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Download: Sub Swara "Smoke Riddim"

Over the past few years, Brooklyn duo Sub Swara has developed a rapport for giving a distinctly organic, Eastern flair to the computer-driven world of bass music. "Smoke Riddim" is the latest track from the group, and it combines buzzing, crisp electronics with sampled percussion and mallets. The piece works in an idiosyncratic, minor scale, one that seems somewhat out of place when considering the scope of bass music in 2012, but Sub Swara manages to make it sound completely natural over the two-and-a-half-minute span of "Smoke Riddim," a cut taken from the outfit's upcoming The Rudiment mixtape (artwork above). Look for it drop some time at the end of the month. 

Average: 7.3 (53 votes)

Watch Kutmah Talk New 'Worldwide Family Vol. 2' Comp

Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint has just digitally released its Kutmah-curated Worldwide Family Vol. 2 collection, with a physical release rolling out in the coming weeks. To give us all a bit of insight into the record's curation and creation, the label has shared this clip of Kutmah discussing the compilation at London record shop Eldica. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/10/2012

Podcast 242: Ill Blu

Whatever happened to Ill Blu? A few years back, the London duo was seemingly everywhere, an integral part of the UK funky explosion in 2008-2009. However, just as the scene reached its zenith, Ill Blu largely disappeared. In the last two years, the only releases have been 2010's "Bellion" b/w "Dragon Pop" single on Hyperdub and 2011's Meltdown EP on Numbers. However, following the recent announcement that Ill Blu was not only still together, but would be returning to Hyperdub with a new single, "Clapper," at the end of April, we figured now would be a good time to invite the duo to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: RaveDeep "Step Right"

Most of RaveDeep's catalog is indebted to house in some way—the last we heard from him, he put together an ambient, downtempo work that explored a more subdued side of the genre. "Step Right," the Oakland producer's latest, is a more glitchy, two-step-influenced piece that bursts with an array of guitar and vocal samples. It's part of a free label compilation offered by fledgling Oakland imprint West in Dust, which is co-run by XLR8R contributor Glenn Jackson, that also includes tracks from Elephant & Castle (RaveDeep's other production moniker), Colo, Rekchampa, shortcircles, Jackson himself, and more. You can stream and download all of West in Dust 2012 (artwork above), after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (67 votes)

Review: Black Dice Mr. Impossible

Label: Ribbon

Dusting off old Black Dice records (or just typing the band's name into an iTunes' search box) reveals a sonic journey completely distinct from that of any of other recording artist. The music is difficult, of course, and, at times, confoundingly strange and different. Most artists are so far afield from Black Dice's tense and dissonant noise that it can be hard to even call them music by comparison. The group has also undergone great changes in sound and style from record to record, as if its members are playing devil's advocate with themselves and the larger music community. After all, why sound like somebody else when it's been done before? Why recycle old ideas when you can come up with something totally new and different? Black Dice's latest effort, Mr. Impossible, adds another chapter to the now-trio's long, strange trip, with what might be its most straightforward album yet. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 04/10/2012

Rizzla Drops Free EP via Fade to Mind, Readies West Coast Debut

Kingdom's Fade to Mind imprint has just shared a free EP by Massachusetts-based producer Rizzla. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/10/2012

Download: TreeFNGR "Five Ticks"

TreeFNGR's debut track, "Fine Fright," impressed us back in December with its fresh take on moody garage beats. Now, the anonymous British producer returns with a second offering, "Five Ticks." The new tune is steeped in far crisper production than its predecessor, as the bass and percussion shine at the front of the mix this time, rather than behind a crunchy wall of reverb. However, true to the producer's Radiohead-referencing name, TreeFNGR keeps "Five Ticks" awash in atmospheric synth work, contextualizing its more dancey tropes in an ambient swamp of gloom. 

Average: 7.4 (69 votes)

Matthew Dear Mixes RA.306

Minimal/downtempo/techno/pop/deep house/etc. producer extraordinaire Matthew Dear has mixed Resident Advisor's latest podcast, the 306th installment in the website's series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 04/09/2012

Download: Alex D££mnds "Olympus Mons (D££mnds Mixed Red in a Day Mix)"

Last month, we shared news of S.E.F.'s new record label and media venture, Switched On, and previewed its inaugural release, a three-track EP from English producer Alex D££mnds. That EP, called Credentials (artwork above), is now confirmed to drop on April 30, but D££mnds has shared a non-EP track with us today, the growling "Olympus Mons (D££mnds Mixed Red in a Day Mix)." The production continues in the vein of the EP's clean-and-simple Chicago house sound—in true form, "Olympus" is driven by an acid bassline alone. And a few drum patterns, some atmospheric pads, and a handful of knob turns later, the track dissolves into the house ether, waiting to be mixed out. 

Average: 7.3 (57 votes)

Download: Toyc "Sferics"

First Listen

Hailing from Nottingham, Toyc is a fresh producer currently peddling his brand of wavey, Detroit-referencing house around the London scene. With forthcoming releases on a variety of labels, the 19 year old sent us the elastic, spaced-out "Sferics." The tune puts a plump bass tone in orbit around a kick pattern that will hook big-room ravers far and wide, as Toyc drapes the whole thing with classic dub-techno chords and a sweaty, crammed-on-the-dancefloor atmosphere that's punctuated by a sultry, gasping vocal. Other tracks like this have been appearing on the playlists of everyone from Jackmaster and Ben UFO to Brackles and Addison Groove, and we look forward to hearing more from this exciting young artist. 

Average: 7.4 (77 votes)

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