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Download: Orquesta "Celestial"

Orquesta's Our Final Expedition probably isn't the sort of record one would think of when imagining an album inspired by outer space. Instead of futuristic lazer-synth noises and robotic blips, Ireland-based Orquesta uses Latin rhythms and South American instrumentation to conjure images of space flight through astronomical bodies. Featured here, "Celestial" boasts a wandering pan flute melody over an easy-going, syncopated beat; it's the type of tune you might listen to while lazily flipping through an over-sized coffee table book about the solar system. The six-song EP will be the very first release from Meles Meles, a record label founded by Orquesta himself, and will arrive on March 27. A preview stream of the EP, along with the artwork and tracklist, can be found after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (76 votes)

Dave Aju Announces Details of Forthcoming Full-Length Album

After several releases on Circus Company over the past few years, San Francisco producer Dave Aju (a.k.a. Marc Barrite) will be dropping a full-length album for the label, his first long-player since 2008's idiosyncratic Open Wide. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2012

Download: Pále "Worst Job of Good Luck"

Marco Del Horno's Bullet Train imprint has put together a compilation, Bullet Train Allstars (artwork above), featuring young UK garage producers like Last Japan, Skanky, Pále, and others. Mancunian artist Pále's "Worst Job of Good Luck" opens up the comp, and is a bright, crisp two-step production replete with warped vocals and fizzy synth work. The track continues in the vein of Pále's clean, pulsating debut EP, The Yearn, which dropped earlier this year. The entire Bullet Train Allstars compilation is available for stream and free download after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (65 votes)

Stacey Pullen Preps New Single, Plays WMC

Detroit techno veteran Stacey Pullen (a.k.a. Kosmic Messenger) is set to release a new single, called "Circus" (artwork above), on his own Black Flag imprint. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2012

DJ Pierre Preps Release for Boys Noize's Label

Acid house pioneer DJ Pierre is readying a new single for BNR Trax, a sublabel of Boys Noize's main imprint, Boys Noize Records. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2012

Download: Adam Marshall "Ferns (XI Remix)"

First Listen

Toronto native Adam Marshall (pictured above) has been active on the techno scene since the late '90s, more recently starting up the New Kanada imprint in 2006 to put out his own works as well as fine productions from artists like Tolga Fidan, Basic Soul Unit, and The Mole. The next release on that label will be a four-track EP of Marshall's latest production work, from which "Ferns" was taken and subsequently remixed by fellow Toronto tunesmith XI. The remix leans more towards the start-stop, broken-bass rhythms of XI's existing work, shying away from the tech-house feel of the lengthy original. You can check out the tracklist and artwork for Marshall's untitled EP (identifiable by its catalog number, NK33) before it drops on April 10, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (60 votes)

Review: Jonwayne Oodles of Doodles

Where to begin with Oodles of Doodles? A veritable behemoth of a release, it's a beat tape consisting of 48 tracks—both old and new, heard and unheard—by Southern California producer Jonwayne. The double-disc offering clocks in at well over two hours, with cuts as short as 43 seconds and as long as six minutes, which is to say Oodles of Doodles is a record just about as varied as they come. But, surprisingly, the quality and style remains constant throughout. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2012

Video: Low In The Sky "Ice Disco"

Although Low In The Sky released A Shared Rainbow, the album on which "Ice Disco" appears, back in 2011, this accompanying clip is a new creation. The video offers an ever-changing array of swirling colors that come to life in the form of rainbow trees, prismatic butterflies, a multi-colored girl, and her dance partner—who just so happens to have a disco ball for a head. Read more » 

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  • 03/15/2012

Download: OL "Give Up"

Label: RAD

Last week, Moscow's OL dropped "IWM," an off-kilter, dancey cut that impressed us with its well-crafted atmospherics. Today, we're featuring "Give Up," a more locked-in piece of juke by the Russian producer that matches the other production's intensity, but cranks up the BPM by quite a bit more. Regular readers of XLR8R may notice that OL, along with a host of other producers from Russia's capital, has recently shown himself to be adept with mining the beat-making trends of the West, while putting his own unique, whimsical spin on them. "Give Up" is part of a split LP release with fellow countryman Vtgnike, called Province (artwork above), which can be downloaded for free after the jump, or purchased as a limited-edition CD from the label's Bandcamp.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (95 votes)

Watch Blondes Perform, Talk About Live Improvisation

Brooklyn production outfit Blondes has been building a strong reputation for its partially improvised live performances for some time now, an aspect of the duo which was recently profiled by Asylum Films. Read more » 

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  • 03/14/2012

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