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Listen to a New Mixtape by Brenmar

In conjunction with the release of his new Let's Pretend EP (read our review here), Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Brenmar put together a mix of his signature high-energy, ghetto-fabulous club music. His penchants for old-school tunes and sultry R&B are marvelously combined with a Chicago flavor in the mix, which can be streamed and downloaded after the jump. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/02/2011

Download: Fedbymachines "Drowning"

Netherlands-based producer Fedbymachines just released his debut this past August, a two-song EP on Warminal, and he's already back with six more tracks that make up an EP scheduled to drop via Broken Bubble. On last month's Undertow record, Fedbymachines lays down a bit of warm 2-step, chock full of ambient textures and distant vocal snippets. In all honesty, "Drowning" is a bit reminiscent of Burial, though with less attention on melody and drive and more of a focus on the lush, dreamy soundscapes that accompany his swinging rhythms.  

Average: 7.4 (59 votes)
 
 

XLR8R x Beatport: Untold

The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R was asked back in September to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Following the positive response to that initial run, we've been asked to extend the charts through the end of the year, which will now be presented on a weekly basis. Read more » 

Five Minutes at Moogfest with M83

Easily the most breathtaking performance that took place at this year's Moogfest in Asheville, NC (read our wrap-up here) was the stadium-sized explosion of driving synth-pop that M83 unleashed on the final night of the festival. It was awe-inspiring, to say the least, and further went to solidify how much we love Anthony Gonzalez's latest double-LP, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, so we had to make sure to chat with the French-born producer while we had the chance. Read more » 

Download: Naifian "Blue Snow (JTRP Remix)"

Label: Meanbucket

This remix by German duo JTRP (pictured above) didn't make it in time to appear on the Blue Snow EP by Berliner Naifian from earlier this year, but rather than sit on the track in perpetuity, Czech label Meanbucket sent it on over to us as a free download. Like the tracks that did make it onto EP, JTRP's remix is a slice of exceptionally dark bass music made for haunted nightclubs, as eerie synth pads hum in the background while sharp staccatos stab out a melody over the booty-shaking percussion.  

Average: 7.6 (53 votes)
 
 

Review: Brenmar Let's Pretend EP

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Label: Hum+Buzz

It's not easy to put your finger on exactly what Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chicago producer Brenmar is making nowadays. Is it ghetto house? Is it futuristic R&B? Is it the smoothest take on juke ever attempted? Truly, his productions are somewhere between all of those sounds. But no matter where in the wide world of bass music Brenmar finds himself, his tracks have always come completely ready for the dancefloor, and Let's Pretend, his third official EP, continues with his efforts, featuring three surefire heaters and a brilliant remix from the most recognizable ambassador of New York's ballroom scene, DJ MikeQ. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/02/2011

Listen to the New Album by Oneohtrix Point Never

Brooyln's Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) announced some months ago that he would soon release Replica, the follow-up album to last year's excellent Returnal. As that release date continues to inch closer, we can whet our appetites for the synth-loving experimentalist's latest with a stream of the full LP. Read more » 

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  • 11/02/2011

Download: Planetary Assault Systems "Human Like Us"

Label: Ostgut Ton

Of all the monikers belonging to techno veteran Luke Slater, Planetary Assault Systems boasts the longest shelf life, and arguably the most success. The music he produces as PAS fits the name well—it's otherworldly and atonal, as if the scattered pitches were attacking all preconceived musical sensibilities. In "Human Like Us," a track from The Messenger (released last week via Ostgut Ton), Slater stacks noises that would be at home as Twilight Zone background music on top of heaps of percussion for a dark, anxiety-inducing space-techno journey.  

Average: 7 (34 votes)
 
 

Download: Zed Bias "Koolade (feat. Toddla T & MdCL)"

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One of the many collaborative tracks featured on veteran tunesmith Zed Bias' new LP for Tru Thoughts, Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud (out today), is a surprising cut that finds the artist working alongside Toddla T and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We use the word surprising because instead of the soulful garage or skittering 2-step productions we're used to hearing from Bias (or his Maddslinky moniker), "Koolade" is a squelching, '80s-funk-indebted jam that we'd expect from a few DFA affiliates or a more disco-centric Dâm-Funk. 

Average: 7.4 (65 votes)
 
 

Kingdom Announces New EP for Night Slugs

Despite having just inaugurated his own Fade to Mind imprint, LA-based DJ/producer Kingdom remains part of the Night Slugs crew and has announced that he will release his next record via Bok Bok's and L-Vis 1990's UK bass hub. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/01/2011

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