Night Slugs roster—calls home. Read more » 

Download: Sweatson Klank "Always You"

First Listen

LA-based producer Sweatson Klank, formerly known as Take, has a new EP coming to Project: Mooncircle on May 4, but today, we have the first tune off the release, "Always You." We've previously posted on the organic, intricately formed nature of Mr. Klank's tunes, and "Always You" is no different in its richly realized aesthetic. A multitude of syncopated synths color in the shifting 2-step beat, with alternately pitched vocal samples bouncing in and around the proceedings like an Amazonian frog navigating its natural environment. It's a fitting metaphor, as the productions of Sweatson Klank are akin to a fully immersive, digitally fluorescent forest in which the listener just can't help but lose themselves. Stream a preview of the rest of the Elevate EP and peep the cover art, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (109 votes)

Review: Lando Kal "Rhythm Sektion" b/w "Inquisition"

Label: Hotflush

Over the past year or so, Lando Kal has dropped an impressive series of releases, but "Rhythm Sektion" b/w "Inquisition," his latest 12" for Hotflush, is without question the finest thing he's ever done. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/16/2012

Download: NKC "Radar (feat. F. Reece)"

Courtesy of the Awkward Movements stable in London, here's a funky and classic-sounding number from 20-year-old producer NKC. This unreleased tune precedes the artist's new Afrobeat-tinged EP for the label, Fading Floor/Shockout, which is out on May 7 and features remixes by Maddslinky and Raimo. "Radar" didn't make it onto that EP, but is nonetheless a driving dancefloor number that settles its groove on a laid-back organ sample, all while utilizing vocals from young Welsh folk artist F. Reece. A secret weapon of sorts, this one boasts similarities to the feminine UK funky stylings of Cooly G and, more recently, Champion and Ruby Lee Ryder's anthem "Sensitivity." You can preview the new NKC four-tracker after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (58 votes)

Ben Sims and Kirk Degiorgio Launch New Label

Machine is a new imprint stemming from techno veterans Ben Sims' and Kirk Degiorgio's (pictured above) London night of the same name, a label that will be "purely focused on new music and eschew anything over a year or so old." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/13/2012

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