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Download: Norrit "Only Me and U"

First Listen

Music blog Palms Out Sounds has had a pretty successful run as a record label, and with the release of Kansas-based house producer Norrit's Only Me And U EP (artwork above), the imprint has reached the impressive milestone of 30 releases. Continuing with the experimental yet club-friendly sound he's developed since we last covered him, Norrit's new tracks stand on the crossroads of the many forms of new-school underground house music. This is in full evidence on title track "Only Me and U," which combines epic atmospherics, LFO-ed pads, and garage vocal samples with a rhythm that jumps between four-on-the-floor and broken beat—a distinctly American take on the UK post-dubstep sound. The Only Me and U EP is out August 9, but the five-track release, which includes a remix from Hot City side-project Unknown to the Unknown, is already streamable in its entirety on Palms Out Sounds' Soundcloud

Average: 7.5 (49 votes)
 
 

Review: Milyoo "Colors" b/w "Games"

Quick Spin
Label: Opit

Kentucky beatmaker Tommy Wilson (a.k.a. Milyoo) is a special talent, not because he makes exceptional music (although his tunes are quite good), but because dude manages to do so while living in Kentucky. KENTUCKY! Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2011

Video: Classixx "Into the Valley (Julio Bashmore Remix)"



Ever since we debuted the Julio Bashmore remix of "Into the Valley" back in May, it's been clear that the song was a soulful piano-house monster that far exceeded the Classixx original. Apparently, the folks at Green Label Sound agree, as they've commissioned this new video for the track. Read more » 

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  • 08/05/2011

Download: High Places "Year Off"

Homespun electronic duo High Places will soon be releasing a new album, Original Colors, its third full-length. "Year Off" is the first offering from the record, and it finds the LA-based pair glossing up its sound a bit. While High Places could once be relied upon to turn out precious, found-sound-laden electronic pop gems, "Year Off" takes cues from Italo and electro and definitely seems more suited for the dancefloor than the group's previous efforts, although it's worth noting that the lo-fi drum sounds may not be quite ready for the club. Nevertheless, Mary Pearson's airy vocals are alluring as ever and "Year Off" is a pleasant little gem in its own right, even if it marks a new sonic path for the band. We won't know how far that path diverges from High Places' past until Original Colors drops on October 11, but in the meantime, everyone can gander at the artwork and complete tracklist, both of which are posted after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 6.7 (51 votes)
 
 

Video: Azari & III "Manic"



Anticipation is high for the forthcoming debut full-length from Toronto quartet Azari & III, a sentiment only boosted by this week's release of the album's first single, "Manic." Apparently, Azari & III isn't too interested in giving its fans a chance to calm down, because the group has now unveiled a brand-new video for the song. Read more » 

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  • 08/04/2011

SBTRKT Gears Up for Fall North American Tour

Following up on the (somewhat surprising) success of his self-titled debut album, masked UK bass maestro SBTRKT is getting ready to visit American shores this autumn. Read more » 

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  • 08/04/2011

Plaid Returns to Warp With New LP, Plan North American Tour

The seminal electronic duo of Andy Turner and Ed Handley (a.k.a. Plaid) are set to return with their first studio album in eight years for the fabled Warp imprint. Read more » 

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  • 08/04/2011

Gear: Native Instruments Announces New Versions of Komplete and Kontakt

Berlin-based software and hardware developers Native Instruments have announced the forthcoming release of updated versions for the Komplete and Kontakt series of programs. Read more » 

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  • 08/04/2011

Download: Benedek "That's My Jam (Benedek's Midnight Crusier Mix)"

Label: Proximal

Los Angeles native Benedek is a few weeks away from releasing his debut EP, That's My Jam!, and has offered up this slow, G-funkin' take on his own tune to help spread the word. Free of the outlandish Dam-Funk vocals which grace the EP's title track, this version allows for the focus to be on Benedek's impressive synth work, which is marked by space-age melodies and miniature keyboard pops and sizzles (not to mention some sweet—if not synthesized—sax appearances). Where the original finds Dam-Funk and Benedek teaming up for a song about a night in the club, this solo endeavor seems to be the counterpart which fits in at the end of that story, when Benedek's on his way back after a long night of dancing, and it's just him and some ladies and/or homies heading home—in a spaceship. The That's My Jam! EP hits the streets in digital and 7" vinyl formats on August 16. 

Average: 8.1 (72 votes)
 
 

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