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Download: Soosh "Us (Jameszoo Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Fremdtunes

Glasgow's Soosh is prepping his second EP, SoFar (artwork above), for a March 19 release on Dutch imprint Fremdtunes. As one of the handful of remixes commissioned for the record, Jameszoo's take on "Us" pulses gloomily through a collision of vocal samples and clicking percussion that recalls the act of reloading a gun on your favorite videogame. That gun sound is no random fluke, as you can even hear a "fatal quack" sample from Duck Hunt interspersed in the remix's brooding, downtempo beats. Check out the tracklist for SoFar, and preview each of its tunes, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (81 votes)

Review: Various Artists Hatched Vol. 1

Label: Dirtybird

As one might expect, Hatched Vol. 1, the latest compilation from playful San Francisco house hub Dirtybird, offers a fitting cross-section of riotous party jams, tapping both label mainstays and new faces for a compilation of tunes geared for ass-shaking fury. At its best, the songs expertly present a fun-loving, dancefloor-friendly vibe while navigating straights that run dangerously close to ridiculous and absurd territory, at times even brushing up against the dreaded novelty-song label. Given these dangers, it's fair to say that not all the songs on Hatched Vol. 1 reach the heights achieved by the upper echelons of the Dirtybird catalogue. There's a head-scratcher or two in there, and the songs that shed the bouncing house attitude in favor of a darker bass aesthetic unfortunately don't yield the same results as the booty-shaking bangers. Read more » 

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  • 03/01/2012

Deadbeat to Release New Single on Exone

Deadbeat's Scott Monteith has been amassing an impressive array of dub-techno releases over the past decade, most recently dropping 2011's awesome Drawn And Quartered on BLKRTZ. The Berlin-via-Montreal producer is going to be releasing his latest effort, "Acid Wash Genes," via Berlin imprint Exone on March 21. Read more » 

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  • 03/01/2012

Download: RxGibbs "Silver (The Whendays Remix)"

In our recent review of RxGibbs' Futures EP, the Michigan producer's "gaseous synth tones" were found to be particularly praiseworthy, along with the dreamscapes surrounding them. Stockholm/SF duo The Whendays apparently agrees, as those tones are front and center in this remix of the opening track from Futures, the Krautrock-infused "Silver." However, the other chillwave leanings inherent in the original are largely absent here—this is a drawn-out, hi-fi piece of tech house. It feels like a crisply produced version of an Omar-S track ("Over You Too" comes to mind), aptly combining the aforementioned swirling synths with idiosyncratic basslines and dancefloor-ready percussion. Check out a video of the original track after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (51 votes)

Video: Wiley "Evolve or Be Extinct"

For the title track from his latest album, Evolve or Be Extinct, Wiley delivers this simple but engaging clip, which shows him rapping on an iPad held by various passersby in what looks to be London. Read more » 

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  • 02/29/2012

Photek and Pinch Ready Collaborative Single; Stream it Now

Pinch and Photek most recently shared a byline last summer, when Photek served up "Closer," the 50th release for Pinch's Tectonic Recordings, a record which also featured Pinch as a remixer. In two weeks, the veteran producers will pair up again to release a collaborative single, "Acid Reign (Pinch's Dubplate Version)" b/w "M25FM." Read more » 

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  • 02/29/2012

Listen to a New Track from Gerry Read

The Bubblin' Up, podcast-making producer known as Gerry Read just dropped a new single on RAMP. Read more » 

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  • 02/29/2012

Download: Tanlines "All of Me"

Brooklyn's Tanlines has been riding the wave of "Real Life" for some time now. That track, a tropically-tinged gem which amazingly first surfaced all the way back in 2009, has allowed the band to fill warehouses in the winter and courtyards in the summer for the past few years. With that in mind, the duo's long-awaited debut LP, Mixed Emotions (artwork above), has finally been completed and will be dropping on March 20 via True Panther, providing an opportunity to hear a more complete statement from the group. Last month's "Brothers" was a more subdued affair, but the second single from Emotions matches the energy of "Real Life" and then some. "All of Me" prances about with electro flares, but all the while maintains an Afro-pop backbone, one that's rife with hooks and ringing guitars. (via Pitchfork

Average: 6.3 (66 votes)

Video: Mouse on Mars "Polaroyced"

If you've been paying attention, you've likely noticed a lot of fanfare on XLR8R regarding the latest album from veteran German experimentalists Mouse on Mars. We premiered the duo's new LP, Parastrophics, we asked them to give us an oral history of their discography's highlights, and now we've got this snazzy new video to share with you. Read more » 

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  • 02/29/2012

Download: ∆kkord "Submerged"

First Listen

A self-described "collective of like-minded artists raised in and around the rural outskirts of Manchester," ∆kkord is both a production outfit and a record label whose first release came out this past Monday, with vinyl set to drop on March 5. The deeply pulsating "Submerged" isn't one of the three cuts on that record, but nonetheless exhibits the group's abilities when it comes to meshing quality sound design with striking dancefloor grooves. Hear more examples of ∆kkord's genre-straddling work in the preview of its new 12", after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.9 (106 votes)

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