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Download: Graintable "April O'Neil"

First Listen

The burgeoning beat scene of the Pacific Northwest is so flush with high-quality producers crafting a range of bass and hip-hop music that Seattle-based record label Car Crash Set is already churning through a second cycle of EPs for its No Northwest series, which showcases artists from the region. After dropping five EPs for the series from various West Coasters in 2011, C/C/S' next No Northwest release will be a split EP from Portland's Graintable and Seattle's Kimnusico Trio, which is set for release on January 17. "April O'Neil," the first track from the record, is a mellow slice of leftfield hip-hop where crooning female oohs and soft synths contrast sharply with the crisp staccato of the song's fast-paced percussion.  

Average: 7.6 (55 votes)
 
 

Zed Bias Announces New Collaborative LP, Gives Away Tunes

Influential UK producer Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky a.k.a. Dave Jones) has announced a forthcoming full-length album from the newly-formed trio Sleepin' Giantz, which comprises Rodney P, Fallacy, and Jones himself. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2012

LOL Boys Drop Mix for Frite Nite Podcast Series

LA/Montreal production and DJ duo LOL Boys are charging full speed ahead into 2012, starting with a new podcast mix for San Francisco record label Frite Nite. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2012

Download: The Phantom "Colossus"

First Listen
Label: Silverback

Warsaw-based DJ and producer The Phantom (a.k.a. Bartosz Kruczynski) is starting 2012 off with a bang, dropping his second EP, aptly titled The Phantom EP 2, which features this song, "Colossus," and three other bass-driven dance tracks. The instrumental "Colossus" features a heavy low end that draws from grime, while the song's retro-sounding and occasionally atmospheric synth lines more closely recall '80s electro-funk. The EP will be the first release of the year for the consistently solid Silverback imprint, and is due for a vinyl-only release on January 16. Take a look at the artwork and tracklisting while listening to a preview stream of the EP, all of which can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (100 votes)
 
 

Review: Peaking Lights 936 Remixed

Label: 100% Silk

It was nearly impossible to read XLR8R during the latter parts of 2011 without seeing some bit of ecstatic praise for the LA-based experimental dance music label 100% Silk; we've been more or less hooked on the record hub's output since day one. Elsewhere on the internet, you've likely found heaps of accolade for sister imprint Not Not Fun, especially in regards to the 936 LP it released for Madison, WI husband-and-wife duo Peaking Lights. So, one might assume that the 936 Remixed EP is the end product of a handful of 2011's most exciting artists coalescing into 25 minutes of top-shelf dancefloor sounds, and that would be wholly accurate. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2012

Listen to a Track from Ital's Forthcoming 'Hive Mind' LP

One of the 10 best new artists from 2011 and the producer behind our #39 favorite track of last year, Brooklyn's Ital will release his debut LP, Hive Mind, next month via Planet Mu, but has leaked one of its lengthy tunes prior to that. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2012

Download: Todd Terje "Swing Star Pt. 1"

On "Swing Star Pt. 1," Norwegian producer Todd Terje travels deep into the realm of space disco, evoking the theme not only through the song's astral title, but also via his use of the kinds of futuristic science-fiction sounds that were popular in late-'70s disco music, not to mention the fact that his floating arpeggiations get, well, downright spacey. The retro sounds come courtesy of the analog ARP2600 synthesizer, which lends its name to Terje's forthcoming EP, It's the Arps, on which "Swing Star Pt. 1" appears. The EP comes out through the Smalltown Supersound label on January 16, but for now, you can find the artwork and tracklisting after the jump. (via Pitchfork)  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (81 votes)
 
 

Download: Grimes "Genesis"

Label: 4AD

The first leak to arrive from Canadian songstress Grimes' forthcoming Visions LP for 4AD, "Oblivion," showcased the kind of ethereal beat-pop that record holds, a sound which "Genesis" expands upon even further. A bouncing bassline and a crunchy rhythm provide the backbone around which the airy vocals, Eastern-influenced synth melodies, and simple piano riffs swirl. It's a playful and surprisingly endearing track, and effectively excites us even more for the release of Grimes' new album on February 21. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.3 (108 votes)
 
 

Tropics Self-Releases New Album

British musician Chris Ward (a.k.a. Tropics), who put out both an EP and an LP on Planet Mu last year, has just self-released a 10-song album of previously unavailable material. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2012

Download: RareBit "Emergence"

First Listen

We first heard the technicolor beats of multi-talented artist Justin Hopkins (a.k.a. RareBit) back in May of 2011 when he unveiled his debut record, The Destroyer EP. Hopkins will drop his follow-up album on February 28 via LA imprint Non Projects, and sent this track ahead of the LP's release. "Emergence" exhibits the kind of expansive soundscapes and eclectic rhythms featured on Daizo (pictured above), the tracklist for which you can check out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (57 votes)
 
 

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