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Download: Shafiq "DNA (Splice Mix 3)"

Label: All-City

This stoney piece of "for the heads," West Coast-style beat work comes from what we are sad to report is the last 10" in All-City's LA series, which has chronicled the work of Teebs, Tokimonsta, Dam-Funk, matthewdavid, and many more of the Southern Califonia ilk since starting its run back in January of last year. For the final offering, the Dublin-based imprint has tapped Shafiq Husayn and Om’Mas Keith, two thirds of the futuristic hip-hop crew Sa-Ra Creative Partners, with each taking a side of the vinyl to show off their respective solo chops. Here we have the final piece of Husayn's three-part, seven-plus-minute contribution to the release's a-side, marked by flashes of woozy jazz, sloppy bass, and just the right touch of off-kilter drums. LA #0 (artwork above) is set to hit the streets later this month, hopefully to be followed by another expertly curated All-City series sometime soon. 

Average: 7 (35 votes)

Review: Soft Metals Soft Metals

Musically speaking, we live in an age where just about anything conceivable is possible. Artists are making music out of the life and death of a pig (i.e. Matthew Herbert's forthcoming One Pig LP), turning the internet into their own personal sample bank, and testing the limits of what constitutes a dance beat. So, when a band such as Portland duo Soft Metals comes along, touting a sound that owes just about everything to a bygone era, you can't help but wonder why. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 07/18/2011

Download: Zammuto "Idiom Wind"

Over the past few months, the non-cello-playing half of the always inventive duo The Books, Nick Zammuto, has been breaking out on his own again, dropping solo tracks here and there simply as Zammuto. "Idiom Wind" is the latest such track, and it serves as another moving example of the striking and unique songs the Vermont-based musician/producer is capable of putting together. Replacing fellow Books collaborator Paul de Jong's deep cello bowings with a lush layer of multi-tracked fiddle (courtesy of Gene Back), Zammuto weaves a meditative performance of intricate pop complete with sparse, polyrhythmic drums, a simple bassline, and a generous helping of his own calm, layered vocals. It appears there is no talk of a new solo album in the works so far, but we've certainly got our fingers crossed. (via Pitchfork

Average: 7.7 (32 votes)

Watch James Blake Talk Records and More at Amoeba

In this interesting piece from Amoeba Music's What's In My Bag series—in which the West Coast music retailer talks to contemporary artists about the music and movies they purchase while in town—UK post-dubstep posterboy James Blake chats about his love for Outkast and old-timey gospel and piano records. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/15/2011

Water Borders Announce Debut LP on Tri Angle

San Francisco-based industrial-electronic duo Water Borders have just announced the imminent release of Harbored Mantras, their debut LP on witchy Brooklyn/London label, Tri Angle Records . Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/15/2011

George FitzGerald Launches Label, Preps New Single

On September 5, UK bass music patron George FitzGerald will launch his own imprint, called Man Make Music, with the release of a two-song 12" by the label head himself. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/15/2011

Five Things to Love About Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival

Last weekend, loads of Londoners and other assorted dance music fans flocked to Sète, a small fishing village in the South of France, to attend Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival. For the past six years, it has turned this picturesque landscape into a scantily clad hotbed of tunes, booze, and dancing. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 07/15/2011

Casual Fridays: Vintage Inspiration

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves.

Contrary to popular belief, my weekdays aren't spent on the yacht eating caviar whilst debating foreign economics. I spend 45 hours a week running a used-clothing store…in cyberspace. At the end of the day, my favorite articles of clothing are the unique ones that the average consumer has to dig to find. So, this week I'm going to share with you some of my favorite pieces that only eBay and secondhand stores can provide you with. I hope you find them inspiring. Read more » 

Download: Ras G "Black Dusty Radio"

Label: Ramp

Deep in the middle of LA beatsmith Ras G's forthcoming space opus, entitled Down 2 Earth (check the details here), you'll find this slow-swinging blip of a tune. For the most part, "Black Dusty Radio" lives up to its name with warbling, distorted transistor sounds, but a good chunk of the track is also dedicated to a smooth, cosmic groove that we wouldn't mind throwing on repeat during our next hazy afternoon laze-about. We'll be ready for the rest of Ras G's LP when Ramp drops it on July 25. 

Average: 8.1 (53 votes)

Review: CHLLNGR Haven

Label: Green Owl

Despite being somewhat of a catch-all genre descriptor, the term "dub" does evoke a certain aesthetic sense, which may explain why the work of CHLLNGR has been so easily lobbed into the category. Sure, there is an undeniable element of dub to his craft—it may even be the most prevalent underlying theme—but with the release of his debut full-length, it appears the Copenhagen-based producer is at least finding pockets of unexplored territory within the genre, if not taking strides to move beyond it. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 07/15/2011

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