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Download: Schlachthofbronx "Slowine"

Label: Disko B

In two and a half minutes, Schlachthofbronx's "Slowine" manages to create a mesmerizing and imposing sense of weight on the listener. As the title suggests, the track slowly chugs along a shuffling cumbia rhythm, but the song's arrangement is actually dominated by a tremendous, crushing bass growl. A female voice periodically repeats the song title and reminds us of higher frequencies, but it's hard to not stay focused on the low end here. "Slowine" is part of a double a-side release (pictured above) from the Munich duo that features tracks from its upcoming LP, Dirty Dancing, which hits March 30 via Disko B. 

Average: 7 (52 votes)

Video: DVA "Where I Belong"

Longtime Rinse FM presenter and veteran producer DVA has released a music video for a track from his upcoming debut LP, Pretty Ugly, which drops on March 20 via Hyperdub. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 02/13/2012

Listen to Grimes' 'Visions' LP Now

Not long after our recent feature on Montreal artist Claire Boucher (a.k.a. Grimes) and roughly a week before her latest album drops via 4AD/Arbutus, the experimental pop producer has given NPR the go ahead to stream her Visions LP in full. Read more » 

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  • 02/13/2012

Video: Enjoyed "Paws"

Sun-kissed streets, a slight summer breeze, a refreshing ocean swim—these things are no longer just the images that appear in your head whilst listening to "Paws" by Enjoyed, they can now be seen dashing across your screen in the track's new video. Read more » 

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  • 02/13/2012

Nguzunguzu and Salva to Tour US

Los Angeles cohorts Nguzunguzu (pictured above) and Salva have announced plans to embark on a joint US tour for the better part of March. Read more » 

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  • 02/13/2012

Stream a New Unreleased Track from Ital

Brooklyn-based Ital is preparing to release his debut LP, Hive Mind, on March 6 via Planet Mu, and has dropped an unreleased track in advance of that album, the not-quite-quantized "The Crying Game." Read more » 

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  • 02/13/2012

Download: Minor Sick & Abby Lee Tee "Techno Hearts"

Austrian producers Minor Sick and Abby Lee Tee have teamed up for a collaborative 7" and passed along the b-side, "Techno Hearts," ahead of its release. The tune is a heavenly slice of melodic electronics that exists somewhere between blissed-out house and a more tender side of bass music. The pair weave together an array of patterns throughout the cut's four-plus-minute runtime, layering on more and more detailed percussion as the song takes form. "SundayDay" b/w "Techno Hearts" (artwork above) is set to drop later this month as a 7" only, but you can check out the video for its a-side before then, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.4 (75 votes)

Hyperdub Releases New Burial EP; Hear it Now

After months of waiting and subsequent delays, Kode9's Hyperdub label has released a new Burial 12", the three-song Kindred EP, and you can stream it now. Read more » 

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  • 02/13/2012

Gear: In the Studio: Teengirl Fantasy

Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss have been making music for what seems like their whole lives. Experimenting with hip-hop beats and other electronic sounds since grade school, it wasn't until they met at Oberlin College in Ohio that the two budding artists joined forces under the name Teengirl Fantasy. The duo honed its unique style of loose, dreamy house music while finishing up their respective undergraduate studies, which, in 2010, culminated as a debut LP for Merok and True Panther, the lush 7AM, and its powerful lead single, "Cheaters." Now, Takahashi and Weiss are closer than ever to unveiling their sophomore album via R&S this year, giving us the perfect excuse to get into the pair's Brooklyn studio and talk to them about the gear that helps make Teengirl Fantasy's excellent tunes.

XLR8R's In the Studio series is sponsored by Dubspot.

  • Filed under: gear
  • 02/13/2012

Download: Hoodcats "Jeans Colliding"

Label: Mapzzz

It's not exactly a secret that Oakland is teeming with musical talent, but it might not be as readily apparent that some of it is directly related to XLR8R. Hoodcats is a new production trio that consists of housemates shortcircles and James & Evander, whose Glenn Jackson is one of our trusty editorial interns. The outfit just dropped its debut EP via its own blog/label, Mapzzz, and "Jeans Colliding" finishes out that batch of refined rhythms and spacey sonics with a large helping of starry synths, sultry samples, and sumptuous soundscapes. You can download the entire three-track EP for free over on the Mapzzz Bandcamp

Average: 8 (62 votes)

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