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Podcast 240: Tevo Howard

While there's no shortage of praise for the mid- and late-'80s salad days of classic Chicago house, when it comes to talk of house music's present, the Windy City sometimes feels grossly underrepresented. That's certainly not the fault of Tevo Howard, a veteran DJ who has been dropping a steady stream of quality house records in the past few years. His most recent is the excellent Monument EP, which once again finds him mining the vintage drum sounds and stylistic tropes of Chicago house to create his own fresh takes on the genre. As such, we figured now would be a good time for Howard to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, and although we expected a master course in house music, Howard had other ideas. Read more » 

Download: Black Orange Juice "Back of My Car (Ossie Remix)"

Black Orange Juice is prepping its first EP, Back of My Car, to drop on April 14 via Somethinksounds. The London group, which was started by Hyperdub affliate Ossie, makes R&B-influenced house music, and Ossie's own remix takes his group's sound into acidic, garagey territory. This six-minute cut shuffles through an acid bassline and a melange of stuttering percussion, all of which is anchored by creepy, sex-crazed, Drake-ian lyrics like "She said don't be sleazy, it won't be easy, you have to please me, so don't go too easy." You can check out a preview of the rest of the Back of My Car EP, as well as its tracklist, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (52 votes)

Video Premiere: Petar Dundov "Brownian Interplay"

Clocking in at nearly 13 minutes in length, it's almost a shame to refer to the intricately animated clip for "Brownian Interplay" as merely a music video. The song, a refined piece that tastefully combines ambient soundscapes with classic techno, is taken from Ideas from the Pond, the just-released new album from Croatian producer Petar Dundov, which is streaming in full after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 03/27/2012

Review: DJ Pierre "Acid" b/w "Jack Da Groove"

Label: BNR Trax

At one time, the story of house music was an underground and niche thing. Like a futuristic oral history, its sagas were created and relayed to new generations of dancers via turntables and loud speakers. If you lived in ignorance of the regions where its influence fell, chances were that you'd be completely out of the loop. Yet, the past 10 years have seen the arrival of new modes of communicating the subtle nuances of this once secret tradition. The socially connected internet, and the database mentality it promotes, has given rise to a new breed of producer that is able to craft near-perfect simulations of classic dance music. Amidst this revival, some older artists have had a hard time establishing a foothold in the new school. Read more » 

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  • 03/27/2012

Download: Sean Bones "Here Now (Expensive Looks 180 Remix)"

LA-based songwriter Sean Bones traffics in breezy pop songs, but he's called on NYC beatmaker Expensive Looks (pictured above) to remix his latest single, "Here Now," into something entirely different. The remix traps the sunny, SoCal glow of the original and crams it into a slower, gloomier, and more introspective piece of downtempo beatwork. It seems like a specifically claustrophobic, New York take on the light-hearted work of a Southern Californian. 

Average: 7.1 (41 votes)

Air France Announces Breakup

Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt have sadly announced the demise of Air France, the duo's collaborative production moniker, on their Tumblr today. Read more » 

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  • 03/26/2012

Video: DJ Haus "Needin' U"

London producer DJ Haus just dropped a video to for "Needin' U," his recent single and the latest release on his Unknown to the Unknown imprint. Read more » 

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  • 03/26/2012

Roska to Release Second Album for Rinse

UK funky don Roska has announced the imminent arrival of his second solo album, another offering of contemporary house productions to be released by Rinse. Read more » 

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  • 03/26/2012

Download: Damu "Sjunga"

Manchester producer Damu has just shared "Sjunga" with the world, a new track hot on the heels of his debut LP, November's Unity. The short cut is steeped in the quirks of UK garage, with heavy doses of both two-step percussion and processed, pop-vocal sampling. True to the song's namesake (sjunga means sing in Swedish), vocal samples converge at the piece's climax, making for a quick, whimsical burst of melody. You can check out Damu's XLR8R podcast that he dropped last fall, here

Average: 6.5 (56 votes)

Stream Anenon's 'Acquiescence' EP


As was first unveiled back in February, Non Projects boss and Southern Californian musician/producer Brian Allen Simon (a.k.a. Anenon) will release his Acquiescence EP on March 27, but a day before it lands, we've got the exclusive stream of that record for your listening pleasure. Read more » 

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  • 03/26/2012

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