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XLR8R's Top 20 Downloads of November

With the close of another month comes another list of the most popular downloads available on XLR8R over the past 30 days. Read more » 

XLR8R x Beatport: Girl Unit

Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. London's Girl Unit is a key member of the Night Slugs family, and also the artist responsible for the label's biggest tune, the anthemic "Wut." While 2011 has been a relatively quiet year for the R&B- and hip-hop-indebted producer, with only a handful of new remixes seeing the light of day, anticipation remains high for his next musical salvo. Before it arrives, we asked him to put together a chart listing some of his favorite tunes of the moment. Read more » 

Download: Mux Mool "Raw Gore"

Label: Ghostly

Brooklyn-based producer Mux Mool (a.k.a. Brian Lindgren) has dropped a second track from his soon-to-be-released full-length album, and has announced his December tour dates, including his plans for 2011's end-of-the-year festivities. "Raw Gore" is taken from Planet High School, which comes out on February 7 via Ghostly International, and sees Mux Mool showing off his fluid, bass-centric brand of instrumental hip-hop. Another track from the album, "Palace Chalice," was previously made available for download. In addition to the tour dates listed after the jump, Mux Mool will also be touring the country more thoroughly in the spring. (via Stereogum)  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (65 votes)
 
 

Review: Floating Points Shadows EP

Label: Eglo

Shadows is hardly an EP. Comprised of five tracks (the most on any solo Floating Points release to date) that total just under 40 minutes, Shadows has the feeling of a fully realized piece of music, and despite the two letters thrown at the end of the title, could really be considered the Ph.D student/UK wunderkind's first full-length. To his credit, Floating Points (a.k.a. Sam Shepherd) does not need more than five outings to fill an album-length release, as the songs here are immensely dense and show the artist's methodical ability to construct and tear down his own creations, which is, at times, simply awe-inspiring. Read more » 

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  • 12/07/2011

Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee Team Up for Limited-Edition 12"

Both Gerry Read and Kevin McPhee are young, house-minded producers that caught our attention in 2011, and now the pair has come together on a limited-edition, collaborative single. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 12/07/2011

Download: Ensemble Economique "To Feel the Night As It Really Is"

Label: Dekorder

Evoking a mix of Four Tet's jazzy inclinations and Mogwai's pensive drone, "To Feel the Night As It Really Is" is a cut from the Crossing the Path, By Torch Light LP by American artist Ensemble Economique (a.k.a. Brian Pyle). Pyle layers on melancholic organ melodies, shuddering electronics, and refried white noise over his rolling drum loop to make for a hypnotic and engrossing track. You can watch a video for the song after the jump, and grab the rest of Ensemble Economique's album here.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (37 votes)
 
 

Nite Jewel Readies New Album, Stream the Title Track Now

Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzales (a.k.a. Nite Jewel, pictured above) has announced a new album to be released via Secretly Canadian, titled One Second of Love. The album, due out on March 6 of next year, is her first full-length since her 2008 debut, Good Evening. Listen to the title track from the forthcoming album and check out the tracklisting and artwork after the jump. Read more » 

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  • 12/06/2011

Download: Taz "She Makes Me"

Label: Rwina

This particular MP3 has us thinking there must be some scientific explanation as to why arpeggios are so alluring, right? And although we couldn't say whether or not Scottish producer Taz Buckfaster (or simply just Taz) knows the exact science behind an arpeggiator's appeal, "She Makes Me" has left us pretty confident that the man knows a good pattern when he hears it. Manipulating and transforming one of those vibrant, descending patterns throughout the course of the tune, Buckfaster enlists a huge, growling bassline and drum line-reminscent kicks, snares, and whistles to supply the dancefloor heat. Although this particular track will not be featured on his forthcoming EP for the Rwina imprint, Neurotica (artwork above), we'll be interested to hear what else the up-and-coming producer has in store when his latest outing drops on December 12. 

Average: 7.4 (73 votes)
 
 

Download a Free EP From Skream & Benga

Those crazy car manufacturers over at Scion A/V are at it again, releasing free collections of music to the anxiously awaiting masses. Their latest digital offering: a five-track EP from UK dubstep figureheads and Magnetic Man co-conspirators Skream and Benga. Read more » 

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  • 12/06/2011

Download: Funk Butcher "Techno Babble"

Now that we've officially entered the final month of the year, the inevitability of certain holiday events is closer than ever. And no matter whether you dread or look forward to the ensuing December festivities, there is one thing we can all agree is beyond awesome this time of year: Rinse FM's and FWD>>>'s Boxing Day celebration, which gathers every Rinse DJ and puts them on display in London's legendary Fabric nightclub. One such DJ is Funk Butcher, who—along with the likes of Brackles, Skream, Oneman, Scratcha, and more—will be dropping a number of quality tunes like this one on December 26. "Techno Babble" exists a little more on the techy side of Funk Butcher's usual style (especially the almost two-minute breakdown in the middle), but it still has more than enough bouncing UK vibes to stay true to his moniker. For the full list of DJs set to perform at the Boxing Day celebration and all the essential details, head here

Average: 6.5 (41 votes)
 
 

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