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Download: Royalty "Heart Strings"

London duo Royalty is getting set to release a new EP, the five-track Purple Nights. The EP, which includes a remix from Jimmy Edgar, drops November 21 on vinyl, with a digital release a week later, but the pair has let slip "Heart Strings" in the meantime. Although the boy-girl duo hails from London and rubs elbows with the local house/garage/post-everything crowd, its music takes more cues from '80s electro-funk than the so-called hardcore continuum. With its slappy basslines, vintage synths, and generally funky vibe, "Heart Strings" is a perfect example of what Royalty has on offer. Check the Purple Nights EP artwork and tracklist, along with an audio preview, after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.6 (53 votes)

Review: KiNK & Neville Watson "A Saturday in November (feat. Kim Ann Foxman)"

How long can one suspend disbelief? That’s the principle question raised by "A Saturday in November (feat. Kim Ann Foxman)," KiNK's & Neville Watson’s latest release on Rush Hour sub-label Hour House Is Your Rush. The two-track release explores a retro-hued territory that doesn’t just wax nostalgic, but instead strives to disappear from the present and place itself squarely in the past. Granted, it’s an aesthetic that has consistently worked for the duo on club-rocking instrumental tracks like the acidified "Inside Out" and techno-hued "Blueprint." But, in the case of "A Saturday in November," the formula just doesn’t work. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Watch Hot City and DJ Stingray on Intruders TV

The folks at Intruders TV continue to pin down an interesting array of DJs and producers for in-depth chat sessions, and the latest chapter features a sit-down with Hot City's DJ Haus and Detroit veteran DJ Stingray. Read more » 

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  • 11/01/2011

Download: Ango "Better for You"

Label: LuckyMe

Between Jacques Greene and his sometimes partner-in-crime Ango, the LuckyMe family has stumbled onto quite the nest of quality music in Montreal. While Greene's love of R&B has been well documented, it wasn't really clear how Ango weighed in on the subject until "Better for You," from his new Another City EP, found its way into the world. Taking cues from the smoothed-out feel of '90s radio R&B, the slow-burning tune finds the lovelorn producer cooing over his own sultry beats and washy synths. Another City comes out today. (via Pitchfork

Average: 8.1 (59 votes)

Video: Shlohmo "Trapped in a Burning House"

Just in time for Halloween, Shlohmo has unveiled this haunting clip for "Trapped in a Burning House." Read more » 

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  • 10/31/2011

Moogfest 2011 Wrap-Up

For the second year in a row, the city of Asheville, North Carolina celebrated the legacy of former resident and innovator of the synthesizer Robert Moog with a festival featuring the eclectic, electric sounds that he was integral in making possible. This year's Moogfest fell once again on Halloween weekend, which lent the festivities a bit of a rave-ish vibe. Colored wigs, reflective jumpsuits, and various accessories of the glowing variety were a common sight when glancing across the throngs of festival-goers spread throughout the small college town that is still home to the Moog factory (pictured above). I had to wonder if Mr. Moog would be entirely pleased with being honored in this way, as the festival largely feels like a suburban Burning Man. Regardless, all performing artists in attendance were there to pay tribute to the visionary with some of the best music that can be seen and heard today, and did so in spades. Read more » 

Video: Stay+ "Fever"

Manchester outfit Stay+, which smartly changed its name from the cringe-worthy Christian AIDS earlier this year, is set to release a one-sided 12" via RAMP early next month. The song is called "Fever," and the group has also put together a video to accompany the track. Read more » 

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  • 10/31/2011

Nicolas Jaar Announces New Collaborative Project, Readies New EP

While much of the electronic-music world is anxiously awaiting new solo material from Nicolas Jaar, the young producer apparently has other things on his mind, including a new collaborative project called DARKSIDE. Read more » 

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  • 10/31/2011

Download: James Fox "Close Your Eyes"

South Londoner James Fox is another name that can be added to the growing list of up-and-coming UK producers offering their take on the warmer side of house music. And although it may be just a few weeks late, "Close Your Eyes" comes loaded with enough summertime vibes—thanks to its sun-kissed pads, soulful organ blips, playful percussion, and sultry vocal refrain—to make us fondly remember the not-so-distant nights where a cold beer and a deep, rolling tune like this would have made just the right combination. It's a shame this track didn't see a proper release, as was planned before Fox reportedly ran into some "sample clearance issues," but if this tune is any indication, Fox will have plenty more pieces of glowing house in the days ahead 

Average: 7.9 (69 votes)

Roska Offers Up Free Remixes From Bok Bok, Zed Bias, MA1, and More


Not only is UK funky don Roska a busy DJ, consistent producer, and head honcho of his own Kicks and Snares imprint, he's also a generous guy. How do we know? Well, because the man has gone ahead and offered up a small collection of unreleased remixes of tracks released through his label for the agreeable price of absolutely free. Read more » 

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  • 10/31/2011

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