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Download: Ohbliv "Freekphone"

The rise of cassette releases appears to be continuing unabated, which hopefully means that we can count on upstart labels like Culture Dealer to regularly supply the world with blasts of homespun weirdness. One of its latest offerings is Freekbeat (artwork above) from Virgina-based producer Ohbliv. Part of the Chocolate Milk collective, Ohbliv seems quite adept at crafting funky slices of beat-driven electronic pop. '80s funk and boogie are obvious touchstones in his music, and "Freekphone"finds him indulging in that era's laid-back sense of collective cool while piecing together chopped-up strings and breezily bouncing beats. 

Average: 7.6 (55 votes)

Download: James Welsh "Integra"

First Listen

James Welsh spent the first half of the '00s in Austin, TX punk band The Rise before recently moving on to exclusively make electronic music. Nonetheless, Welsh's productions are sure to get bodies moving en masse. But maybe his beats are more likely to make listeners move their hips rather than headbang, as "Integra" is four minutes of techy grooves defined by a fat, swirling bassline and retro organ-like stabs. This fine deep-house cut is a digital-only bonus track offered by the producer in advance of his Air Waves EP, which will drop on January 30 via Hypercolour's Losing Suki imprint. 

Average: 8.2 (61 votes)

Poirier Readies New EP Ahead of Carnival Season

While much of the Northern Hemisphere remains hunkered down during the dark winter months, folks closer to the equator are already gearing up for Carnival's street festivities, which culminate next month ahead of Ash Wednesday. While it probably won't be warm in Quebec come Mardi Gras, Montreal's Poirier is nonetheless starting to heat things up with some new high-energy riddims, and will release a new EP, Soca Road, on January 17 through the Mixpak imprint. Read more » 

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  • 01/11/2012

Details of Forthcoming VCMG Full-Length Announced

It's been over 30 years since the last full-length release from the combined efforts of UK musicians Vince Clarke and Martin Gore. That album, Speak & Spell, released by the then-nascent Mute imprint, launched Depeche Mode into the mainstream and provided the band with its most recognizable song, the indelibly saccharine "Just Can't Enough." Late last year, the pair came together as VCMG for the release of "Spock," the first single from the duo's forthcoming full-length effort, Ssss, which is fittingly being released by none other than Mute on March 13. Read more » 

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  • 01/11/2012

Download: Lamin Fofana "Brokedown City"

First Listen

NYC-via-Sierra Leone DJ/producer and Dutty Artz affiliate Lamin Fofana is set to release a new EP, Dubious Prey, the follow-up to his 2010 debut EP, What Elijah Said. The new EP features two originals, including this one, "Brokedown City," a dark but still active piece of techno with a steady four-on-the-floor. The song's notably tropical percussion is buffeted by potent synth lines, which bleed in and out of the song, and a barely audible vocal sample that occasionally slips into the mix. UK label Sticks N Stones will release the vinyl format of Dubious Prey on January 30 with a digital release to follow on February 27. The tracklist for both formats, as well as the artwork, can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (59 votes)

Review: Clicks & Whistles Can't Believe EP

Over the course of the past year, Charlotte-based duo Clicks & Whistles has charted an interesting trajectory. The pair's debut single, "Cranberry Goose," made a splash on Distal's Embassy label with its infectious combination of vintage videogame melodies and Southern rap-indebted beats. Followed by some quality remixes and the announcement that Clicks & Whistles would be joining the impressive artist roster of Kingdom's Fade to Mind label, the producers appeared poised to become one of the US' breakout bass-music acts. Then, things started to get a little weird. Read more » 

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  • 01/11/2012

Orca Releases New Record by XI

Earlier this week, the London-based imprint Orca dropped its fifth release, "Immunity" b/w "Squeeze," by recent Berlin transplant XI. Read more » 

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  • 01/11/2012

Download: Graphics "The Provoker"

UK producer Graphics caught our ears last year with his introspective and deeply danceable take on techno-infused bass music, as illustrated on the track "Fine Yarn," which we debuted back in August. Graphics' latest offering, "The Provoker," is still meditatively reflective, but finds the young producer reaching a new level of immaterialness as he operates without the constraints demanded by the club-centric spectrum of dance music. A bonus track from Graphics' recently released "There's a Way Back" single (artwork above) on GETME!, the song's beat stutters while chaotic percussive noises flit over background synths, a simple melody, and a vocal sample of a French child. It's all part of a fine start to what's looking to be a busy 2012 for the up-and-coming beatmaker, who has another EP, Mama Grizzlies, on the way later this month via Made to Play. (via FADER

Average: 7.4 (50 votes)

Mala at Work on New "Cuban" Album

In a recent article on Clash, the online culture hub reports that dubstep diety Mala (whose XLR8R podcast we still can't stop listening to) is finishing up an album he recorded with Cuban musicians. Read more » 

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  • 01/10/2012

Download: Boy Friend "Egyptian Wrinkle (The Whendays Remix)"

First Listen

Stockholm-based nostalgia dealers The Whendays have shared this bouncy remix for Austin duo Boy Friend's "Egyptian Wrinkle" single from its forthcoming LP of the same name. The production has the same kind of heavy compression and foggy atmospheres that colored the Swedish outfit's self-titled EP for Cascine, with a bit of extra ethereal drift courtesy of the Texan vocalists. Still, you could probably throw this one on the stereo towards the end of the night to keep any dance party going. Look for Egyptian Wrinkle to drop on February 6 via Italian label Hell, Yes!

Average: 7.5 (65 votes)

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