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Download: Pixelord "Equis (Part 2)"

With a new EP slated for release on Seattle's Car Crash Set imprint, Moscow's Pixelord has offered up this non-EP track to give us a taste of what we can expect from the forthcoming release. "Equis (Part 2)" is a jagged beat of sorts with an ever-so-slightly swung boom-bap rhythm chugging below a set of constantly building, dramatic pads and chopped and pitched Stevie Wonder vocal samples. If this track is any indication, then Pixelord's new EP, Puzzles, may find the Russian producer paring down the 8-bit elements often associated with his production, not removing them entirely but rather employing them more sparingly (as in the bubbling bleeps and bloops of this track) to give way to more serious-sounding elements. We'll have to see what the Russian producer has in store for us when Puzzles drops on April 29. 

Average: 8.3 (75 votes)

Download: Rene Hell "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths"

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Late last month, we shared a song from Kosmiche experimentalists Mandelbrot & Skyy, one half of which is analog synth explorer Jeff Witscher (a.k.a. Rene Hell). The artist just recently dropped a brand-new LP, The Terminal Symphony, under his solo moniker, from which "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths" is taken. The song wafts about comfortably on the more lighthearted side of Witscher's compositional work; the myriad bubbling, arpeggiated electronic tones all evoke a feeling of wonder and majesty reminiscent of any number of fantasy cartoons we spent our childhoods obsessing over. There is a video for Rene Hell's song, but it's not quite what we imagine when we hear "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths." You can see it for yourself below. (Those prone to seizures: beware.) (via Altered ZonesRead more » 

Average: 7.8 (26 votes)

Video: Natalie Beridze "In the White"

Perhaps better known for her productions under her TBA moniker, Natalie Beridze has released a new album entitled Forgetfulness and has sent along this stunning video for the LP's track "In the White." Beautifully animated by Nika Machaidze, the video follows the Georgian producer/vocalist through a series of abstract images that she encounters while floating effortlessly in an astronaut suit, a fitting visual companion to Beridze's lush mixture of electronics and somber pop. Forgetfulness is out now on Monika Enterprise. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

R.I.P. Korg Founder Tsutomu Katoh

The man responsible for such classic instruments as the MS-20, the Elect-Tribe, the Mono/Poly, and the Triton among others, Korg's founder and chairman, Tsutomu Katoh, passed away Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

Download: Ajello "Chocolate Black Leather (Brennan Green Remix Instrumental)"

New York's Brennan Green (pictured above) delivers this delicious eight-minute journey through the land of acid disco on the instrumental version of his remix for the Italian duo Ajello's new single, "Chocolate Black Leather." Although the original version of Green's remix features the vocal stylings of disco queen Hard Ton, this instrumental version only proves the more impressive as it allows us to fully focus on Green's tasty synth work. With a pulsing 303 line driving the track, he unleashes a seemingly endless supply of spacey, vintage synth tones that gradually multiply as they float and sizzle in various reverbs and delays. Make sure to stick this one out to the end as the seasoned producer saves the catchiest line for last, dropping an incredibly melodic lazer arp for a few sweet bars before breaking the track down to its final moments. 

Average: 7.9 (43 votes)

Kode9, Onra, Ninja Tune, and More Band Together to Help Japan

After the tragic events that took place in Sendai last Friday, it seems most everyone around the world is doing what they can to help the people of Japan recover from the disaster and its residual effects—including musicians and record labels, too. Among those efforts you'll find a couple of charity releases put together by a handful of XLR8R's favorites. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

Agoria to Release 'Fabric 57' Mix CD

Following its highly enjoyable 56th mix album from house veteran Derrick Carter, the Fabric label will soon drop the subsequent edition of its series, courtesy of French techno mainstay Sébastien Devaud (a.k.a. Agoria). Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

Download an Altered Natives Acid EP for Free

Busybody house producer Danny Yorke (a.k.a. Altered Natives) just did the dance music world a favor, and remixed four classic acid tunes to give away for free via Bandcamp. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

Deadboy to Drop New EP via Numbers in April

London's elusive 2-step/garage/bass auteur Deadboy is ready to follow up last year's excellent If U Want Me EP with another 12" slab of vinyl, to be released via Glasgow's Numbers label. Read more » 

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  • 03/17/2011

Download: Guy Andrews "Klikkr"

First Listen

With only a couple (excellent) tunes to his name, Guy Andrews, a newcomer to Brighton's ever-expanding bass music scene, is already off to a solid start, as far as we can tell. Like on the subtly worked-up "Klikkr," it's more than apparent the, uh, guy knows exactly how to craft a perfect percussion loop, rolling sub-bassline, pattering dance rhythm, and bare-bones melody. The kind of sonic restraint and loving precision that Andrews exhibits in his work thus far seems to belie his newbie status, and effectively excites us for whatever upcoming tunes he'll be sharing next. 

Average: 8.3 (71 votes)

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