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Rewind: Mouse on Mars

If there is a still-active group whose past discography is undoubtedly ripe for revisiting, it's German duo Mouse on Mars. Composed of veteran artists Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma, the band boasts a rich and unprecedentedly varied musical history during which the pair has experimented with elements of glitch, dub, ambient, noise, acid, IDM, classical, and even pop music across the span of 18 years or so. But Mouse on Mars aren't out-of-touch has-beens; in fact, the duo's music might be more relevant now than ever before. It's not difficult to hear the influence—both direct and otherwise—that the trailblazing artists have had on the evolution of electronic music (they started utilizing oversized bass wobbles before anyone had even considered the ideas of dubstep), and now, Mouse on Mars' forward sounds have culminated in another offering of patently skewed and challenging tunes, the Parastrophics LP for Modeselektor's Monkeytown label. Read more » 

Download: Lorca "What You Don't Need"

In less than a month's time, Lorca will be dropping a new 12" via the label arm of Dummy Magazine. In the meantime, the rolling "What You Don't Need" has found its way into the world, effectively whetting our palettes while we wait. As Little White Earbuds points out, this tune is noticeably less garage-oriented than the two tracks which make up the forthcoming single, but still comes imbued with the same genuine love for grooving, percussive house. After giving the song a listen below, you can stream the aforementioned 12" in full after the jump before it drops on March 19.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (72 votes)

Download: Mike Wall "Cosmic Kick"

Label: Hidden

Mike Wall, the newest face on Hidden Recordings, has just dropped his first record for the label, a five-song EP titled Out of Fire. "Cosmic Kick," the final song on the EP, is a slice of locked-in techno, featuring a big, four-on-the-floor kick, synth stabs, a circling bass line, and driving percussion. The resulting combination is a bouncing dancefloor number with an unyielding punch. After the jump, take a look at a teaser video for Out of Fire, which came out last week on vinyl, with a digital release to follow this week and spy the 12" artwork and tracklisting.  Read more » 

Average: 6.7 (43 votes)

Review: Scuba Personality

Label: Hotflush

About two weeks ago, Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) released his latest single, "The Hope." Considered a teaser for his forthcoming third studio album, Personality, the single painted a picture of a man edging ever closer to big-room commercial appeal. Yet, unlike the smartly hybridized trance of previous single "Adrenalin," "The Hope" sounded like an over-the-top attempt at co-opting the bravado of late-'90s big-beat acts like The Prodigy and Crystal Method. The track wasn't without its guilty charms, but fans of the producer's more subtle material—the likes of which he built his name on—were understandably wary of what kind of album such a move might signal. Read more » 

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  • 02/27/2012

Listen to Demdike Stare's 'Elemental' LP

Originally released as a four-part vinyl LP series over the past few months, Demdike Stare's Elemental album has now seen a complete release as a double-disc CD. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/24/2012

Dntel to Release New Album via Pampa

DJ Koze's Pampa label has announced it will be the home for the fifth album by LA producer Jimmy Tamborello as Dntel. Read more » 

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  • 02/24/2012

Bass Clef Readies Album for Punch Drunk

Bristol's bass-obsessed Punch Drunk imprint has announced plans to release a full-length record from shape-shifting Londoner Bass Clef. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/24/2012

Download: Warpaint "Billie Holiday (Sei A Edit)"

First Listen

For one reason or another, Sei A (pictured above), one of the more recent names to appear on Tiga's Turbo imprint, decided to try his hand at reworking Warpaint's "Billie Holiday." Whether it was out of admiration for the original tune or just as a production exercise of sorts, the Glasgow-reared, London-based producer has sculpted the heavenly harmonies and lightly strummed guitars of the LA foursome's original into a vast, enveloping beat which actually bears very little resemblance to the dancefloor-oriented techno tunes with which Sei A's is usually associated. It would appear that the man has been exploring some new sonic landscapes, and we'll just have to wait to see where else he's set to take us when he drops his next EP on Kompakt later this year. 

Average: 7.8 (75 votes)

Download: Evy Jane "Sayso (Julien Mier Remix)"

We recently posted a video for the original version of "Sayso" by experimental R&B duo Evy Jane, made up of Vancouver residents Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein. Now, we have a remix from Julien Mier, who gives the track a thick and steady hip-hop beat, and a more structured feel by rearranging the once breathy, crooning vocals into short, rhythmic phrases. This regularity doesn't last too long, however, as after two minutes of a straightforward beat, the song breaks down, changes tempo, and enters into a dreamy series of chopped vocals and bubbling synths. Both the remix and original can be found on the digital version of Evy Jane's self-titled debut, which came out digitally earlier this week on King Deluxe. The wax version won't have this particular remix on it, but does contain two originals, along with remixes by Taal Mala and Max Ulis, and will be ready for shipping in the near future.  

Average: 8.2 (104 votes)

Video: Secret Circuit "Nebula Sphynx"

Here, we have a strange, homemade music video for "Nebula Sphynx," the hard-edged, spacey title track from the debut 12" by Los Angeles producer Secret Circuit for Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space label. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/24/2012

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