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Tortoise to Soundtrack Film by 'Blair Witch' Director

As is with most post-rock bands, the music of Chicago veterans Tortoise could quite often be described as cinematic, so it's more than fitting that the quintet will be providing the soundtrack for a brand-new film by the director of The Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sánchez. Read more » 

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  • 08/31/2011

Download: Das Glow & Para One "Pulsar"

Label: Marble

Still bummed that Institubes is no more? Not to worry, off-shoot label Marble has you covered with Pulsar, a brand-new, collaborative EP from long-time Institubes mainstays Das Glow and Para One (who just so happens to be one-third of the Marble braintrust). To introduce the new EP, the duo has sent over the gritty a-side, "Pulsar." Featuring a noisy rhythm section, percussively descending chords, and surprisingly smooth vocal harmonies, "Pulsar" is an infectiously danceable slice of pop-techno. Pulsar is out now, and interested parties can stream the whole EP from Marble's website

Average: 7.9 (52 votes)

Review: Stingray313 Electronic Countermeasures EP


When it comes to legit Detroit techno credibility, it's hard to top Stingray313 (a.k.a. DJ Stingray a.k.a. Sherard Ingram). The man is affiliated with Urban Tribe and Underground Resistance, pals around with Moodymann and used to serve as Drexciya's tour DJ. He also heads up his own imprint, Micron Audio Detroit, on which he's releasing this new EP, Electronic Countermeasures. Read more » 

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  • 08/31/2011

Download: Alejandro Paz vs. Roman "La Hora de Bailar (Versión Alejandro Paz)"

Last week, we tipped you to Chilean-born, Spanish-residing DJ Alejandro Paz and his kwaito-tinged remix of Auntie Flo's "Oh My Days." Now, he's back with a free, brand-new single from his collaborative project with fellow Chilean producer Roman. Freshly released on Discos Pegaos, "La Hora de Bailar" sees the two producers putting their own unique spin on the material from a live jam session. Alejandro sent us his version as a way of introducing the project, and "La Hora de Bailar (Versión Alejandro Paz)" rides a bongo-led rhythm through a wild party of Arthur Russell-style vocals and detuned orchestral stabs. The full single is available for download from the Discos Pegaos website

Average: 7.9 (15 votes)

Discobelle to Release First Guy Andrews EP; Hear it Now

If you're still not familiar with Brighton bassman Guy Andrews, please take the time to introduce yourself to his kind of minimalistic, percussion-heavy club productions via our Bubblin' Up feature and this premiere of "Klikkr". Now that you're all caught up, prepare yourself for the newcomer's first-ever EP, which is on its way soon from Discobelle. Read more » 

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  • 08/30/2011

Gear: Neon Indian Introduces the PAL198X

We always had a sneaking suspicion that Alan Palomo (a.k.a. Neon Indian) had a decent sense of humor (you'd kind of have to with song titles like "Terminally Chill"), but who knew that he could be downright funny? And informative, too! Read more » 

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  • 08/30/2011

Download: Willy Joy "Gimme Dat"

First Listen

Chicago-based artist Willy Joy sent this fresh cut over to us with the note, "It's a little different for me," which we assumed to mean that "Gimme Dat" would be something he wouldn't normally produce. And sure, "Gimme Dat" is a bit more experimental and less melodic than what we're used to hearing from the DJ/producer, but the high-quality sound design, booming dancefloor riddims, and high-energy vocal samples are still there, making the song less of a revolution and more an evolution of the club-ready style that he's so well-versed in. 

Average: 7.4 (58 votes)

Hum & Buzz to Release Two-Song Dro Carey 12"

For the third release on Ikonika's and Optimum's growing Hum & Buzz imprint, young Sydney-based producer Dro Carey will drop a two-track 12" on September 5. Read more » 

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  • 08/30/2011

Podcast 213: Gui Boratto

Brazil's Gui Boratto is many things. He is not, however, a DJ. That said, his 2007 debut, Chromophobia, was one of those rare techno albums that transcended the genre, largely thanks to Boratto's use of vibrant, colorful synths and unique ability to embed sticky pop hooks within a larger, dancefloor-oriented template. That effort continued on his 2009 follow-up, Take My Breath Away, and now he's getting ready to drop his third full-length on September 12, the appropriately titled III, once again via Read more » 

Download: Jimmy Edgar & Luke Vibert "Disco"

First Listen
Label: Circuitree

No need to do a double-take. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Jimmy Edgar and Luke Vibert have indeed collaborated, and this is one of the fruits of their labors. The funky, sample-heavy "Disco" is a bonus cut from the forthcoming Universus Vol. II compilation (pictured above), which features exclusive tunes from a handful of artists in the Circuitree roster. Look for that record when it drops on September 24. 

Average: 8.3 (95 votes)

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