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Download: Gold Panda "4"

Yesterday, UK beatmaker Gold Panda posted this gem on his Soundcloud, a non-release cut he crafted as a backing track for his mate Infinite Livez to freestyle over at a DJ gig in Berlin. The tune, titled "4," is an easy-going, hip-hop-flavored track, a production featuring a mellow guitar melody, soft horns, and piano played both forward and in reverse.  

Average: 7.1 (59 votes)

Video: Shlohmo "Rained the Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)"

A dream-team collaboration of two beat-making wunderkinds, NYC-via-LA producer Shlohmo and native New Yorker Nicolas Jaar, "Rained the Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)" is paired with an understated and moody video here, courtesy of Video Marsh. Read more » 

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  • 04/17/2012

Download: Young Wonder "Orange (Sun Glitters Remix)"

Toward the end of our recent Vis-Ed feature on Irish flimmakers Feel Good Lost, Brendan Canty (one of the two artists behind the video production studio) mentioned that he would soon start a new record label under the same moniker. The Young Wonder EP, producer Ian Ring's and singer Rachel Koeman's self-titled debut, marks the first record released via Feel Good Lost, which has arrived complete with a punchdrunk rework by Luxembourg's Sun Glitters. The prolific producer delivers his tried-and-true formula on "Orange (Sun Glitters Remix)," as he weaves Koeman's chopped vocal work in and out of partially quantized beats and reverb-addled synth washes over the course of about three minutes. After getting your fill of this version of Young Wonder's tune, you can check out the video for the original track (created by Feel Good Lost, of course), after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (60 votes)

Kuedo to Release New 12" via Planet Mu

The mastermind behind our 11th favorite record of 2011, Kuedo has unveiled the details of a new single that we hinted at last week, which he'll soon release via Planet Mu. Read more » 

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  • 04/17/2012

Download: Christian S "The Power of Now"

Label: Cómeme

Matias Aguayo's Cómeme imprint has been dormant for the last several months, but it's now returned with two new releases: Cómeme 013, a compilation EP titled The Power of Now (artwork above), is out now, and Cómeme 014, an EP by Isaac Johan, drops on May 14. The Power of Now's title track by Christian S, featured here, draws from a marriage between industrial synthwork and eccentric house flair. For five minutes, blistering synth sequences take the song through a simple house beat, an effort reminiscent of the minimal mechanicalia turned out by labelmates Daniel Maloso and Rebolledo. The Cologne producer closes the track with a ridiculous, albeit captivating drum solo that lasts nearly two minutes. Stream the rest of The Power of Now, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 5.3 (41 votes)

Podcast 243: Jonwayne

Southern California's Jonwayne is an imposing figure. First of all, he's quite literally a huge dude, someone who brings a sort of bearded, mountain-man aesthetic to the world of Low End Theory and the extended beat scene. Second, and more importantly, it seems like the former Bubblin' Up producer and rapper never stops working. Shortly after signing to the venerable Stones Throw label, which recently reissued an expanded version of his Oodles of Doodles beat tape and also plans to release a proper Jonwayne album later this year, the entrepeneurial young artist dropped This Is False, a free album/mixtape he described as, "not so much a pile of songs as it is an executed concept in viewing how our surroundings change our energy and vibrations." Now, he's followed that up with an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Halp "Chop Chop"

First Listen

The Netherlands' Halp just dropped an EP on Lowriders a few months back, but he's returned today with this bomb of a track. Naming a vocal sample-laden, UK garage-influenced cut "Chop Chop" might be the 2012 equivalent of naming a Steve Vai song "Shred Shred," but the Dutchman handles the affair with care and dignity. The four-minute jam revolves around a luscious, rubber-band synth loop that modulates in texture throughout the song—we believe the Dutch term for it is lekker. There is also a raw, organic component the production, and an attention to detail that is reminiscent of Scuba's Triangulations-era work.  

Average: 7.2 (73 votes)

Review: Vessel Standard EP

Quick Spin
Label: Left_Blank

It's precisely halfway into "Standard"—the lead cut and title track from the new EP by Bristol's leftfield-techno mad scientist, Vessel—when the full extent of its gritty, machine-funk groove is revealed. That he takes his sweet time getting to the point is no surprise; Sebastian Gainsborough deals primarily in the mystery of half-fleshed-out ideas and tends to favor atmosphere and mood over outright beats. When the producer does actually bring his deft abilities with drum-machine patterns and their bulbous counterparts into the forefront, however, his tracks toe the line between tech-noise experiments and total dancefloor heat. As the climax of "Standard" comes to fruition, what just might be the best example of Vessel's strange balancing act is fully realized, and the record's remaining two tracks are practically forced to live in its shadow. Read more » 

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  • 04/17/2012

Watch an Interview With Maya Jane Coles

The usually camera-shy Maya Jane Coles has just appeared in an online video interview, talking about her emergence into the DJ/production world and the sheer love for music that drives her brand-new contribution to !K7's DJ-Kicks series. Read more » 

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  • 04/17/2012

Download: Youngstar "Pulse X (Elsewhere Remix)"

The London-based Liminal Sounds crew couples each of its parties with a free EP—some past offerings can be heard here and here—featuring artists slated to perform at that particular event. For its fourth club night/EP bundle, the label has tapped three producers to remix Youngstar's seminal 2002 grime production "Pulse X." Elsewhere's remix, featured here, takes the original into crisper territory, infusing Youngstar's massive bass punches with garage percussion, all while stripping the tune of its original vocal line. You can check out the rest of the "Pulse X" remix EP by downloading this package from Liminal, which also includes snippets of a limited-edition zine created specifically to celebrate the release. The event celebrating LS004 takes place this Friday at London's Rhythm Factory, and will feature sets by Elsewhere, Pedro 123, and Slackk (the EP's remixers), as well as Youngstar, Slimzee, and others. Check out a poster for the party, in addition to the EP's tracklisting, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 5.8 (46 votes)

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