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Review: Bibio Mind Bokeh

Label: Warp

After six years of releasing music under the name Bibio, UK producer Stephen Wilkinson has practically mastered his style of songcraft, one which relies on pastoral field recordings and touches of folk and soul music. Read more » 

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  • 03/29/2011

Download: Moths "Summer"

Caught somewhere between the hip-hop sensibilities of beat music, the unabashed hook obsession of chillwave, and the ghostly moods of witch house you'll find Jack Colleran (a.k.a. Moths), a 17-year-old tunesmith who calls Ireland home. "Summer" is the latest track to drop on the internet from young Colleran, and it gathers those aforementioned contemporary sounds into one minimalist production boasting a sheen that belies the creator's age and brief musical career. Moths' quasi-tropical hook dances nimbly over a half-time groove, buried vocal coos, and the subtlest of molasses-paced basslines—rarely veering from its original formula. With only four original tunes under his belt, it'll certainly be interesting to see where this hungry artist takes his influences next. 

Average: 8.2 (129 votes)
 
 

Listen to Carl Craig's Broadcast on BBC 6Music

Just this past Sunday, dance music legend Carl Craig was on BBC 6Music's 6Mix show for a two-hour broadcast of music curated by the DJ/producer, which you can listen to for the next 11 days or so. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 03/29/2011

Download: Holy Other "Touch"

Label: Tri Angle

UK dark-pop hub Tri Angle has its fourth release scheduled to drop on June 6 by Manchester's Holy Other, a five-song EP called With U (pictured above). Following the producer's first "Yr Love" single (check out the Magick Mountain remix of that here), "Touch" is the latest tune to leak from Holy Other's debut, and follows suit with those deep, brooding soundscapes and vocal-sample soul pitched down to perfection. But while this track doesn't stray too far from the familiar palette of sullen moods and somber melodies, it somehow manages to let in a bit of light through the cracks of its isolation chamber. Bright flashes of electronics cut through the dense sub tones and slow-grooving beat work that make up most of "Touch" to join the ethereal reverb washes dripping from the Burial-esque sample play, and effectively give Holy Other's jam just the slightest shimmer in the midst of an otherwise murky atmosphere. 

Average: 8.4 (65 votes)
 
 

Stream the New 2562 Album Now

Dutch techno/dubstep producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor 2562 releases his third LP, called Fever (pictured above), under that moniker next week, but thanks to FACT, you can stream that 11-song record in full today. Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2011

Download: Wav Dwgs "Age (Roche Remix)"

Last summer, we heard from the duo of Greg Zifack (formerly of the hyper-ravey Eats Tapes duo) and Bobby Browser, who were jointly operating as Global Warning. Now the duo has resurfaced under a new guise, Wav Dwgs, and have unveiled a handful of new tracks, including this remix from fellow San Francisco-based producer Roche. Where the original version of "Age" weaves elements in and out of its repeated synth stabs, Roche sends those stabs to the back of the line, instead focusing on a barrage of overdriven percussion, and bouncing, syncopated synth lines. Throw in a mechanically precise drum machine driving the whole affair and this one is sure to prove satisfying for even the most yearning of hardware-based techno fiends. 

Average: 7.7 (41 votes)
 
 

Mary Anne Hobbs to Host New Radio Show on XFM

It was late August of last year when beloved DJ and radio host Mary Anne Hobbs shared the news that she was resigning from her position at BBC Radio 1 to pursue an advisory job at the University of Sheffield, but less than a year later, the revered tastemaker has announced her return to the airwaves. Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2011

Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter Relaunch Classic Music Label

Veteran house giants Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter (pictured above) had let their collaborative imprint, Classic Music Company, ostensibly lay dormant since last releasing material back in 2005. Now, citing a resurgence of quality house music, the two have decided to resurrect the imprint from its "mini-hiatus," starting off by rereleasing the label's entire back catalogue in three spurts of remastered digital glory. Read more » 

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  • 03/28/2011

Download: Jay Weed "On the Nile (BFlecha Remix)"

Label: Grizzly

It's been over a year since we last heard from BFlecha (pictured above), when she surprised us with her wonky, pop-tinged "Ceja De Carnival" track. Now the Spanish producer has popped up again, this time with a remix for Jay Weed's Egyptian-themed "On the Nile," the latest release from Sinden's Grizzly imprint. There's not much wonk present on this latest production, which trades in the fuzzy synths of "Ceja De Carnival" for a bouncing house organ bass and twinkling, bell-like tones. And just as you think the remix is nothing more than a clever, bubbling house rearrangement of the original tune (which we'd certainly be happy with), BFlecha flips the beat into an inescapably lopsided two-steppin' affair. Another pleasant surprise from the young producer, someone who we hope that we don't have to wait another year to hear more of. (via Discobelle

Average: 8.1 (45 votes)
 
 

Review: FaltyDL You Stand Uncertain

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Label: Planet Mu

To be honest, it has been difficult to write about FaltyDL's second full-length record, but not because it disappoints—on the contrary, You Stand Uncertain might be one of the most exciting records to come out this year. The New York resident (a.k.a. Drew Lustman), whose earliest productions were classified as IDM and dubstep, has been expanding his sound effortlessly since the release of his 2009 debut full-length, Love Is a Liability, and nowhere is this sonic widening more evident than on this latest effort. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 03/28/2011

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