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Download: Humans "De Ciel (Max Ulis Remix)"

First Listen
Label: Hybridity

Next week, Vancouver duo Humans will release the Traps EP, the debut offering from the newly launched Hybridity label. (For those taking notes at home, the folks at Hybridity are also behind Vancouver's New Forms Festival, which we visited—and thoroughly enjoyed—last year.) Now, the Hybridity team has stepped into the label game, and has elected to introduce itself by passing along this remix of first single "De Ciel." The original version—which can be streamed/downloaded here—pairs the slightly gravelly vocals of Humans' Robbie Slade with gliding synth melodies, a subtle 4/4 rhythm, and a bouncy bassline. It's a bit reminiscent of Junior Boys, though the vocals ultimately give the music a different sort of vibe. Here, we have an alternate take on "De Ciel" from Vancouver bass patron Max Ulis, who utilizes only warped remnants of Slade's vocals while constructing something deeper, a production punctuated by vaguely Eastern melodies, clacking percussion, and punchy bass stabs. It's an impressive first outing for the young imprint, one that's been enhanced by the remix's accompanying video, a clip assembled by Hybridity founder Malcolm Levy and described as, "a collection of other-frames footage shot in Istanbul, New York, Sao Paulo, Vancouver, and Tofino." The video can be viewed after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8 (87 votes)
 
 

Mosca Joins BBC Radio 1, Shares New Mix

Earlier this week, Radio 1 announced changes to its Thursday night In New DJs We Trust programming, which showcases club DJs each week from 9-10 p.m. GMT. New faces to the program include Mosca, Julio Bashmore, B. Traits, and Jordan Suckley, who will rotate appearances in the time slot for the next 36 weeks. Read more » 

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  • 03/01/2012

Claro Intelecto Preps New Full-Length for Delsin

Fresh off Janaury's three-song Second Blood EP on Delsin, Manchester's Claro Intelecto is now readying a full-length record for the same label. Read more » 

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  • 03/01/2012

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

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