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Review: Various Artists Brainmaths Vol.1

Label: Brainmath

The run of the (mostly) vinyl-only RAMP sub-label Brainmath has proven a bit elusive from this side of the pond. Since first appearing on the scene with a single-sided Zomby 12" in late 2008, the imprint's string of releases steadily showcased a roster of London's burgeoning bedroom producers, capturing some of the earliest output from James Blake, SBTRKT, and Untold, among others. Brainmaths Vol. 1 brings together a large portion of the label's output for a nine-track compilation that helps us put the pieces together, but still leaves a few gaps in the story. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/09/2012

Actress Added to Unsound Lineup; Festival Schedule Revealed

Back in January, some of the initial details surrounding the 2012 edition of the Unsound Festival in New York were revealed. While the initial batch of artists, which included Demdike Stare, Pole, Ital, Hieroglyphic Being, and Hype Williams, was certainly enticing, it pales in comparison to the announcement that shadowy UK producer Actress (pictured above) will be crossing the Atlantic to perform his first-ever live set in the US as part of this year's Unsound festivities. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/09/2012

Download: Debukas "Golden Mind (Pional Remix)"

Label: 2020

Glasgow's Debukas is only a couple weeks away from dropping his second EP for the 2020 imprint, Pleasure Patterns (artwork above). In preparation for the release, a remix of the EP cut "Golden Mind" has surfaced from Spanish producer Pional, a name some may recognize from his recent role as a collaborator on the tracks "Destiny" and "So Will Be Now..." from John Talabot's XLR8R-picked full-length, ƒIN. The Spaniard appears to be exploring similar territory with this rework, utilizing the summery tones of electric piano, harp, and pitched vocal chords along with a burning disco beat. After giving Pional's remix a listen, you can check the complete tracklist for Debukas' upcoming effort—which drops March 26—after the jump. (via Pitchfork)  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (53 votes)

Pearson Sound Self-Releases New 12"

One-third of the fabled Hessle Audio crew and a man of many handles, David Kennedy (a.k.a. Pearson Sound) has announced the release of a new 12", "Untitled" b/w "Footloose." Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/08/2012

Video: Elephant & Castle "I Will"

We originally heard the first single to arrive from Oakland beatsmith Elephant & Castle's forthcoming Transitions LP (dropping on March 27 via Plug Research) back in July of last year, but we're nonetheless excited that a live performance of "I Will" was recently shot by San Francisco videographers Echolocale. Read more » 

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  • 03/08/2012

Download: Photek "No Agenda"

First Listen

Upon first listen to Photek's forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix, it may sound as if Photek and Pinch's "M25FM" transitions directly into "Dead Eye," a 1994 cut from Baby Ford and Eon. The compilation tracklisting, however, indicates that this tune, "No Agenda," is actually crammed somewhere between the two. On DJ-Kicks, Photek mixes in and out of "No Agenda" deliberately and creatively, sprinkling in only parts of the tunes' arpeggio, synth stabs, and blips, never quite introducing the full force of the track. With its big, four-on-the-floor kick and thick bass, the song does pack something of a wallop, despite its slowish tempo and introspective vibe.  

Average: 8.3 (153 votes)

Night Slugs to Drop Helix White Label

Though Georgian producer Helix has only recently been showing up on XLR8R's radar, he's rapidly been making a name for himself, and will soon drop his first single via the illustrious Night Slugs label. Read more » 

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  • 03/08/2012

Download: KP & Envyi "Swing My Way (Balam Acab Remix)"

Let us preface this post with a note that this certainly isn't the first time a producer has given away their remix of KP & Envyi's 1998 hit single "Swing My Way," but, hey, we're always down to check out new treatments of the R&B group's soulful vocals. Young producer Balam Acab recently offered his version of the tune via Twitter, and it's pretty much what you'd expect from the talented artist: aquatic samples mingling with pitched-down, slowed-down singing and a beat that sounds like Neptune's G-ride scraping the bottom of the ocean floor.  

Average: 5.7 (105 votes)

Download: Lemonade "Neptune"

Well, the news has finally arrived: Brooklyn trio Lemonade will release its second proper LP, Diver (artwork above), on May 29 via True Panther. "Neptune," which we first heard in its live form back in September, is the forthcoming record's lead single, and finds the band further polishing the kind of tropically informed, R&B-tinged synth-pop we got to know on 2010's Pure Moods mini-album. The single is scheduled to drop next month—accompanied by remixes from Mike Simonetti, Jacques Renault, and Sinjin Hawke—and Lemonade has a set of live dates coming up with Neon Indian throughout North America, all of which you can check out after the jump, along with the complete Diver tracklist.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (79 votes)

Berghain Launches New Imprint

Famed Berlin nightclub Berghain is launching a new imprint to accompany its Ostgut Ton label, which has been releasing music primarily from Berghain-related acts since 2005. The new label has been dubbed Unterton, and will specialize in releasing remixes of music that previously appeared on Ostgut Ton. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/08/2012

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