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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 » 

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  • 03/19/2012

Vis-Ed: Feel Good Lost

In a cultural climate where rehashed VHS footage spliced together with found YouTube clips and fuzzy JPEGs constitutes most brand-new, independent music videos, it's a welcome change of pace to discover people who are dedicated to pursuing the arts of cinematography, production, storytelling, editing, and directing. Sure, there are likely many nascent filmmakers scattered around the globe who are hard at work honing those exact skills, but few are doing so with such distinct style and exuberance as Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson, the Irish pair who makes up the production studio Feel Good Lost. Read more » 

Download: Duct "Blackheath (Fybe:One Remix)"

This dark, textured slice of bass music finds one Shades of Grey co-head, Duct, enlisting label partner Fybe:One for remixing duties. On his slightly elongated rework, the UK producer plays around with miniature percussion, descending synths, and a few distant rumbles for roughly three minutes. Then, following the customary drum-dropping breakdown, the man gets serious, and unleashes some monster bass tones and appropriately huge side-chained pads which chug at a steady neck-snapping pace for the rest of the tune. The original version of "Blackheath" dropped today as a part of Duct's new EP, Circles (artwork above), previews of which can be found, along with the accompanying tracklist, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (70 votes)

Review: Martyn "Hello Darkness"

It came as quite a surprise that Martyn's sophomore album, Ghost People, was something of a polarizer between fans of the techno-informed dubstep (or was that dubstep-informed techno?) that characterized his first full-length, Great Lengths. Maybe his second record was more or less "basic," stylistically speaking, but it was also responsible for providing 2011 with two of its strongest floor-fillers: the unprecedented choon of a tune "Masks" and "We Are You in the Future," an epic homage to dance music's history that claimed the LP's last nine minutes. So, despite whether you think Martyn's latest could or could not have been better, the DC-based producer certainly deserves a victory lap, which is basically what the "Hello Darkness" 12" is. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/19/2012

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