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Download: DJ Rashad & DJ Manny feat. Brenmar "Stick Up"

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This gem of late-night footwork comes courtesy of Brenmar, who was enlisted by two of Chicago's finest MPC experts, DJ Rashad and DJ Manny, to put together a song "dedicated to all those who have died for rocking the flyest kicks." In perhaps an unintentional twist of irony, anyone within earshot of this tune is bound to scuff up any sort of new footwear once the beat kicks in with its array of skittering hats, chopped chords, chirping melodies, and is that a reversed kick we hear tucked underneath there? After giving "Stick Up" a listen below, you can follow the jump to find a rather entertaining video of Rashad, Manny, and Brenmar working on this track and others in a bedroom while they smoke blunt after blunt.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (81 votes)
 
 

Newly Launched Dimensions Festival Announces Line-Up, Including Moodyman, Scuba, Marcell Dettmann, Joy Orbison, and More

The team behind the bass-oriented Outlook Festival, one of Europe's most extensive and extravagant annual electronic music gatherings, has announced plans to launch a new endeavor which focuses on the "deeper end of the electronic spectrum," Dimensions. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/20/2012

Jamie Grind Drops Free EP

Burgeoning London producer Jamie Grind has decided to start the year off with a stroke of generosity, releasing a free EP of four quality tunes simply titled Free Tracks. Read more » 

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  • 01/20/2012

Download: Sleepyhead "Hi-Five"

First Listen

Brooklyn's Trouble and Bass label brings us a new purveyor of vertigo-inducing bass, a young artist who goes by the name Sleepyhead. "Hi-Five," the third track from his upcoming EP, Motions (artwork above), combines off-kilter percussion, gliding synths, and post-rave vocal samples. The Brooklyn-via-SF producer is gearing up for a big 2012, planning a release on Distal's burgeoning Embassy imprint as well. The Motions EP drops on January 31, but you can check out an exclusive advance stream of its four songs after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (63 votes)
 
 

Review: Ssaliva RZA EP

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Label: Vlek

The term "bedroom producer" seems to be slipping into degradation as it simultaneously rises into relative ubiquity. Much like the digital camera craze of the early '00s (which has only grown exponentially with advent of the iPhone and apps like Instagram), the notion that anyone can easily make music with a few simple and affordable tools irks its share of professionals and veterans as much as it excites people young and old with the inspiration to create. Some of the critics' points may be valid though; anyone that's spent a good amount of time scouring the internet for new music has likely found themselves inundated with Bandcamp links, SoundCloud players, and the like from hundreds upon hundreds of fledgling, all-too-similar-sounding artists whose only hopes are for you to download their latest homespun tune. Undeniably, it's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but that's no reason to demonize a growing group of producers that create more of the music you listen to than you might expect. Case and point: Belgium's François Boulanger and his new EP as Ssaliva, RZA. Read more » 

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  • 01/20/2012

Unsound Festival New York Announces Dates, Reveals First Wave of Artists

After two successful years exhibiting a stateside edition of forward-thinking electronic and experimental music, the Poland-rooted Unsound Festival has announced plans to return to New York again this spring. Read more » 

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  • 01/20/2012

Download: Graphics "There's A Way Back (Lorca Remix)"

First Listen

We just brought you a bonus track from Graphics' (pictured above) buzz-inducing There's a Way Back EP that was released on GETME! last month, but residuals from the release continue to appear. Here, Brighton's Lorca has taken the record's trudging title track and turned it into a jumpy two-stepper. The original's haunting vocal samples and synth washes remain, but virtually everything else is removed, leaving a void for Lorca's clear, percussive stabs to propel the track. The remix is an exciting meeting between two of Britain's up-and-coming producers, and we can expect positive things from both in the near future. 

Average: 8.3 (89 votes)
 
 

Video: Marco Del Horno v DJ Swerve "Just Rewind feat. Blacks & Lady Chann"



With the proliferation of digital technology in the internet age, the concept of rewinding is beginning to be lost on members of the younger generations. Since we no longer rewind our music and movies after use, about the only time we come close to committing that archaic act is when we're trying to catch a second glimpse of an impressive sports play on television. In this video, Marco Del Horno, DJ Swerve, Blacks, and Lady Chann take us back to the days of VHS and magnetic tape as they spit out some solid, fast-paced grime. Read more » 

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  • 01/19/2012

Zebra Katz Drops "Ima Read" Video, Free EP for Jeffrees



Jeffrees—the Mad Decent-associated net label responsible for dropping a free release every Thursday—unveiled its latest offering today with this new video and a free six-track EP from vogue upstart Zebra Katz, which features remixes from MikeQ, DJ Sliink, and more. Read more » 

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  • 01/19/2012

Actress to Drop Third LP via Honest Jon's

Schizoid techno producer Darren Cunningham (a.k.a. Actress) has been sporadically keeping his name in our ear since the release of 2010's excellent Spalzsh LP, dropping free tunes, random remixes, and confounding 12"s from time to time. Finally, a proper follow up to his sophomore album has been announced. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 01/19/2012

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