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Download: Cristian Dinamarca "Needy"

Label: Top Billin

Here's a track from Swedish producer Cristian Dinamarca's debut solo release, a three-song EP titled Rey that was released by Top Billin late last month. "Needy" is a bassy bit of club music built for peak-time dancefloor action, with a chopped-and-pitched-up vocal sample as its main feature. The high-energy tune also exhibits some creative percussion work and synth stabs that mix perfectly with the heavy sub frequencies and fast-moving vocals. Although the EP has been out for a couple of months now, this is the first time any of its tracks have been offered for free. After the jump, you can stream the Rey EP in its entirety, which, in addition to "Needy," is composed of the title track and the song "Find Your Love," a production heavily reliant on a sample from Drake's song of the same name.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (96 votes)

Video: Squarepusher "Dark Steering"

Warp stalwart and IDM innovator Squarepusher has just put out a video for "Dark Steering," a track taken from his forthcoming Ufalbulum LP that features visuals Tom Jenkinson created himself for his current live show. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2012

Download: Space Dimension Controller "MK Zero 900"

Jack Hamill (a.k.a. Mr. 8040 a.k.a. Space Dimension Controller) has posted a free track that he unleashed in anticipation of his forthcoming debut full-length for R&S. According to SDC, he "made ['MK Zero 900'] specially for Benji B’s sci-fi special on BBC Radio 1." Hamill goes on to explain, "BBC sent over the show’s producer, and he sat in my studio while I made it in a few hours." The chugging sounds on display in "MK Zero 900" bring to mind a large, ungainly space vessel drifting on cruise control, slowly making its way to some distant portion of Hamill's brilliantly imagined Mikrosector-50 galaxy. The tune concludes with SDC's signature, a sort of '70s b-movie send-off. Needless to say, we're really looking forward to when Welcome to Mikrosector-50 drops later this year. For now, you can check out the trailer for the LP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (63 votes)

Stream a Track From Laurel Halo's Upcoming Hyperdub LP

Multifaceted Brooklyn artist Laurel Halo has offered up the closing track from her forthcoming Quarantine LP for Kode9's Hyperdub imprint, which features her honing in on an entirely different vocal style than we've heard from her before. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2012

Gear: Watch T. Williams Talk Production Techniques

UK DJ/producer T.Williams released a five-track EP, called Can We, just last month via Portugeuse imprint Enchufada, from which the punchy "Synthia" tune is lifted. Here, the talented artist talks to London's Point Blank production school about how he went about crafting the oddball track in Logic, including all of the interesting details that process involved. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2012

Download: LPZ "Snake & Butterfish"

Label: Body Work

While South American countries like Chile, Argentina, and Brazil can reliably be counted on for developing high-quality dance producers (e.g. Daniel Klauser, the ZZK collective, and Gui Boratto), the small, landlocked nation of Paraguay has yet to emerge as an internationally renowned creative hub. Production trio LPZ—billed as the "South America's hottest export since Gisele Bundchen"—is doing its best to change that with the release of a three-song EP, called 1983, which is out on May 14 through London-based imprint Body Work. "Snake & Butterfish," the EP's final tune, is a slow bit of acid house with a heavy, stomping beat paired with high-pitched synths and vocal performances. A full stream of 1983, as well as the EP's artwork, can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (57 votes)

Teeth and Desto Launch New Label, Stream First Release

Finnish producer Desto and his Bubblin' Up friend and musical compatriot Teeth have announced the creation of a new imprint, which has been christened Signal Life. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2012

Download: Machinedrum & FaltyDL "Give In 2"

It only took about four hours for "Give In 2" to reach its download limit after FaltyDL (pictured above) posted it on his SoundCloud account and announced it via Twitter yesterday, but fortunately for those of you not trolling the web for bass music 24 hours a day, XLR8R has got you covered. This collaboration FaltyDL churned out with Machinedrum is a bone-rattling cut full of hyperactive drums and manipulated vocal snippets. With the response this track has already received, the pair's like-minded production techniques, and their propensity for collaboration, one can certainly begin imagining the possibilities of future FaltyDL & Machinedrum tunes.  

Average: 8.1 (125 votes)

Review: Naum Gabo It's On EP

The sometimes dirty phrase "DJ tool" comes to mind when thinking about Naum Gabo's latest release, and that's not because the It's On EP contains brutally minimal, questionably soulful tracks produced in the name of practicality—no, quite the contrary. But many of the players involved in releasing this EP are specifically known as world-class DJs before they're thought of as producers. J.G. Wilkes, one-half of Naum Gabo, is also one-half of giant Scottish DJ outfit Optimo; the Let's Play House imprint was developed out of an NYC party series put on by long-time DJs Jacques Renault and Nik Mercer in partnership with Throne of Blood, a label run by fellow New York DJ veteran James Friedman. Thus, the work is born from the womb of the house DJ elite, and is likely meant to be delivered into the same community. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2012

Strut Announces Old-School UK House and Acid Comp

Veteran DJ and producer Richard Sen (of Padded Cell and Bronx Dogs fame) has compiled a two-disc collection of UK house and acid tunes from the genre's formative years. Read more » 

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  • 04/12/2012

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