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Download: SP-33 "A Dream Catcher"

Chicago producer SP-33 (a.k.a. Ezra Funkhouser), who caught our attention early last year with his intriguing juxtaposition of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter and John Carpenter's Escape From New York score, has self-released another EP that features some unique vocal elements. "A Dream Catcher" is taken from the These Moments EP, which has the same murkiness as Escape from the Carter, but with a steadier drive that pushes it into the realm of slow, swirling house. The emphasis of the track is on the manipulation of vocal samples, which Funkhouser found by reaching back to his early interest in folk music. Check out the artwork for the EP above, and head over to Funkhouser's Bandcamp, where you can download all of These Moments at no cost.  

Average: 7.6 (67 votes)

Stream a New Addison Groove Track


After dropping a strong series of juke-influenced, 808-laden singles in recent years, UK producer Addison Groove recently announced the imminent release of a proper full-length album. Entitled Transistor Rhythm and slated to drop via the 50 Weapons label, the LP won't officially see the light of day until April 3. Nevertheless, the Bristol-based producer has let slip a stream of one of the record's 13 tracks. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/17/2012

WhoMadeWho Drummer Tomas Barfod Readies EP for Friends of Friends

Los Angeles' Friends of Friends has announced plans to add yet another talented to producer to its ranks with the release of a new EP from Denmark's Tomas Barfod. Read more » 

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  • 02/17/2012

Download: Shortcircles "Star Party"

Oakland producer Shortcircles (a.k.a. Matt Tammariello) is the most recent signing to LA's Plug Research, and to celebrate entering the label's fold, he has dropped his first release for the imprint, a five-song, self-titled EP. Tammariello calls his musical stylings "bliss-hop," an adequate descriptor for his mellow beats and atmospheric productions. "Star Party" clocks in at a cool 80 beats per minute, with a simple hip-hop rhythm and a dreamy wash of synthesizers setting the tone until a noodling guitar solo takes over for the finale. The artwork for Shortcircles can be found above, while the EP can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (60 votes)

Review: Grimes Visions

Label: 4AD / Arbutus

It happens quite often: An unknown chanteuse suddenly appears from the ether of 'underground' sounds and genres currently peaking in popularity and somehow rises into the public spotlight. They are usually either met with a resounding "meh" by tastemakers and left to the graces of the music-buying public, or critics jump at the chance to champion them as the latest 'It girl' and allot the requisite amount of verbiage and accolades that often come with such a title. And even though Montreal artist Claire Boucher has been releasing music under the name Grimes for a couple years now, she was only met with notable attention following her 2011 split EP with d'Eon, Darkbloom, attention which has since ballooned into widespread acclaim—like, say, a feature in Vogue—leading up to the release of her new LP, Visions. Suffice it to say, everyone has their critical eye on Boucher, and there's a lot riding on her new batch of homemade, experimental-pop tunes. Read more » 

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  • 02/17/2012

Goldie Drops One-Sided Single for Metalheadz' 100th Release

After years of issuing releases at the forefront of the drum & bass world, Goldie has decided to mark his Metalheadz label's 100th effort with a single of his own entitled "Freedom." Read more » 

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  • 02/17/2012

Download: Rossi B & Luca Feat. Flirta D "Mind the Gap (Teeza Temix Instrumental)"

Grime producers Rossi B and Luca originally crafted "Mind the Gap" back in the mid-'00s for their own A.R.M.Y. label, but the track never saw the light of day. That will change on February 20, when the track is released via Senseless Records with a host of remixes. This instrumental of Teeza's remix won't be on the EP, but it does offer a boisterous take on the tune. The UK producer (pictured above) teases out the most notable bassline from the original, delivering an over-the-top, mischievious club banger. 

Average: 6.5 (37 votes)

Jneiro Jarel and MF DOOM Are JJ DOOM

Check it out! MF DOOM has another new project. Read more » 

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  • 02/16/2012

Download: Lucky Dragons "Existers (Matthewdavid Remix)"

Experimental Los Angeles duo Lucky Dragons (pictured above) celebrated Valentine's Day this week by releasing a new 12", Existers, on the Swill Children imprint. On this remix, Leaving Records label boss Matthewdavid takes the record's quirky opening cut, ratchets up the bass several notches, and adds considerable static to create a condensed, glitchy jam. The record is limited to a vinyl run of 500, and was produced in cooperation with artist/designer Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children.  

Average: 7.1 (38 votes)

Body High Set to Release DJ Sliink EP, Gives Away New Tunes

Jersey club artist DJ Sliink (pictured above) is set to release a five-song EP for LA's Body High imprint. The record, titled Vibrate, features all original tunes and is set for a February 28 release. Read more » 

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  • 02/16/2012

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