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Video: Southern Shores "Meridian"



Back in July, synth-loving Nova Scotian duo Southern Shores released its debut EP, Atlantic, via the Cascine label. (First single “Night is Young” is still available as a free download.) Now the pair has released the first video from the EP, for the song "Meridian." Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2011

Decibel 2011 Wrap-Up, Part 2

Last week, XLR8R's Glenn Jackson headed to Seattle to check out the city's annual Decibel Festival. The first two days presented an impressive offering of international artists, and the weekend promised three more days forward-thinking electronic music. Here's what he saw. Read more » 

Download a Free EP from Mosca

Remember when we said that UK producer Mosca was not a "particularly prolific" producer? That was only a few weeks ago, when we reviewed his latest single on Numbers, "Done Me Wrong" b/w "Bax." We don't want to overly aggrandize our impact, but did Mosca maybe read that statement, take offense, and start unloading a backlog of material? We're kidding of course, but in the past three weeks, Mosca has announced another new single on Martyn's 3024 label, and, just this morning, he's offered up a brand-new EP for free download via Twitter. Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2011

Video: Plaid "At Last"



Cute is not a word that is often used to described veteran UK duo Plaid, but this animated clip for "At Last," a poppy, synth-filled number from the Scintilli LP, is pretty darn adorable. Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2011

Download: Krueger "Nou"

Label: Silverback

Even though it's only been around for a year, Belgian imprint Silverback has managed to put out quite a few tracks from artists we like. These releases, from acts like Nguzunguzu, Jim-E Stack, and Jack Dixon, have solidified the label's reputation as a disseminator of quality bass music. Now, the label is back with Galactica, a new EP from freshly signed Philly-based producer Krueger. As a teaser, Silverback has sent along "Nou," an insane collage of global rhythms and styles. Stretching through the hard boundaries of genre, the cut is seemingly assembled from bits and pieces of tribal guarachero, dancehall, UK funky, and more. The Galactica EP is out now. 

Average: 6.7 (47 votes)
 
 

Check Out Derrick Carter's Oki-Ni Mix

Music and fashion, perhaps more than any other cultural forms, go hand in hand. The fine folks at British clothing retailer Oki-Ni seem to agree, as they've been busy mixing the two in their business since the launch of their music store and its associated mix series. Suitably, this month's mix features stylish Chicagoan Derrick Carter's entry, TheHotLunch. Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2011

New Gerd Remix Release to Feature Larry Heard and Deetron

Continuing the label's project of blurring the lines between classic and contemporary, Royal Oak (the house-leaning offshoot of Clone) has just announced the release of a remix record for Gerd's breezy, late-night house cut, "Palm Leaves." Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2011

Download: Dave.I.D "SumR (Actress' AZD RAIN Remix)"

Sometimes, weirdos just gravitate toward one another. Take this remix of Dave.I.D's (pictured above) "SumR," an unusual pop-industrial-hip-hop hybrid that first appeared on the mysterious Londoner's debut album, Response, which came out over the summer via !K7. Now, months later, fellow London recluse Actress, who also heads up the Werk label, has turned out an "AZD RAIN" remix of the song. Stripping out the original's hip-hop drum patterns and the vast majority of the vocals, Actress instead relishes in the song's dark, droney synths and adds in his own lo-fi, rapid-fire percussion, creating something that comes off as a warped homage to no wave and '80s goth/industrial. Mapping exactly how he arrived at a sound palette shared by the likes of Suicide, Nitzer Ebb, and Front 242 is no easy task, but there's no quibbling with the pulsing paranoia of the end result. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.9 (62 votes)
 
 

Review: Scuba Adrenalin

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Label: Hotflush

With an impressive and varied discography behind him, Berlin-based producer and Hotflush label boss Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba, SCB, and Spectr) has thrown another curve ball with Adrenalin, his latest three-track single. Released under his Scuba alias, it marks an important turning point, both for the producer and for similar artists that come from the UK dubstep milieu. It's Rose's most adventurous outing yet—a release that pushes past stylistic lines to construct a fresh form of dance music. Read more » 

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  • 10/03/2011

Download: Icona Pop "Manners (Deniz Kurtel Remix)"

We're not entirely sure why Deniz Kurtel (pictured above) decided to remix "Manners," Icona Pop's saccharine 2010 single on Kitsuné. Frankly, the original is a pop-culture nightmare, right on down to its clichéd "ba ba ba" chorus and the subsequent Chiddy Bang remix. Given such questionable source material, it's a credit to Kurtel's talents that her mix ends up sounding pretty good. She accomplishes this by detuning the vocals, stripping the track of its instrumentation, and rebuilding from zero. Kurtel begins with a dusty Rhodes bassline, adds a loose four-on-the-floor, and finally brings in a percolating synth strung through a rising low-pass filter. The resulting track achieves a dynamic range entirely absent in the original. More importantly, it's a solid remix that stands on its own as a distinct work. (via Discobelle

Average: 6.8 (44 votes)
 
 

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