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Review: Peaking Lights 936 Remixed

Label: 100% Silk

It was nearly impossible to read XLR8R during the latter parts of 2011 without seeing some bit of ecstatic praise for the LA-based experimental dance music label 100% Silk; we've been more or less hooked on the record hub's output since day one. Elsewhere on the internet, you've likely found heaps of accolade for sister imprint Not Not Fun, especially in regards to the 936 LP it released for Madison, WI husband-and-wife duo Peaking Lights. So, one might assume that the 936 Remixed EP is the end product of a handful of 2011's most exciting artists coalescing into 25 minutes of top-shelf dancefloor sounds, and that would be wholly accurate. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2012

Listen to a Track from Ital's Forthcoming 'Hive Mind' LP

One of the 10 best new artists from 2011 and the producer behind our #39 favorite track of last year, Brooklyn's Ital will release his debut LP, Hive Mind, next month via Planet Mu, but has leaked one of its lengthy tunes prior to that. Read more » 

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  • 01/05/2012

Download: Todd Terje "Swing Star Pt. 1"

On "Swing Star Pt. 1," Norwegian producer Todd Terje travels deep into the realm of space disco, evoking the theme not only through the song's astral title, but also via his use of the kinds of futuristic science-fiction sounds that were popular in late-'70s disco music, not to mention the fact that his floating arpeggiations get, well, downright spacey. The retro sounds come courtesy of the analog ARP2600 synthesizer, which lends its name to Terje's forthcoming EP, It's the Arps, on which "Swing Star Pt. 1" appears. The EP comes out through the Smalltown Supersound label on January 16, but for now, you can find the artwork and tracklisting after the jump. (via Pitchfork)  Read more » 

Average: 8.3 (81 votes)

Download: Grimes "Genesis"

Label: 4AD

The first leak to arrive from Canadian songstress Grimes' forthcoming Visions LP for 4AD, "Oblivion," showcased the kind of ethereal beat-pop that record holds, a sound which "Genesis" expands upon even further. A bouncing bassline and a crunchy rhythm provide the backbone around which the airy vocals, Eastern-influenced synth melodies, and simple piano riffs swirl. It's a playful and surprisingly endearing track, and effectively excites us even more for the release of Grimes' new album on February 21. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.3 (110 votes)

Tropics Self-Releases New Album

British musician Chris Ward (a.k.a. Tropics), who put out both an EP and an LP on Planet Mu last year, has just self-released a 10-song album of previously unavailable material. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2012

Download: RareBit "Emergence"

First Listen

We first heard the technicolor beats of multi-talented artist Justin Hopkins (a.k.a. RareBit) back in May of 2011 when he unveiled his debut record, The Destroyer EP. Hopkins will drop his follow-up album on February 28 via LA imprint Non Projects, and sent this track ahead of the LP's release. "Emergence" exhibits the kind of expansive soundscapes and eclectic rhythms featured on Daizo (pictured above), the tracklist for which you can check out after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.8 (57 votes)

Mike Huckaby Talks Techno and Music Production

Over on UK rag The Independent, you can read a new interview with Detroit techno veteran Mike Huckaby (who also just so happened to give XLR8R an excellent podcast back in August). Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2012

Scuba Announces New LP for Hotflush

The man behind our third-favorite track and our fourteenth-favorite release from 2011, Scuba (a.k.a. Paul Rose) has announced he will drop his third full-length album on March 6 via his own Hotflush imprint. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2012

Check Out a New Mix From MikeQ Before His European Tour

One of 2011's best new artists and New Jersey's premiere ballroom DJ/producer, MikeQ, is set to launch a tour of Europe, but before that, he's treated his fans to a fresh mix. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2012

Pinch Offers Up New Mix in Advance of 'Fabriclive 61'

With his mix for Fabric set to drop on January 16, Tectonic label boss Pinch is offering up a different 30-minute mix of house and techno to tide you over until Fabriclive 61 officially sees the light of day, or at least until the release party happens on January 13. Read more » 

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  • 01/04/2012

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