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Labels We Love: Unknown to the Unknown

Unknown to the Unknown wasn't supposed to be a record label. Originally, it was just a YouTube channel curated by London's DJ Haus, who's also one half of Hot City. "People were sending me loads of tunes that weren't being released," he explains. "I thought, 'I may as well put them up on the YouTube channel.' I called it Unknown to the Unknown and started posting people's tunes." Read more » 

Download: Moa Pillar "About the Unskilled Worker"

Label: FUSELab

Upon listening to "About the Unskilled Worker," it's clear that Moa Pillar is trying hard to keep his bass-heavy production as organic as possible. The Moscow producer layers his work with a number of stringed instruments and woodwinds, interlocking them with 2-step-flavored soft-synth and drum-machine instrumentation to create a sonic palette that most other computer-built bass creations lack. The danceable cut is the title track from Moa Pillar's second EP (artwork above), which is out now via FUSELab. Scan the tracklist and a full teaser stream after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (100 votes)

Review: Gang Colours The Keychain Collection

Label: Brownswood

Gang Colours' debut full-length is a serious affair. From beginning to end, the 10-track effort sits in a solemn space, consumed by introspection and varying shades of mood. The productions are spacious, highlighted by the reoccurring presence of dense piano chords, slow-moving pads, and wide-open beats. It's the kind of album that requires the listener to be in a certain head space—a mix between patient and slightly somber—for the songs to really resonate, otherwise a bit of its allure is bound to be lost. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 02/29/2012

Video: Nina Kraviz "Ghetto Kraviz"

Russian producer Nina Kraviz, known primarily for her deep-house productions, has released this clip to go along with the lead single from her freshly released self-titled debut LP. Read more » 

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  • 02/29/2012

Download: Sweatson Klank "It's All in Your Head"

To commemorate 10 years in business and over 100 releases, hhv.de imprint Project: Mooncircle is releasing a mammoth compilation with a staggering 45 tracks. While 13 of the tracks are digital only, the other 32 are packed onto four slabs of wax, with this tune by LA-based producer Sweatson Klank (a.k.a. Take) appearing on the back side of the final piece of vinyl. "It's All in Your Head" is an emotive journey marked by spacey synth sounds, constant bass, and a peasant vocal sample that vibrates across the warm tune. Project: Mooncircle's 10th Anniversary Compilation contains cuts from the likes of Om Unit, Robot Koch, Sun Glitters, fLako, Long Arm, and many more. The quadruple LP is set for a March 17 release, but you can check out its artwork above and listen to a preview of the compilation, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.1 (113 votes)

Video: Ssaliva "Mental Ray"

Though we're still having a fine time losing ourselves inside the squishy analog warmth and hypnotic tape delay of the RZA EP by Belgian producer Ssaliva, we're more than pleased to take in any new music from the prolific artist, too. Read more » 

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  • 02/28/2012

Download: Guillamino "Left in the Wild (Esteban Adame Left Field Mix)"

Label: Bankrobber

LA producer Esteban Adame hangs out with the right crowd. He's performed with Underground Resistance as part of Galaxy 2 Galaxy, his Ican project (with Santiago Salazar) has released records on Carl Craig's Planet E, and he recently put out a solo release on Fred P's Underground Quality label. Adame's remix of "Left in the Wild" by Barcelona's Guillamino brings to mind his work with Underground Resistance—this is a brooding, punishing, acid-techno stampede. The track is part of the Barcelona-based Guillamino's new Left in the Wild – 3 New Flavors EP (artwork above), which is out now via Bankrobber, and also features remixes from Jacques Greene and Pepepe. Check out the original version of the track, which is far funkier and sunnier than Adame's rework, after the jump. Read more » 

Average: 6.9 (48 votes)

Sinden to Drop New Single on Grizzly

After releasing two collaborations with SBTRKT on his own Grizzly imprint, Sinden is planning his first solo production for the label, "Pull Up Wheel Up," a tune featuring colorful Jamaican MC Natalie Storm. Read more » 

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  • 02/28/2012

Download: DJ Sliink "Put Cha Back in It"

Label: Body High

As we reported earlier this month, the rapidly expanding Body High imprint recently welcomed Jersey club prodigy DJ Sliink into its ranks. Today, the prolific young label is dropping its first release from the Brick Bandits-affiliated artist, the five-song Vibrate EP. As one might expect, its tracks offer plenty of hard-hitting kicks, infectiously chopped (and frequently repeated) vocal bits, and a gritty, lo-fi sensibility that's impressively difficult to resist. "Put Cha Back in It" is one such selection, and it's certainly not short on energy. Rather, it's an urgent call to arms where it's all but impossible to determine whether the gunfire-like percussion or full-throated female vocal refrain is more successfully hyping the dancefloor. That said, it's probably best—and a whole lot more fun—to simply call it a draw and just enjoy the tune. (via FADER

Average: 7 (88 votes)

French Fries Preps New Single For Dirtybird

French up-and-comer French Fries has a new single in the works, but it won't be for his own ClekClekBoom label this time. Instead, DJ/producer Valentino Cazani is set to release his new 12" via illustrious San Francisco house imprint Dirtybird. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/28/2012

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