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Podcast 239: Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka

While both Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka entered 2012 with solid track records, it's fair to say that the Welsh duo's debut full-length, They!Live, far exceeded everyone's expectations. Last year's "Creeper" b/w "Infamous" single—like the album, released via Modeselektor's 50 Weapons imprint—was an impressive, techno-leaning first outing, but they They!Live is an especially accomplished effort, one that finds the producers streamlining their sound while applying their penchant for crafting infectious rhythms to a framework more suited to their newly adopted Berlin surroundings. In the wake of releasing one of 2012's best albums (granted, it's only March), we figured now would be a good time to invite the pair to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: Fort Romeau "SW9"

First Listen

UK producer Fort Romeau just dropped his debut LP, Kingdoms (pictured above), via LA-based left-field house incubator 100% Silk. "SW9," a non-album track premiering on XLR8R today, continues in the vein of that full-length's subtle, lo-fi approach to infectious deep house. Fort Romeau's production tumbles along for four and a half minutes in a swirl of fat analog synths and syncopated hi-hats, all of which is cradled in an ever-so-light tape hiss—giving it a warm and approachable texture. 

Average: 8.4 (153 votes)

Review: Presk "Hesitate" b/w "Kook"

Nearly a year after Presk first appeared with "and Cut" b/w "Mold," the inaugural release from Ramp sub-label Fourth Wave, the world still doesn't know all that much about the Dutch producer, apart from one thing: the man makes solid tunes. It's a trend that continues on his latest single, "Hesitate" b/w "Kook," a record that also marks Presk's return to the Fourth Wave imprint that gave him his start. His biographical details may still be murky, or, at the very least, nondescript, but the continuing quality of Presk's musical output has rendered questions about exactly who he is all but moot. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/20/2012

Vlek Announces Free Digital Release Series

Belgian imprint Vlek has been on our radar for some time now, particularly after dropping a stellar EP by Ssaliva (a.k.a. Cupp Cave) this past January. Now, the label has introduced a new, digital-only series of free releases in order to "better represent the incredibly creative people [they are] surrounded with," starting with a new full-length from Wanda Group, called Cleaners (artwork above). Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/20/2012

Download: Slava "Speechless"

Slava's latest genre-hopping feat is "Speechless," a three-minute excursion into ambient drum & bass. The Brooklyn producer imbues the track with a sense of cosmopolitan disarray, combining galloping drums with a slew of vocal samples which express confusion in a variety of accents and languages. Those vocal samples are in fact taken from recorded phone conversations with numerous international art galleries about their interior architecture, which is the unifying thread on World Wide Gallery Traxx, a mixtape compiled by Croatian visual artists Dora and Maja. Besides featuring "Speechless," that nine-track offering also contains contributions from Brenmar, Pictureplane, M.E.S.H., and more, and is available to stream in full, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (47 votes)

Surkin Preps 'Lose Yourself' Remix EP Featuring Rustie and Brodinski

French house producer Surkin is preparing to release an EP via his own Marble imprint, a record of new mixes of "Lose Yourself" by Rustie and Brodinski. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/19/2012

Download: Tomas Rubeck "Glass Plates (Lawrence Black Remix)"

Label: Amadeus

After first appearing on the scene with its debut release last month, the fledging Amadeus imprint has already returned with a new EP from British producer Tomas Rubeck. The Midland-based artist's Glass Plates EP (artwork above) is touted as a work of "spatial techno," one that "hints towards the experimental side of the 4/4 spectrum." While that's an adequate summary of the original tunes found on the label's newest endeavor, this remix from Lawrence Black has its feet firmly planted in house, as it infuses Rubeck's title track with touches of warm chords and a skipping, infectious beat. And if you're interested to hear what the rest of the Glass Plates EP has to offer, you'll find a streaming preview of the release if you follow the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (70 votes)

A Guy Called Gerald Mixes RA.303

Acid house and drum & bass pioneer Gerald Simpson (a.k.a. A Guy Called Gerald) has mixed the 303rd installment of Resident Advisor's podcast series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/19/2012

Download: Bondax "All Inside"

First Listen
Label: Super

Today, Raffertie's Super imprint dropped the "You're So" single from young production duo Bondax, and has passed along this bonus track to help spread the word. "All Inside" is an icy, introspective production lead by chords that move in and out of earshot at a pace not far from taking a relaxed breath. The 17-and-18-year-old Lancaster-based pair proceed to build a pristine post-everything beat that is marked by tuned percussion, side-chained whirls, and thick, gooey chords. The crowning feature is a beautifully chopped-and-rearranged R&B vocal that sounds like it could have stemmed from some forgotten neo-soul record, or perhaps even further back into the days of early rhythm and blues. After giving this tune a spin, you can stream a preview of Bondax's new single, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (292 votes)

Video: Cupp Cave "Kid's A Loner"

Here's another strange, murky clip paired with the warped electronics and dusty beats of Belgian producer Cupp Cave, the burgeoning artist born François Boulanger whom we profiled just last week. As we pointed out toward the end of that article, we can expect a new Cupp Cave record to drop next month via Ramp, the nine-track Retina Waves, from which "Kid's A Loner" is lifted. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/19/2012

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