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Review: Clark Iradelphic

Label: Warp

Being a fan of an artist as versatile and restless as Chris Clark can be confounding. After discovering his music and getting to know the work that came before or after your entry point, you might find yourself unable to connect with all of Clark's winding career. Let's say your introduction was 2003's Empty the Bones of You; the gritty IDM and meticulously crafted sound worlds therein could be easily compared to its predecessor, Clarence Park, or possibly even heard as a fitting precursor to the producer's bafflingly ambitious masterwork, Body Riddle. But then there's the underappreciated Turning Dragon and the questionable Totems Flare, two relatively tangential albums that successfully and unsuccessfully melded bits of dystopian rave music and mangled electronic pop into the hyperreal production style Clark built his name on. It can be hard to keep up with all of his stylistic shifts, and now, three years removed from his last album, the Berlin-based changeling opens a whole new chapter of his discography's metamorphosis. So, you might be wondering, exactly how does Iradelphic fit in? Read more » 

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  • 03/29/2012

Lorn Announces Second Album, 'Ask the Dust'

Lorn, one of the remaining champions of tastefully dark dubstep-ian music, has unveiled his forthcoming sophomore LP, Ask the Dust. Read more » 

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  • 03/29/2012

Download: Touch "Scent"

Last month, anonymous UK producer Touch shared his/her debut work, "Lost," an ambient and relatively subdued affair. Today, Touch returns with a far more upbeat production, "Scent." Unlike the last one, which took an underwater, inside-out approach to UK bass, "Scent" engages the genre's tropes head on. For five-and-a-half minutes, the track cruises as an 808 kit slides through sparse bass and string stabs, the song's smart production seemingly taken out of the book of an artist like Blawan. And then there's the vocal line, which at first appears to be obnoxious and crude, but after repeated listens reveals a more complex, captivating quality under its heavy layers of processing. 

Average: 7.1 (64 votes)
 
 

Video Premiere: Becoming Real "Snow Drift Love"



Rising London bass producer Becoming Real (a.k.a. Toby Ridler) has commissioned a video for his latest offering, "Snow Drift Love." Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2012

Ill Blu Preps New Single for Hyperdub

When UK funky first broke a few years back, London duo Ill Blu was one of the initial handful of acts that received some serious shine. Nevertheless, following a flood of remixes in 2009, the pair's output has subsequently slowed to a trickle, with only two singles seeing the light of day, 2010's "Bellion" b/w "Dragon Pop" on Hyperdub and last year's Meltdown EP on Numbers. Seeing as how the world hasn't heard much from Ill Blu in the past 12-plus months, it comes as a bit of a surprise that the duo will soon be releasing a new effort, once again via Hyperdub. Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2012

Download: Detboi B2B Uggle "Feeling Home"

Cheap Thrills associate Detboi (pictured above) has put together "Feeling Home," a piece of slick, rave-influenced garage. The Dublin-based producer collaborated with Irish cohort Uggle to produce the track, assembling a stuttering array of detuned rave bells and warbling vocal samples while keeping one foot in jittery garage and another in straightforward house. In tribute to their hometown, the pair also put together a video for "Feeling Home" comprised entirely of footage of Dublin. Check it out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (62 votes)
 
 

Night Slugs to Launch New 12" Series, Release L-Vis 1990 EP

One of the UK's many hubs for top-shelf, forward-looking electronic tunes, L-Vis 1990's and Bok Bok's Night Slugs label has announced a forthcoming series of 12"s that are said to be tailormade for "peak time usage." Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2012

Download: EQ Why "What You Do"

Label: Booty Call

Over the past year or so, the electronic-music landscape has been flooded with juke and footwork, as producers around the globe have been lured in by the breakneck beats of the Chicago-reared sound. In all honesty, most of the juke and footwork making the rounds isn't particularly good, but a few outposts have proven themselves reliable, including the Paris-based Booty Call imprint. Earlier this week, the label released its latest salvo, the Equalized EP (artwork above) from young Windy City producer EQ Why. "What You Do" is the opening cut from the seven-track effort—which, incidentally, can be streamed in full after the jump—and it creates a herky-jerky rhythm by combining standard-issue juke percussion with an interestingly arranged assault of chopped organ, string, and vocal samples, all of which sound like they were lifted from a soulful '70s gem.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (55 votes)
 
 

Sonár Adds New Order, James Murphy, DJ Harvey, and Lots More to 2012 Lineups

Back in February, the folks at Sonár announced their expansive plans for 2012, which included events in Cape Town, São Paulo, Brazil, and Tokyo along with the main festival in Barcelona. While the event in South Africa has already passed, excitement continues to build for the remaining three events, especially in the wake of today's announcement naming an entire swath of additional artists that have been confirmed to appear. Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2012

Video: Huerco S. "Untitled"



Next month, Kansas City-based Huerco S. will be releasing the No Jack EP via the Wicked Bass imprint. The four-track, vinyl-only release, which will include a remix from NYC's Braille—who also happens to be one-half of Sepalcure—heavily channels the days of classic Chicago house, as shown by this video for EP cut "Untitled." Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2012

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