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Swayzak Becomes S_W_Z_K, Preps New Release

After nearly two decades of collaboration that spawned five full-length albums, two high-profile DJ compilations, and a deluge of EPs, the men behind techno duo Swayzak, James Taylor and David Brown (pictured above), have parted ways. Since last year, Brown has been continuing along minus Taylor (and some vowels) as S_W_Z_K, and will be releasing his first record under that name in June. Read more » 

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  • 04/19/2012

Download a Free Compilation from Earnest Endeavours

Earnest Endeavours, a London-based artist collective and newly minted record imprint, is releasing its first label compilation today, an 11-song collection that's being offered up free of charge. Read more » 

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  • 04/19/2012

Download: Billy Bogus "Lords of Death (Billy Bogus Rework)"

Label: Nang

Here, Italian producer Billy Bogus reworks his own disco outing "Lords of Death" into an oddball house number, a song set for release next month as part of an upcoming remix album on Nang Records. Bogus uses an unusual array of sounds in this composition, especially on the bass parts, which at times come in airy blurts and at other times in sustained warbles. The song's structure is also fairly unusual, with sudden, dramatic changes in place of more traditional builds and drops. "Lords of Death (Billy Bogus Rework)" will appear on Night Movie: The Remake, which will contain 10 remixes of tunes that originally appeared on Bogus' album from last year, Night Movie. The remix collection will be available on May 21, but until then, check out its artwork and tracklisting, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.1 (75 votes)

Review: Trus'me PN12

Label: Prime Numbers

It's been awhile since the world heard anything new from Trus'me, as the Mancunian producer's last album, In the Red, dropped back in 2009. While his Prime Numbers imprint has continued to let forth a trickle of releases, new Trus'me tunes have been incredibly hard to come by, and the artist's recent unveiling of a new, techno-minded moniker, David James, doesn't help those hungry for more of his patently soulful house creations. PN12 only alleviates the problem somewhat, as it contains two remixes of previously released Trus'me tracks, but at least it's something new with his name on it. Read more » 

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  • 04/19/2012

Lone, Motor City Drum Ensemble Contribute to Midland Remix 12"

XLR8R was quite fond of Midland's recent Placement EP, and it appears that we weren't alone. The Aus label has commissioned a pair of high-profile remixes, which are being prepped for release at the end of the month. Read more » 

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  • 04/19/2012

Download: LD Nero "Warehouse Dew Pt. 3"

First Listen
Label: Pomelo

With nearly two decades of DJing and producing under his belt, LD Nero—a relatively new alias for German techno veteran Alex Cortex—has assuredly felt his share of cold, dripping warehouse dew and rave rain. On his latest effort, a three-tracker titled Warehouse Dew (artwork above), LD Nero channels the heyday of underground raves by crafting old-school vibes that straddle the line between techno and house. "Pt. 3" of the EP is the cut most likely to get sweat puddling on the walls and ceiling, as its forward-moving groove stomps along behind Detroit-style chords and shuffling hi-hats. European record hub Pomelo will be releasing Warehouse Dew digitally on April 23, with a wax release to follow on May 7. Until then, satiate your need for tech-house jams by listening to LD Nero's recent podcast for Pomelo, which you can stream and download after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 5.9 (52 votes)

Lone Shares Free Mix

Manchester's Matthew Cutler (a.k.a. Lone) is so (so!) close to releasing Galaxy Garden, the producer's fourth proper LP, and has shared a DJ mix to tide us over until it drops on April 30 via R&S. Read more » 

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  • 04/18/2012

Download: Rkss "Basement"

With exciting artists like Patten and Vessel on the rise, it seems like the space available for noisily experimental techno alchemists to inhabit continually grows as new head-scratching productions surface. Enter Rkss, a 19-year-old producer from Berlin whose debut record dropped today. The title track from his self-released Basement EP is as strong an introduction as one could hope for; a cavernous bassline bellows underneath clattering organic percussion and a deep, bouncing thump of a kick to make for one seriously dark tune. Rkss follows "Basement" with two lighter but nonetheless strong cuts on his EP, all of which you can stream in full, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (47 votes)

Night Slugs to Release New Girl Unit EP

At the risk of total Night Slugs overload today, here is another announcement of an exciting record the UK bass hub will soon drop, Girl Unit's third EP. Read more » 

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  • 04/18/2012

Download: Reilly Steel "Oh So Nice"

First Listen
Label: Top Billin

Today, San Francisco's Reilly Steel is dropping his sophomore EP, Those Happy Days, via Top Billin, the follow-up to his Challenger EP, which RISLabs put out earlier this year. (You may remember the MikeQ remix we posted from that release.) "Oh So Nice" appears on Steel's new EP, along with a remix by 5kinandbone5 and three other originals. Like the rest of the EP, "Oh So Nice" is a dark piece of bass music with a heavy emphasis on crisp, fast-paced percussion. The song begins with sharp synth stabs and a chopped vocal hook before crawling arpeggios in a minor key ease their way into the mix. After snagging the tune, take a look at the EP's artwork and tracklisting, following the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.3 (52 votes)

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