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Review: Azari & III Azari & III

Label: Loose Lips

If you look at it on a map, it almost makes sense: the cities of Chicago, Detroit, and Toronto form a kind of Midwestern house music Bermuda triangle. Though the first two on that list are classically linked as a would-be fertile crescent for electronic dance music, Toronto has, in recent years, proven itself to be just as innovative as its American neighbors. One product of this new, inventive spirit is house production outfit Azari & III. The four-piece group has been making waves in dance music circles since "Hungry for the Power," its first 12", came out in 2009 on Cosmo Vitelli's I'm a Cliché imprint, and the Permanent Vacation follow-up, "Reckless with Your Love," made an even larger impact. Now, two years after its initial string of releases, Azari & III has finally dropped its long-planned, self-titled debut LP. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/29/2011

Download: Keep Shelly in Athens "Our Own Dream"

One of the more adventurous outfits to fall under the admittedly wide-ranging genre tag that is "chillwave," Keep Shelly in Athens has a new 12" EP up its sleeve, and has shared this, the release's title track, to help spread the word. Having just as much in common with the dark, hip-hop influenced meanderings often found on the Tri Angle imprint as it does with the pair's past more Baleric-tinged endeavors, "Our Own Dream" seems to be a much more harrowing affair then we're used to hearing from the Grecian duo. But above the song's slow-brewing, ominous core there are still plenty of blissful melodies and heavenly pads to be found—albeit with a slightly darker tint—which is certainly not something we're going to start complaining about. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.1 (56 votes)
 
 

Download: Blood Diamonds "Move the Stars"

The consistently on-point folks over at the Transparent label/blog recently dropped another tasty 7" single (if you recall, we were quite taken by Disclosure's contribution to the imprint a few months back), this time tapping burgeoning Canadian Blood Diamonds for two tracks of lush, blissful pop. Here we have the b-side, "Move the Stars," a tune which is almost trance-inducing with its propulsive, repetitive rhythms and small army of gloriously re-pitched and reverb-washed vocals. But buried beneath the fuzzy core is a delicate, emotive song, one which pushes up through the haze with a handful of glistening melodies that render the track quite irresistible. 

Average: 8 (61 votes)
 
 

Shlohmo Drops FACT Mix, Prepares for North American Tour

Following on the heels of his freshly released Bad Vibes LP, California beatsmith Shlohmo has dropped a diverse, syrupy mix for FACT's ongoing mix series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/26/2011

Listen to Albert Swarm's 'Held' EP

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We don't like to make a habit of posting streaming audio from relatively unknown artists, but we think you'll agree that Finnish producer Albert Swarm isn't your average newcomer. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/26/2011

Check Out Oneman's 'Skanking Session' for Notting Hill Carnival

London grime specialist and 502 Recordings label head Oneman is among the throngs of UK residents getting ready for this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival, albeit in a completely different way than most. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/26/2011

Mule Musiq to Release Collaborative Album From Koss, Minilogue, and Sebastian Mullaert

Japanese minimal techno outpost Mule Musiq has quite the endeavor set to be unveiled at the tail end of 2011, a seven-track collaborative "jam" LP by producers Koss, Minilogue, and Sebastian Mullaert. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 08/26/2011

XLR8R's Ultimate Burning Man Survival Guide

Next Monday, the annual Burning Man festival kicks off in the middle of the Nevada desert. Free spirits and playa warriors from around the globe have already begun to descend on Black Rock City, but we here at XLR8R wanted to weigh in before the festivities got started. After scouring the web, checking out the various camps, and perusing the litany of party lineups, we've put together this can't-miss guide on how best to revel in the majesty and magic of Burning Man. Read more » 

Download: Beaty Heart "2Good (Jam City Remix)"

Label: Loose Lips

This strangely deep slow jam here is a characteristically sparse and bright remix from Night Slugs champion Jam City for the boys of Peckham-based art-pop outfit Beaty Heart (pictured above). Before that noisy rock band hits the road for a few dates with The Rapture in September, the UK DJ/producer turned over this version of "2Good," which gradually morphs from an exhibition of half-time rhythms and slow-swelling synths into a lushly melodic tune full of piano refrains and gauzy atmospheres.  

Average: 8.1 (59 votes)
 
 

Review: Contakt & Mayster Korak EP

Label: Dutty Artz

On one hand, the Korak EP is a completely sensible release, the latest salvo from global-bass hub Dutty Artz, here electing to shine a light on some tunes from fellow New Yorkers Contakt and Mayster, two of the folks behind the monthly TURRBOTAX® party in Brooklyn, which just so happens to be celebrating its two-year anniversary tonight. Then again, it's a bit of a head scratcher, as Dutty Artz releases—most of which focus on beats and rhythms either emanating from or strongly influenced by Latin America and Africa—are rarely this straightforward in terms of their dancefloor prowess. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 08/26/2011

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