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Review: Various Artists Rush Hour Presents: Amsterdam All Stars

Label: Rush Hour

Founded in the late '90s, Rush Hour Recordings got its start not as a label, but as a record store and mail order catalogue. Through these beginnings, it acted as a vital link between Amsterdam and the world, importing the then-booming sounds of techno and deep house into the Dutch capital. Since then, Rush Hour has become much more than just a record store, and now, it's a highly respected label that not only disseminates the deeper side of Dutch house, but also has come to stand as one of house music's most reliable brands, with compilations and releases from such international heavy hitters as Carl Craig, Daniel Wang, and Anthony "Shake" Shakir. Yet, while the label has moved beyond regionalism, Rush Hour Presents: Amsterdam All Stars, its latest release, is an attempt to showcase the current scene of the city in which Rush Hour first made its mark. Read more » 

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  • 12/01/2011

Autechre to Re-Release Rare First EP

Autechre—we assume you know who they are—released its first record back in 1991 via UK imprint Skam. Although it was crafted under the name Lego Feet, the self-titled EP was nonetheless produced by Rob Booth and Sean Brown, and now, following its 20th anniversary, the label is re-issuing this out-of-print classic. Read more » 

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  • 12/01/2011

Download: 0311 "White Shadows"

Warsaw-based DJ/producer 0311 explores the realm of late-night garage on his forthcoming release through Concrete Cut, a digital label specializing exclusively in Polish producers. The Experience EP is 0311's debut release as a solo artist, although he has previously put out collaborative material with Black Galaxy and is also a member of Warsaw's Underground Perception DJ and promotion crew. Download "White Shadows," one of five tracks from the EP, and, after the jump, take a look at the artwork and tracklisting for The Experience before its released on December 12.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (69 votes)

Altered Zones to Cease Publishing

If you've looked at XLR8R on just about any given day through the past year and a half, you've likely seen something we've reposted from our friends over at Altered Zones. The website was a prime location for finding news and music from the more esoteric/DIY realm of independent artistry, so it's sad to say that today, the editors have announced that its publishing will come to an end. Read more » 

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  • 11/30/2011

Ernest Gonzales Readies New Album for Friends of Friends

San Antonio-based producer and middle school teacher Ernest Gonzales (a.k.a. Mexicans with Guns) has announced a new full-length album to be released (under his own name) via the Friends of Friends imprint. Natural Traits is set to come out on January 17, but before then, you can stream the album's first track, "The Prudence of Evolution," while checking out the artwork and tracklisting after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 11/30/2011

ZZK Teams with Waxploitation, Plans New Releases, Offers Mixtape

Buenos Aires collective ZZK has come a long way since its days of throwing a small weekly party and eventually launching a fledging record label. More than five years into its existence, the digital cumbia torchbearer—who, it should be said, has greatly expanded beyond that core sound—has toured around the world several times, dropped dozens of releases, and helped solidify forward Latin rhythms as a key part of the musical lexicon. Now, ZZK is taking another step forward, teaming up with Waxploiitation to bring its music to an even wider audience. Read more » 

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  • 11/30/2011

Download: Roots Manuva "Here We Go Again (FaltyDL Remix)"

Label: Big Dada

"Here We Go Again," the upcoming single from 4everevolution, the recently released album from Roots Manuva (a.k.a Rodney Smith, pictured above), is a solid hip-hop track that doesn't beg a lot of tweaking, but on December 5, Big Dada will be releasing this remix by Brooklyn beatsmith FaltyDL, along with two remixes by Dobie and another by grime producer Preditah. The original already features driving wobble bass, but FaltyDL takes it down a register and places the emphasis of the song on Spikey Tee's backing vocals rather than Smith's rapping.  

Average: 8.1 (62 votes)

Hear the Debut Track From VCMG, "Spock"

As we reported last week, Depeche Mode co-founders Vince Clark and Martin Gore will soon release their first EP under the name VCMG via Mute, and now we can hear what that collaboration has yielded thus far. Read more » 

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  • 11/30/2011

Download: Sigmafly "Radio Sleep"

Label: Cut

If you're anything like us, you might believe that one of life's most rewarding simple pleasures is downloading free, high-quality music. (We'd put it somewhere between finding money in your pocket and scoring a sweet parking space.) Based on the slew of free EPs they've been dropping throughout the year, it would seem that the folks at net label Cut seem to agree. The latest release is from Manchester-based Sigmafly (a.k.a. Tom Holmes), who offers up five ambient-leaning tracks with a similar style to that of fellow Cut artists Great Skies and Essáy. On "Radio Sleep," Holmes creates a dreamy soundscape of disembodied vocals, tinkling piano, and echoing percussion that stands strong on its own, but works even better in the context of his first-rate (not to mention free) Tetrachrome EP

Average: 8.1 (77 votes)

XLR8R x Beatport: Kingdom

Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. Los Angeles-based Kingdom is an artist who frequently appears on our radar, as the Night Slugs crew member and Fade to Mind boss continues to combine futuristic dancefloor insticts with his feverish passion for hip-hop and R&B. Read more » 

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