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Podcast 226: Africa Hitech

In all honesty, we're not exactly sure how UK outfit Africa Hitech found the time to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more » 

Download: ELOQ "Why Don't You? (Lazer Sword Remix)"

First Listen

Taken from the recently released Mysterious EP by Copenhagen's ELOQ, "Why Don't You? (Lazer Sword Remix)" is a typically disorienting production from the multinational duo of Low Limit and Lando Kal. While the punch-drunk synth melody wafts over a spastic bassline and broken drum pattern, atonal sound effects fire off in the distance alongside chilly iterations of the track's title. It creates the kind of loosely robotic tension that we've come to love from Lazer Sword, which provides an ideal counterpart to the glowing neon of ELOQ's original track. You can hear the rest of the Mysterious EP after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (55 votes)

Review: Various Artists The Wurst Music Ever

Label: Wurst

It's been only two years since Roy Dank closed his venerable Wurst Edits imprint to make way for the Wurst Music Co. Yet, in that short span the label has managed to rise up and become one of New York's most respected sources for underground (and cheeky) disco and house-flavored dance music. Now, the label has released The Wurst Music Ever, a manifesto of a compilation that features 10 brand-new songs from its core roster. With those 10 songs, the LP fleshes out a style that, while openly reverential of the past, still sounds fresh for present and future. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 11/29/2011

Video: Applescal "El Diablo"

This found-footage video for "El Diablo" from the brand-new free EP by Amsterdam's Applescal (check out the whole thing here) features a load of grainy film chopped and edited into a miniature sci-fi flick by director Amos Mulder. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/29/2011

Download: Nightwave "Night Heat (DJ Wilson Slow Mix)"

First Listen
Label: Unknown to the Unknown

British producer Nightwave (who, you may remember, was once known as 8Bitch) just finished up her tour of this year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, and then promptly sent over this smooth cut from her forthcoming Night Heat EP for Unknown to the Unknown. The track is a remix of "Night Heat" by DJ Wilson, whose "Slow Mix" still manages to bounce and excite with its dreamy acid sound that's both soft around the edges and razor sharp. Make sure to check out the rest of Nightwave's EP, which features a few more originals and remixes (including one from Altered Natives), when it drops the day after Christmas. Thankfully, the release party at The Big Chill House in London is a lot earlier in the month, on Decemeber 2. 

Average: 7.8 (48 votes)

Download: Carter Tanton "In Knots (Distal Remix)"

Atlanta-based beatmaker Distal isn't one to shy away from pushing genre boundaries—his recent experimentations with club tunes traverse all manner of bass music, hip-hop, house, juke, and R&B. Still, we were a little surprised to see that his latest effort is a remix of "In Knots" by singer-songwriter Carter Tanton (shown above on left, Distal on right). Granted, almost nothing of the original indie-folk tune remains in the remix; Tanton's typically tender vocals become chilling under Distal's furious warping, while the self-styled "boss of the south" forgoes holding true to the original and instead builds an acid-house track around Tanton's voice more or less from the ground up.  

Average: 6.7 (44 votes)

Pinch to Deliver 'Fabriclive 61' Next Year

Arriving in early January, the latest mix album to come from London's Fabric night club, Fabriclive 61, will be helmed by Bristol dubstep mainstay and Tectonic label head Pinch. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/28/2011

Download a Free EP From Hissy Fit

Canadian DJ/producer Hissy Fit dropped this in our inbox just before Thanksgiving: He's giving away a two-song EP of "acid-influenced stuff" for absolutely free. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/28/2011

Download: Lagos "(your thoughts)"

Label: Old Tacoma

Lagos, a new collaboration between Chicago dwellers Leo123 and Radius, is set to release its first EP on Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma imprint on November 29. The self-titled debut will see the duo manufacturing old-school Chicago-house sounds, but expect some dub and perhaps a bit of Latin influences, too, as Leo123 recently transplanted from Mexico City to the Windy City. After downloading "(your thoughts)," take a look at the album artwork and tracklist after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (58 votes)

Grab Patten's Third and Final Remix EP

Well, we've already let you know about the first and second remix EPs to surface on behalf of Bubblin' Up producer Patten's debut LP for No Pain in Pop, GLAQJO XAACSSO, so it would only make sense that we also alert to the artist's third and final installment in the series. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 11/28/2011

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