Net label Cut has has added a 10th EP to its ongoing series of free releases, the latest one coming from label boss DFRNT (a.k.a. Alex Cowles). On his Actaeon EP, the Scottish producer explores the realm of drum & bass, albeit with the mellowness and emotion that has come to define the Cut catalog. "Everything," taken from the EP, is subtle and minimal compared to most drum & bass offerings, a track emphasizing dreamy synth melodies and chopped vocals while fast-paced percussion and bass ooze in the background. Take a look at the tracklisting and artwork for the release after the jump, and download the entire EP in exchange for your email address here or a tweet here. Read more »
Although UK producer Spam Chop recently released a new three-song EP of hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor tunes, here we're bringing you an unreleased older cut of extra-large size. The nine-minute "Fritz" is a piece of mildly disorienting techno that features a steady beat and bassline punctuated by some rather wacky synth licks and blips. Spam Chop's new EP, Cuckup, is currently available through the Mimm imprint, and can be previewed along with the album art and tracklisting, after the jump. (via Mixmag) Read more »
Looks like somebody out there loves you guys; well, it actually looks like a few awesome DJs and producers love you guys, as there's no shortage of free Valentine's Day goodies ready to help keep you company today and tonight. Read more »
If you didn't already know, the secretive, Bubblin' Up UK artist known as Patten has his own imprint, called Kaleidoscope. Its latest release, Sculpture's Slime Code, is the first in a series called Limited Dubs, in which select artists perform a few unique sessions straight to cassette tape. "Slime Code 1" is nabbed from Sculpture's recordings, and exhibits the kind of playfully warped and intensely psychedelic electronic music featured on its release; it's kind of like every phase that Black Dice went through crammed into eight minutes. You can nab the rest of the tunes digitally here, and grab a physical copy of Slime Code here.
Spanish producer BFlecha released her first single over a year ago, but will soon be following it up with a self-titled EP for the Arkestra imprint. One of those tunes, the effervescent "Qvasi Naves," is presented here in the form of a music video by Lisi Gonzalez. Read more »
While the notion of being a "citizen of the world" is often worthy of scorn, or at least a pronounced eye roll, in the case of Chief Boima (a.k.a. Boima Tucker), the concept actually makes sense. Raised in Milwaukee and subsequently a longtime resident of Oakland, Boima currently calls Brooklyn home, although "home" is a relative concept when you're frequently traveling the globe and soaking in the local sounds of places like Spain, Colombia, Bolivia, Sierra Leone (his father's birthplace), Liberia, and other locales too numerous to list. Along the way, he's been adopted by the Dutty Artz crew, who will be releasing his latest record, African in New York, next week. As such, we figured now would be a good time to have Boima assemble an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and the multifaceted artist has responded with something that's both entirely unique and completely representative of what he's all about when it comes to music. Read more »
Today, San Francisco's Reilly Steel is dropping his debut EP, Challenger (artwork above), via the RISLabs imprint, which consists of two original tunes and a handful of remixes, including this one from ballroom house don MikeQ and collaborator Divoli S'vere. The resulting rework is exactly what you'd expect from the NYC producers: Big drums and big rhythms are the focus, while everything else is stripped back except for a few choice vocal samples and some occasional washes of space-age FX. In short, this one is ripe for vogueing dancefloors the world over. Grab it below and then preview the entire EP, which is streaming in full after the jump. Read more »
How does one review an extensive compilation of Murk, one of house music's most prolific duos? It seems like it would be easy, but the sheer breadth of material contained on Defected presents House Masters: Murk is honestly intimidating. Over the past 20 years, the Florida duo's work has maintained a consistent quality as it's developed and grown with the global underground house scene. It's hard to imagine a history of house, much less New York club culture, without the work of Ralph Falcon and Oscar G. Read more »
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