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International Feel Celebrates Second Anniversary by Releasing iOS Application

Uruguayan tastemaker label International Feel is celebrating its two-year anniversary in a unique fashion: by releasing an iOS application. Straightforwardly titled Remiix International Feel, the app draws from Brian Eno's concept of generative music to create an interactive remix experience. Read more » 

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  • 09/28/2011

Check Out This 100% Silk Mixtape

We just can't get enough of 100% Silk. Read more » 

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  • 09/28/2011

High Five: Scuba

Until recently, it seemed that Hotflush label boss Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) was content to quietly put together a solid 2011, dropping the "Loss" b/w "Futureunknown" single (as SCB) and the Dance for Me EP (as Spectr). Apparently, quiet wasn't actually part of the plan, as the last six weeks have seen Rose unveiling an effort to finish the year in a much grander fashion, including the release of another SCB single, a forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix, and a much-hyped new Scuba single, "Adrenalin," which came out earlier this week. The latter has particularly caught our attention with its clear nods to '80s-era electro, funk, and freestyle, so we asked Rose to put together a list of five tracks that influenced the making of the record and tell us a little bit about each one. Read more » 

Download: Toddla T "Streets So Warm (Zed Bias Old School Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Ninja Tune

Toddla T's latest album, Watch Me Dance, is an exercise in forward-thinking nostalgia. The young UK producer dropped 11 tracks that touch upon a variety of Jamaican-influenced dance music, from dancehall to grime. Now, a month after the album's release, he's prepped "Streets So Warm," the third single from the album, which features four divergent takes on the track courtesy of Zed Bias, Ross Orton & Pipes, and Serial Killaz. As a teaser, we've been slipped Zed Bias' "Old Skool Remix," a version that takes the original's stoned dancehall groove and layers it on top of a quick-footed 2-step rhythm accented by '80s arcade noises. "Streets So Warm" comes out October 17, and this week Toddla T is wrapping up the last leg of his North American tour with Roska. Check below to see if they're playing near you.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (60 votes)

Review: Jamie Jones Fabric 59

Label: Fabric

There's a definite thread of playfulness that runs through Jamie Jones' work. The London-based DJ and producer has exploded in popularity off the strength of oddball dance cuts like "911" (which sampled an infamous stoned police call) and "Whiff it Yawl" (which creatively appropriated a line from the Dazz Band). With such a strange—yet funky—discography behind him, it seems appropriate that Fabric 59, his entry in the venerable mix series, would sound the way that it does: eclectic while still retaining a cohesive dancefloor aesthetic. Read more » 

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  • 09/28/2011

Listen to Gui Boratto's Exclusive Rdio Playlist

For the latest installment of XLR8R's ongoing Rdio playlist series, we are graced with a handful of track selections from Brazilian house/techno auteur Gui Boratto. Read more » 

Download: Howse "Porch"

Altered Zones tipped us off to this tune from Baltimore resident Howse, who just dropped the Trackz EP as a "name-your-own-price" download, here. "Porch" is one of the smokey, spaced-out tunes in that nine-track collection, which features four remixes and five original cuts. You can stream Howse's own productions after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.7 (30 votes)

Download: Medlar "Terrell (Bicep's Brooklyn Shuffle)"

Label: Wolf Music

Medlar's "Terrell" hit dancefloors hard when it dropped back in June with its Moodymann-like atmospherics. Now, Wolf Music has enlisted UK production duo Bicep to turn in some remixes for the upcoming Wolf 009 sampler EP. Made during the New York leg of the pair's recent tour, "Terrell (Bicep's Brooklyn Shuffle)" moves the track in a subtly different direction. Gone is the original's Tammi Terrell sample, replaced instead by echoed car horns and a spoken word sample that reaffirms the obvious, "New York is the shit man." Musically, the remix retains the original's chunky chords but gains some finger snaps and a strobing '90s US garage snare pattern. The resulting track blends the best of '90s Detroit and gay New York to create a fresh-sounding hybrid that will easily work discerning dancefloors the world over. 

Average: 8.4 (290 votes)

Fade to Mind Launches New Mix Series, Preps First LA Party

When it launched earlier this year, the Fade to Mind imprint promised to be more than just another record label, and this week the Kingdom-fronted enterprise is significantly expanding its operations, launching a new DJ mix series and throwing its first official party in Los Angeles. Read more » 

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  • 09/27/2011

Review: Plaid Scintilli

Quick Spin
Label: Warp

Plaid is something of an unclassifiable institution, both in the history of modern electronic music and the discography of Warp. While the production duo of Ed Handley and Andy Turner undoubtedly have a compositional aesthetic all their own, you rarely hear them returning to a particular genre or sound from album to album. The music could be generally called IDM, but that term seems to mean even less now than the day it was coined. Similarly, Plaid's sixth proper studio album, Scintilli, is hard to place stylistically, but nonetheless offers plenty of enjoyable head-scratching moments, along with a straight-up tune or two. Read more » 

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  • 09/27/2011

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