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Dan Deacon "The Crystal Cat"

Baltimore’s Dan Deacon released seven albums between 2003 and 2006, but this latest full-length, Spiderman of the Rings, is the first time he marries his training as a classical composer …

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Joe Beats "Fade"

Joe Beats’s latest release, Diverse Recourse, operates much like its predecessor–as an uninterrupted mix of his body-rocking hip-hop instrumentals, only this time with a harder, rawer, but no less sophisticated …

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Aja West and Friends "Penny in a Fountain"

Aja West is best known as one-half of Seattle-based funksters The Mackrosoft. On Total Recall 2012, he’s joined by Money Mark (Beastie Boys), Reggie Watts (Maktub/Soulive), and others, for an …

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Battles "Atlas"

Post-everything instrumentalist outfit Battles drops its debut longplayer, Mirrored, this spring on Warp, following 2006’s compilation EP C/B EP. On the new album, the London-based four-piece continues to defy all …

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Subatomic Sound System "N.AA.D.A. (featuring Naada)"

New York-based collective Subatomic Sound System follows up On All Frequencies with the Crucial Times EP, a selection of remixes and new music that further extends their maverick mash-up of …

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ZAMAN 8 and Hafez Modir "Sani"

San Francisco-based world/electronic duo ZAMAN 8 draws on Persian and Indian classical traditions, jazz improvisation, African rhythms, and modern dance grooves to create music that’s eclectic, likable, and built to …

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Mad EP "Team Awesome VIP"

He might be best known as one-half of hip-hop duo Mad/EQ, but Matthew Peters (a.k.a. Mad EP), isn’t looking to be pigeonholed into one genre. Part sound designer, part storyteller, …

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Panther "How Well Can You Swim?"

Bring forth the unpredictable and energetic debut solo project from Portland’s Panther, the self-proclaimed ‘one-man disaster squad’ and currently one of the most bizarre-yet-addictive guys making music today. Secret Lawns …

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Mark Templeton "Tentative Growth"

Alberta, Canada-based Mark Templeton kicks things off for the brand new Anticipate label. Fans of all things experimental and minimal will delight in this inaugural release, whose bend is towards …

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Bukue One "Murder Sound"

Released just last week, Intromission is MC Bukue One’s first full-length, and on it the Bay Area artist revisits the five elements he considers integral to hip-hop: rapping, DJing, breaking, …

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Rootah "Holy Mount"

It’s been noted recently on xlr8r.com that reggae is creeping into some unlikely corners of the globe, and Germany-based Jahtari Records epitomizes this migration. The label’s releases attempt to further …

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Arrebite "Skeblay"

Brazil’s Rafael and Raul from Arrebite find an apt home at Phantomnoise Records for their latest release, a strange concoction of breakcore, reggaeton, drum and bass, and some seriously dark …

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Effacer "A Study In Multiband Granular Synthesis"

Appropriately signed to the UK’s experimental label Audiobulb, Seattle’s Effacer turns the art of sound into a true exploration on his EP A Study in Multi Band Granular Synthesis, an …

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Bloodysnowman "Dead Raver (Computer for Sale)"

Ominous, cold, and, and dark are a few words that come to mind when listening to Bloodysnowman, the Oakland-based producer whose music sounds more like he’s beating the synthesizer with …

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Purple Crush "Two of Hearts"

The title of Purple Crush’s forthcoming album, Welcome 2 Emo Club, doesn’t bring to mind heavy electro synths and programmed, dancefloor-ready beats, but such unpredictability is part of the fun …

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Sen Kumpa "Niawal"

African Underground: Depths of Dakar is a collaboration between Senegalese MCs and Nomadic Wax Recordings, who set up shop in Dakar and opened the studio doors to anyone willing to …

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Lymbyc Systym "Truth Skull"

Somewhere between post-rock, indie-rock, and folktronica sit Lymbyc Systym, the brother/brother duo that hates vowels and loves vintage keyboards, analog effects, lots of drumming, and are quickly carving a name …

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