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Sounds of the Universe Launches Label, Preps Single from Hieroglyphic Being

The physical brick-and-mortar record store has become an almost endangered species in the modern music landscape, but fortunately for all of us, shops like Sounds of the Universe (pictured above) are still alive and well. Now, the Soul Jazz-associated record store has decided to take the next logical step in its path of connecting music lovers to new sounds, and created its very own label. Read more » 

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  • 01/17/2012

Download: Artifact "Deserted (Graphics Remix)"

Label: Deadplate

The handle of UK producer Graphics (pictured above) is a name you're likely to see more often on this site in the coming months. Today, we're pleased to have another piece of audio from the burgeoning artist, which follows his recent appearance on XLR8R. This particular remix finds Graphics spinning "Deserted," a tune from the forthcoming debut EP by Bristol up-and-comer Artifact, into more propulsive territory than its original form, amassing an array of devastating percussion and rolling a tasteful acid line into the mix. This remix is not set to be featured on Artifact's upcoming Archaic Line EP, but another Graphics remix of the record's title track is. You'll find that, along with the rest of the EP, available to stream in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.6 (42 votes)

Punch Drunk Announces Forthcoming Tessela 12"

Bristol-based hub for sub-laden floor burners Punch Drunk has announced that its first release of the year will be a 12" from the label's newest signing, Tessela. Read more » 

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  • 01/17/2012

Podcast 230: Gerry Read

Even after dropping a host of well-received tunes in 2011—most notably, a trio of 12"s for Ramp offshoot Fourth Wave—UK producer Gerry Read remains a mysterious figure. We know that he's young—just 20 years old, in fact. Read more » 

Download: Octave One "I Need Release (Alexander Kowalski Remix Dub)"

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Label: 430 West

In the midst of reestablishing itself as a powerhouse group within the classic Detroit lineage, brotherly duo Octave One had announced plans to release a retrospective of sorts (artwork above) on which a number of artists (including the brothers themselves) have been enlisted to remix 11 of Octave One's classic tunes. Here, we have the dub of Alexander Kowlaski's "I Need a Release" rework, a version that pulls back the percussion and funk-tinged vibes of the original back even further and lands the tune in the cold, clean world of rolling modern techno. Not just satisfied to revisit its accomplishments with the remix compilation—which drops February 7—Octave One has plans to embark on a string of live dates over the course of 2012, mostly throughout Europe, but the pair does have one North American show scheduled in San Francisco for this Friday, January 20. You can check out the full details for that here after giving Kowalski's dub a spin below. 

Average: 8 (56 votes)

Review: Todd Terje It's The Arps


It's only taken about seven years, but it seems that Todd Terje's back in the fold. The Norwegian producer hit the scene back in 2004 with the now-classic "Eurodans," a recorded which headlined a short string of original releases in the mid '00s. For whatever reason, that was followed by a long dry period during which Terje busied himself with remix and re-edit work. Last year, the silence was broken, as Terje released the well-received Ragysh, his first original release since 2005's Mjøndalen Diskoklubb. Now, the producer is back quickly with It's The Arps, a brand-new EP on Smalltown Supersound that picks up where his last left off. Read more » 

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  • 01/17/2012

Video: Rewolmer "One (Live)"

You may have seen the name of Copenhagen-based up-and-comer Rewolmer for the first time a few weeks back when we posted the track "One" from his free Error Perfect EP. If you're anything like us, you were rather impressed with the young producer's take on post-everything style beats, and now you should be prepared to be a little more impressed with this video of "One" being performed live. Read more » 

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  • 01/17/2012

Download: Lapalux "Gutter Glitter"

We've been patiently waiting for new material to surface from UK wunderkind Lapalux since he first hipped us to his plans back in our Bubblin' Up feature this past August. Clearly, it was worth the wait, as "Gutter Glitter"—the first track to be unveiled from his just-announced EP for FlyLo's Brainfeeder imprint—does not disappoint. Lapalux's knack for folding countless layers and minute details into his productions seems as sharp as ever, and the song that results here is an intensely intricate, finely sculpted piece of moody electronics. Through the constantly shifting percussive pilings and warm, buzzing bass tones, some James Blake-esque vocal manipulations appear, gliding in a pleasantly bizarre pattern of entirely unhuman R&B. Needless to say, we'll be glad to get our hands on the six other tracks that are slated to accompany "Gutter Glitter" on the When You're Gone EP when it drops on February 7. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.4 (130 votes)

Check Out Jim-E Stack's Sonic Router Mix

Here's something to help make your long weekend even more awesome: a brand-new Sonic Router podcast from New Orleans knob-twiddler Jim-E Stack. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2012

Video: Goth-Trad "Air Breaker"

Taken from Goth-Trad's forthcoming album for Mala's Deep Medi label, New Epoch, "Air Breaker" is a hard and heavy slice of inventive dubstep, which is paired with an equally flashy and twisted video here. Read more » 

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  • 01/13/2012

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