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Review: Floating Points Shadows EP

Label: Eglo

Shadows is hardly an EP. Comprised of five tracks (the most on any solo Floating Points release to date) that total just under 40 minutes, Shadows has the feeling of a fully realized piece of music, and despite the two letters thrown at the end of the title, could really be considered the Ph.D student/UK wunderkind's first full-length. To his credit, Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) does not need more than five outings to fill an album-length release, as the songs here are immensely dense and show the artist's methodical ability to construct and tear down his own creations, which is, at times, simply awe-inspiring. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 12/07/2011

Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee Team Up for Limited-Edition 12"

Both Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee are young, house-minded producers that caught our attention in 2011, and now the pair has come together on a limited-edition, collaborative single. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/07/2011

Download: Ensemble Economique "To Feel the Night As It Really Is"

Label: Dekorder

Evoking a mix of Four Tet's jazzy inclinations and Mogwai's pensive drone, "To Feel the Night As It Really Is" is a cut from the Crossing the Path, By Torch Light LP by American artist Ensemble Economique (a.k.a. Brian Pyle). Pyle layers on melancholic organ melodies, shuddering electronics, and refried white noise over his rolling drum loop to make for a hypnotic and engrossing track. You can watch a video for the song after the jump, and grab the rest of Ensemble Economique's album here.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (37 votes)
 
 

Nite Jewel Readies New Album, Stream the Title Track Now

Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzales (a.k.a. Nite Jewel, pictured above) has announced a new album to be released via Secretly Canadian, titled One Second of Love. The album, due out on March 6 of next year, is her first full-length since her 2008 debut, Good Evening. Listen to the title track from the forthcoming album and check out the tracklisting and artwork after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/06/2011

Download: Taz "She Makes Me"

Label: Rwina

This particular MP3 has us thinking there must be some scientific explanation as to why arpeggios are so alluring, right? And although we couldn't say whether or not Scottish producer Taz Buckfaster (or simply just Taz) knows the exact science behind an arpeggiator's appeal, "She Makes Me" has left us pretty confident that the man knows a good pattern when he hears it. Manipulating and transforming one of those vibrant, descending patterns throughout the course of the tune, Buckfaster enlists a huge, growling bassline and drum line-reminscent kicks, snares, and whistles to supply the dancefloor heat. Although this particular track will not be featured on his forthcoming EP for the Rwina imprint, Neurotica (artwork above), we'll be interested to hear what else the up-and-coming producer has in store when his latest outing drops on December 12. 

Average: 7.4 (73 votes)
 
 

Download a Free EP From Skream & Benga

Those crazy car manufacturers over at Scion A/V are at it again, releasing free collections of music to the anxiously awaiting masses. Their latest digital offering: a five-track EP from UK dubstep figureheads and Magnetic Man co-conspirators Skream and Benga. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/06/2011

Download: Funk Butcher "Techno Babble"

Now that we've officially entered the final month of the year, the inevitability of certain holiday events is closer than ever. And no matter whether you dread or look forward to the ensuing December festivities, there is one thing we can all agree is beyond awesome this time of year: Rinse FM's and FWD>>>'s Boxing Day celebration, which gathers every Rinse DJ and puts them on display in London's legendary Fabric nightclub. One such DJ is Funk Butcher, who—along with the likes of Brackles, Skream, Oneman, Scratcha, and more—will be dropping a number of quality tunes like this one on December 26. "Techno Babble" exists a little more on the techy side of Funk Butcher's usual style (especially the almost two-minute breakdown in the middle), but it still has more than enough bouncing UK vibes to stay true to his moniker. For the full list of DJs set to perform at the Boxing Day celebration and all the essential details, head here

Average: 6.5 (41 votes)
 
 

Download: Populette "Lasers Are Forever"

The Los Angeles-based company Eskuché—who are, we should say, first and foremost manufacturers of high-end headphones—have been dabbling in the art of music-inspired short films for some time now and, more importantly, its most recent visual project features a brand-new cut from Throne of Blood associates Populette. The New York duo offered up a seductive slice of space-age disco in "Lasers Are Forever," the title track of a recently released EP that appropriately serves here as the theme for the short film's opening dance number, which in turn features a choreographed assembly of helmeted female dancers grooving in unison. After downloading Populette's bouncing cut of sparkling disco house below, you can peep the aforementioned short film which, among other things, features some abstract symbolism, retro-futurism, plenty of references to classic cult flick THX1138, and (warning for those of you at work) a briefly topless protagonist after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.1 (59 votes)
 
 

Video: Jesse Boykins III "Light to Dark"



Calling it a "film," NY-based fashion bloggers-cum-video directors Street Etiquette delivered this piece for the Gold Panda-produced "Light to Dark" tune by Jesse Boykins III. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/06/2011

Podcast 227: Om Unit

With 2011 quickly drawing to a close, the onslaught of "Best Of" lists is already well underway (don't worry, XLR8R's contributions will begin popping up next week), and although it's unlikely that Om Unit (a.k.a. Jim Coles) is going to be pulling down a ton of accolades, that has less to do with the quality of his output, and more to do with the fact that the London producer has kept a relatively low profile while having himself a very solid year. Read more » 

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