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Download Trouble & Bass' Five-Year Mega Mix

New York's Trouble & Bass imprint crew is in the midst of celebrating its fifth year in existence and has put together a massive mix of "all time T&B classics" to celebrate. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/08/2011

Hear the New EP from Melé Before It's Released Next Week

UK producer Melé is only 19 years old, but he's already proven himself to be quite the prolific music maker. Mere months after dropping the Mugged EP on Grizzly, on September 13 he'll be releasing his second EP for the Mixpak label, Starlight. Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2011

Pole Returns with New 12", Starts New Label

Legendary dub producer and mastermind behind the now-dormant ~scape imprint, Pole, has announced the release of a new 12" entitled Waldgeschichten. Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2011

Video: The Making of Apparat's 'The Devil's Walk' Part One

As you may already know (seeing as how we've pointed it out many times over), German artist Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat) has a new album coming soon via Mute. Now, we're given a special look into the creation of The Devil's Walk with this short behind-the-scenes film. Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2011

Listen to Toddla T's Exclusive Rdio Playlist

Social music service Rdio had its first birthday just last month, and we've decided to help them to continue celebrating throughout September with a series of exclusive playlists from some of our favorite artists. For our first go around, we've got fun-loving UK party starter Toddla T. Read more » 

Download: DJAO "Taigamoss"

Seattle resident Alex Osuch (a.k.a. DJAO) is the latest budding producer to contribute a release to Dropping Gems' growing discography. For his EP, Wuhn (artwork above), the Northwesterner presents five tracks of woozy, textural beat work, including this cut which marks the halfway point of the tender endeavor. Twisting and turning around a stuttering beat, Osuch lays down gentle layers of looped vocals which, when amassed together, flow with ease, creating a lush, ever-present drone throughout. A barrage of glitched wind chimes and microscopic, water-like splashes appear in the tune's uppermost regions, blurring the line between melody and percussion as the elements move in and out of focus within the blink of an eye. Like all releases from the Dropping Gems camp, the lovely EP which houses "Taigamoss" can be had for a "pay-what-you-want" price over on the label's Bandcamp page

Average: 8.1 (67 votes)

Review: Teeth Swarm/Shift/Sequence/Spawn EP

Label: Ramp

Earlier this year, Finnish producer Teeth dropped "Shawty," a song that, even before its actual release, was widely tabbed as one of those tunes. You know, those ultra-hyped songs that get message-board fanboys all hot and bothered and prompt desperate DJs to begin offering their first-born sons in exchange for an advance promo. It didn't help that "Shawty" was being released via Oneman's tastemaker-worshipped 502 Recordings label, either. That said, the sultry and slow-burning "Shawty" undeniably was a big tune, and following up big tunes, even months or several releases later, is no easy task. Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2011

Wurst Music Readies Label Compilation

NYC's Wurst Music imprint has been responsible for a steady flow of 12"s and EPs in recent years and now the label is set to finally unleash its first full-length in the form of a new compilation, aptly titled The Wurst Music Ever. Read more » 

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  • 09/08/2011

Download: Aquarius Heaven "Interview (feat. dOP)"

A new name has been floating around the Wolf + Lamb circle as of late with the upcoming release from a recent addition to the imprint, Aquarius Heaven. The former "dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop singer" has reoriented himself with a move to Berlin and a new EP, Can't Buy Love (artwork above), which marks the vocalist/producer's debut outing for the Wolf + Lamb imprint. Here, we have the digital-only bonus track from said EP, a track that employs a name more familiar to the circle, dOP. "Interview" turns out to be quite a literal song title, as the steadily subdued track finds Aquarius Heaven answering a few lofty and hypothetical questions involving happiness, a girlfriend murdering someone, and what choices one would make at the end of the world. "Interview" is definitely one of the weirder outings you'll find in our downloads section, but it's this kind of murky mix between strange, alluring, and oddly soulful sounds that keeps us coming back for more of what Wolf + Lamb has to offer. 

Average: 8 (46 votes)

Listen to a Track from Modeselektor's Forthcoming LP

We're less than a month away (September 27 or October 4, depending on your region) from the release of Monkeytown, the third full-length from Modeselektor, and the venerable German duo has shared a stream of the album's track cut "Pretentious Friends," which features the clever vocal stylings of Los Angeles wordsmith Busdriver. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/07/2011

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